Police Arrest Six over Temple Mount Confrontation

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Jews visiting the Temple Mount the week of Sukkot have been greeted several times by hostile crowds of Muslims chanting Allahu Akbar (Allah is greater).

On Thursday, police arrested five Arabs for attacking a police officer attempting to restore calm after about 30 Muslims threatened to fight with another group of Muslims there. One Jewish visitor was also detained for refusing to obey police orders.

The incident follows Tuesday's arrest of Likud activist Moshe Feiglin and another Jewish visitor for allegedly praying on the Temple Mount. Jews may visit the site where the first and second Jewish temples stood, but only Muslims are permitted to pray there.

Police also arrested three Muslims Tuesday for disturbing the peace and one for carrying a concealed knife, which is forbidden on the Temple Mount.

When Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish sovereignty following the Six Day War, Israel allowed the Muslim Wakf to retain the day-to-day administration of the Temple Mount, with Israel responsible for security there.

Over the years, Arabs have rioted many times on the Temple Mount, sometimes throwing rocks on Jews as the prayed at the Western Wall below.

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