‘Zionist regime’s insult of al-Aksa foremost problem for Muslims,’ Khamenei says

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced Israel on Wednesday for what he called its “insult” to Jerusalem’s Al-Aksa mosque in connection with Israeli actions at one of Islam’s holiest places.

Israeli-Palestinian strife has risen sharply in recent weeks as Arab states and Palestinians have accused Israeli forces of violations at the mosque.

“The Zionist regime’s crimes in Palestine and repeated insult of the sacred sanctuary of the al-Aksa Mosque … are the foremost problem for Muslims,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website.

Khamenei described Israeli behavior towards Palestinians as the “ultimate degree of ruthlessness and evil.” Read more

LIVE BLOG: Jerusalem of rage -Temple Mount tensions spark violence

Jerusalem has seen an uptick in Molotov cocktail attacks and rock-throwing incidents in recent weeks, as well as an escalation of tensions at the Temple Mount. The Jerusalem Post brings you the latest updates on the situation on the ground and political reactions to the violence.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

9:48 p.m.
During an overnight police sweep starting late Saturday night, 27 Palestinian suspects accused of throwing rocks and firebombs at officers in flashpoint Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem were arrested, police said on Sunday.

The crackdown brings the total number of arrests over the last 48 hours to 39. -DANIEL K. EISENBUD

8:20 p.m. 
According to reports, stone-throwers lobbed rocks at in-transit vehicles on highway 443  Sunday evening. –JPOST.COM STAFF

5:23 p.m. During a security cabinet meeting Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the reexamination of the rules of engagement in light of escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Netanyahu went on to say that new measures would have to be enacted in order to prevent and deter future instances of terrorism. JPOST.COM STAFF

5:21 p.m. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog pointed out that Netanyahu said during this year’s election that, if Zionist Union wins, Israelis will only be able to go to the Western Wall in armed personnel carriers.

 

“What’s absurd is that, under his watch, that is exactly what is happening. Mothers and babies are attacked and threatened when they leave the house. This is a result of weak leadership that does not know how to protect Isralei citizens’ security,” Herzog stated. –LAHAV HARKOV
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Video: Jewish Man Taunted, Abused by Arabs in Jerusalem Alley

Young man attacked by Arabs. Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90
By Arutz Sheva staff, first publish: 9/13/2015, 4:07 PM

Arabs trip, throw objects and taunt a young Jewish man in an Old City alley, in a scene ‘reminiscent of Nazi Germany.’

A video uploaded to Facebook by Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick Sunday shows a young Jewish man being abused and taunted by Arabs in Jerusalem’s Old City. The man can be seen running frantically with his tefillin and tallit on. He is tripped by Arabs who taunt him and throw things at him.

According to Glick, the video is from earlier Sunday and is a scene reminiscent of “Nazi Germany.”

“These people are not worthy of being called human beings,” wrote Glick.

Photos by Flash 90 appear to show the same man, with some blood on his clothes, after he made it to safety and was being escorted by police to receive medical help.

Go to Israel National News to see the exclusive video and full article.

Erdogan Meets Hamas Terror Leader to Condemn Israel over Temple Mount

Mohammed Al-Ostaz/Flash 90
By Dalit Halevy, first published: 9/15/2015, 9:20 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara on Monday with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, the exiled leader of the Gaza-based terrorist group who resides in Qatar.

Turkish media reports that the meeting behind closed doors lasted roughly an hour, and focused mainly on the situation in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque located on the Temple Mount, where massive violent riots have been perpetrated over the last several days by Islamist attackers.

Erdogan expressed the full solidarity of Turkey with the Palestinian Arabs and condemned the Israeli “attacks” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, turning the Muslim violence against police and Israeli citizens on its head.

In parallel to his talk with Mashaal, Erdogan also spoke via phone with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas about the riots on the mosque. Read more

US Urges Israel to Maintain Ban on Jewish Temple Mount Prayer

By Arutz Sheva Staff, first published: 9/15/2015, 8:25 PM

As violence rages on Temple Mount and throughout Jerusalem, international leaders demand Israel maintain restrictions.

International leaders have called on Israel to continue a ban on Jewish worship on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, in order to maintain calm and placate Muslim extremists who have been rioting for three days straight in Jerusalem.

UN coordinator Nickolay Mladenov warned during a Security Council meeting Tuesday that clashes between Palestinian rioters and Israeli security forces could provoke violence by Muslims elsewhere in the Middle East.

“As the Middle East faces a vicious tide of terror and extremism, such serious provocations have the potential to ignite violence well beyond the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem,” Mladenov said.

The envoy called for “restraint” and said it was “imperative that the historic status quo is preserved” – namely allowing limited access to Jews to visit, but not pray, at the site. Read more

Cry For Zion Featured in the News

Cry For Zion was recently featured in the news media on Breaking Israel News. Read the full article below:

Jewish Group Applauds Police Ban of Hamas-Sponsored Inciters on Temple Mount, By Raphael Poch September 6, 2015, breakingisraelnews.com

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place?” (Psalm 24:3)

Recently, the Israeli police have begun to ban the Hamas-sponsored Morabtion and Morabitat instigators from the Temple Mount during the morning hours. The move allows Jewish and Christian visitors to ascend the Mount and visit the holy site unaccosted.

According to a report published by Cry for Zion, a movement that advocates for Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount, “The barred women now congregate outside the gate through which Jewish worshipers exit the Temple Mount and mount their verbal and physical attacks when Jews pass by.”

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