One day after police contained Muslim rioting on the Temple Mount – intended to prevent Jews visiting the site during Tisha Be’av – right-wing activist Yehudah Glick praised the government for not capitulating to the violence by closing the contested holy site to Jews, as it has done in the past.
Glick, head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, said, however, that much more work remains to be done by the authorities to reverse decades of tolerated Muslim intimidation and violence there. He added that the government also needs to safeguard the rights of Jewish worshipers at the site who are routinely threatened and accosted.
“In general, I think yesterday we saw the government moving the police in the right direction by not closing down the Temple Mount due to Muslim extremists, and that needs to continue,” he said during a Monday phone interview.
“I think that anybody who saw the pictures the police released [of the rioting] understands that we’re not dealing with ordinary people who come to pray, but with people who are closer in behavior to terrorists.”
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