As thousands mark Jerusalem Day, clashes erupt on Temple Mount
Messiahs Mandate, Ron Cantor, June 5, 2019
While Israelis celebrated the 52nd anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification under Israeli rule on Sunday, clashes broke out on the Temple Mount as police cleared the way for Jews to enter the site.
Typically, the Temple Mount remains closed to tourists and Jews during the final days of Ramadan. But this year police decided to open the site to a certain amount of Jews who wanted to mark Jerusalem Day on the very land that Israel recaptured in the 1967 war.
As police entered the compound to clear the way for the Jewish visitors, hundreds of Muslim rioters threw chairs and other items in an effort to keep them out. Five people were arrested. Police quelled the violence and some 120 Jews were allowed to enter. The rest of the day passed without incident.
Jerusalem Day – a nationalistic, not religious holiday – celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem and Israel’s capture of the Temple Mount in the 1967 Six-Day War. The day tends to be contentious as thousands of Jews wearing and waving Israeli flags march through the streets of the city including through Muslim neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and the Old City.