Who Is Instigating Muslim Violence at the Temple Mount?

If you have been following events at the Temple Mount these past few years, you might know that it is, as the Muslim establishment asserts, all the fault of the Jews.

We have caused floors to cave in, for trees to fall down, we chemically treat the subterranean tunnels, we collapse structures, and all sorts of nefarious deeds – all imagined.

On the eve of the Succot Holiday, Muslims again decided to initiate violence. As you can observe in this video clip photographed by the Israeli Police, from several vantage points, rocks are thrown, Roman candles are shot off, firebombs are tossed (also into the archaeological gardens outside and south of the Temple Mount) and other mayhem is caused.

What caught my eye in particular was a Qadi, a Muslim clergyman, standing among the crowd


There he is, and he doesn’t seem to be attempting to halt the violence. Indeed, many adults are mulling around and no one seems to be attempting to halt the youth from their criminal deeds, all done even before the police enter the compound.

I wonder who he is


and I hope police intelligence or the GSS are on to him.  And if he is innocent of my suppositions, all the better.

If anyone is ‘contaminating‘, Jews are not the ones doing so.  And, by the way, Abbas already employed the term ‘contamination’ previously but few noticed.

Another problem is that of outsiders who also misrepresent reality.  This is from a ‘report‘ by a “crisis group” this year:-

Temple activists often film their worship – nearly always purposeful and provocative violations – and upload them on the internet. These postings are widely shared by Arabs, Muslims and others as evidence that this element of the status quo already has been overturned.

It would seem they are fomenting a crisis rather than trying to calm matters.  The majority of pictures and video clips are those of Islamist groups or activists.

Whether or not Abbas is seeking a pre-67 status quo is irrelevant.  Jews have the right to be there.  The Muslims should get used to it.  And Israel’s political, judicial and police authorities should support that right.

And defend it in international forums.


About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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