Rioting broke out at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount yesterday after both Islamist and right-wing Jewish groups reportedly told their followers to arrive at the disputed site. Israeli police entered area; Palestinians, including some affiliated with a group called the Islamic Movement, threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at the police, who fired back with stun grenades, the police said, according to the New York Times. Dozens of police and Palestinians, as well as an Australian reporter, were wounded, and at least 18 Palestinians were arrested, including a senior Fatah member; some of them had been arrested in previous riots near the Temple Mount around Yom Kippur, Ynet reported. The news source also said that in the wake of the riots, senior ultra-Orthodox rabbis told Jews not to enter the site until things calm down, but countering them, a coalition of religious Zionist groups, led by some Knesset members as well as rabbis, have told followers “to go up to the Temple Mount in holiness and purity.” The Temple Mount reopened to tourists and Muslim worshippers today, with police patrolling the area.
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Ari M. Brostoff is Culture Editor at Jewish Currents.