Anti-Israel protestors kick doors of Istanbul synagogue

(JTA) – Leaders of Turkish Jewry condemned anti-Israel demonstrators who rallied around a synagogue in Istanbul, kicking the building’s doors and hurling objects at it.

The Turkish Jewish Community on Twitter called the incident Thursday night outside the Neve Shalom synagogue, where several dozen men gathered with anti-Israel signs, “intimidation and provocation.” It called on authorities to make sure it “stops” and that the people responsible are prosecuted for a hate crime. [Read more…]

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Two Palestinians reported killed in riots over Temple Mount metal detectors

Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli police and Palestinians clash in eastern Jerusalem, July 21, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – Two Palestinians were killed in clashes between rioters and police in Jerusalem over the Israeli government’s decision to keep in place indefinitely metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, the Palestinian media reported.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers and troops were deployed in eastern Jerusalem following riots Thursday, which resumed Friday afternoon, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. Six police officers and an unknown number of rioters were injured Friday outside the Old City of Jerusalem, a spokesman for the Israel Police reportedly told the Palestinian Maan news agency. The police said they were not immediately aware of fatalities in clashes. [Read more…]

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks with Turkey’s Erdogan despite objections by Israel’s Foreign Ministry

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by phone at the Turkish president’s request despite objections from Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

The call took place a week after a terror attack at the Temple Mount by three Arab Israelis left two Druze Israel Police officers dead and led to the installation of metal detectors at the holy site, sparking tensions and riots in eastern Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Police close Temple Mount to Jewish visitors

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)
A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

A group of Jewish worshippers at the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, Nov. 7, 2016. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors after a group of Jews began praying at the site in violation of the rules of the site.

Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy ordered the closure on Wednesday over the Jewish group’s “violating the rules of conduct that apply to the holy site,” according to Israel Police. [Read more…]

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Abbas’ Fatah party calls for ‘day of rage’ following Temple Mount clashes

Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli Police trying to clear Muslim worshippers from the area of the Lions’ Gate after they performed their noon prayers outside the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – The party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for a “day of rage” in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank to protest new security measures at the Temple Mount.

The call on Tuesday by Fatah for a day of rage on Wednesday followed a night in which Muslims protesting the installation of metal detectors on the Temple Mount clashed with Israeli security forces. About 50 Muslim protesters and one Israeli officer were hurt in the violent protests in eastern Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Temple Mount reopens to Jewish visitors

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Temple Mount was reopened to Jewish visitors three days after being closed following a terror attack that killed two police officers.

Both Jewish visitors and tourists were allowed on the holy site Monday, a day after two of the nine entrances reopened to Muslim worshippers with metal detectors and security cameras installed. The Mughrabi Gate entrance for Jews and tourists already had metal detectors in place.  [Read more…]

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Temple Mount partially reopens two days after attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Temple Mount partially reopened Sunday, with new metal detectors installed at the entrances used by Muslims.

Prior to Sunday, metal detectors were only stationed at the entrance for non-Muslim visitors.

Two of the nine entrances to the site holy to both Muslims and Jews were reopened at about noon on Sunday, two days after three Arab-Israeli visitors to the site opened fire on Israel Police guarding the area, killing two Druze-Arab Israel Police officers. [Read more…]

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Israeli Jewish couple marries on Temple Mount despite ban on rituals

Sarah Lurcat and Tom Nisani wed on the Temple Mount despite rules forbidding Jewish rituals from being conducted at the holy site. (Facebook)
Sarah Lurcat and Tom Nisani wed on the Temple Mount despite rules forbidding Jewish rituals from being conducted at the holy site. (Facebook)

Sarah Lurcat and Tom Nisani wed on the Temple Mount despite rules forbidding Jewish rituals from being conducted at the holy site. (Facebook)

(JTA) – An Israeli couple married on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem despite rules prohibiting Jews from carrying out religious rituals at Judaism’s holiest site.

Tom Nisani and Sara Lurcat wed Thursday in a rushed ceremony at the site where the First and Second Temples once stood. [Read more…]

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