A policewoman was stabbed by an Arab terrorist on the Temple Mount on Thursday. The officer was stabbed in her arm and suffered mild injuries. The terrorist was apprehended and placed under arrest.
Following the attack, the Temple Mount was closed to Muslim worshipers. Also after the attack, at least three members of the Muslim Waqf were taken in by police for questioning. The Waqf are the custodians of the site and are employed by the government of Jordan. They are known to harass Jewish pilgrims on the mount and incite violent riots at the behest of the Hashemite Kingdom. This attack comes several days after King Abdullah 2 proclaimed before the UN that “as a Hashemite custodian I am bound by a special duty to protect Jerusalem’s Islamic and Christian holy sites but all of us have a stake and a moral obligation to uphold religious freedom and human rights.”
Jewish Temple Mount activist Avraham Bloch said in a statement: “Until the Muslim Waqf isn’t outlawed, we will continue to hear incitement from the mosques on the Temple Mount and deadly terror attacks will follow in its wake.”
Breaking Israel News reporter Eliyahu Berkowitz was on the Temple Mount close to the time of the stabbing. He described the police as tense and on edge while Muslim women were yelling in an effort to drown out their prayers. Kids were sent to try to infiltrate the Jewish groups as well which compelled the police to rush them off of the mount.
“The policewoman was stabbed while protecting Jews and Christians who were coming in peace and holiness to visit the holiest site in the world,” Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz said. “She is a true hero and we pray for her swift recovery. Jews are calling for equality of human rights on the Temple Mount. In direct contravention of Israeli and international law, only Muslims are permitted to pray at the site and non-Muslims are strictly monitored and restricted from many areas on the site. In response to calls for equal rights by non-Muslims, the Muslims threaten violence. This is unsuited to the site which, according to the prophecies written in the Bible, is the source of peace and will one day return to its role as a house of prayer for all nations. It is anti-Bible to stab people at the site just because they are Jews and it is a return to the reality of Nazi Germany.”