Police stormed the Temple Mount to disperse rioters who fired fireworks and threw stones at security forces. Over 700 people were injured in the clashes, according to the Red Crescent.
Rioting broke out in the Old City of Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount as rockets were fired towards Israel’s capital on Monday, marring Jerusalem Day celebrations across the city.
Due to the violence, the police decided to change the path of the Jerusalem Day flag march on Monday afternoon, barring the marchers from entering the Old City through the Damascus Gate, and instead diverted them to the Jaffa Gate. After the rocket fire toward Jerusalem, police asked revelers to return home.
Despite the decision to change the route – part of an Israeli effort to defuse tensions – clashes broke out between police and hundreds of Palestinian youth at the Damascus Gate shortly after the announcement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a meeting of the security cabinet on Monday afternoon due to the heightened tensions.
“A struggle is now raging over the heart of Jerusalem,” he said during a speech at the annual state ceremony honoring the memory of the Ethiopian Jews who died on their way to Israel. “This is not a new struggle, this is a struggle between intolerance and tolerance; between law-breaking violence and law and order.”
Netanyahu stressed that “only under Israeli sovereignty since 1967 are we witnessing a long, stable and secure period in which we are working to ensure freedom of worship and tolerance for all.”
Otzma Yehudit head Itamar Ben-Gvir expressed opposition to the decision to change the route of the march, saying “a situation in which the Israeli government and the Jerusalem police are unable to allow the flag dance to pass at the Damascus Gate is a very serious situation.”
Riots shook the Temple Mount throughout the day as Palestinians pelted police with rocks and firecrackers. Police responded with riot dispersal means, including tear gas and rubber bullets. The clashes quickly grew, with police battling crowds of Palestinians throwing stones and barricading themselves in buildings on the mount.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said more than 700 Palestinians were injured in the clashes in the region, over 600 of whom were injured in Jerusalem. Israel Police reported 32 officers were injured the clashes.
Video from the area showed crowds running in all directions as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the Palestinians who were attacking them. Chairs and other objects were seen strewn across the plaza, clouds of tear gas filled the air and explosions were heard across the compound. Buildings in the compound were also damaged, with windows, tables and chairs damaged in al-Aqsa Mosque.
Palestinians called out over the mosque’s loudspeakers that “the settlers will only pass over our dead bodies” and that “al-Aqsa is defiled,” Palestinian media said.
Around midnight on Monday night, a Hamas spokesman threatened to launch a large-scale attack on Israel if police forces do not evacuate from the Temple Mount compound before 2 a.m..
The spokesman said around two hours later that the terror group had suspended the planned large-scale attack on Israel, claiming that Israeli police responded to the ultimatum.
Israel Police has not yet confirmed that forces have left the compound, or if such a move happened in response to the ultimatum set by Hamas.
Earlier Monday, a car driven by a Jewish Israeli was attacked by rocks just outside of the Lions’ Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. The driver lost control and swerved onto the sidewalk, running over a stone bollard and knocking down a Palestinian rioter.
After the car stopped, more stone throwers approached it and continued to pelt it, opening the doors in an attempt to attack the driver and another male passenger. A policeman quickly arrived at the scene with his gun drawn and pushed back the attackers, rescuing the driver and his passenger.
The car’s occupants, two men aged 27 and 28, were lightly injured and received medical treatment, according to the Magen David Adom emergency rescue service.
“We had stones thrown at us during the whole time we were driving on the street; I was talking with the police on the phone during the whole thing and told them that they were throwing rocks at me,” the driver of the vehicle told KAN news. “I had nowhere to go and so I started driving back and forth; at some point the car stopped and they opened the door and began hitting us.”
Police reported 10 demonstrators were arrested in Rahat and another five were arrested in Tel Sheva, both in southern Israel, after demonstrators arrived at both towns’ police stations and caused property damage.
Police reported another 15 were arrested near the now-closed Kerem Shalom crossing for throwing stones.
Another 15 protesters were arrested in Haifa after police declared their protest illegal, reporting that demonstrators threw stones and bottles and launched fireworks toward police, while also setting fire to trash cans.
Police reported that 13 were arrested in Wadi Ara for attempting to ram into police with a car, throwing rocks and setting fire to trash cans and tries.
Police reported evacuating a woman in Shoket Junction on Route 6 late on Monday night after rioters pulled her out of the vehicle she was driving and set fire to it. A truck driver who saw the incident allowed the driver to take shelter in his truck until police arrived.
Police also reported that another driver on Route 6 was lightly injured when his vehicle pelted with rocks late on Monday night.
Two Afula residents were lightly injured late on Monday night when rioters pelted their vehicle with rocks – smashing their windshield in the process – on Route 65, near Umm al-Fahm.
The two men were evacuated to Emek Medical Center in Afula to receive treatment for bruises and cuts on their faces.
Ma’ariv reported several items were burned on the road leading to Umm al-Fahm on Monday evening.
The clashes and protests erupted following violence in Jerusalem, the West Bank and along the Gaza border that was sparked in recent weeks as Palestinians expressed outrage at the planned eviction of a number of families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
Some eight Border Police reserve brigades were called up on Tuesday morning to help police handle the violence breaking out across Israel.
Terror groups in the Gaza Strip also launched over 160 rockets and explosive and incendiary balloons towards southern Israel on Monday, long into the night.
The prime minister added that ensuring the freedom of worship requires occasional confrontation with the “forces of intolerance,” expressing support for the police and security forces. “These things have of course a misguided, incorrect and misleading expression in the global media,” added Netanyahu.
The Palestinian terror groups have threatened Israel and called for a “general mobilization” in Jerusalem, the West Bank and in Arab-Israeli communities.
“The spiteful Zionist terrorist attack on our Jerusalemites will not pass without a deterrent response, and the enemy must wait for the response of the resisting and steadfast Palestinian people everywhere and at all times,” the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group said on Monday. “Everyone must act to save the people of Jerusalem. This is everyone’s battle, and the resistance is present, and it will not be far from what is happening.”
The PIJ also condemned the continued security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Hamas said that the clashes were “a religious war practiced by the occupation, and it is evidence of the brutality of the Zionist occupation and its Nazism.”
“We call on our people to persevere in the face of the storming, and to offer the precious as a sacrifice for the purification of al-Aqsa and to prevent the settlers from entering it,” said Hamas. “We affirm that the occupation will pay a heavy price as a result of its incursion into al-Aqsa and its worshipers.”
Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas’s political bureau, warned on Monday afternoon that the terrorist groups in Gaza are “ready and motivated and will not stand idly by, and its word will be the last word in the battle if the occupation does not retreat and put an end to its satanic plans.”
HD Editor’s Note: Why Is This News Biblically Relevant?
It is the deep-rooted anti-Israel Bias in Nations that has stopped them from putting Iran in their place. As Netanyahu previously has stated, “If Iran’s terror proxies were firing thousands of rockets at your cities, perhaps you’d be more measured in your praise.”
Amir Tsarafti has pointed out that the rise in escalation that we are seeing currently in Israel can be attributed to the action of a failing US President that has emboldened Iran.
“I am going to say something that might sound controversial, but hear me out all the way,” Tsarfati said in an audio recording on Telegram. “What we are watching in Israel right now is directly related to the election fraud in the United States. Now, let me explain. When Biden got into office, obviously through fraud, the Iranians were very emboldened. Right now, Iran is sending its octopus arms everywhere, and they are behind what is going on here in Israel right now. So you see the connection… It is very, very simple.”
It was former President Donald Trump that stood up to Iran in the protection of Israel. He removed the United States from the nuclear deal and place stiff sanctions on the country so they would not be able to so easily fund these terror proxies that seek collectively to destroy the Jewish State.
In Genesis 12:3, God not only calls all the nations of the world to bless Israel, but He also presents a warning to those nations and people that choose to curse them: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” God will ultimately judge nations by how they treated the Jewish State of Israel (Joel 3:2).
The anti-Israel bias among the nations is also on display as they continually condemn the Jewish state for defending themselves against these terrorist organizations. Which is Israel’s right.
The tensions, specifically in Jerusalem and the temple mount, have revealed that the world is turning to reflect Zechariah 12:1-3, a prophecy which tells of a time in which Israel stands alone against global leaders salivating over dividing Jerusalem and stripping it from its God-given ownership to the Jews.
Christians (should) know better and understand their biblical responsibility toward God’s chosen people. It is incumbent upon Christians to love, pray for and stand up for the Jewish people, the state of Israel, and their eternal capital of Jerusalem. God has not forgotten His people, and neither should His servants.
Hal Lindsey In his latest article, “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem,” wrote about God’s desire for us to pray for the Jewish state and its capital.
“Reports from Israel this week reminded me of a place in scripture where God Himself makes a prayer request. Psalms 122:6 says, ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,’” Lindsey said. “Praying for Jerusalem has always made sense, but especially now.”
Lindsey then went on to explain that although a person may start praying for Israel’s eternal capital out of obedience, God will use that time in prayer to provide believers with a better understanding of His plan and love for Jerusalem and the Jewish People.
“You do it out of obedience, but then you will find yourself doing it because your heart has changed,” he explained. “As you pray, you will begin to sense God’s heart for Jerusalem, her people, and His plan for the world. That plan in many ways centers on Jerusalem. God wants you to be a part of His great plan for the ages. Praying for Jerusalem brings you into His inner circle.”
With all that is taking place, let believers stand up for the rights of Israel and pray for them during this time of crisis as ambassadors for a God and Savior who loves them and is still keeping His promises to His chosen people and nation.