Once again the Israeli press frames the problem wrongly — to be sure, this is a malady that it shares with the international media. The rioters on the Temple Mount were not rioting because they were Arab. I highly doubt that there were any Christian Arabs among them. They were rioting because they were Muslims, and believe that the Jews are the worst enemies of the Muslims, as per Qur’an 5:82. With Christian Arabs joining the IDF in increasing numbers, it’s time for the Israeli media to stop using this word in connection with the conflict, when at its root it is not a nationalistic, racial or ethnic conflict at all. “Arab Rioters on Temple Mount Wound Four Police Officers,” by Tova Dvorin, Arutz Sheva, October 8, 2014 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
Masked Arab rioters threw fireworks and rocks at security forces on the Temple Mount on Wednesday, in what has become a tradition of riotous violence before the major Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Riot police pushed the attackers back by setting up roadblocks, but it was not enough to deter the unrest.
The rioters continued to throw stones, bricks and iron bars at police from inside the Al-Aqsa mosque, while shooting fireworks at police and spraying an unidentified flammable liquid on them.
They also threw a Molotov cocktail at police, which ignited, wounded four officers lightly.
The police have restrained the rioters and removed all barriers protecting the entrance to the mosque. The wounded policemen were treated on the spot.
Five Arabs have now been arrested after the eruption, Arutz Sheva has learned.
“We will continue to show zero tolerance for any attempt to violate the public order, and we will arrest them and bring them to justice,” a police spokesperson stated Wednesday morning.
Arab rioting is all too common on the Temple Mount, which is Judaism’s holiest site – and the historical site of national Jewish worship and celebration on major holidays such as Sukkot.
The Jordanian Waqf has had de facto rule of the Mount since the 1967 Six-Day War, and keeps an iron fist on the Temple Mount and its activities; Jews face constant discrimination and violence for visiting the site, and there is a blanket ban on Jewish prayer there….