JERUSALEM (JTA) – Jews were barred from visiting the Temple Mount following Muslim agitation over inflammatory flyers.
Police in Jerusalem prevented non-Muslims from visiting the Temple Mount on Sunday morning after the discovery of flyers hanging in the area saying that members of the ruling Likud Party were scheduled to visit the Temple Mount that day in order to "declare that healthy leadership begins with total control over Temple Mount."
The flyers were issued in the name of Likud Party hard-liner Moshe Feiglin, who garnered some 23 percent of the vote in the race earlier this month for party leadership won by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Feiglin, a member of the Likud’s Jewish Leadership faction, denied any connection to the flyers. He had been scheduled to visit the Temple Mount with members of his faction, but he and his three guests were turned away as Muslims on the Mount gathered to protest.
Feiglin reportedly has visited the Temple Mount on the 19th of every Hebrew month for the past 10 years.