Israel lifts Temple Mount restrictions


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel lifted restrictions on Palestinian entry to the Temple Mount.

Israeli police on Sunday stopped restricting entrance to the site to Muslim men under 50. The restriction had been imposed for more than a week, after police found wheelbarrows full of rocks throughout the site ready for a possible attack on Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall below the mount.

Jews also had been prohibited from entering the site during regular tourist hours following an attack on a group of Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur.

Israel also agreed to allow several hundred Muslims who had remained on the Temple Mount since last week’s riots to leave the area without being arrested in a deal brokered by Jordan, according to reports. 

Last Friday, 12 Israeli policemen were injured in clashes with Palestinian rioters in three eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods.

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