World Bulletin / News Desk
Dozens of Jewish extremists staged a march in West Jerusalem to denounce the shooting of extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick and the security situation in the city, during which they chanted "the mosque will burn and the temple rebuilt," local media reported.
According to Israeli Ynet news website, the protesters gathered near the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem where rabbi Yehuda Glick was shot last week by a Palestinian man.
The protesters began to march to the entrance of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, but police prevented them, the portal said.
During the protest, held under the banner of "Marching in our Jerusalem," the protesters shouted: "the mosque will burn and the temple rebuilt" – in a reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount, which religious Jews believe it stood once in the site and pray for a new one to be built in the same area.
Addressing the protester, Omri Ganor, one of the protest's organizers, blamed the Palestinians for the current unrest in the city.
"Arab elements and everyone trying to harm Jews are attempting to scare people so that Jews will be afraid to walk around in Jerusalem. We are making a statement that we will march anywhere and not be afraid," Ganor was quoted by Ynet as saying.
"We are marching with our faces towards our sacred place - the Temple Mount, where we will build a third temple, by the grace of God," he added.
Tension has run high in occupied East Jerusalem since last week, when Israeli authorities sealed access to the mosque complex after Glick's shooting before reopening it hours later.
The unrest mounted further after Israeli forces killed a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi in a raid last week on his East Jerusalem home.
Several Israeli parliamentarians have also entered the mosque complex in recent days, drawing the ire of Muslim worshippers and official condemnation from Arab and Muslim countries.
Groups of Jewish settlers, too, have forced their way into the site, prompting clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli forces.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.
In September 2000, a visit to the site by controversial Israeli politician Ariel Sharon sparked what later became known as the "Second Intifada," a popular uprising against Israel's decades-long occupation in which thousands of Palestinians were killed.Last Mod: 07 Kasım 2014, 09:41