Yesterday, in a clear move to start more riots today, Sheikh Tayseer al-Tamimi called on all Arab to go to the Al Aqsa mosque today and defend it against an alleged "storming" by Zionists.
As we've seen in the past, this "storming" means only one thing: visiting the Temple Mount respectfully, and at most meditating there.
Tamimi pre-emptively said that Israeli police would be responsible for any violence that happened on Sunday.
Naturally, in light of the clear incitement, the Israeli police geared up for trouble, committed to ensuring that the status quo is not changed on the Temple Mount. And naturally, their very presence was regarded as a green light for Arabs to riot, throw stones - and lie by saying that the police shot tear gas at them and that they entered the Al Aqsa mosque itself. These lies were then used in a call for more people to come and riot - using the mosque's loudspeakers, which the Israeli police then turned off.
Ha'aretz reported the facts:
Early Sunday morning, police were patrolling near the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem, when the youths began to hurl stones at them. Officers subsequently stormed the compound and arrested 12 people on suspicion of disorderly conduct.Keep in mind that these lies, plus the lie that Israel is digging under the Temple Mount, made their way into the UNHRC resolution that was passed against Israel a week ago.
A large wall of riot police, holding glass shields, closed in on the crowd, sending many of the rioters running into the mosque for cover.
Arab youths hurled a firebomb at police during clashes at the site, but no one was wounded.
A Jerusalem police spokesman, Shmuel Ben-Ruby said police did not enter the Al-Aqsa mosque atop the compound.
The violence came after Jerusalem police announced Saturday that they would beef up their forces on Sunday around the Temple Mount, after Muslim leaders urged Arabs to defend Jerusalem against "Jewish conquest."
There have been repeated rumors among Palestinians that Jewish extremists are planning on harming the holy site. No such attempt has been made.