Jews commemorate the destruction of ‘Biblical Temples’ on ‘Tisha B’Av’

About 400 Jews visited Jerusalem’s Temple Mount yesterday on the holiday Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the two biblical temples, compared with 250 who visited last year. A Jewish man was arrested in the morning on suspicion of praying at the site, which is forbidden to Jews and only permitted to Muslims worshipers. About an hour later, two other Jews were arrested because they reportedly shouted “the Lord is God.” Another Jew was arrested on suspicion of tearing his shirt as a sign of mourning. All together four Jews were arrested and nine others were detained for questioning. Meanwhile, the large number of Jewish visitors angered the Muslim worshipers at the site, whom started rioting during the course of the day. Several clashes were reported with Israeli security forces, whom escorted the Jewish visitors at the Temple Mount. Knesset Member Yehuda Glick of the ruling Likud party and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home faction also wanted to visit the Temple Mount but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied their request. Police said the disturbances at the holy shrine were numbered and that security forces managed to keep the quiet during most of the day. Also, the traditional prayers at the Western Wall for Tisha B’Av were held without incidents.