Palestinians riot at Temple Mount, 3 youths arrested

Israeli police entered the Temple Mount to disperse dozens of Palestinian youths who threw rocks and firecrackers at security forces.

Three Palestinian rioters were arrested and two policemen were hurt in the Feb. 25 confrontation.

Some 50 protesters had slept at the Temple Mount the night before in advance of a Knesset debate scheduled for Feb. 25 on extending Israeli sovereignty over the site, which is holy to Jews and Muslims. Likud lawmaker Moshe Feiglin initiated the debate; a vote is unlikely to take place.

The site is overseen by the Muslim Wakf, the religious administration charged with managing the Temple Mount site. Jews generally are not permitted by the Wakf to pray or bring any ritual objects to the Temple Mount. — jta