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4 Jews Arrested in Temple Mount Entry

March 03, 1985|From Reuters

JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces have arrested four Jews trying to enter Jerusalem's Temple Mount, a site sacred to both Jews and Muslims, police sources reported. The four were detained by guards at one of the gates leading to the holy site, sources said Friday. It was not immediately clear whether the four were planning an attack.

Last year, Jewish extremists twice planned to blow up the Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aqsa mosque, also situated on Temple Mount. The shrine includes the spot from which Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven, and the two structures constitute Islam's third holiest site.

The area is sacred to Jews as the site of the biblical Second Temple, and some ultranationalist Israelis advocate destroying the mosque and rebuilding the temple.

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