Police: Tourists blocked from Jerusalem holy sites after leaflets call for disturbances

Jerusalem (CNN) — Israeli authorities temporarily blocked Jews and foreign tourists from entering some of Jerusalem’s most visited holy sites Sunday after leaflets called for causing disturbances there, police said.

The plaza known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary was temporarily closed after leaflets called on the public to “purify the site from enemies of Israel.”

“The decision was made following a security assessment after leaflets were distributed in Jerusalem calling upon people to cause disturbances on the Temple Mount,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN.

The leaflets, distributed in Jerusalem and published on the Israeli news site Ynet, featured right-wing activist and Likud member Moshe Feiglin.

Police stopped Feiglin and several men from entering the site Sunday morning.

Rosenfeld said Muslim worshippers were still allowed to enter the al-Aqsa mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam.

Jews consider the Temple Mount to be the holiest site in Jerusalem.

Authorities were expected to reassess the security situation later in the day.

Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, won 24% of the votes in the party’s primary elections earlier this month.

(edition.cnn.com / 12.02.2012)

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