Temple Mount and Western Wall Hotspots of Hostility as Jews Observe Sacred Day of Mourning




On Saturday evening, Tisha B’Av observances were marred when an Orthodox Jewish extremist group disrupted a Conservative Jewish (Conservative Judaism is less fundamentalist brand of Judaism) group of men and women worshipping together at the Western Wall. And on Sunday, there was strife on the hilltop above the wall as an estimated 1,600 Jews entered Israel’s holiest site—the Temple Mount—to pray. Palestinians and police clashed through the night because Muslims claim the compound as one of their top three sacred sites. Then, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and various Palestinian leaders jumped in with their condemnation of the annual Jewish pilgrimage.