Mobs of Arab rioters Wednesday intimidated Jewish worshippers, attacked police officers and caused the closure of the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site.
Jewish visitors had ascended the mount on the day Israelis celebrate as Jerusalem Day, which marks the reunification of the nation's capital and its liberation from temporary Jordanian occupation.
Hundreds of Jews waited to go up to the site in small groups of about 10 to 15. Arab mobs surrounded one of the first groups to ascend, intimidating the Jewish visitors and yelling at them in Arabic.
Yishai Fleisher, a local activist, said he was with a group of 11 on the mount that was surrounded by about 40 Arabs shouting "Allahu Akbar," or "Allah is the greatest."