Six extremist Jews in their 20’s were arrested Thursday morning after police suspected they were planning to kill and sacrifice a goat at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City ahead of Passover.
The suspects, residents of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, were detained and taken in for questioning after police found a goat in one of the suspects’ homes.
The Returning to the Mount extremist group, which advocates the construction of a third Jewish temple on the site that once housed the two biblical temples.
In addition to the arrests, a number of members have received phone calls from the Shin Bet warning them not to proceed with their plans.
The group has circulated a flyer offering a cash reward prize to anyone who managed to offer a living blood sacrifice on the Temple Mount, and to anyone arrested trying to do so.
Police will continue to operate in Jerusalem and anywhere else together with all security agencies, 24/7, covertly and overtly, against any person who attempts to violate the order and laws in place at the Temple Mount and the other holy sites in the city.
The provocative plans announced by Jewish activists were met with warnings from Hamas, which said it would not allow Jews to offer sacrifices at the site at any cost, while other Gaza factions convened to discuss a unified response to the alleged aggression.
This represents a dangerous escalation that crosses all red lines, as it is a direct assault on the belief and feelings of Muslim people and the nation during this holy month, referring to the month of Ramadan.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Arabic-language spokesperson denied there were any plans to bring sacrifices up to the hilltop. President Isaac Herzog said Israel will continue to maintain the status quo in the capital.
The Temple Mount, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, is Judaism’s holiest site and Islam’s third holiest. Jews are allowed to visit the compound, but not pray or perform religious rituals, as part of a delicate status quo.
A small group of Jewish extremists have occasionally sought to perform the biblical mandated Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount.
But police have regularly detained the perpetrators, who do not appear to have successfully pulled off a sacrifice in recent years at the flashpoint holy site.
So far, despite daily clashes in the Old City, the capital remains relatively calm, amid a wave of Palestinians killed during protest and clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank.
Eventually the narrative will be used to expel Muslim from the scene in order to pave the way for the third Jewish holy temple to be build.
Times of Israel / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2022.