Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Arab Lawmaker Berates ‘Fascist’ Jews on Temple Mount

An Arab-Israeli lawmaker verbally confronted Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, as violence from the holy site spilled over in to the West Bank.

Jamal Zahalka, a Knesset member from the Arab Joint List, on Tuesday berated Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, in an exchange captured on camera.

“Crazy criminals, you’re all Kahanists, fascists, racists, get out of here, you hurt Muslims,” he shouted.

“This is not yours, get out of here, go home, you’re not wanted,” he also shouted.

Kahanist refers to followers of the Jewish ultranationalist leader Meir Kahane.

The altercation came on the second day of the Jewish holiday of Succot, and following two days of clashes between Israel Police and security forces and Muslim protesters on the site.

Israel Police began banning Muslim worshippers under the age of 50 from the site after protesters began amassing rocks and other weapons in preparation for more violence.

Avigdor Liberman, the head of the right-wing opposition Yisrael Beytenu party called for security officials to forcefully quell the rioting on the Temple Mount and called for Zahalka to be put on trial for attacking Jews and Israeli forces. He also said in a statement that Zahalka “should know that not only is the Temple Mount not his home or the home of his friends, but that the State of Israel in general is not their home.”

Israel Police early on Tuesday morning arrested seven Palestinians suspected of rioting on the Temple Mount, as well as two women accused of attacking Jews in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Meanwhile, Israel Defense Forces soldiers clashed in areas of the West Bank with Palestinian rioters, protesting against the violence on the Temple Mount. Protesters near Ramallah in the northern West Bank threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli soldiers. Protests also took place in Bethlehem, Hebron, and Tulkaram. At least 12 Palestinian protesters were injured byIsraeli forces during the Ramaballah riots, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

Israeli police have clashed with Muslim protesters in and around the Temple Mount in recent weeks. past two weeks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will maintain the status quo on the Temple Mount, under which Jews are allowed to enter the site but are not allowed to pray.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.