It is currently Sukkot, one of the three pilgrimage festivals in Judaism, when Jews were commanded to go to the temple in Jerusalem. Riots round the time of the High Holy Days and Sukkot are common in Israel, as Arabs try to keep Jews from praying. I was in Jerusalem a few years ago during Sukkot and wished to pray at the Western Wall. As a cohen, I did not wish to go on the Mount itself, just to pray at the Wall. The rain of filth and stones from atop the Temple Mount prevented me from doing so. It seems to be a practice of Arabs to stop Jews from prayer, if at all feasible. Niggest mistake made by Dayan after winning the war was giving Arabs control of the heights above the wall.
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