The Jerusalem District Police decided Tuesday to close Temple Mount off to Jewish visitors, citing "intelligence indicating [Palestinian] intentions to disturb the peace" in the area.
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Police said that thousands have visited the site over the course of the Jewish High Holidays this last month, despite provocations by locals trying to thwart Jewish entry.
Israelis are permitted to visit the site during restricted weekday hours, but are not allowed to pray there.
Police have arrested at least two dozen Palestinian youth involved in clashes with Israeli officers at the site since the Jewish New Year at the beginning of September. Busloads of Muslim worshipers have also been prevented from entering the compound, amid fears of unrest.
Over the last few weeks, the Islamic Movement has been increasingly protesting the visits of Jewish worshipers to the holy site, claiming that such visits disrupt the status quo.