Some 100 Extremists Attempt to March on Jerusalem's Temple Mount

Police arrest four activists, including Itamar Ben-Gvir and Avigdor Askin, at entrance to holy site.

Some 100 far-rightists gathered in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City early Monday evening and set out in an attempt to break into the Temple Mount. The extremists did not have police permission to march on the compound and officers dispersed them. One of the organizers was detained by police.

Earlier on Monday afternoon, police arrested three far-right extremists who attempted to force their way onto the Temple Mount.

Two mosques are located on the site, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif.

Police said that Itamar Ben-Gvir, Avigdor Askin and a third activist arrived together with a group of teenagers to a police barrier at the entrance to the site, and tried to enter the compound where the second Temple is believed to have stood once.

After police officers prevented them from crossing, the group stretched out on the ground crying "The Temple Mount is ours." They were then arrested.

These latest attempts are seen as a further step by far-rightists to spark a conflict between Jews and Arabs in a bid to stop the disengagement. Police in Jerusalem's Old City have been on their highest state of alert in recent days.

Askin has been convicted of placing a pig's head on the grave of Izzadin al-Qassam, an Arab leader who headed a series of attacks against Jewish targets in the 1930s. Askin was acquitted from charges of intending to catapult a pig's head into the Temple Mount compound during prayers in the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

In 1995, Askin took part in the Pulsa Denura ceremony when a Halakhic death wish was placed on former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Ben Gvir has recently stated that he wished to enter the Temple Mount to pray for the cancellation of the disengagement.