(JNS.org) Amid ongoing Jewish-Muslim tensions over the Temple Mount site, Arab Member of Knesset Jamal Zahalka (Balad) said at a protest in Kafr Qara that the historic existence of a Jewish Temple “is a myth and nothing more, while Al-Aqsa mosque exists in the here and now.”
Zahalka participated in the protest with about 150 people, some of whom burned tires and clashed with Israeli police. The Kafr Qara protest was one of many similar Arab demonstrations that took place around Israel on Friday. In Umm al-Fahm, a protest drew about 1,000 people, including three Arab MKs and the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Raad Salah. Protesters called the Israeli government “a government of terror” and even targeted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, accusing him of being a “traitor” for ongoing security cooperation with Israel.