This Week in History: Deadly riots on the Temple Mount

07.10.2011                      09.Tischrei. 5772                      Erew Jom Kippur

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This Week in History: Deadly riots on the Temple Mount

After fringe Jewish group attempts to lay cornerstone for a “third temple" in 1990, Palestinians riot and Israeli police fire live bullets into the mob.

On October 8, 1990, members of the “Temple Mount Faithful” fringe Jewish group set out to the Temple Mount, holy to both Jews and Muslims, in order to lay a cornerstone for the “third temple.” The rioting, death and injury that followed would set off a new round of violence, worldwide condemnation of Israel, and investigations on two sides of the globe.
Three years after the start of the First Intifada, tensions were running high both in Israel and the wider Middle East. Years of unrest in the Palestinian territories had put Israeli authorities on edge and the world was preparing for an imminent US-led military campaign against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq….