We reported a week ago about an Arab terrorist attack at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It started with weapons hidden at the Al Aqsa Mosque, which then were used by three Israeli Arabs to carry out the attack on Israeli policemen just outside the compound. Two Israeli Druze policemen were killed.

The terrorists fled back to the Temple Mount, where they were shot dead. One of the attackers even played dead, only to leap up with a knife in hand to stab more policeman, before he was shot.

In a June 2016 post, Prof. Miriam Elman documented the long history of Palestinian incitement regarding the Temple Mount, More Temple Mount incitement: “Allah, annihilate all the Jews… enable us to kill them!”. Al Aqsa conspiracy claims being used to incite violence against Jews has a long history, including the 1929 Hebron Massacre of Jews.

That incitement continues unabated to the present, even before the recent terror attack.

The response to Israel shooting dead the attackers was more incitement:

Israel now has identified an accomplice to the three terrorists, who has been arrested. The Israeli police released a video showing how the attack was carried out. The Times of Israel reports:

Police on Thursday released video footage from the terror attack at the Temple Mount last Friday showing how the assailants were assisted in smuggling the guns into the Al-Aqsa Mosque there on the morning of the shooting….

“This is all the footage and information available at this stage of the investigation,” said police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld.

Following the attack, Israel took the rare step of closing the Temple Mount for the first time in nearly 50 years in order to search for more weapons, before later reopening the site to Muslims on Sunday and non-Muslims on Monday after installing metal detectors at the entrances. Such detectors were previously only in place at the Mughrabi Gate entrance to the Mount, the sole entrance for non-Muslim visitors.

The decision to place the metal detectors at the Temple Mount’s gates following the shooting has been met with widespread outrage by Muslim leaders, with Waqf officials calling on Muslims not to enter the site until they are removed.

After the terror attack, Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount.

There already are metal detectors and bag checks to enter the Western Wall plaza, something I have experienced every time I went to the Western Wall. There also is are metal detectors at the one entrance to the Temple Mount through which Jews are permitted to enter. Yet there is no protest from Jews to the metal detectors. Nor are there protests against metal detectors to enter Muslim holy sites in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

That’s because the metal detectors are the excuse, not the reason, for the protests.

Palestinians declared a Day of Rage on Wednesday, and another Day of Rage today.

Those protests were full of anti-Jewish chants.

So what was the result of today’s Day of Rage?

Unconfirmed reports indicate multiple violent protests in East Jerusalem and other areas, with three or four rioters dead.

But nothing has changed, except perhaps to reinforce the view that the Palestinians don’t want peace. If they did, they’d welcome measures to prevent weapons being smuggled onto the Temple Mount and into Al Aqsa Mosque.