Hundreds of people protested at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Friday against French President Emmanuel Macron’s vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad, with three arrested after scuffles with police, reports the Times of Israel.
The protestors chanted, “with our souls and with our blood we sacrifice for our prophet, Muhammad,” and what Israel Police described as “nationalist slogans.”
בתום התפילה בהר הבית הפגינו המתפללים במחאה על ההצהרות נגד הנביא מוחמד. משטרת ירושלים פיזרה את ההפגנה ועצרה 3 חשודים . pic.twitter.com/5TstulUOSn
— יוני בן מנחם yoni ben menachem (@yonibmen) October 30, 2020
Protesters also called Macron “the enemy of God.Police said they dispersed the “rioters” and arrested three people for disorderly conduct.
Hundreds of Palestinians also reportedly participated in a march condemning Macron’s remarks in Jerusalem’s Kafr Aqab neighborhood and in the neighboring Qalandiya refugee camp.
Demonstrators wore headbands declaring insulting Muhammad to be a red line and waved flags emblazoned with the Islamic declaration of faith.
Earlier this week a Palestinian sheikh used an al-Aqsa mosque to call for an Islamic caliphate to “crush Paris with our armies”
Al-Aqsa Mosque Address by Sheikh Ali Abu Ahmad: Boycotting French Products Is Not the Answer to Macron; We Should Establish a Caliphate, Crush Paris with Our Armies pic.twitter.com/WNsTyVJ5Eg
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) October 28, 2020