“We have identified a group of women that is being paid to go to the Temple Mount and commit provocative acts. This group has been barred from the Old City."
That was the acting national police commissioner Bentzi Sau speaking at a special session of the Knesset Interior Committee on Tuesday.
Below, in its Hebrew original, is a letter sent to Jerusalem's then police commandant on June 20th. In the year 2013. Besides myself, it is also signed by Yehudah Glick, Aviad Visouli, Chaim Odem, Prof. Hillel Weiss and several others - all veteran Temple Mount activists.
The letter warns the police of the phenomenon of what I termed the Wicked Witches of the Waqf but who refer to themselves as the Mouribatat (the men are the Mouribatoun). We suggested several security entrenching steps including
a. strengthening the police/borderpolice unit at the Temple Mount;
b. additional checking measures at all the gates like those at the Mohgrabi Gate;
c. punishing miscreants by refusing them entry;
d. a clear message of warning to the Waqf;
e. proper security measures for all visitors.
Did the police take our suggestions into consideration? Perhaps. Did they apply them?
We warned them.