October 15, 2012

Inside Hulda Gate to the Temple Mount

The Hulda Gate is the southern entrance to the Temple Mount, also known as the 'Double Gate.'

I was there, on the inside, in 1986, with the Knesset's Interior Committee on its famous tour when we were later attacked by a mob of Muslims, throwing rocks and yelling Itbah El-Yahud ('Kill the Jews'). It was a melee and I had to rush/run Geula Cohen north to the Tribes of Israel Gate to get out safely:
About 15 parliament members, including members of the Knesset Interior Committee and the right-wing Tehiya Party, toured the site protected by hundreds of white-helmeted riot police carrying clubs and plastic shields.  Witnesses said hundreds of police fended off the demonstrators, who surrounded the Knesset members and chanted, "With blood and fire we shall redeem you, Al Aqsa."

More below on this.

Lenny Ben-David has now posted two pictures taken probably in the early 1930s:

The first shows the passageway leading away from it under El-Aqsa:

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