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Published On: Wed, Apr 16th, 2014

Israel: Police, Palestinian Muslims clash on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

Israeli police and dozens of young Palestinians clashed today at the Temple Mount resulting in at least one officer and 20 Palestinians being injured in the scuffle.

According to the Washington Post, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the crowd hurled stones and firecrackers from atop the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. Rosenfeld said police then entered the site and dispersed the group with tear gas and other non-lethal means.

After the clashes subsided, the police allowed a number of groups of Jews onto the Temple Mount; hundreds of visitors were turned away. Clashes often erupt at the site.

Haaretz reports, tensions on the Temple Mount, known in Arabic as Haram al-Sharif, or “the Noble Sanctuary,” have increased recently, with barely a day passing without any incident in recent months. Most incidents involve Jews attempting to access the area in order to pray or demonstrate a Jewish presence. The growing strength of the Jewish Temple Movement and other organizations that seek to change the status quo on the Temple Mount has exacerbated these tensions, as has the crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Image/ Yaakov Shoham

Image/ Yaakov Shoham

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