Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Muslims Clash with Israeli Police at Jerusalem Holy Site

Muslims Clash with Israeli Police at Jerusalem Holy Site

Israeli police have clashed with Muslim worshippers at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Palestinians heroically confronted on Sunday brutal Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque, with dozens hurt, including Grand Al-Quds Mufti.

Earlier, Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Israel holds Gaza's ruling Hamas authorities "responsible and accountable for any acts of violence emanating from the Gaza Strip", regardless of whether Hamas ordered the attack. Footage of the clashes showed police firing tear gas and employing other riot-control weapons against Palestinians at the site.

"The gate was opened, but no non-Muslims were allowed in".

Tens of thousands of Muslims had gathered at the site in Jerusalem's Old City early on Sunday for holiday prayers, police said. The Israeli government has repeatedly said it has no intention of changing the status quo. The Jewish visitors left the compound shortly thereafter.

But some settler groups have been lobbying Israeli authorities to allow Jewish visitors on the site during Tisha Be' Av, so they can mourn the destruction of a temple believed to have been located there 2,000 years ago.

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In a statement, police said they had deployed forces at the site in anticipation of disturbances and "dispersed rioters". Access to the Temple Mount was later granted to some Jewish worshipers.

Witnesses said at least two people had been arrested.

After the confrontations died down, Jerusalem District Police Chief Doron Yedid said on Kan radio that he had lifted the visiting ban and Jewish visitors had then entered the area under heavy police guard.

"There is a big political movement from the far right in Israeli politics to get more access to the area, and potentially to pray there in the future, and that is what is behind the tension", said Fawcett. Police spokesmen could not be reached for comment. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, said the attack was an "individual act" carried out by youths frustrated at the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza and was not planned by the group.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted a photo of what appeared to be police forces and Muslim women clashing on the Temple Mount, referring to the former as "terrorists".

"The same terrorists are hoping to impose #HumiliationoftheCentury on Palestinians".

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