JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A full bunch of ultra-nationalist Jews guarded by come up police streamed their plan into the Jerusalem compound revered each in Judaism and Islam on Sunday, leading to violence between police and outraged Muslim worshippers.
The extremely inviting talk about with came all the plan throughout the closing days of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims flock to hope at the compound’s al-Aqsa mosque, the third-holiest field in Islam where non-Muslim prayer has been banned since 1187.
Police fired breeze gas and rubber-covered bullets to disperse worshippers, some of whom threw stones and chairs as the Jewish groups walked across the esplanade in entrance of the al-Aqsa to offended calls of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is colossal).
One Palestinian man suffered a head distress, while others had been treated from gas inhalation contained in the compound, a medic from the Palestinian Crimson Crescent acknowledged.
Revered by Jews as Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, it’s one of basically the most sensitive web sites in the Israeli-Palestinian battle.
The director of the al-Aqsa mosque, Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, acknowledged the trip by the Jewish groups broke with the reputation quo of the Israeli authorities no longer permitting such visits in the final 10 days of Ramadan.
But Sunday coincided with Israel’s annual Jerusalem Day, when Jewish pilgrims, including ultra-nationalists who claim an uncommon correct to what as soon as used to be the positioning of two biblical temples, jog throughout the advanced below heavy Israeli guard.
Kiswani acknowledged the talk about with of what he described as as much as 800 Jewish “extremists” had no longer been coordinated with the Muslim authorities at the compound and accused come up police of attacking worshippers.
Israeli police acknowledged they’d taken “security measures after disturbances by Arabs”.
Security at the positioning has been heavy since a stabbing assault in Jerusalem on Friday wherein two Israelis had been injured and a Palestinian teenager suspected of conducting the assault used to be killed by Israeli forces.
On Friday, tens of thousands of Muslims attended prayers at al-Aqsa mosque, hearing a message of defiance towards Israeli control of the venue.
Israel claims all of Jerusalem, including the eastern sector captured in the 1967 battle, as its capital. Palestinians prefer East Jerusalem to be the capital of the verbalize they see in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 and each aspect are nonetheless looking ahead to a promised peace proposal from U.S. President Donald Trump that he has termed the “deal of the century”.
Palestinians get boycotted the Trump administration since it broke with a long time of U.S. coverage and global consensus by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017. They worry the Trump plan will topple short of their core statehood ask.
Reporting by Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky
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