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Israeli forces raid al-Aqsa compound, 40 Palestinians injured
Published Friday 06/12/2013 (updated) 07/12/2013 10:28
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades at Palestinian worshipers on Friday during clashes in the al-Aqsa compound.

Al-Aqsa clinic medics told Ma'an that 40 people were injured by stun grenade splinters and pepper spray, and five were taken to the hospital as a result.

The wounded included a 10-year-old child hit with a stun grenade splinter in the neck.

A Ma'an reporter said Israeli police raided the mosque compound in East Jerusalem and used riot control methods on worshipers, who responded by throwing rocks at Israeli forces.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

Israeli forces assaulted journalist Atta Ewisat and also used pepper spray to disperse the crowds.

Israeli forces said they detained three people for participating in the clashes, and the tally might rise.

Clashes also broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Bab Hutta and al-Saidiya neighborhoods.

Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area. Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.

It is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

According to mainstream Jewish religious leaders, Jews are forbidden from entering for fear they would profane the "Holy of Holies," or the inner sanctum of the Second Temple.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

1 ) Karen / US
06/12/2013 19:55
These disgraceful violations by the Zionist IDF is outrageous. Palestinians can't even pray in there mosques in peace! Shame on Israel's apartheid racism!

2 ) southparkbear / usa
06/12/2013 20:26
every Friday is a good Friday

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/12/2013 22:06
This is a good opportunity for mass action. Palestinians merely need to insist on attempting to enter al Aqsa in huge numbers whenever Israel attempts to prevent them. It should be easy to recruit enormous numbers to take part. Leave Israel either attempting to arrest ten thousand at once or in the position of shooting down people on the grounds of the mosque as they attempt to practice their faith. Israel's set herself up here -- if only Palestinians will take advantage.

4 ) Arnold / Canada
06/12/2013 22:12
Karen # 1. Please do me a favor and learn the truth about the Temple Mount. It is the Jewish people that the Moslems refuse to allow to pray at the site. We Jews care not to enter the mosque but the Temple Mount is holy to the Jews.

5 ) Peckham Liberation Front / UK
06/12/2013 22:53
Time to bring in the Israeli demolition teams, followed closely by the archaeologists, and then the the temple builders.

6 ) Kreplach macher / USA
06/12/2013 22:55
@1 Those Arabs have no business being on Jewish property, send them back to Saudia Arabia tonight.

7 ) @2)- southparkbear / Usa2
06/12/2013 22:58
What are you, some kind of artificially intelligent, hybrid, moron? Pity bear baiting has been outlawed, otherwise we could have stuck you in a pit & watched you running off your mouth, while we flung tear gas canisters at you. Then you'd see if every Friday was a good one or not.

8 ) ian / australia
07/12/2013 00:01
Israel is clearly undertaking something despicable on the Haram ash-Sharif. There's no reason for soldiers to be there. The only "riot" they're claiming the need to "control" is the RESULT of their presence. But the Palestinians should use this, raise its profile. They should request that Jews (and their armed escorts) stay OFF the "Temple Mount" until the nine months of talks are completed and a "peace" agreement signed. It could be a major condition, a non-negotiable demand. It's a reasonable

9 ) ian / australia
07/12/2013 00:07
(contd.) request: the Palestinians have put contentious things on hold until after the talks and the Aqsa is a contemporary Islamic site on "disputed" land. And the inevitable Israeli refusal can only look bad...and its despicable assault on a holy place widely publicised.

10 ) @kreplach the inbred / USA
07/12/2013 02:22
checha putas belong in chechnya

11 ) @ Karen-1 / USA too
07/12/2013 02:50
These disgraceful violations are Palestinians using the Site, Holy to both, to stage riots and clashes, instead of "praying in the mosques in peace". - That is truly "outrageous." and It is also the only reason that IDF came to the site, so as to halt the Muslim "prayer involving throwing stones at the Jews below.

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
07/12/2013 02:56
To @2) #7: 'What are you, some kind of artificially intelligent, hybrid, moron?' This is all relative. Compare Southparkbear to Brian Cohen, Arnold, Lilith, et al, et al. When it comes to Zionists, Southpark's not bad. At least he rises above that leaden, vicious, repetitive dishonesty that characterizes the rest of the tribe.

13 ) gabi / australia
07/12/2013 03:22
More idiocy from southparkbear. Not unexpected, really. #7 - southparkbear's not even artificially intelligent. Pity, really. # 6 - learn a bit more history, pleeese! And send those non-Semitic Jews back to Europe and Russia. # 5 - same "intelligence" as southparkbear. #4 arnold - again, same ol' same ol' nonsense. You are so open-minded, you can tell me why the IDF needs to be there on the Muslim holy day if not for provocation, pure and simple. Lovely stuff from the "light to all nations".

14 ) wjm / usa
07/12/2013 03:40
As far as I know, there is no historical or archeological evidence for the past existence of a Jewish temple beneath the platform of the Al Aqsa Mosque. The Jewish conquest of Palestine has its basis in pure mythology.

15 ) southparkbear / usa
07/12/2013 07:22
#7 i guess you are what they call a human rights activist.

16 ) Farfel / UK
07/12/2013 10:05
@7 AFAIK you are incorrect, and please allow me too correct your post. Bear baiting is alive and well, in Shahid Square in Damascus on Friday mornings.

17 ) Tom / HK
07/12/2013 11:55
No evidence of any temple being in the holy land. Try GERMANY!

18 ) ian / australia
07/12/2013 13:12
#4, #5, #6 G-d you people are morons. "...Arabs have no business being on Jewish property" (#6), "...do me a favor and learn the truth...the Temple Mount is holy to the Jews." (#4) Well, of course, it's "holy to the Jews", Arnold, it's a Jewish holy site, like Bodh Gaya is a Buddhist holy site and holy to Californian Buddhists. Just because you claim a connection, venerate it and utter incantations in its direction doesn't mean you OWN it...esp. when it's in another country!

19 ) ian / australia
07/12/2013 13:13
(contd.) Californians can visit the site of the Buddha's Enlightenment as long as they get their shots, respect the sovereignty of India, and obey the rules. They can VISIT, but it's not THEIRS because they're Buddhists. Just as Jews don't OWN the Temple Mount (not any more) despite its significance to Judaism...though they will in all likelihood be able to visit, as respectful guests at the discretion of Palestinian hosts.

20 ) jesse / usa
07/12/2013 19:28
@ IAN. continue your thought.,.. at the discretion of the hosts. You mean the same hosts who didn't allow jews anywhere near the site for years?? and it is a jewish site but jews are not allowed to say a prayer when visiting?? that's completely ridiculous. EVERY time jews go there soldiers go for their protection. cause arabs go crazy if a jew even stepd foot in it. If jews can visit with no issue there wouldn't be an issue. Tell my why exactly a jew cant pray on the temple mount??

21 ) Ali Ak47 / Usa
08/12/2013 01:54
hey every body isralei are mean people and this his not there land and they have to going in to gaza and palestine because there always in our way and mostly the israeli solider have to going in to jursalem wrecking the place in jursalem and they think there all that and it dosent mean it there land its gods land.

22 ) Ali Ak47 / usa
08/12/2013 02:18
The muslim have the right for this country and now its our property not the israeli and its not there bussnies to be in our property in jursalem and it makes me so mad when the israeli are killing the palestiain and also gaza and all the other arab country and they think they think they could do anything they want like going into jursalem and wreck the place. WE MUSLIM DO IS THROW STONE AT THE ISRAELI SOLIDERS AND OTER WEAPONS.I love gaza and gaza alot of muslim are dying.Im from palestine bye

23 ) ian / australia
08/12/2013 02:46
#20 "...You mean the same hosts who didn't allow jews anywhere near the site for years??" Yep. Your blind spot is showing, jesse. You're forgetting Israel is an aggressive invader which declared itself (and was recognized) according to one set of borders, enlarged itself (through war) to another, then seized (and now occupies) the whole. Relations with such an entity, whose voracious appetite is evidently not sated, inc. sensitivity to religious niceties, can't really be "normal", can they?

24 ) ian / australia
08/12/2013 02:47
(contd.) When sovereign Palestine is a reality, on the '67 line, normal relations between neighbours could begin, including Jewish tourism, on Palestinian terms, to the "Temple Mount".

25 ) ian / australia
08/12/2013 02:48
#20 "...and it is a jewish site but jews are not allowed to say a prayer when visiting??" Jews can visit NOW, jesse, with other non-believers via the Rambam Gate and say what prayers they like...as long as they're private and silent. They just can't descend menacingly in large, armed groups and perform gaudy rituals which invoke ownership, conquest and contempt. It IS afterall a 1,400-year-old Muslim holy place, the first Qibla, and the site of the miraculous Night Journey and Ascension

26 ) ian / australia
08/12/2013 02:48
(contd.) of Muhammed peace and blessings of Allah be on him...so that's fair, isn't it?

27 ) ian / australia
08/12/2013 02:49
#20 "Tell my why exactly a jew cant pray on the temple mount??" Well, a Jew CAN (see previous) but here's three reasons: 1 Jews don't share. They take. They violate the Aqsa with evil in their hearts and regard the shrines (and worshippers) with hatred and contempt. They think it's theirs and dream of the day the "abominations" will be razed and Muslims banned. 2 It's not in Israel. It's in occupied Palestine and is administered by the Jordanian Waqf...so despite how significant to Judaism

28 ) ian / australia
08/12/2013 02:50
(contd.) they claim it to be, it's not up to Jews (or Israel) to determine who visits and how they behave. And 3 Respect for the religious beliefs of others is axiomatic and inscribed in law. It's an international norm...and armed troops firing tear gas cannisters and rubber-coated bullets in a religious sanctuary for NO reason beyond a thuggish display of WHO has the power and WHO will eventually control it... does NOT convey respect. Enough reasons?

29 ) Don / Hungary
08/12/2013 05:16
It is a disgrace to allow muslim control over Israel's territory, Israel is the only country in the world that allows this discriminations of muslims that hate and happy to kill all infidels. They will stop being so arrogant and hateful if they are subjected to an Israeli law. Isma- a peaceful religion?

30 ) Cordi / Indonesia
08/12/2013 05:22
If the karens and wjms of this world overcome their inherent hatred and learn a little bit of history, they might be even able to hold a discussion, but I don't raise my expectation
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