Anger at Jerusalem Shrine Clash

Temple Mount - Jerusalem

Temple Mount - Jerusalem

Clashes spread from the mosque compound into the narrow Old City streets.

Palestinian leaders have blamed Israel for raising tension in Jerusalem after a day of clashes at the city’s most sensitive religious site. ┬áPolice used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse 150 Palestinian protesters who had thrown rocks at non-Muslims who entered the al-Aqsa mosque compound.

The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is sacred to both religions.

Israeli police said the visitors were foreign tourists, but Palestinians said they were Jewish extremists.

“At a time when (the US administration) is trying to bridge the divide… Israel is deliberately escalating tensions in Jerusalem,” said Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat.

“We’ve seen this before, and we know what the consequences are,” he added.

In the past the al-Aqsa/Temple Mount compound has been a flashpoint for Israel-Palestinian violence, notably after the visit of then Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon in 2000.

Protests were quelled by Sunday afternoon, with dozens of police patrolling the streets of the walled Old City and blocking some of its gates.

Read Entire Story in Jerusalem Post http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8278186.stm

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