It is noteworthy that this article says that “Muslim worshippers” threw stones and scuffled with police. Worshippers. For people who believe that a divinely-inspired prophet told them that they “will fight against the Jews and you will kill them until even a stone would say: Come here, Muslim, there is a Jew (hiding himself behind me); kill him,” this kind of thing is indeed an act of worship. Where are the moderate Muslims, incidentally, to repudiate that hadith, which is frequently quoted by jihadists, and declare that it should not in any sense be taken as a guide to behavior in the present day?
JERUSALEM – Hundreds of angry Muslim worshippers threw stones and scuffled with police on Friday in an eruption of outrage over contentious Israeli renovation work at a disputed Old City holy site.
About 200 police streamed on to the hilltop compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, to try to quell the violence, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Witnesses said police hurled stun grenades.
Several dozen protesters barricaded themselves inside the Al-Aqsa mosque at the compound, which is Islam’s third-holiest site. The protesters are angry about Israeli repair work on an earthen ramp leading to the hilltop compound, which they fear will damage the mosque.
Police said several protesters and several officers were injured in the faceoff, but gave no further details.
The clashes erupted at the end of Friday prayers at the site. Police had braced for possible riots during the prayers, which often have been a flashpoint for clashes.