“Police said the violence began after Palestinians threw stones at officers on patrol in the area.” “Israeli police, Arabs clash near Jerusalem mosque,” by Allyn Fisher-Ilan for Reuters, October 25 (thanks to all who sent this in):
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police stormed Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday, hurling stun grenades at Palestinians who threw rocks at them in another outbreak of violence at the holy city’s most sensitive site.
A medic for the Palestinian Red Crescent said 18 Palestinians were injured. Police reported that three officers were hurt.
The unrest, following a similar incident a month ago, did not appear to herald any immediate slide into widescale violence that could disrupt U.S.-led efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, suspended since December.
But the confrontation between Israeli police in riot gear and rock-throwing Muslims alarmed by rumours that right-wing Jews planned to enter the site was a reminder that Jerusalem remains a cauldron of heated religious and political passions.
No kidding, really?
Police, who also used tear gas in the clashes, did not go into al-Aqsa mosque, situated on al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), regarded by Muslims as the third holiest site after the cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
The compound is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, where the two destroyed Biblical Temples once stood. Israel captured the site in a 1967 war, along with the rest of East Jerusalem, which it annexed, and adjoining parts of the West Bank.
Police said the violence began after Palestinians threw stones at officers on patrol in the area. Police then rushed onto the compound behind riot shields, using stun grenades and batons to repel protesters, who retreated into the mosque.
During the clash, dozens of young Arab men threw rocks, lumps of masonry and water tanks from the roofs of houses at police in the narrow alleyways around the mosque compound, which overlooks Judaism’s Western Wall….