Palestinians attack Jews on way to pray

2014-11-21 20:27
The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Jerusalem - Palestinians in east Jerusalem attacked a group of Jews on their way to pray there on Friday evening, lightly injuring two of them police said.

"A group of Jewish worshippers were attacked as they walked...to Beit Horot," a police statement said, referring to a Jewish seminary set up on the Mount of Olives by ultranationalist rabbi Benny Elon in 1999.

One man was stabbed in the back and the second hit with a blunt instrument, apparently an iron bar.

On Tuesday, two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in west Jerusalem, killing four worshippers and fatally wounding a policeman who arrived at the scene.

Police shot the assailants, both from east Jerusalem.

The killings hiked tensions in Jerusalem, already the site of months of unrest.

Tensions have been rising in Jerusalem since the bodies of three kidnapped young Israelis were discovered in late June, leading to a revenge attack in which a Palestinian teenager was abducted and burned alive.

A spate of "lone wolf" attacks by Palestinians, reprisals by hardline Jews and a growing focus on religious confrontation have left both sides living in dread of what will come next.

Palestinians have been angered by the efforts of hardline Jewish activists to overturn a long-standing ban on Jews praying at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, with unrest further fuelled by a slew of new Israeli settlement projects in east Jerusalem.

Read more on:    israel  |  religion

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
23 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.