Tourists stoned in Jerusalem: 13 held

2012-02-19 17:37

Jerusalem - Israeli police arrested 13 Palestinians in the grounds of Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque complex on Sunday after police and tourists visiting the site were stoned, a police spokesperson said.

"Stones were thrown at tourists and police officers. Police have made thirteen arrests," Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. "The situation is calm at present."

He said he did not know the cause of the incident.

Nasser Kos, a resident of Jerusalem's Old City who was at the site during the incident, told AFP that a group of Christian tourists entered the compound. Among them, Palestinians identified religious Jews and began hurling stones at police, Kos said.

Police used tear gas to disperse the Palestinians, none of whom was hurt, Kos said.

Rosenfeld said one police officer was lightly injured by a stone that hit him on the head, and he was treated on the site.

A Palestinian protest was staged a week ago at the site, which is revered by Jews as the site of their biblical Jewish temple, when a group of Jewish nationalist hardliners attempted to visit.

They were prevented by police from doing so and calm was restored.

The Al-Aqsa compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount, is home to the third-most sacred site in Islam. It is venerated by Jews as their holiest site, where King Herod's temple once stood before it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

  • Lynda - 2012-02-19 20:13

    It scares me that the most revered and religious site of two divergent religions can also be the site of such hatred and violence....makes me wonder what God/Allah thinks of it all...somehow think the whole purpose of religion has been lost by most!

      Adam - 2012-02-19 21:11

      little unknown fact: the temple mount/dome of the rock, sits in the very middle of jerusalem. although in a jewish city, in a jewish country, jews are not allowed to step foot neat the place - palestinians and muslims will not allow it. islamic religious sites are under the control of the islamic board of national religious sites(thats not the real name but you get the idea) they dont tell you that type of stuff in the news when they mention israel

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-02-20 12:06

      so can't they split it down the middle and have a door on the one side for Jews and a door for Muslims on the other side? This world needs more tolerance.

      Adam - 2012-02-20 16:42

      the have split it down the middle, and who do you think continues to throw stones?

      Manhattan - 2012-02-20 19:12

      I like to think of it as the unholy land.

  • emokgojoe - 2012-02-28 15:44

    and you think SA is bad..hhhmm

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