Clashes break out as Temple Mount reopens to Jews


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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Clashes between and Israeli broke out on the Mount in Thursday, as the site was reopened to Jews and other non- visitors following the end of the two-week closure, the Times of (TOI) reports.

The site of the Biblical temple Western Wall and the Al Aqsa mosque, the is the holiest site for Jews and the third holiest site for Muslims. Under a status quo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, non-Muslims can only visit the Temple Mount site at specific dates and times.

The Temple Mount had been closed to non-Muslims from April 21, after clashes erupted on April 15, when Friday prayers for Ramadan, Passover and Good Friday all coincided, TOI reports.

As of 7 am on Thursday, Jews were again allowed to visit the site, and tensions again boiled over as visitors lined up at the Mughrabi Bridge waiting to enter, TOI said. The visitors included MK Yomtob Kalfon from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s right-wing Yamina party.

According to Israeli police, Palestinians chanted “incitement” and threw rocks at officers, one of whom was injured, TOI said. A video from the Temple Mount also showed Palestinians shouting in Arabic “with spirit, with blood, we’ll redeem Al-Aqsa!” as Jewish visitors passed by them.

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