Intifada anniversary causes injuries on Temple Mount

(AGI) Jerusalem, Sept 28 - Tensions are high in Jerusalem forthe anniversary of the Second Intifada, the Palestinian revoltthat occurred on September 28, 2000, with new clashes havingbroken out between Israeli police and Palestinians in theAl-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in the heart of the city.This is yet another episode of violence and occurs on the firstday of the celebrations of the Jewish Sukkot feast, known alsoas the 'feast of the tabernacles'. The police launched tear gasand stun grenades to break up some Palestinian youth that hadraised barricades inside the

(AGI) Jerusalem, Sept 28 - Tensions are high in Jerusalem forthe anniversary of the Second Intifada, the Palestinian revoltthat occurred on September 28, 2000, with new clashes havingbroken out between Israeli police and Palestinians in theAl-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in the heart of the city.This is yet another episode of violence and occurs on the firstday of the celebrations of the Jewish Sukkot feast, known alsoas the 'feast of the tabernacles'. The police launched tear gasand stun grenades to break up some Palestinian youth that hadraised barricades inside the mosque and threatened to attackthe Jews who approached the Temple Mount. Israeli authoritiesreported that the rioters had spent the night inside thebuilding and, when the police arrived, they started launchingtheir Molotov cocktails and stones. According to the RedCrescent, 22 Palestinians have been left injured following theclashes, as reported by Palestinian news agency Maan. Three ofthe injured have been hospitalised after being hit by rubberbullets, while others were diagnosed with minor injuries. OnSunday, Palestinian youth, with their faces covered, threwstones and firecrackers against the Israeli police afterrumours began to circulate that groups of Jews would have theirown visiting hours to the third most sacred place of Islam,which is also a holy place for Judaism. As the eight days ofSukkot begin, the weeklong feast commemorating the Hebrewpilgrimage, Israeli police have banned access to the area toPalestinians under 50 years of age. Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu, pressed by the extreme right wing,reiterated that the status quo will be respected, as envisagedby international agreements, enabling access for Jews to theTemple Mount, yet without stopping to pray so as to avoidtensions. The second Intifada was triggered by right-wing Likudleader Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount, following thefailure at Camp David of the agreement between then U.S.President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak andPalestinian National Authority (PNA) President Yasser Arafat.(AGI). .