Palestinians Riot in Jerusalem

By JTA

Published March 16, 2010.
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Palestinians rioted in Jerusalem as part of a “day of rage” declared by Hamas.

Palestinians threw stones at police and set fire to tires and garbage containers in eastern Jerusalem on Tuesday. Police in riot gear fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas.

About 50 Arabs and 8 police have been injured in the violence and dozens arrested, according to reports.

By afternoon most of the violence had subsided, except in the Shuafat neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.

The day of rage was called to protest the rededication Monday night of the ancient Hurva synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. There were no violent incidents during the rededication.

“We call on the Palestinian people to regard Tuesday as a day of rage against the occupation’s procedures in Jerusalem against al-Aksa mosque,” Hamas said in a statement, Haaretz reported. The violence is also reportedly linked to Israel’s approval of a 1,600-apartment building plan in an eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood.

About 3,000 police were placed on high alert and deployed throughout Jerusalem, according to reports. Israel continued to limit access to the Temple Mount to Arab men over the age of 50 and Muslim women. Jews and other visitors and tourists were not permitted to visit the Temple Mount.

Also Tuesday, Hamas’ acting parliamentary speaker Dr. Ahmed Bahar called on Palestinians to launch terror attacks on Israel inside the 1967 borders in response to the “desecration of al-Aksa.”

Overnight Monday two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the controversial Jewish-owned Beit Yonatan building in Silwan, which caused some damage.

A coalition of rightist Jewish organizations, including Temple Institute, the Organization for the Renewal of the Temple, Women in Green, the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation and Israel National Radio - Arutz Sheva, were set to mark Tuesday as “International Temple Mount Awareness Day.” The purpose of the day was to draw attention to the fact that Jews are limited in their visitation on the Temple Mount and are not permitted to pray there.






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