´Palestinian dies after Temple Mount Clashes´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 02/24/12)
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A Palestinian protester died after being shot in the chest during
clashes with police at the Temple Mount, Palestinian news agency
Ma´an reported Friday evening, citing Palestinian medics.
Talat Ramia, 25, died at the Palestine Medical Complex during
surgery, and five other Palestinians were injured according to Ma´an.
Security forces used force to disperse hundreds of Muslim worshipers
at the Temple Mount on Friday who rioted and threw stones following a
tense week in the Old City. Eleven police officers were lightly
injured and treated at the scene. Four rioters were detained though a
number of additional arrests are expected over the weekend.
A number of youth barricaded themselves inside the mosque during the
rioting, and dozens of police who responded to the incident used stun
grenades and other riot control methods to disperse the crowd. The
security forces entered the Temple Mount after police officers were
attacked at the Mugrahbi Gate, one of the entrances to the Temple
Mount, in order to stop the crowd from throwing more stones onto the
Western Wall plaza below.
“There were a number of disturbances last week [at the Temple Mount]
starting last Sunday morning,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
Twenty four people were arrested over the course of the week for rock
throwing episodes at the Temple Mount on Sunday. “What happened today
was a continuation of tension in and around the Old City and Temple
Mount due to what was put out on the internet by both right wing
extremists and terrorist organizations,” said Rosenfeld.
A website called “Our Temple Mount” has publicized a number of events
at the Temple Mount encouraging religious Jews to go up to the site
in order to exercise Jewish sovereignty over the religious area. The
site advocates for destroying any Muslim buildings in order to
rebuild the Third Temple.
Two weeks ago, the website called for members of the Likud Central
Committee to join Likud primary candidate Moshe Feiglin at the Temple
Mount on his monthly visit. “Purify the site from the enemies of
Israel who stole the land, and build the Third Temple on the ruins of
the mosques,” the flyer read.
Feiglin and two activists were denied access and the site was closed
to non-Muslims amid fears of incitement.
On Sunday, a group of approximately 50 Arabs threw stones at
Christian tourists and police patrols, prompted by reports in the
Jordanian press of more attempts by right-wing activists to ascend to
the Temple Mount. Police arrested 24 people during the day on Sunday
in connection with the stone throwing.
Arab press, including Palestinian and Jordanian newspapers, wrote a
number of inflammatory articles about right-wing attempts to exert
sovereignty over the Temple Mount, which incited worshipers to riot
on Friday following weekly prayers.
Rosenfeld said police were prepared for the possibility of
disturbances following the reports, but did not limit entry to the
Temple Mount to men over age 50 who have blue Israeli IDs, which is
common practice for when authorities are concerned about riots.
Rosenfeld said the Temple Mount is currently expected to open to non-
Muslim visitors as usual on Sunday morning, but that could
change. “Over the weekend police will be assessing security situation
and deciding what measures will be implemented next week,” he said.
Police raided an apartment in Jerusalem´s Ramot neighborhood
overnight on Monday and found extremist right-wing materials related
to the Temple Mount, including flyers from an extremist website.
Police arrested one activist and took him for questioning. The
activist is familiar to police as one of the central figures in the
extremist website “Our Temple Mount,” said Jerusalem police spokesman
Shmuel Ben Ruby.
Also on Friday, Conference of Presidents head Malcolm Hoenlein and US
Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) had stones
thrown at them while visiting the Mount of Olives cemetery in east
Jerusalem. No one was injured and police pursued the stone throwers,
though no arrests were made. Hoenlein is involved in efforts to
improve the security situation at the Mount of Olives cemetery,
including halting grave desecration and stone throwing. Melanie
Lidman contributed to this report (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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