Palestinians Clash With Police at Jerusalem Holy Site (NY) TIMES) By ETHAN BRONNER 02/25/12)
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Several hundred Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at
Jerusalemís holiest site on Friday, after calls posted on right-wing
Jewish Internet sites for Jews to push Muslims from it prompted
Palestinians to mass there in resistance.
Anticipating trouble, police officers, as well as Palestinian news
photographers, gathered at the site of the expected standoff, the
plaza by Al Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, two of Islamís
holiest shrines, which sit above the remains of two Jewish temples.
Tensions have always been high over control of the space, known to
Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.
Jews pray below the plaza at the Western Wall and are not permitted
to engage in religious rituals or prayer in the plaza, but small
groups occasionally try to anyway.
A police spokesman said that Jews did not try to enter the plaza on
Friday. But some among the crowd of Palestinians threw stones at the
police officers at its entrance. Some barricaded themselves in the
mosque. The police said they used stun grenades to disperse the
crowd. Each side reported about a dozen light injuries. The police
arrested four Palestinians.
Later, a disturbance near the West Bank city of Ramallah related to
the confrontation led to the death of a Palestinian. Medical
authorities said Talat Ramia, 25, died in hospital after being shot
by an Israeli soldier. An Israeli army spokesman said a riot had
broken out and that Mr. Ramia had shot fireworks at soldiers at a
checkpoint. He was shot by a soldier in the shoulder and died later
in the hospital. (Copyright 2012 The New York Times Company 02/25/12)
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