A few hours before the celebration of the Jewish New Year, clashes erupted Sunday morning on the esplanade of the Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. According to Muslim witnesses cited by AFP, Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third place of Islam, and caused extensive damage. One of them said that the security forces entered the mosque to the place where the pulpit used for preaching. “Prayer carpet were partially burned,” he stated in particular.
Demonstrations for “disrupting” the celebrations
An information immediately denied by Israeli police, which specifies the order that the forces were content to close the access door. The police statement said that young Palestinian demonstrators barricaded themselves in the night from Saturday to Sunday in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to “disrupt” the Jews of visits before the start of celebrations for the Jewish New Year celebrated Monday and Tuesday .
“Masked demonstrators who were in the mosque threw stones and firecrackers at police. Suspects pipes may be filled with homemade explosives were also found at the entrance of the mosque “added the police.
” We will not let go of the attacks against our holy places “
The clashes continued in the morning outdoors the esplanade, found an AFP journalist who states that the police used tear and stun grenades against protesters. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned “strongly the attack of the army and police of the occupier against the al-Aqsa mosque,” his office said. “East Jerusalem and the Christian and Muslim holy sites are a red line we will not let go of the attacks against our holy places,” he warned.
This violence occur when the voltage is escalated around the Temple Mount, following the decision of the Israeli Defence Minister, Moshe Yaalon, said Wednesday that “illegal” movement “Mourabitoun” a Muslim group which claims to defend the place saint. Remember, the Temple Mount is governed by a status quo inherited from the 1967 conflict: if Jews and Muslims can visit the sacred site, Jews, themselves, do not have the right to pray.