Israeli Police storm Jerusalem holy disperse to quell Palestinian protestersBy AP
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Israel police storm holy site to quell protesters
JERUSALEM — Israeli police say they have stormed a Jerusalem holy site to disperse Palestinian protesters.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the Palestinians were pelting tourists with rocks. Police entered the compound Sunday and dispersed 20 to 30 masked protesters.
There were no injuries and no arrests were made.
The holy compound is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. According to the Old Testament, King Solomon built the first Jewish Temple on the site.
The compound now houses the al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest shrine for Muslims.
Tensions have been high in recent days following the Israeli government’s announcement that two West Bank shrines would be added to Israel’s list of national heritage sites.
Tags: Israel, Jerusalem, Middle East, Palestinian Territories, Religious Doctrines And Belief Systems