Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces after Jewish rightists entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday, locals said.Arabic media has been warning for days that Jews will be visiting the Temple Mount today, Rosh Hashanah Eve. Of course, Jews visited yesterday as well, and the day before.
Local youths threw stones at a group of around 40 Israeli rightists who entered the compound, witnesses said.
Israeli forces responded by storming the mosque compound and spraying protestors with pepper spray, lightly injuring three women.
Sheikh Raed Salah had instigated a lot of the incitement and he was arrested a couple of days ago.
The Muslims tried to form a human shield to prevent Jews from entering via the Moroccan gate to visit Judaism's holiest spot.
Luckily, instead of barring the Jews from their ascent, the Israeli police instead closed the compound to the troublemakers:
Israeli police closed all gates leading to the mosque and prevented worshipers under 50 from entering. They also stopped dozens of buses in Jerusalem carrying Palestinian worshipers to the mosque and told them to turn around, Israeli media reported.The area was reopened to all in the afternoon.
Here's a video of Muslim women chanting "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the army of Mohammed will return" on the Mount as Israeli police very respectfully move them along:
Here is a video from yesterday of a Muslim preacher, speaking English, where he tries to say that international law should leave the Mount (and indeed the entire Old City) Judenrein. He also says that since the existence of Jews in the area angers Muslims, they are threatening the peace. Which just goes to show how many Muslims will happily call to massacre Jews in Arabic but try to put on a peaceful face to the West.