VIDEO: Israeli Police, Palestinian Worshippers Clash at Jerusalem Holy Site

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8/11/2019 12:52 PM   

More than a dozen Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police at a Jerusalem holy site. Israel originally said Jews would not be allowed to go up to the Temple Mount, but later changed their mind. It's the first day of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of the sacrifice that commemorates the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. Usually al-Aqsa, the third-holiest site for Muslims, is closed to Jewish visitors on Muslim holidays. But it is also Tisha Bav, the day when Jews commemorate the destruction of the first and second Temples on the same site. Israel backtracked on a decision to close the site to Jewish visitors, and angry Palestinians clashed with police. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to stop the protests. The holy site is controlled by the Jordanian Waqf, which issued a formal complaint to Israel. Sheikh Yusuf Elbaz, a Muslim religious leader, said Israel had acted improperly. He said that Israel has no sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa mosque and that Israel is occupying the mosque. While Jews are usually allowed to visit al-Aqsa, they are not allowed to pray there. All Jewish prayer is at the Western Wall, the last remnant of the retaining wall around the Second Temple.