May 8, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Israeli police on Wednesday detained and questioned a top Palestinian cleric about clashes that took place a day earlier in Jerusalem's Old City. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sheik Muhammad Hussein, also known as the mufti of Jerusalem, was released with no charges after six hours. It was a rare arrest of a senior Palestinian religious figure and drew immediate condemnation from Palestinian Authority leaders. President Mahmoud Abbas described the arrest as “a blatant violation of freedom of worship” and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called it “a grave escalation.” The Tuesday clashes occurred when Palestinians began protesting against a group of Jewish visitors to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount.
March 24, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - A large Israeli police force Sunday dismantled protest tents that Palestinian activists had set up on a hill east of Jerusalem and forcefully removed some 50 activists from the area. The activists pitched the tents on the first day of President Obama's visit to Israel and the West Bank. The encampment was near an area known as E1, where Israel plans to build a new Jewish settlement. The tent village was the second that activists had set up in the area to protest the planned settlement.
March 8, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Palestinians and Israeli police clashed Friday following noon prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem in what some said was a protest over prisoners held in Israeli jails. Police entered the walled compound where the mosque and the Dome of the Rock are situated after dozens of Palestinians threw rocks at them near one of the gates, a police spokesman said. Officers fired stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protesters as they pursued them inside the walled compound and as they clashed at the gates, witnesses said.
October 29, 2012 |
TIRA, Israel — When residents of this once-sleepy Arab village gathered to protest recent gang-style shootings in their community, anger quickly focused on the Israeli police. Residents raised signs reading, "Police are terrorists. " Local leaders recited a familiar list of complaints: Police treat Arabs like second-class citizens; they fail to prosecute many criminals and don't seize enough illegal weapons; they can't be trusted. Given the animosity, the protesters' next demand was somewhat surprising.
October 28, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - A simple, ancient ritual is threatening the delicate security balance atop Jerusalem's most sacred plaza: Jews are praying. On most days, dozens - sometimes hundreds - of Jewish worshipers ascend to the disputed 36-acre platform that Muslims venerate as Al Aqsa mosque and Jews revere as the Temple Mount with an Israeli police escort to protect them and a Muslim security guard to monitor their movements. Then, they recite a quick prayer, sometimes quietly to themselves, other times out loud.
August 21, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday condemned the brutal beating of a Palestinian teenager by a gang of Jewish youths shouting anti-Arab slurs. Though racially motivated attacks by both Israelis and Palestinians are not uncommon, the incident Thursday night in central Jerusalem has triggered a wave of soul-searching among Israelis, particularly after one suspect expressed pride in his actions because the victim was Arab. "In the state of Israel, we are not prepared to tolerate racism," Netanyahu said Tuesday.