Israeli police storm al-Aqsa compound
Published Friday, October 5, 2012
Israeli police invaded Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque compound after weekly prayers Friday, attacking worshipers with stun grenades and tear gas, and arresting several.
Worshipers were staging a protest against illegal Jewish settlers who entered the compound under heavy police protection earlier this week. Israeli officials said the aim of the incursion was to “assert Jewish rights in the Temple Mount”, the Jewish name for the area, according to the Sabbah Report.
Israelis have made repeated threats to demolish the Aqsa mosque, considered the third holiest site in Islam, in order to build a Jewish temple in its stead. The move would accelerate redemption, according to Jewish religious authorities.
Photos published by a witness showed policemen stationed outside the Haram el Sharif mosque, as youth, including some of the injured, were reportedly trapped inside fearing arrest.
“Settler invasions of Aqsa are daily, this is nothing new, we just need to wake up. Aqsa empty daily,” wrote Twitter user Zalameh, whose eyewitness reports on the Aqsa invasion were circulated around the web, with some posts receiving more than 100 re-tweets.
— Zalameh (@BDS4Justice) October 5, 2012