Friday Prayers Attacked

8 March 2013

Tensions were high in Jerusalem today, Israeli police fired stun grenades at Palestinian worshipper’s in the old city close to AL-Aqsa Mosque. Violence between worshippers and Israeli police broke out when some Palestinian started throwing rocks and molotov cocktails at the soldiers after Friday prayers in Jerusalem’s Old City. Around fifty Israeli military police surrounded Damascus gate the entrance to the Muslim quarter of the old city. Officers entered the the politically charged area which is home to one of Islam’s holiest sites. Palestinian media said at least 15 protesters were injured.

Palestinian media sources say that the violence in Jerusalem today was due to a previous incident inside Damascus gate. An Israeli officer attacked a Palestinian female students inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrated a copy of the Holy Quran, according to Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage. The girls account that the officer tried to chase them away to prevent them from reading aloud verse from the Quran. When they refused, the officer kicked and walked on a copy of the Holy Quran. Al-Aqsa Foundation condemned the crime against the students.