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PHOTOS: Palestinians return to Al-Aqsa after week of violence

On Thursday, thousands of Muslim worshippers entered the compound for the first time in almost two weeks, where they clashed with Israeli security forces after boycotting the site due to Israeli restrictions.

Photos by Faiz Abu Rmeleh, Martin Barzilai, Yotam Ronen, Heidi Motola, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org

Thousands of Palestinians gather at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

Thousands of Palestinians gather at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

Protests and clashes in Jerusalem’s Old City over tensions at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif calmed on Friday, after a week of violence claimed the lives of six Palestinians and three Israelis in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Police announced for the second straight week that men under 50 would not be allowed in, closing several gates to the compound. Meanwhile a 25-year-old Palestinian who was shot by Israeli forces in Ramallah earlier this week succumbed to his wounds. Israeli soldiers also reportedly shot and killed a protester near the border with Gaza.

Israeli authorities removed controversial metal detectors at the entrance to Al-Aqsa compound earlier this week, following intervention by Jordan. On Thursday, thousands of Muslim worshippers entered the compound for the first time in almost two weeks, where they clashed with Israeli security forces, after boycotting the site. Some 115 Palestinians were treated for wounds both inside the compound and in the surrounding area, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Israel installed metal detectors and at the mosque, the third holiest site for Muslims, after an attack by three Palestinian citizens of Israel on July 14, in which they fatally shot two Israeli Border Police officers.

Palestinians viewed the restrictive measures as an encroachment of Israeli control over the holy site and a form of collective punishment.

Border Police officers guard the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

Border Police officers guard the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians run away as Border Police throw stun grenades outside Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians run away as Border Police throw stun grenades outside Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

 

Hundreds of Palestinians pray in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, outside the Old City, July 28, 2017. (Activestills.org)

Hundreds of Palestinians pray in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, outside the Old City, July 28, 2017. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians celebrate the return to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Old City of Jerusalem, July 27, 2017 (Activestills.org)

Palestinians celebrate the return to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Old City of Jerusalem, July 27, 2017 (Activestills.org)

 

A Palestinian worshipper prays in Ras al-Amoud, East Jerusalem, July 28, 2017. (Activestills.org)

A Palestinian worshipper prays in Ras al-Amoud, East Jerusalem, July 28, 2017. (Activestills.org)

 

Border Police officers throw stun grenades at Palestinians at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

Border Police officers throw stun grenades at Palestinians at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians fly the Palestinian flag Islamic flags atop Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians fly the Palestinian flag Islamic flags atop Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, July 27, 2017. (Activestills.org)

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    1. GSP

      Legitimate question – are there any photos of Palestinian crowds holding up their index fingers (Tahwid sign) that predate ISIS?

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    2. i_like_ike52

      Interesting that they were willing to abandon the Temple Mount for days, leaving it to the Jews who were coming to their holy site. Jews would not abandon any holy site for any reason, even if there were onerous restrictions, such as was the case before 1948 when the British, at the behest of the Muslim prohibited all sorts of customs of Jewish prayer.
      This tells me that the Muslims view their demand for total control of the Temple Mount more out of spite for the Jews, to show that Islam has superseded Judaism, as opposed to viewing the site as having some inherent holiness, which is illustrated by their directing their prayers towards Mecca while, at the same time, turning their back on the site of the Jewish Holy Temple.

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