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Protesters take on the Israeli state

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2472

Protests have flared up across East Jerusalem and the West Bank as Israeli forces attacked Palestinians defending themselves from Israeli activists.

Soldiers attacked Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday 13 September. 

The Palestinians were trying to defend the Al Aqsa Mosque compound from an incursion by Israelis.

The Israelis claimed they were trying to pray at the site, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims. 

But most of those trying to enter were members of “Temple Activism” groups.

They want to demolish the mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple.


They were headed up by Israeli agriculture minister Uri Ariel. He has called for a temple to be built on what they believe to be the site of Jerusalem’s ancient temple.

Protests have spread to areas of the occupied West Bank such as Bethlehem, Nablus and Jenin.

There have also been protests in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers in East Jerusalem have responded by attacking Palestinians.

Palestinian Authority police clamped down on protests in the West Bank.

Meanwhile Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has backed proposed legislation for mandatory jail sentences for Palestinian stone-throwers.


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Tue 22 Sep 2015, 15:00 BST
Issue No. 2472
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