Israel police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem

AP News
Posted: Sep 06, 2013 10:34 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say several Palestinians threw rocks at officers and Jewish worshippers after Muslim prayers in Jerusalem's Old City and 15 have been arrested.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says clashes began when several hundred Palestinians emerged from Friday prayers at a sensitive hilltop compound revered by both Jews and Muslims.

He says masked men threw rocks at police and Jews praying at the nearby Western Wall on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. Two officers were hurt and 15 Palestinians arrested, he said.

The compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. Known to Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary," it is Islam's third-holiest site.

The Western Wall, a remnant of the biblical Jewish Temple compound, is the holiest site where Jews can pray.