Temple Mount Palestinian occupiers, outraged by reports that an Israeli policeman ‘mishandled’ a Quran, battled riot officers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound with stones and petrol bombs.
AFP One officer who was injured by the firebomb and several others who were injured by stones that were thrown, were evacuated to hospital.”
On Friday, following the morning prayers on the Temple Mount, police estimate that a hundred Arabs began rioting and throwing rocks at police officers. Two Molotov cocktails (firebombs) were thrown at police from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One policeman was injured by the fire, and taken to the hospital.
An AFP journalist at the scene said the clash was triggered by Palestinian media allegations that a policeman at the compound, one of Islam’s holiest sites, on Sunday kicked a holy book and trampled on it.
“That’s completely incorrect,” Rosenfeld said, adding that the Koran in question was being held by one of a group of women seeking to block a visit to the compound by Israelis when the book fell by accident. “They blocked them with a bench and one of the women who was sitting on the bench was reading a Koran,” he said. “When the bench was removed from the area the Koran fell on the floor. The Koran was picked up and returned to the lady and there was no misconduct by any of the police.”
Police arrested at least four people, and dispersed the rest with stun grenades. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that about 100 protesters, many of them masked, attacked police, who fired stun grenades in response.