JERUSALEM (AP) Masked Palestinians threw stones and shot fireworks at Israeli police at a contentious Jerusalem holy site for a second day in a row on Monday, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the resumption of peace efforts.
Spokesman of the Palestinian government, Yousef al-Mahmoud, held the Israeli government fully responsible for its offensive in al-Aqsa, saying the Israeli offensive in al-Aqsa represents a violation against the religious, political and historical rights of the Arabs and Muslims.
Locals who were at the mosque said that Israeli Forces broke into the mosque and opened teargas and sound grendades at the people, then violently arrested one Palestinian and severely assaulted another.
The mosque's Palestinian director, Sheikh Omar Kiswani, told Anadolu Agency that 35 Palestinian worshippers had been injured on Monday in clashes with Israeli police - clashes which, he said, had been prompted by the entry into the site by large numbers of Jewish settlers earlier in the day.
The 10 days, which began yesterday, are the most solemn for Muslims and the period attracts the highest number of worshippers to the site. Muslims don't want Jews to pray in the vicinity of their place of worship, which the Jews refer to as Table Mount.
The al-Aqsa mosque compound is in the Old City of East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed in 1967 - in a move never recognised by the worldwide community - as part of its occupation of the West Bank.
Rosenfeld added that four Palestinian youths had been arrested for disrupting the passage of non-Muslims to the site. The area has been occupied by Israel since 1967. Muslims refer to it as the Noble Sanctuary, where they believe the Prophet Muhammad embarked on a night journey to heaven, while Jews refer to it the Temple Mount, where the two Jewish temples stood in biblical times.
Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold tweeted: "Nothing can justify the use of violence by a Palestinian mob at a holy site in Jerusalem revered by all faiths".