Israel passes bill aimed at preventing division of Jerusalem


Palestinians are calling for a "day of rage", as several worshippers were injured, at least one seriously, in clashes with Israeli police near Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque after Muslim evening prayers on Tuesday.

Jews revere it as the Temple Mount, or home of biblical Temples destroyed two millennia ago. He said he refused to pass through the metal detectors because he said they made him feel like a suspect.

There were protests in Jordan against Israel over the closure and the installation of metal detectors, despite a peace treaty between Amman and Israel.

Muslim worshipers have heeded the Wakf's calls not to enter the Temple Mount through the metal detectors and prayed for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday adjacent to the site in protest.

The order came after a group of Jewish visitors breached the rules of conduct by bringing sacred books to the site and trying to pray there. He said security forces also beat the protesters with batons.

The Tel Aviv regime has tried to change the demographic makeup of Jerusalem al-Quds over the past decades by constructing settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population. Each summer, Hamas holds terror training camps for kids of all ages, while the P.A. encourages its youth to carry out rock and firebomb attacks, stabbings, drive-by shootings and vehicle ramming against Israelis, both security forces and civilians.

Some key ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, seen as the most right-wing government in Israel's history, strongly oppose a two-state solution to the conflict.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who was in China, is returning to the West Bank to deal with the crisis, his office said in a statement. "I decided that as of tomorrow, in the framework of our policy of maintaining the status-quo, we will gradually open the Temple Mount, but with increased security measures".

Police released images of what they said were the assailants' weapons, including a knife, a pistol and a homemade automatic firearm. Police said 200 people had entered some 90 minutes after the reopening.

Jordan's King Abdullah II spoke by phone with Netanyahu on Saturday, before the reopening of the shrine, to condemn the attack but also call for de-escalation.

"We expected everyone to help restore calm", he said.

In recent months, far-right Israeli lawmakers renewed their calls to change the long-held status quo and to lift the restrictions on Jewish prays, escalating the tensions in and around the compound.

"Jerusalem will never be on the negotiating table", she said in a statement.