Fearing tensions, Israel bars non-Muslims from entering Jerusalem holy site during holiday
JERUSALEM – Israeli police say they have barred all non-Muslims from entering a sensitive Jerusalem site during a major Muslim holiday.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police decided to allow unrestricted Muslim prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Thursday's Eid al-Adha celebrations and to bar all others from entering.
The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, has been a flashpoint for violence in recent days.
Palestinians accuse Israel of restricting some access to the mosque while Jewish worshippers visited the site.
Tensions boiled over last week on the eve of the Jewish new year when Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the mosque and threw rocks and firecrackers at police. An Israeli man was also died in Jerusalem after Palestinians pelted his car with rocks.