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Muslims throw stones and glass bottles at Israeli marchers in the Old City of Jerusalem

By Mason White 5:34 PM April 30, 2014
The funeral of Amjad Al-Safdi 

By: Aryeh Savir
(Scroll down for video) A large group of Israeli marchers came under attack by Muslims, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Tensions continue to rise and violent incidents continue to increase in the Old City.

Some 30 Muslim rioters threw firecrackers at the Emet House in the Old City, confronting Border Police, and throwing bottles and stones at them. One Border Police officer was lightly wounded.

Muslims threw stones at some 800 Israeli marchers, who were participating in the monthly march around the Old City walls. No one was injured. Minister of Construction Uri Ariel, who was one of the participants, stated that Israel’s sovereignty on the Temple Mount should not be destabilized, and that the freedom of religious practice should be ensured for all faiths, including Jews.

Relating to the recent violent incidents on the Temple Mount, Ariel said: “Unfortunately, Muslim citizens are utilizing the holiness of the Temple Mount for political gain and are generating disturbances, breaking the peace time and again and are providing shelter for rioters. A sovereign state cannot tolerate such a breach of its sovereignty in this very holy place and I call on the Minister of Internal Security not allow this situation to continue.”

He further added that it was inconceivable that Jews would be discriminated against on the Temple Mount. In another incident, some 150 Muslims participated in the funeral of terrorist Amjad Al-Safdi, an Arab Israeli lawyer, who was arrested a few weeks ago by the GSS and police, on suspicion of aiding the Hamas terrorist organization.

Al-Safdi, who was released to house arrest, committed suicide. Commencing at the Temple Mount, the procession moved through the Old City, as marchers carried PLO and Hamas flags. At one point, they passed by Israeli homes, and one of the mourners threw a glass bottle at a playground, which was full of children and their parents.

No one was injured, but security had everyone enter their homes until the end of the event.