3 Palestinians Reported Killed in Violent Jerusalem Protests Against Temple Mount Security Measures
JNS.org – Three Palestinians were reportedly killed and several-dozen were injured during “day of rage” riots over Israel’s security measures on the Temple Mount, following the July 14 terror attack that killed two Israeli police officers near the holy site.
The riots, which were incited by Palestinian leaders, erupted after Friday prayers in response to Israel’s decision to install metal detectors at the entrance gates to the Temple Mount. According to various Palestinian media reports, a 17-year-old identified as Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf and Hassan Abu Ghanem, 19, were killed in clashes in eastern Jerusalem, and a third Palestinian Muhammad Lafi, 18, was killed near Abu Dis near Jerusalem.
A picture of the three Palestinians was later shared on the Facebook page of Fatah, the faction led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which described them as “martyrs” who “ascended to heaven for Jerusalem.”
Four Israeli police officers were injured in the clashes after being struck with stones and flares, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
Other riots and clashes occurred in cities throughout the disputed territories on Friday, including in the Qalandia refugee camp and Hebron. Rioters threw rocks and glass bottles, and rolled burning tires at security forces.