Friday, September 14, 2012

Riots on the Temple Mount - 9/14/12

In the continuing series, "Riots on the Temple Mount," our latest entry is from today: Muslim worshippers clash with police in East Jerusalem.
Hundreds of Muslim worshippers clashed with police after Friday prayers in East Jerusalem, as anti-U.S. protests have been spreading across the Middle East. 
The protesters took to the streets after concluding prayers in Jerusalem's Temple Mount. They walked toward the Damascus gate and hurled stones at police, then advanced toward the U.S. consulate. 
Israeli security forces dispersed the protesters using shock grenades. One Israeli police officer was lightly hurt after a rock was thrown at him. Four Muslim worshippers were arrested as a result.
Palestinians during a protest against a film mocking Islam after the Friday prayers in front of the Dome of the Rock at al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, September 14, 2012. Photo by AFP
 One thing that puzzles me is the report that the rioters headed for the US consulate. The US consulate is located in West Jerusalem, on 18 Agron St. (I went to their 4th of July party earlier this year, courtesy of a friend who was invited). The section for consular services used to be housed in East Jerusalem, on Nablus Road. Two years ago the consular section was moved to 14 David Flusser St., in West Jerusalem. Were the rioters headed to Agron St., or Nablus Rd., which is much closer to the Temple Mount? For information on the history of the consulate, see History, from the consulate's website.

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