Palestinian violence erupted at a Jerusalem holy site as a Muslim holiday and Jewish fast day coincided.
Tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers clashed with Israeli security forces on the Temple Mount on the first day of Eid al-Adha.
On Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, Muslims celebrate what they say was Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Ishmael. They say, God stopped him and provided a lamb instead.
One Jerusalem resident blamed the Israeli police for the trouble.
“It was peaceful to start with, everyone was sitting down praising and glorifying for the Eid al-Adha, when (the police) attacked us like monsters,” Walaa said.
But other reports indicated that Muslims were angry because Jews were lining up outside hoping to enter the Temple Mount.
This year, the first day of the Muslim feast coincided with the Jewish fast day of Tisha b’Av – the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av. According to Jewish tradition, the first and second Temples in the Bible, built on this site, were destroyed on this day.
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