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Israeli police clash with demonstrators after settlers open new synagogue in Jerusalem

Oct. 12, 2008 8:43 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2008 8:43 P.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Palestinian demonstrators confronted Israeli police on Sunday after Israeli settlers opened a new Synagogue on Al-Wad street in Jerusalem, near the iconic Al-Aqsa mosque.

The Fatah movement in Jerusalem organized a demonstration against the opening of the temple, which was built on land seized from the Islamic Waqf, the religious trust that administers mosques.

Dmitri Dyliani, the Fatah spokesperson in Jerusalem said Israeli security forces set up checkpoints around the city, blocking demonstrators from reaching the site. Israeli officers ringed the temple.

Dyliani said the new temple-settlement was an affront to the Palestinian character of Jerusalem's Old City, and "a provocation of Muslims throughout the world."

Palestinians consider Jerusalem their capital, even though Israel placed the city under its complete control after it invaded the West Bank in 1967. The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam.

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