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Israel isn't restraining all the extremists all the time. For example, the wild eyed "hill youth" of the settler movement are getting too much tacit support. But the "temple mount faithful" are different. They get no support. Israel is quite vigilant not to let them provoke violence on the temple mount.

AMMAN — Tensions erupted anew in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israeli security forces allowed the entry of tens of right-wing activists into Al Aqsa Mosque, the latest in a series of provocations site custodians warn are threatening to ignite a “cycle of violence”, eyewitnesses and awqaf officials said.

Clashes erupted between police and worshippers in Al Haram Al Sharif early Thursday after Israeli security forces allowed the entry of dozens of right-wing activists including a group from the Hebron settlement of Kariyat Arbiya, the latest in a series of right-wing Israeli coalitions to call for “storming” the third holiest site in Islam.

According to eyewitnesses, Israeli security forces arrested three worshippers and one awqaf employee for attempting to prevent the Israeli activists from entering Al Aqsa, raising the total number of Palestinians arrested at the holy site this week to 22.

According to the Jerusalem Awqaf Department, calm was restored to Al Haram Al Sharif shortly after the activists’ departure, as some 2,500 prayer-goers gathered in Al Aqsa plaza following noon prayers to prevent further “intrusions”.

Custodians blame the violence on Israeli security services, who escort hundreds of tour groups through the Bab Al Magharbeh gate — the largest entrance for non-Muslim visitors — into Al Aqsa each day, and, they claim, knowingly provide cover for dozens of Israeli “extremist activists” to enter the third holiest site in Islam.

“Each day Israeli forces allow the entrance of extremists whose only purpose is to escalate tensions and this is very dangerous,” said Azzam Khatib, head of the Jerusalem Awqaf Department.

Hundreds of Muslim worshippers clashed with police on Friday at Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

Following Friday prayers, hundreds of worshippers began hurling rocks at the Mughrabi Bridge at the entrance to the Temple Mount, which prompted Israeli police forces to enter the plaza and attempt t to scatter the protest.

Israeli police said that dozens of protesters gathered inside the Al-Aqsa mosque after hurling rocks at security forces, who, in a rare move, came to the entrance of the mosque and used stun grenades to scatter the protesters.

Eleven policemen and 15 Palestinians were wounded as a result of the clashes. Four Palestinians were arrested.

In light of several violent incidents that occurred at the Temple Mount this week, police heightened their presence at the site on Friday morning.

Jerusalem District Commander Niso Shaham said that Friday saw the most serious clashes at the Temple Mount since the recent wave of protests erupted two weeks ago, when right-wing leaders called on Jews to visit the Temple Mount and cleanse the area of Muslims.
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