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    » 06/21/2013, 00.00


    Israeli Jew killed by the police at Western Wall

    The victim, a 46 year-old, shouted "Allahu Akbar" and the police fired fearing he was a Palestinian.

    Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - The security forces on the "Wailing Wall" shot a man dead this morning, as hundreds of Israeli faithful were praying at the Western Wall. Rescued by some nurses, the man died from his injuries.

    The victim was a man  of about 46, and - according to police - ran towards them shouting "Allahu Akbar" as he was about to take something from his pocket. The killing took place near the public toilets, around 7:40 this morning.

    The police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, has defended the actions of the police saying that they suspected that the man was about to carry out a Palestinian suicide bombing.

    In the past there have been attacks against Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall. The place of prayer is heavily controlled by police and army. Tensions  increase every Friday because, while the Israelites pray at the Wall, thousands of Muslims gather for prayer at the Islamic Temple Mount, which overlooks the Wall.

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    05/10/2009 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
    Tension in Jerusalem after clashes at Temple Mount
    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish believers stoned. Yesterday, two incidents of clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli police. Police close mosques to the Muslims under 50 years.

    13/12/2003 Israel - Palestine
    Jerusalem's Grand Mufti says Wailing Wall belongs to Islam

    29/09/2004 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
    At least 4351 Israelis and Palestinians have died in four years of intifada

    Palestinian political life has been one important casualty.

    12/05/2009 VATICAN-ISRAEL
    Pope: friendship with Jews, dialogue with Islam and all together to work for peace
    In Jerusalem Benedict XVI goes to the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall. With the Gran Mufti and Chief Rabbis he underlines the need to continue dialogue. But a Muslim exponent asks his help to put an end to Israeli “aggression”. Balloons bearing the Palestinian colours above the old city. Israeli newspapers criticise the discourse at Yad Vashem.

    28/09/2004 ISRAEL
    Controversial move to limit number of worshippers visiting al-Aqsa Mosque

    Muslims decry Israeli warning of possible collapse.

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