Feb 25 2014
This incident happened in March 2013, and the two perpetrators who were convicted of launching firebombs and rocks at police were sentenced to jail terms today. According to the indictment, one of the Molotov cocktails hit the vest of one officer, setting him alight. (See video below)
AFP Police estimated that a hundred Arabs began rioting and throwing rocks at police officers. Two Molotov cocktails (firebombs) were thrown at police from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One policeman was injured by the fire, and taken to the hospital.
An AFP journalist at the scene said the clash was triggered by Palestinian media allegations that a policeman at the compound kicked a quran and trampled on it.
Police denied it, saying that the quran in question was being held by one of a group of women seeking to block a visit to the compound by Israelis when the book fell by accident. ”They blocked them with a bench and one of the women who was sitting on the bench was reading a quran,” he said. ”When the bench was removed from the area the quran fell on the floor, and was picked up and returned to the woman.”
The riot occurred at the only entrance through which Jews may enter the Temple Mount. Police closed the Mount to Jewish visitors as a result of the riots.