The mounting Aqsa crisis: Images of the holy site hitting rock bottom

Published November 6th, 2014 - 11:58 GMT

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Over the past week, Al Aqsa tensions have risen to boiling point once again. After prominent far-right activist Yehuda Glick was shot by a Palestinian in an assassination attempt, Israel responded by temporarily closing the Al Aqsa compound to Muslims. The closure, which hasn’t happened since 1967, sparked outrage and led to mass protests, two car attacks on Israelis, and numerous clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police. Jordan even stepped into the fray and issued a tense warning, with King Abdullah promising to fight “Israeli unilateralism in Jerusalem” in a speech Sunday. Relations reached a tipping point on Wednesday when Jordan’s ambassador to Israel was recalled. Continue reading below »

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Right-wing Israeli activist Yehuda Glick was shot and wounded in West Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 by a Palestinian gunman. The controversial figure had been lobbying to replace the Al Aqsa Mosque with the Temple Mount. (AFP/File)
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Image 1 of 10:  1 / 10Right-wing Israeli activist Yehuda Glick was shot and wounded in West Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 by a Palestinian gunman. The controversial figure had been lobbying to replace the Al Aqsa Mosque with the Temple Mount. (AFP/File)

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A Palestinian woman shouts at an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 30, 2014 after Israeli officials closed the Al Aqsa compound for the first time since 1967. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas referred to the closure as a “declaration of war.” (AFP/Menahem)
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Image 2 of 10:  2 / 10A Palestinian woman shouts at an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 30, 2014 after Israeli officials closed the Al Aqsa compound for the first time since 1967. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas referred to the closure as a “declaration of war.” (AFP/Menahem)

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A right-wing activist is detained by Israeli police for attempting to enter the Al Aqsa compound following the shooting of Yehuda Glick on October 30, 2014. (AFP)
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Image 3 of 10:  3 / 10A right-wing activist is detained by Israeli police for attempting to enter the Al Aqsa compound following the shooting of Yehuda Glick on October 30, 2014. (AFP)

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An elderly Palestinian man stands during Friday afternoon prayers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al Amud following restrictions by Israeli police to only allow worshipers age 50 or above to enter the Al Aqsa compound, October 31, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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Image 4 of 10:  4 / 10An elderly Palestinian man stands during Friday afternoon prayers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al Amud following restrictions by Israeli police to only allow worshipers age 50 or above to enter the Al Aqsa compound, October 31, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez)

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Israeli security forces run past the separation wall between Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank and Jerusalem on October 31, 2014 during clashes with Palestinians. (AFP)
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Image 5 of 10:  5 / 10Israeli security forces run past the separation wall between Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank and Jerusalem on October 31, 2014 during clashes with Palestinians. (AFP)

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Palestinians in Gaza City protest against entry restrictions imposed at the Al Aqsa Mosque after it reopened Friday for Muslim prayers following its rare closure. Clashes erupted over the killing of Moataz Hijazi by Israeli police, October 31, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Image 6 of 10:  6 / 10Palestinians in Gaza City protest against entry restrictions imposed at the Al Aqsa Mosque after it reopened Friday for Muslim prayers following its rare closure. Clashes erupted over the killing of Moataz Hijazi by Israeli police, October 31, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

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Palestinian mourners carry the coffin of Moataz Hijazi in East Jerusalem on October 31, 2014. Israeli police shot and killed the Palestinian suspected of attempting to assassinate the right-wing activist, Yehuda Glick. (AFP)
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Image 7 of 10:  7 / 10Palestinian mourners carry the coffin of Moataz Hijazi in East Jerusalem on October 31, 2014. Israeli police shot and killed the Palestinian suspected of attempting to assassinate the right-wing activist, Yehuda Glick. (AFP)

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Palestinian worshipers under the age of 50 pray behind police barricades in Jerusalem’s Old City, October 31, 2014, following Israeli restrictions to allow men over 50 to access the Al Aqsa Mosque. (AFP)
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Image 8 of 10:  8 / 10Palestinian worshipers under the age of 50 pray behind police barricades in Jerusalem’s Old City, October 31, 2014, following Israeli restrictions to allow men over 50 to access the Al Aqsa Mosque. (AFP)

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The covered body of a Palestinian driver lies on the rails of Jerusalem’s tramway on November 5, 2014 after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians. An Israeli policeman was killed and at least nine others injured. Israeli security described the incident as a “hit and run terror attack”. (AFP)
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Image 9 of 10:  9 / 10The covered body of a Palestinian driver lies on the rails of Jerusalem’s tramway on November 5, 2014 after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians. An Israeli policeman was killed and at least nine others injured. Israeli security described the incident as a “hit and run terror attack”. (AFP)

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Israeli soldiers stand guard beside the Dome of the Rock in the Al Asqa compound. Israeli security forces continued to clash with Palestinians after more right-wing Jewish nationalists visited the site, despite tensions. (File/Ahmad Gharabli)
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Image 10 of 10:  10 / 10Israeli soldiers stand guard beside the Dome of the Rock in the Al Asqa compound. Israeli security forces continued to clash with Palestinians after more right-wing Jewish nationalists visited the site, despite tensions. (File/Ahmad Gharabli)

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Right-wing Israeli activist Yehuda Glick was shot and wounded in West Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 by a Palestinian gunman. The controversial figure had been lobbying to replace the Al Aqsa Mosque with the Temple Mount. (AFP/File)

Image 1 of 10Right-wing Israeli activist Yehuda Glick was shot and wounded in West Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 by a Palestinian gunman. The controversial figure had been lobbying to replace the Al Aqsa Mosque with the Temple Mount. (AFP/File)

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A Palestinian woman shouts at an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 30, 2014 after Israeli officials closed the Al Aqsa compound for the first time since 1967. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas referred to the closure as a “declaration of war.” (AFP/Menahem)

Image 2 of 10A Palestinian woman shouts at an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 30, 2014 after Israeli officials closed the Al Aqsa compound for the first time since 1967. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas referred to the closure as a “declaration of war.” (AFP/Menahem)

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A right-wing activist is detained by Israeli police for attempting to enter the Al Aqsa compound following the shooting of Yehuda Glick on October 30, 2014. (AFP)

Image 3 of 10A right-wing activist is detained by Israeli police for attempting to enter the Al Aqsa compound following the shooting of Yehuda Glick on October 30, 2014. (AFP)

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An elderly Palestinian man stands during Friday afternoon prayers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al Amud following restrictions by Israeli police to only allow worshipers age 50 or above to enter the Al Aqsa compound, October 31, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez)

Image 4 of 10An elderly Palestinian man stands during Friday afternoon prayers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al Amud following restrictions by Israeli police to only allow worshipers age 50 or above to enter the Al Aqsa compound, October 31, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez)

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Israeli security forces run past the separation wall between Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank and Jerusalem on October 31, 2014 during clashes with Palestinians. (AFP)

Image 5 of 10Israeli security forces run past the separation wall between Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank and Jerusalem on October 31, 2014 during clashes with Palestinians. (AFP)

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Palestinians in Gaza City protest against entry restrictions imposed at the Al Aqsa Mosque after it reopened Friday for Muslim prayers following its rare closure. Clashes erupted over the killing of Moataz Hijazi by Israeli police, October 31, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

Image 6 of 10Palestinians in Gaza City protest against entry restrictions imposed at the Al Aqsa Mosque after it reopened Friday for Muslim prayers following its rare closure. Clashes erupted over the killing of Moataz Hijazi by Israeli police, October 31, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

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Palestinian mourners carry the coffin of Moataz Hijazi in East Jerusalem on October 31, 2014. Israeli police shot and killed the Palestinian suspected of attempting to assassinate the right-wing activist, Yehuda Glick. (AFP)

Image 7 of 10Palestinian mourners carry the coffin of Moataz Hijazi in East Jerusalem on October 31, 2014. Israeli police shot and killed the Palestinian suspected of attempting to assassinate the right-wing activist, Yehuda Glick. (AFP)

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Palestinian worshipers under the age of 50 pray behind police barricades in Jerusalem’s Old City, October 31, 2014, following Israeli restrictions to allow men over 50 to access the Al Aqsa Mosque. (AFP)

Image 8 of 10Palestinian worshipers under the age of 50 pray behind police barricades in Jerusalem’s Old City, October 31, 2014, following Israeli restrictions to allow men over 50 to access the Al Aqsa Mosque. (AFP)

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The covered body of a Palestinian driver lies on the rails of Jerusalem’s tramway on November 5, 2014 after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians. An Israeli policeman was killed and at least nine others injured. Israeli security described the incident as a “hit and run terror attack”. (AFP)

Image 9 of 10The covered body of a Palestinian driver lies on the rails of Jerusalem’s tramway on November 5, 2014 after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians. An Israeli policeman was killed and at least nine others injured. Israeli security described the incident as a “hit and run terror attack”. (AFP)

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Israeli soldiers stand guard beside the Dome of the Rock in the Al Asqa compound. Israeli security forces continued to clash with Palestinians after more right-wing Jewish nationalists visited the site, despite tensions. (File/Ahmad Gharabli)

Image 10 of 10Israeli soldiers stand guard beside the Dome of the Rock in the Al Asqa compound. Israeli security forces continued to clash with Palestinians after more right-wing Jewish nationalists visited the site, despite tensions. (File/Ahmad Gharabli)

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Al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site for Muslims and the holiest for the Jewish population, is often the scene of palpable tension and fiery clashes. The site is technically under the control of Jordan’s King Abdullah, yet Israel often ignores their neighbor and acts on their own accord.

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