Clashes Erupt at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

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    The Facts

    • Israeli soldiers entered al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Fri. as thousands of Palestinians gathered for Ramadan prayers, setting off clashes that medics said wounded over 150 Palestinians.

    • Videos circulating online showed Palestinians throwing rocks and police firing tear gas and stun grenades. Others showed worshippers barricading themselves inside the mosque.


    The Spin

    Pro-Palestine narrative

    This attack was a blatant provocation instigated by Israeli occupation forces, who indiscriminately targeted the mosque full of innocent Palestinian worshippers. It's also noteworthy that this comes as far-right Jewish groups have called for raids of the mosque during the Passover holiday.

    Pro-Israel narrative

    Police officers were forced to act in response to Palestinian violence.They acted bravely, risking their own safety to block rioters from injuring worshippers. This is a complex and sensitive time, but Israel is dedicated to allowing freedom of worship to everyone on the Temple Mount.


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