Heavy security at contested Jerusalem shrine

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Palestinians Clash with Israeli Police in Jerusalem's Old City

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister blamed "militant Islamic incitement" for growing tensions in Jerusalem, especially at a contested holy site that was ringed Friday by hundreds of Israeli riot police as about 15,000 Muslims performed weekly prayers there.

Prayers ended peacefully, though clashes erupted again later in the day between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli troops in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem and at the main Israeli checkpoint on the outskirts of the city.

Tensions have been rising in recent weeks over the Jerusalem shrine, known to Muslims as Haram as-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

The complex, the third holiest site in Islam, houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock. Jews also revere it as the location of their biblical temples and consider it the most sacred location in their faith.

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Heavy security at contested Jerusalem shrine
Arab Israeli youths burn tires in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 10, 2014, two days after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighbourhoods. Arab Israelis, who account for about 20 percent of Israel's population, are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces detain an Arab-Israeli protester during clashes in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 10, 2014, two days after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighbourhoods. Arab Israelis, who account for about 20 percent of Israel's population, are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces detain an Arab-Israeli protester during clashes in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 10, 2014, two days after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighbourhoods. Arab Israelis, who account for about 20 percent of Israel's population, are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
SHU'AFAT CAMP, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - 2014/11/07: A Palestinian young man throws stones during clashes with Israeli Security Forces. Clashes started at the refugee camp following the car attack in which two people were killed and at least 13 people were wounded in a suspected terror. (Photo by Marco Bottelli/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Palestinian youths, one holding a national flag, appear through a hole they dug in the controversial Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala -between Jerusalem and Ramallah- on November 8, 2014 as celebrations today mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians and photographers take cover behind a container during clashes with Israeli security forces in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat in east Jerusalem, on November 7, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered officials to demolish the homes of Palestinians in east Jerusalem who carried out attacks on Israelis. AFP PHOTO /AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians battle with Israeli security forces during clashes in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat in east Jerusalem, on November 7, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered officials to demolish the homes of Palestinians in east Jerusalem who carried out attacks on Israelis. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli border police run during clashes with Palestinians, as Israeli police limited the access to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Tensions have been rising in recent weeks over the Jerusalem shrine, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli border police in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Clashes broke out after a Palestinian driver rammed a minivan into a crowded train station. He then backed out and proceeded to drive away, hitting several cars along the way, then got out of the car and attacked a group of civilians and police officers on the side of the road with a metal bar, killing one and wounding 13, before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Paramedics treat a woman for shock after a soldier was stabbed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday Nov 10, 2014. Police spokesman said the assailant was Palestinian from the West Bank city of Nablus and was captured immediately after the stabbing. (AP Photo/Tomer Appelboum) ***ISRAEL OUT***
An Israeli soldier inspects a vehicle at the scene of an attack near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Palestinian assailants on Monday carried out a pair of stabbing attacks in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, police said, killing an Israeli teenage girl and gravely wounding a soldier as a wave of Arab unrest appeared to be gaining strength. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Israeli relatives and friends gather around the body of Dalia Lemkus, during her funeral at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tekoa, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Palestinian assailants carried out stabbing attacks Monday, Nov. 10 in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, police said, killing an Israeli woman and a soldier as a wave of Arab unrest appeared to be gaining strength. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
A giant Israeli flag flies over the Palestinian neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in East Jerusalem on November 11, 2014. Recent unrest between Israelis and Palestinians has been fueled by religious tensions at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, as well as by moves to expand settler presence in the occupied eastern sector of the holy city. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
SHU'AFAT CAMP, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - 2014/11/07: A Palestinian young man throws stones during clashes with Israeli Security Forces. Clashes started at the refugee camp following the car attack in which two people were killed and at least 13 people were wounded in a suspected terror. (Photo by Marco Bottelli/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Israeli security forces detain Arab-Israeli youths during clashes in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 9, 2014, a day after security forces shot dead a 22-year-old Arab-Israeli man. The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Israel comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighbourhoods. Arab Israelis, who account for about 20 percent of Israel's population, are the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Paramedics treat an Israeli soldier after he was stabbed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. An Israeli soldier was stabbed in a downtown Tel Aviv train station on Monday, police said, adding that they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of perpetrating the act as part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.(AP Photo/Israel Ben Ami) ***ISRAEL OUT***
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: A Palestinian protester uses a door as a shield during the clashes with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem, on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: A Palestinian protester throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: A Palestinian protester throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: A Palestinian protester fires a slingshot during the clashes with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: Palestinian youth clash with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem, on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - 2014/11/06: An Israeli border police stands on guard at at Shivtei Israel light train station. After a car attack of the day before praised by Hamas, Israel decides to put an additional security for passengers at light train stations in Jerusalem. (Photo by Marco Bottelli/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 6: Palestinian youth clash with Israeli police at Shuafat refugee camp after a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem, on November 6, 2014. (Photo by Muammar Awad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men carry the body of 17-year-old student Shalom Baadani during his funeral in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Baadani was wounded in an attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday and died of his wounds on Friday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Right wing Israelis wave flags at the scene where Yehuda Glick, a rabbi and activist, who has pushed for greater Jewish access to Al Aqsa Mosque compound, survived an assassination attempt last week, during a protest in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. The holy site in Jerusalem's Old City is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and is the most sacred spot in Judaism. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, Islam's third-holiest site and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli border police in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Clashes broke out after a Palestinian driver rammed a minivan into a crowded train station. He then backed out and proceeded to drive away, hitting several cars along the way, then got out of the car and attacked a group of civilians and police officers on the side of the road with a metal bar, killing one and wounding 13, before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
A Palestinian carries a tire during clashes with Israeli security at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Israeli troops and Palestinians clashed for the second day following recent tensions over the holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
An Israeli solder aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Israeli troops and Palestinians clashed for the second day following recent tensions over the holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
The body of Palestinian attacker lies covered on the rails of Jerusalem's tramway on November 5, 2014 after he was killed when he deliberately rammed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and rescue workers inspect on November 5, 2014 the car a Palestinian man used to deliberately rammed it into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and investigators inspect on November 5, 2014 the car a Palestinian man used to deliberately rammed it into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry an injured man to an ambulance after a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry an injured man to an ambulance after a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man passes next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. OOne person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen stand next to the body of a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, who was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) Israeli policemen patrol the the scene where a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people on November 5, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded during the suspected terror attack near East Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
A religious Jewish man looks on November 5, 2014 at the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and investigators inspect on November 5, 2014 the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and rescue workers inspect on November 5, 2014 the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and investigators inspect on November 5, 2014 the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli police and investigators inspect on November 5, 2014 the site where a Palestinian deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in Jerusalem. One person was killed and at least nine others wounded. Police described the incident as a 'hit and run terror attack' and said it took place in the same area as a similar attack two weeks ago, in which a Palestinian rammed a car into a crowd killing a woman and a baby. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand guard near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli policeman aims his tear gas launcher during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians on November 5, 2014 near one of the entrances to Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims. Clashes broke out after far-right Jewish groups visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian woman shouts slogans as Israeli security forces stand at one of the entrances to Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism, on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound after far-right Jewish groups visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Jewish visitors walk protected by Israeli security forces near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque (unseen) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Jewish visitors walk protected by Israeli security forces near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 5: A Palestinian woman reacts to security men during a tension moment between Israeli security officials and Palestinian Muslims happened after Israeli officials let nearly a hundred Jewish people go into Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Israel on November 5, 2014. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 5: Israeli security officials are seen during a tension moment happened after Israeli officials let nearly a hundred Jewish people go into Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Israel on November 5, 2014. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 5: Palestinians shout slogans during a tension moment between Israeli security officials and Palestinian Muslims happened after Israeli officials let nearly a hundred Jewish people go into Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Israel on November 5, 2014. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Palestinian protestor kicks a burning tyre to block a road during clashes with Israeli security forces following a rally on November 2, 2014 at the Qalandia checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem City, against the rare closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the weekend after tense clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces after officers shot dead a Palestinian suspected of trying to murder a hardline Israeli rabbi, and the age restrictions imposed on those visiting the compound after it was re-opened. Al-Aqsa and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen months of violence, with the mosque compound a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks near a concrete barrier built by Israel to secure Rachel's Tomb, during an annual mass prayer in the West Bank town of Bethlehem near Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Israeli police say a man has been shot in Jerusalem in a suspected assassination attempt. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man who was shot Wednesday was a "relatively known figure" and is in serious condition. Police set up roadblocks and were searching for a suspect who had fled on a motorbike. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man looks as Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Israeli police say a man has been shot in Jerusalem in a suspected assassination attempt. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man who was shot Wednesday was a "relatively known figure" and is in serious condition. Police set up roadblocks and were searching for a suspect who had fled on a motorbike. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Israeli police say a man has been shot in Jerusalem in a suspected assassination attempt. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man who was shot Wednesday was a "relatively known figure" and is in serious condition. Police set up roadblocks and were searching for a suspect who had fled on a motorbike. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Israeli police say a man has been shot in Jerusalem in a suspected assassination attempt. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man who was shot Wednesday was a "relatively known figure" and is in serious condition. Police set up roadblocks and were searching for a suspect who had fled on a motorbike. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
A masked Palestinian kicks a burning tire during clashes with Israeli security forces a day after 14-year-old Palestinian-American, Orwah Hammad was killed by Israeli troops during clashes, in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Hammad is the second teen to be killed by army fire in eight days amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank. A 13-year-old was killed last week in a West Bank village. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians use slingshots to throw rocks during clashes with Israeli security forces day after a day after 14-year-old Palestinian-American, Orwah Hammad was killed by Israeli troops during clashes in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Hammad is the second teen to be killed by army fire in eight days amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank. A 13-year-old was killed last week in a West Bank village. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli woman who was an eyewitness is comforted as she stands behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter as Israelis wave flags outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Yehuda Glick, a 'Temple Mount' Jewish Activist was shot and wounded in west Jerusalem on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police say they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of Israeli security forces stands behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Jewish activist Yehuda Glick was wounded during a shooting on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police says they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Jewish activist Yehuda Glick was wounded during a shooting on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police says they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces gather behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Jewish activist Yehuda Glick was wounded during a shooting on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police says they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand behind a security perimeter outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center where Jewish activist Yehuda Glick was wounded during a shooting on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire after the close of a conference about the Temple Mount at the Begin Center. Police says they are investigating all possibilities. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, on October 29, 2014 in Jerusalem. An article published online by The Atlantic magazine quoted officials of US President Barack Obama's administration as calling Netanyahu a 'chickenshit' and attacking him over Israeli policy on settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Jewish visitors walk protected by Israeli security forces near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque (unseen) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces walk near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli security forces stand guard near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014. Israeli police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians inside Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Jewish nationalists visited the site despite weeks of soaring tensions. A FP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Since Israel captured the sacred plateau, along with the rest of east Jerusalem, from Jordan in 1967, Jewish worshippers have been allowed to visit - but not pray - at the site. The area is run by Muslim authorities under Jordanian custody.

In recent months, several senior members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, including Housing Minister Uri Ariel and Deputy Parliament Speaker Moshe Feiglin, have called for a greater Jewish presence and the right to prayer on the mount.

At the same time, the number of Jewish visitors to the site has increased over the years, raising fears among Muslims that this is part of a gradual Jewish takeover.

On Friday, 1,300 Israeli riot police fanned out around the mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, sealing off access roads to enforce a government decision to bar Muslim men under the age of 35 from praying there. The age limit varies from Friday to Friday.

Riot police manned metal barricades, checking identity papers and directing pedestrians.

At one checkpoint in the Wadi Joz area, just outside the Old City, some 500 young Palestinians who were denied entry to the mosque compound because of their age performed prayers on a street, kneeling on carpets spread on the asphalt. They were faced by a row of riot police in black uniforms and helmets, as well as several officers on horseback.

"We are steadfast here," said one of the worshippers, who only identified himself by his first name, Raed, for fear of Israeli repercussions. "We pray here despite the Israeli restraints."

In the Old City, 62-year-old Walid Mohammed blamed Israel for ratcheting up tensions in the area, as dozens of police officers patrolled nervously in front of his coffee shop.

"The arrogance of the Israeli government is the main cause of troubles in our country," he said. "They want to control the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Mohammed blamed tensions on what he said were unfair access restrictions for Muslims at a time of a growing Jewish presence at the mosque compound.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri denied that police were favoring one religion over the other and refuted Palestinian claims that the kind of mass police presence ordered Friday was contributing to tensions in the area.

"We don't operate according to what the Palestinians would like," she said. "We operate according to what we feel we need to do, based on intelligence reports and our analysis of the situation, to maintain law and order in the area."

Recently, there have been near-daily clashes between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli riot police, as well as several deadly attacks by Palestinians.

Underlying the tensions is long-running frustration among the city's 300,000 Palestinians with what many of them view as oppressive Israeli practices, such as restrictions on building and a separation wall that cuts through Arab neighborhoods.

Trying to harness those frustrations, the Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas, with whom Israel fought a bloody 50-day war in the Gaza Strip this summer, called Friday for a "popular uprising" all over the Palestinian territories to "defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque" in Jerusalem.

"Let us make Friday a remarkable day in our struggle for protecting our rights in Jerusalem," the movement said in a statement.

Netanyahu, meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, said Friday that Israel is committed to freedom of worship in Jerusalem and blamed Palestinian militants for the rising tensions in the city.

"I have to say that we are welcoming you at a time when militant Islamic incitement is trying to fan violence in Israel, and especially in Jerusalem and especially on the Temple Mount, with the effort of changing the status quo on the Temple Mount," he said.

Earlier in the week, Netanyahu had noted that members of his coalition who spoke out in favor of changing the status quo at the site, including by calling for the right to Jewish worship there, were expressing their private views and not speaking in the name of the government.

Rabbinical opinion over prayer at the sacred site is deeply divided. Many ultra-Orthodox rabbis oppose prayer there under current conditions as a sacrilege, while some nationalist clerics, starting in the 1990s, have encouraged attempts to pray there.

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