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NEWS: Temple Mount Protest Fails to Materialize

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posted on Apr, 10 2005 @ 02:22 PM
Right-wing Israelis' plans to march to the temple mount, the location of several Islamic mosques as well as the ruins of the ancient Jewish temple, failed as the number of protesters fell well short of expectations and were met by Israeli police. Many feared that if the rally had occurred, the peace process would have been disrupted due to Muslim outrage. The extremist Jews who planned the demonstration are sharply opposed to Israel's pulling out of Gaza and other areas where Jewish settlements have been constructed on occupied Palestinian land.
JERUSALEM Apr 10, 2005 — Thousands of Israeli police mobilized at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site Sunday but confronted only a handful of Jewish extremists intent on scuttling a Gaza pullout by tying up security forces. In Gaza, militants fired dozens of mortar shells after Israeli forces killed three teenagers.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, speaking on a plane taking him to Monday's meeting with President Bush, said the mortar fire "is a flagrant violation of the understandings" reached at the February truce summit with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

"And this will be a central issue to be raised in my talks with President Bush," Sharon said.

Police arrested 31 extremist Jews who planned to demonstrate Sunday in the Old City of Jerusalem, along with a West Bank Hamas leader who spoke at the holy site. But the 10,000 demonstrators pledged by organizers never materialized. Only a few dozen showed up.

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I'm glad that this protest fizzled out. Arafat's passing has provided the Israelis and Palestinians with a fantastic opportunity to put the past behind them and move towards peaceful coexistence. Extremists on both sides who want the process to fail must be controlled effectively to allow peace to go forward.

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