Tens of thousands of faithful Muslims (90,000 according to Israeli police) prayed in a calm in the Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem for the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
Tens of thousands of faithful thronged the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City for the first Friday prayers of Ramadan, with Israeli police reporting no significant incident. Police estimated the crowd at 90,000.
The Islamic Waqf estimated that about 80,000 worshippers filled Al Aqsa Mosqu and the courtyards, gathering under the shade of trees to avoid intense heat.
...Once inside, Sheikh Yousef Abu Sneineh led prayers with a sermon that focused on the month of Ramadan. He spoke against sin and vice, while commending those who fast. The Sheikh also addressed a comment directly to merchants asking that they not raise prices as is often the case during the holy month.
The last of the sermon dealt with American promises to stop Israeli settlement policy that have fallen far short on the ground. In reality, settlement expansion is up in both East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Five Arabs were arrested for disturbances ahead of the prayers, including a man from Issawiya for allegedly attacking a police officer who tried to search him at the Lion's Gate. The policeman was lightly wounded in the incident.
Jerusalem Police arrested five people, Palestinians and Arab-Israelis. One of those arrested is an illegal alien from the Gaza Strip. One of those arrested, an Arab-Israeli, attacked a police officer. Knives were found in the belongings of a man and woman who were arrested.
Did you think I iwas being too cynical?
A group of Malay-Muslim protesters claiming to be residents of Section 23 have threatened bloodshed unless the state government stopped the construction of a Hindu Temple.
Amid chants of "Allahuakbar," the group also left the severed head of a cow at the entrance of the State Secretariat here as a warning to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
The "residents" said that the construction of a Hindu temple in a 90 per cent Malay- Muslim neighbourhood was insensitive because activities there would disrupt their lives.
They claimed that the "noise" from the temple would disturb their own praying, and that they would not be able to function properly as Muslims...“With a temple on our residential area, we cannot function properly as Muslims. The temple will disrupt our daily activities like prayers in the Surau. We cannot concentrate with the sounds coming from the temple,” stated Zurit.
(PPS Kippah tip: AtlasShrugs)