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Israel eases Jerusalem mosque restrictions after Kerry talks

A Palestinian protester throws stones at Israeli security forces during clashes against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel, following Friday prayers in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, on November 14, 2014Israel eased restrictions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced an agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the flashpoint compound. The site, holy to both Jews and Muslims, has been the focus of months of unrest in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, that has spread to the occupied West Bank and Arab communities across Israel, raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Palestinians have been infuriated by a far-right Jewish campaign for prayer rights at Al-Aqsa that threatens an ultra-sensitive, decades-old status quo. “It’s been four months that I haven’t been able to pray at Al-Aqsa on Friday, even during the holy month of Ramadan,” Amir, 18, from east Jerusalem’s volatile Silwan neighbourhood told AFP.

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