The Palestinian Authority called Sunday for PA Muslims to flock to the Al Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount. Senior Fatah member Hatem Khader, head of the PA's Jerusalem portfolio, suggested that the mosque was at risk from “Jewish extremists,” and said Muslims should barricade themselves in the structure.
Police have battled to contain Muslim riots at the Temple Mount in recent days. The riots led to the unusual decision to put a temporary closure on PA areas in Judea and Samaria, prohibiting PA Arabs from entering regions under Israeli control – including Jerusalem – for three days.
Several attacks were reported Sunday by Israeli drivers traveling through Judea and Samaria. An Israeli woman was lightly wounded in a firebomb attack on a bus near the PA village of Huwarra on Sunday afternoon.
A short time earlier, PA Arabs had thrown rocks at Israeli motorists passing the town of Halhoul, north of Hevron. Several cars were damaged, but no injuries were reported.
On Sunday evening, PA attackers stoned an Israeli bus southwest of Bethlehem. There were no injuries, but the bus sustained damage.