US 'extremely concerned' with tensions across Jerusalem

October 30, 2014 23:03


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WASHINGTON -- As fears mount over a third Palestinian uprising, the State Department demanded the reopening of the Aksa Mosque on Thursday, shut after the shooting of prominent right-wing rabbi Yehuda Glick.

It is "absolutely critical" the Israeli government and Palestinian authority do everything in their power to quell violence in Jerusalem, the State Department warned on Thursday.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Israel "must reopen" the Temple Mount to Muslim worshippers. It has infuriated the city's Muslim community.

For years, Glick has advocated for prayer rights on the holy site to be extended to Jews.

The mosque, one of the holiest across the Islamic world, was closed for the first time since 1967.

The US is "extremely concerned with escalating tensions across Jerusalem," Psaki noted, as politically-charged violence continues to plague the city.

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