A Palestinian youth hurls stones in the direction of Israeli soldiers at a road block on the outskirts of Ramallah, September 25, as large scale riots took place over the opening of a tourist tunnel in Jerusalem's Old City. .
(photo credit: REUTERS)
This week in history we look at significant historical events that changed the face of the Middle East. In the final weeks of September 1996, Arab riots took over the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem following the opening of a new exit to the Jewish historical site of the Western Wall. In 1980, armed conflict broke out between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq. The war lasted until August 1988 and in September 1989, Israel called for a an Israel-Iraq summit in Egypt.
On September 25, 1996, The Jerusalem Post reported on the Arab protests which began following the opening of a new exit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. At the time, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had given the go-ahead for the opening of the exit at the Via Dolorosa. A violent uprising ensued in which Palestinian youths threw stones onto the Western Wall Plaza from atop the Temple Mount, forcing the evacuation of Jewish worshippers and visitors. Further violent protests broke out in east Jerusalem. The Arab riots ended on September 27.
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