Israeli police entered the Al Aqsa Mosque on Sunday after hundreds of Palestinians began hoarding stones and iron barricades to prevent Jewish visitors from visiting the site.  17 people were injured as a result. Sunday morning, a large banner was hung on the compound that said Hamas, the militant Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, was calling on Palestinians to defend the Al Aqsa Mosque from “invading Israeli settlers.”

Separately, a group of Arabic speaking people were responsible for throwing stones targeted at several busses traveling near the Old City of Jerusalem.  Israeli police arrested 9 people in connection with both of these incidents.   Previous to these events, on Friday, 158 Palestinians and 3 policemen were injured during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians around the Al Aqsa Mosque.

The Al Aqsa Mosque is located on a hilltop plaza known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary which is one of Islam’s holiest sites, and known to Jews as the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site. Although some  may argue the Israeli Palestinian conflict has become less of an issue over time, flare ups are bound to happen as the main issue at hand persists.