Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian youths in the refugee camp of Shuafat in east Jerusalem, on November 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ AHMAD GHARABLI
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to ease tensions at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site Thursday, calling Jordan's king to reassert his commitment to protecting the sacred shrines in hopes of quieting weeks of unrest.His outreach came a day after Jordan, a key ally of Israel, recalled its ambassador to protest what it called an "unacceptable" Israeli police assault on the hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Since Israel captured east Jerusalem and the Old City in 1967, Jewish worshippers have been allowed to visit -- but not pray -- at the site.The activists seek greater Jewish access to the site -- raising fears among Muslims that Israel is quietly trying to take it over.Azzam Khabib, director of the Waqf, the Muslim religious authority in charge of the site, said Muslim leaders had urged Israel not to allow non-Muslims into the site because of the tense situation.Instead, he said about 300 Israeli police entered the area early in the morning, sparking the clashes.
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