JERUSALEM, Israel -- As Judaism's holiest day approaches, Fatah's armed wing, the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, called for a day of rioting Friday to protest the closure of the Temple Mount and to usher in a new wave of terror attacks against Israelis.
Fatah is the party of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, who is currently involved in negotiations with Israel.
Police decided to close the site to keep it calm over Yom Kippur, which this year falls on the Sabbath (sunset Friday through sunset Saturday).
From time to time, police are called on to restrain Muslim worshippers from pelting Jews praying at the Western Wall below with rocks.
Many Jerusalemites and Jewish visitors from abroad will come to the Kotel (Western Wall) to pray on Yom Kippur.
Meanwhile, on the Mount of Olives, Arab youths smashed the window of a tour bus Monday evening, lightly injuring one young passenger.
Police responded quickly to the attack, calming Israeli passengers taking part in an annual High Holy Day tour. After the incident, the bus continued to the Old City, where participants recited traditional Yom Kippur prayers of repentance (selichot) at the Kotel.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said officers deal with these kinds of incidents "almost daily" in predominantly Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.