Fierce clashes have erupted in east Jerusalem after Israeli police shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried to kill a far-right Jewish activist.

The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, which is a central cause of the latest violence, was closed to all visitors – Muslims, Jews and tourists – as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site in 14 years.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at Israel for closing the volatile site, calling it a "declaration of war" against the entire Arab and Muslim world.

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Israeli soldiers stand near the Western Wall at Temple MountAFP
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Right-wing Israelis demonstrate at the Western wall, next to the Dome of the Rock or Al-Aqsa mosqueAFP
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Israeli border police prevent the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compoundAFP
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A Palestinian woman shouts at an Israeli policemen in the old city of JerusalemAFP
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The Dome of the Rock is reflected in a window as a no entry sign is seen near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old CityReuters

Moataz Hejazi was suspected of shooting and wounding Yehuda Glick, a far-right religious activist who has led a campaign for Jews to be allowed to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Jerusalem's most sensitive site and holy to Islam and Judaism.

Crowds of young Palestinian men and boys blocked off the streets near where Hejazi was killed with rubbish skips and lit small fires. They smashed tiles and bricks and threw them at Israeli police.

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The mother of Palestinian Moataz Hejazi shows a picture of him on a phone at the family house in the Abu Tor neighbourhood of east Jerusalem. Israeli police shot and killed Hejazi, a 32-year-old Palestinian suspected of having tried to kill Yehuda GlickAFP
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Masked Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces in the mostly Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Abu TorAFP
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Palestinians aim fireworks towards Israeli police forces during clashes in east JerusalemReuters
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Masked Palestinian youths clash with Israeli police in east JerusalemAFP
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Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian youths in the neighbourhood of Abu TorAFP
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A Palestinian protester stands in front of an Israeli's car that was set alight during clashes with Israeli security forces in east JerusalemReuters
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Masked Palestinian youth hold rocks during clashes with Israeli security forces in east JerusalemAFP

Glick and his backers, including Moshe Feiglin, a far-right member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, are determined to change the status quo that has governed Al-Aqsa since Israel seized the walled Old City in 1967.

Those rules state that Jordan's religious authorities are responsible for administering Al-Aqsa and say that while Jews may visit the marble-and-stone esplanade, which includes the 7th century gold-plated Dome of the Rock, they cannot pray there.

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Yehuda Glick, an activist of the "Temple Mount faithful" group, poses for a photo in Jerusalem on 30 June, 2011. Glick was shot and severely wounded in Jerusalem on 29 October, 2014 as he left a conferenceReuters
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Israelis wave national flags next to security personnel securing an area in Jerusalem where Yehuda Glick, a far-right activist, was shot and woundedAFP

Glick and his supporters argue that Jews should have the right to pray at their holiest site, where two ancient Jewish temples once stood, even though the Israeli rabbinate says the Torah forbids it and many Jews consider it unacceptable.

After Glick was shot, far-right Jewish groups urged supporters to march on Al-Aqsa. That prompted Israeli police to shut access to the site to everyone.

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A right-wing Israeli activist tries to jump a barrier to gain access to the Temple Mount compoundAFP
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Israeli police scuffle with a right-wing activist after he tried to force his way into Temple MountAFP
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Israeli police detain a right-wing activist who was trying to jump a barrier into the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, or Temple MountAFP
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Israeli police detain right-wing activist Noam Federman after he tried to enter Temple MountAFP