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Politics Baird decides not to visit Muslim holy site on trip to Jerusalem

A view of Jerusalem's Old City with the gilded Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has decided not to visit one of Jerusalem's most contested holy sites when he visits the Jewish State starting today.

The al-Aqsa Mosque has been a tinderbox of violence in recent months.

The Canadian Press obtained a draft itinerary for Baird's four-day trip to Israel and it lists an afternoon stop at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

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A separate stop at the al-Aqsa Mosque is labelled to be confirmed but a spokesman for Baird later said Baird would not visit there.

The spokesman offered no further explanation.

The two destinations are part of a contested and historic hilltop that is considered holy by Jews and Muslims.

It has been the scene of violent clashes in recent months between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police.

Tensions were elevated in October when the police killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a Jewish activist who was promoting more access to the site.

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