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Clashes at Al-Aqsa mosque compound
Published Wednesday 15/05/2013 (updated) 17/05/2013 20:49
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Israeli riot police walk at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque during clashes
with Palestinian demonstrators on March 8, 2013. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out on Wednesday around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound as Israeli rightists tried to enter the holy site.

Dozens of Israeli right-wingers raided the compound through the Moroccan gate, and clashes broke out at the Bab al-Hutta gate as Israeli forces escorted rightists into the mosque area.

Witnesses told Ma'an that 17 Israelis tried to enter the compound area via Chain Gate, before local Palestinians obstructed them. A group of Israeli rightists and Palestinians began pushing each other, before Israeli forces intervened to protect the Israelis, witnesses said.

An Israeli organization called Temple Mount Organizations published invitations on their Facebook page encouraging Israelis to enter the Al-Aqsa compound for the religious holiday of Shavuot.

The group said that Likud right-winger Moshe Feiglin will attend Shavout celebrations due to be held on the Mount of Olives. Feiglin has in the past proposed that Israel pay Palestinian families to leave the West Bank, and says there is no such thing as the Palestinian people.

Although Israeli law technically does not bar Jews from praying inside the compound, the matter is at the discretion of the police who, for reasons of public order, have never allowed Jewish prayer to take place there since 1967.

According to mainstream religious leaders, Jews are forbidden from entering for fear they would profane the "Holy of Holies" the inner sanctum of the Second Temple.

Last week, Israel's minister of religion said he would seek to amend the law in order to allow Jews to pray at the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/05/2013 11:17
If at first you don't succeed... The purpose of all this is so obvious. What's disgusting is that there are actually people who will pretend to not see it. Those have my unqualified contempt.

2 ) Libra - scales of justice / United Kingdom
15/05/2013 18:28
Temple Mount organizations are nothing but organized trouble makers, not happy unless they are causing trouble. They are thugs, and they should not be allowed to provoke the Palestinians on holy ground. They have no respect for any-one or anything.

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
15/05/2013 22:39
Seems. To me that .....Jews and Christians even atheists have a r ought t o be on t he Temple Mount.....as long as they are respectable

4 ) ian / australia
17/05/2013 02:48
Israel has opened a new front on the Haram al-Sharif. The strategy is to create tension and disorder on the Sanctuary and at the gates to slowly convert its status from "occupied" to "disputed". Despicable in the extreme, it's got all the Jewish/Israeli hallmarks: cunning, resolve, indifference/contempt for others, veiled menaces and threats, gall. It's a cynical, calculated official strategy using half-mad, brainwashed settler/extremists groomed as ground troops. There's even a "cover story"

5 ) ian / australia
17/05/2013 02:50
(contd.) for the Western press: why shouldn't Jews pray at their holiest site? Why won't Muslims practice religious tolerance? Only Israeli control guarantees access to the holy sites. The panicked, horrified reactions of Palestinians are entirely predictable (they know EXACTLY what's in the hearts of Jews) as are Israel's extreme counter measures ("riot control", restrictions on entry etc.), which are transparently designed to escalate the conflict.

6 ) Fred / USA
17/05/2013 04:54
Apparently u r afraid to print my comment from yrsterday pertaining to the fact that those praying on the Temple Mount near al aqsa mosque have their backs facing the mosque.

7 ) ian / australia
18/05/2013 10:50
#6 "Apparently u r afraid to print my comment..." What in Yahweh's name is your point Fred / USA? Muslims all over the world pray facing the Kaaba in Mecca (called the Qiblah, direction). Mecca is south east of Jerusalem so Muslims in the courtyard pray facing the Aqsa (Qibly) Mosque with the Dome of the Rock (which is a shrine not a mosque) behind them. Anymore more coruscating revelations about Muslims or Islam?
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