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Thousands pray in Al-Aqsa on penultimate Ramadan Friday
Published Friday 10/08/2012 (updated) 11/08/2012 20:44
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Muslims pray at the Noble Sanctuary compound on Aug. 10.
(Reuters/Ammar Awad)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of worshipers headed to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque for the fourth Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 250,000 people prayed in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City.

Israeli security forces took measures to ensure there were no problems as worshipers traveled to the compound, Rosenfeld said, adding that no incidents had been reported.

Men aged over 40, women and children were allowed to enter Jerusalem from the West Bank without permits on Friday for Ramadan prayers, he told Ma'an.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation said in a statement that Israeli forces had erected checkpoints around Jerusalem and on roads leading to the city.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
10/08/2012 20:49
This was a good report of co-operation to allow so many into the compound to pray. Why did the reporter find it important to write the final sentence "The Al-Aqsa Foundation said in a statement that Israeli forces had erected checkpoints around Jerusalem and on roads leading to the city." Are you going to tell me that there are no checkpoints when the Haj occurs ?

2 ) ian / australia
11/08/2012 09:13
#1 Very revealing post Arnold. You seem genuinely unaware of the colonial mindset involved in praising the largesse of Israel "allowing" people to visit their own mosque (and in such large numbers) or to "enter" their own country (unless male and under forty) without permits. Then there's the condescension of commending the natives on their "co-operation" with the colonial overlord...for not being "uppity". And the peevish nitpicking that the sentence about "checkpoints" spoils the otherwise

3 ) ian / australia
11/08/2012 09:14
(contd.) sunny picture of harmony and order...conveniently ignoring the fact that Al-Aqsa is not IN Israel and the people travelling to it are not passing through Israel to get there. (And they certainly don't use the ramp so they never set foot in Israel!) As for your zinger..."Are you going to tell me that there are no checkpoints when the Haj occurs?"...well, typical wily rhetoric (do you swap notes with Brian?) It's hardly the same. Measures are obviously taken to control the

4 ) ian / australia
11/08/2012 09:15
(contd.) huge crowds during the Hajj, but nothing like "checkpoints" and certainly not with the armed military of an occupying power vetting the movement of people travelling in their own country to places they have every right to go.

5 ) Hilmi / Malaysia
11/08/2012 09:48
#1 True.. but checkpoint when hajj don't have a big gun pointing at us or carrying it around when it's not necessaries..

6 ) Arnold / Canada
11/08/2012 18:02
Ian / Ausralia. First and foremost you are a blithering idiot for posting facts which make no sense. You say al-asqa mosque is not in Israel. Then please tell you trully believe it is in Palestine. Well Palestine is Israel. Rome renamed Israel to Palestine . But it is still Israel. History shows that the Christians cast out the Jews and the Muslims cast out the Christians from Jerusalem which is in Israel. Until you agree to these historical facts there is no use listening to you anymore.

7 ) ian / australia
12/08/2012 03:14
#6 "First and foremost you are a blithering idiot..." Haven't heard that one since "On the Buses" but ouch! "You say al-asqa mosque is not in Israel." Not just me Arnold. Most of the world inc. the International Court of Justice which ruled unanimously that East Jerusalem inc. the Old City inc. al-Haram al-Sharif and HaKotel is Occupied Palestinian Territory along with everything else beyond the Green Line. "Then please tell you trully believe it is in Palestine." Well, yes I do, but it's a

8 ) ian / australia
12/08/2012 03:16
(contd.) fair question: where is Al-Aqsa if not in Israel? Well, it's in a tract of land ruled over the centuries by a long succession of powers inc. Canaanites, Egyptians, Jebusites, Judeans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Mamluks, Turks, the British and Jordan! The last transition of power being when Jordan relinquished its claim in 1988, ceding it to the Palestinian people represented by the PLO. So there's your answer. That is was seized by Israel in an

9 ) ian / australia
12/08/2012 03:18
(contd.) act of war in 1967 and occupied illegally ever since doesn't change its legal owners. And the rest of the world agrees. The West Bank inc. EJ has never been part of modern Israel, not in the Partition Plan, or UN Resolutions or ICJ decisions, not Oslo, not Camp David, not the "Road Map" or in statements by EU leaders or a single POTUS or most importantly Israel's own declaration of itself in 1948! "Well Palestine is Israel. Rome renamed Israel to Palestine. But it is still Israel.

10 ) ian / australia
12/08/2012 03:20
(contd.) History shows...etc." Mostly bewildering but that's ancient history and irrelevant to rulings based on modern law and morality. "Until you agree to these historical facts there is no use listening to you anymore." Suits me Arnold. Shalom.

11 ) johnny benson / usa
12/08/2012 07:03
i wonder...did jordan allow jews to visit the wall before the 67 war?.....the answer is no
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