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Israel closes al-Aqsa mosque to worshipers
Published Wednesday 18/09/2013 (updated) 21/09/2013 13:30
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops forcibly entered the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday and deployed heavily around the entrances, preventing Palestinian worshipers from accessing the area, locals said.

Israeli troops entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate and the Chain Gate and denied all Palestinians, including women and chidlren, entry to the area.

Around 500 students who study at religious schools in the al-Aqsa compound were also denied access to their schools, witnesses said.

Meanwhile, a group of ultra-orthodox Jews were allowed entry to the area at around 8 a.m. through the Moroccan Gate. Dozens of Palestinian worshipers who were in the mosque hurled stones at the group, before being chased by Israeli forces.

They were then held in the southern mosque and attacked with pepper spray, witnesses said.

Hundreds of worshipers gathered near the main gates leading to al-Aqsa in protest against restricted access to the area.

Israeli officers hit several people, including women, with clubs near the Bab al-Huta.

A series of recent visits by Israeli rightists have created a sense of fear among al-Aqsa authorities about control of the holy site.

Head of the Islamic Higher Commission, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, told Ma'an last week that repeated incursions by Jewish extremists "confirm Israeli ambitions and the risks to the mosque."

He pointed to the division of the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, which is now separated into two parts.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.

It is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.

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.



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1 ) Tanias Titz / Germany
18/09/2013 10:45
Why would dozens of Moslem worshipers who were in the mosque hurl stones at the group of Jews? The Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque is built on the ruins of the Jews First and Second Temple.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/09/2013 11:40
To Tanias #1: 'The Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque is built on the ruins of the Jews First and Second Temple.' You might as well make an assertion about the 'ruins of Camelot.' If the 'First Temple' existed, it's proven remarkably elusive. In any case, it is a Muslim site NOW, and the Palestinians are responding to this gesture in the spirit in which it is intended.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/09/2013 11:44
Israel attempts to rule the Palestinians solely through terror, intimidation, and humiliation. In short, they govern by endlessly grinding their boot into the face of their victim. This is part and parcel of that.

4 ) Mohammed Shahid / India
18/09/2013 12:00
For 567 years, Jews were banned from worshiping in Jerusalem after the Roman destruction of the city in 70AD. That ban was overturned when the city came under Muslim control during the caliphate of Umar ibn al-Khattab in 637.

5 ) So less soccer now?? / that is what
18/09/2013 12:26
they mostly do there.

6 ) Tomas / Czech republic
18/09/2013 13:43
Lies, lies, and propaganda ...

7 ) Cherish / US
18/09/2013 17:07
This is a despicable disgrace and shows Israel's intentions towards Muslim worshippers who endure these criminal actions. Either Israel refuses entry or allowed extremist Zionists to incite hate and trouble. There is no evidence on the bible of the first temple so were getting ahead with the story of a second temple. In the land of God Israel is playing the role of the devil!

8 ) renee / usa
18/09/2013 18:03
@ 7- did you even read this article? " Meanwhile, a group of ultra-orthodox Jews were allowed entry to the area at around 8 a.m. through the Moroccan Gate. Dozens of Palestinian worshipers who were in the mosque hurled stones at the group" the jews walked in and started getting stones thrown at them.

9 ) roman / usa
18/09/2013 18:19
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill. 6May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.…

10 ) @ Mohammed-4 / USA
18/09/2013 19:24
I'm an American Jew, and recently I badly wanted to visit the site, and
the Muslim presence told me that I could not step even one foot on the pavement to get a better view, of what I couldn't visit, so
1- The "Ban" is in place today, and
2- Israel should Open the al-Aqsa mosque to equally to all worshippers,
and either stop restricting Jews, in surrender to Muslim rioters,
or start restricting Muslims, so that there's is equality !!

11 ) Johnny benson / USA
18/09/2013 21:24
If the Arabs would allow for free and easy entrance to all Jewish holy places,even welcoming ;them with tea and sweets...think how far that would go toward peaceful relations with Israelis.....

12 ) Zuned / Uk
18/09/2013 23:25
History tells us Jews were happy under Muslim reign. The biggest mistake Muslim ever made is allowing Jews to the mosque after roman ban. The second largest Jews community lives outside Israel is in Iran . How would u react if Iran impose ban and take control of sacred places. Would u not call for a war and justify it ?

13 ) David / Australia
19/09/2013 03:55
So Zuned tells us that the Jews were happy under Muslim reign! Go and read Martin Gilbert's 'In Ishmael's House' to understand what it's like to live a demeaning dhimmi existence. If Muslims gain the ascendancy that is what we 'infidels' can look forward to.

14 ) Outlier / USA
19/09/2013 20:32
Just to be clear, the Temple Mount is under Israeli control and it has the right to control access as it see prudent. Also to be clear, the Temple Mount is holy to three religions, none of which has an exclusive claim to access.

15 ) Tanias Titz / Germany
20/09/2013 08:21
@12 ''The second largest Jews community lives outside Israel is in Iran ''. What a stupid ignorant, misinformed, nonsensical, comment.

16 ) Rene / US
24/09/2013 10:36
What is it 78 %, 80? that Israeli's lock Palestinians out of Palestine? It would be good if the Palestinians would welcome them to also their Holy Place as it would be good if Israeli's welcomed Palestinians to their lands

17 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/09/2013 11:31
To outlier #14: 'Also to be clear, the Temple Mount is holy to three religions, none of which has an exclusive claim to access.' Yawn, I bet that wasn't the song in 1967-2000. Just like in 1920 it was 'independent state - us?' and in 1947 it was 'we accept the UN Partition Lines' and in 1967 it was 'we're only holding these territories until there's a peace settlement.' You always pretend you want just a LITTLE more. Leave it to you, and in a few years you'll be razing al Aqsa.

18 ) owais / Pakaistan
09/11/2013 20:18
Dear muslim, No need to worry, according to shariah, we (muslim0 have a firm believe this HOLY place will br recaptured once again by muslim ummah and people will see. secondly it is for surely correct tht jews lived better under muslim times/reign as it was Hazrat Umar bn khattab whohe allowed people to worship their own religion without any destruction and this is wht Islam teaches.
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