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Israeli rightists tour Aqsa compound, witnesses say
Published Tuesday 29/10/2013 (updated) 30/10/2013 11:03
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli rightists entered the Al-Aqsa compound on Tuesday under armed guard, witnesses told Ma'an.

Around 63 Jewish Israelis toured the compound in three groups, mainly consisting of religious students and teachers, locals said.

They entered the area via the Moroccan Gate and left via the Chain Gate.

Dozens of Palestinian students shouted slogans condemning the visit.

Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area. Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.

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. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

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

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Mel / USA
29/10/2013 15:04
Jeeeez! Not another field-trip day for Zionism's own 'Taliban' & Absolutist 'Mullah's'? Don't let 'em walk too far,they might fall off the edge of the flat-earth!

2 ) john p / usa
29/10/2013 15:29
totally stupid. they just wanna see the place. whats the big deal? the story says it all. they walk inside the area and right away palestinians started yelling and startng. ridiculous

3 ) Wrollwell College / UK
29/10/2013 18:40
@1 I am happy Mel that the Jewish people have returned to Mount Moriah. Something denied to them by the Jordanians until it was liberated in1967. Time for the re building of the Third Temple, don't you think, old chap?

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
29/10/2013 20:23
Posts 1, 2, and 3 nicely illustrate the progression here. Post 1 protests this egregious provocation (armed, escorted parties are not innocent visitors). Post 2 innocently claims 'we're just visiting.' Post 3 threatens to build a Jewish temple on the site.

5 ) getting / old
30/10/2013 08:26
Judism & being jewish is a religion not a race, simple as that , now try to act decent , that means with ethics and good morals..

6 ) Joseph Fattal / USA
30/10/2013 20:44
I have an idea. Let the PA arrange a tour for their Muslim worshipers, college students and so far to visit a Synagogue. Just wants to know what Israel going to say about it. They shouldn't mind, but if they do, there you going to find out the reason behind their continued visitation. If Israel is a democracy than they should have religion freedom.

7 ) ian / australia
30/10/2013 21:48
#2 So, john p, if "they just wanna see the place" like respectful tourists, all innocent and harmless, with no thoughts of taking it over or it BELONGING to them and Palestinians are over-reacting because it's no "big deal", you must strongly disagree with #3 Wrollwell College / UK who wants the "abominations" razed and the Temple rebuilt. Care to spell out your differences on that and perhaps boldly state your own solution for al-Haram al-Sharif? Just interested.

8 ) ian / australia
31/10/2013 04:13
The plan is clearly to normalise Jews visiting the Haram - all manner of visits, obnoxious blowhard leaders, scruffy settlers and "innocent" educational excursions - and to make it (and the guaranteed Palestinian response) commonplace. The "right" of Jews to pray at their "holiest site" will be the banner and the status of East Jerusalem as occupied will be lost in the emotion. Palestinian resistance (because it IS occupied and they KNOW Jews and what they are doing) will create another

9 ) ian / australia
31/10/2013 04:14
(contd.) "conflict" and the site will become "disputed" requiring a "solution", probably "negotiated". An "incident" like Baruch Goldstein's Purim killing spree at Hebron would result in an Israeli intervention to "secure" the site, FOR JEWS, who afterall, pray there, having a "right" to do so, it being their "holiest site" etc. If Arab resistance escalates (why wouldn't it?), the site would be seized or divided (like in Hebron) and elaborate "security" infrastructure installed

10 ) ian / australia
31/10/2013 04:16
(contd.) with cages and turnstiles (like the Ibrahim Mosque) to regulate entry along "racial"/religious lines. The intl. comm. would decry it; the UN/EU condemn it. And who knows, in future decades, a new round of leaders (maybe not born yet) will be holding "talks", with a new "broker" to resolve the "dispute" about the "competing claims" to the Temple Mount. It's the story of Israel. Think about it: the fight for the Haram is the history of Israel in microcosm.

11 ) Alfasi / Israel
31/10/2013 20:19
Joseph, muslims can already visit the western wall plaza. I have shown many the plaza and taken them near the wall. The fact that they go crazy when they see a jew on the haram is absurd. Why can't they display tolerance? Who is harming them? Who is threatening them? Nobody is coming in with a bulldozer. Nobody is asking for fighting. They just want to visit and pray. Ikhwat act like animals dumped in a cage with other species and need to control themselves.
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