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Jewish groups enter Al-Aqsa under armed guard
Published Thursday 05/12/2013 (updated) 06/12/2013 18:48
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Rightist Israeli Jewish groups entered the Al-Aqsa compound early Thursday escorted by police, surrounding Palestinian worshipers in the southern mosque and setting off fireworks, witnesses told Ma'an.

Witnesses said that a group of extremists led by Yehuda Glick, an American-born Israeli Jewish Rabbi who chairs the Temple Mount Heritage Fund, entered the mosque compound through the Moroccan Gate.

The Jewish groups, described by witnesses as "settlers," then continued to tour the Al-Aqsa compound.

Additionally, Israeli police imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers, checking their identity cards at the gates.

A Palestinian journalist told Ma'an that Israeli police confiscated his identity card and press card when he attempted to enter the Al-Aqsa compound early Thursday.

Muhammad Shalabi said that Israeli police sent him to the police station to retrieve his cards, and that when he arrived, he was told he was banned from returning to the compound for a month.

Israeli police also interrogated Abdullah al-Sanjlawi and banned him from returning to Al-Aqsa for a month, witnesses said.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation said Tuesday that Jewish organizations, without naming them, had submitted an application to Israeli ministers to erect a Hanukkah candle in the Al-Aqsa compound.

In early November, an Israeli parliamentary committee held a heated debate on whether to begin allowing Jews to pray on the compound housing the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Due to the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa mosque, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls the compound to restrict the area for Muslim prayers.

Israeli forces, however, 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 the 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 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/12/2013 21:59
The slime continue their stealth conquest. Bear in mind that in 1920, the Zionists disavowed any intention of seeking an independent state at all. Right now, they're creating a reality in which Jews control al Aqsa.

2 ) Mo / Canada
05/12/2013 23:37
So to recap today's news, Al Qada killed 52 people in Yemen and kidnapped 50 kurds, including women and children. But those evil Israelis did something just as bad. They entered a building. Are we biased against a certain group of people possibly?

3 ) Golden Dome / USA
06/12/2013 16:43
Whoa Mo! No need for sarcasm or to point out that bad people are doing bad things daily. Waiting for the world to act better before incitement and injustices perpetrated against the Palestinians and their holy places is an attempt to wrestle control of those sites and to deny them equal rights to Jews. The apartheid colony of Israel is being run by the radicle religious segment of your tribe. That's a far cry from the democratic espoused principles of your founders. Or was that also a ruse too?

4 ) Mo / Canada
06/12/2013 21:55
It sounds like Israel, although no better or worse than the rest of the world's civilized countries, is portrayed in a light worse than Syria, Iran, or Al Quada, which is an unfair depiction and happens daily. Of course halting incitement to Paelstinians should be respected. But to put this issue on a platform on the same level as mass murder, rape and torture, when no other country is held to such a standard where entering a building makes news , is nothing short of insane

5 ) Shane / USA
07/12/2013 19:21
Damn Mo, I keep hearing apologists like you claiming that Israel is more civilized than the Arabs, yet you use AQ to justify your own barbaric nazi like behaviour. Of course deflection is #1 hasbara tactic. All one needs to do is look at Israeli polls from the past 30 years to see that a large % of Israel is not only racist but openly so. How much do you get paid for posting your drivel anyway?

6 ) Shane / USA
07/12/2013 19:24
Accualy Israel is much worse than other countrys. The civilized Israelis are the ones protesting side by side with the Palestinians.
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