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Israel army recruits tour al-Aqsa compound
Published Tuesday 10/12/2013 (updated) 11/12/2013 23:51
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- More than 100 newly recruited Israeli soldiers entered the al-Aqsa compound escorted by large numbers of police officers on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses said more than 100 male and female recruits entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate and made stops across the compound listening to briefings by Israeli tour guides about the significance of the compound.

Separately, a group of settlers and employees of the Israeli telecommunication provider Bezeq also visited the compound earlier on Tuesday.



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 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
10/12/2013 15:28
If the Al-Asqa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam, why is it so poorly maintained. Mudar Zahran (Gatestone) mentions graffiti in the washrooms and states "Upon entering the silver-domed mosque, one can quickly notice how neglected the mosque is, and badly in need of maintenance, with dirty walls, dust-covered ceilings and worn-out chairs, including the one on which the Imam sits. Fire equipment, tossed randomly in a heap in a corner, looks as if it has not been touched in a long time."

2 ) Mark / Singapore
10/12/2013 15:43
So what, whats the fuss. Some Jewish soldiers peacefully toured Al-Asqua ?? Bid deal. Do you think G-D really minds ?

3 ) Numina / US
10/12/2013 16:57
@ 1 you are a liar I have been to the Al Aqsa mosque and it is maintened and looked after with love, care and professionalism. It's such a pity that Zionists like you have make up fantasy stories but hey then again that's the root of your existence!

4 ) Tammy / UK
10/12/2013 16:59
Rondo Mondo or should I say Brian Cohen with your multiple personalities to spread hate. The Waqf and the Muslim people take care of the beautiful Al Aqsa and Sakhra beautifully. Your just jealous!

5 ) Sam / Kitu
10/12/2013 17:19
Yes G-D minds look what happened to Ariel Sharon nor the earth or G-D wants him.

6 ) southparkbear / usa
10/12/2013 17:22
nu, we did this 40 years ago when i was drafted. so where is the news here exactly?

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/12/2013 18:36
This just keeps getting slowly more odious. The Israelis are being especially slimy about this -- it's creeping annexation.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/12/2013 18:37
To Mark #2 'So what, whats the fuss...' That's exactly the tactic. A little more each month...
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