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Israeli forces, rightists tour Aqsa compound
Published Thursday 09/01/2014 (updated) 10/01/2014 21:28
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A group of newly recruited Israeli soldiers and a group of rightist Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate Thursday, escorted by Israeli police officers, witnesses said.

More than 50 army recruits toured the mosque's squares in military uniform, escorted by police and tour guides, the witnesses told Ma'an.

Separately, they said 17 Israeli rightists led by extremist lawyer Yehuda Glick entered Al-Aqsa. They toured various squares in the compound, and Glick was seen holding photos of the "Jewish Temple" along with photos of Knesset member Moshe Feiglin, who heads the Jewish Leadership faction of Israel's Likud party.

Furthermore, a group of Israeli intelligence officers toured the al-Aqsa Mosque squares, witnesses said.

Yehuda Glick is an American-born Israeli and the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Fund, an extremist Jewish organization focused on "strengthening the relationship between Israel and the Temple Mount."

Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to restrict access for non-Muslims. However, 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 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
09/01/2014 22:05
"Jews believe"? Never mind that you immediately turned around and stated, "The Second Temple was destroyed by Rome in 70AD." Moreover, Islam ALSO believes this, ergo "Beit al Maqdis."

2 ) Chimo / USA
09/01/2014 22:15
Why shouldn't they be allowed there? Why should the Muslims be allowed to decide whether or not Jews can visit the most holy site in all of Judaism? The Muslims have Mecca and Medina, and won't even let a Jew in either city, let alone an Israeli in the Country of Saudi Arabia. But yet so many of the posters here decry Israeli racism! I'm sure many Israelis have racist attitudes, but so do Palestinians, so what's the problem? Your gonna tell me that jews have no right to live there? Total B.S.

3 ) Sam / Australia
10/01/2014 23:26
The Oslo Accords gives them every right to be there.

4 ) ian / australia
11/01/2014 12:29
#1 ' "Jews believe"? Never mind that you immediately turned around and stated, "The Second Temple was destroyed by Rome in 70AD." Moreover, Islam ALSO believes this, ergo "Beit al Maqdis." ' Huh? You really have no point, Rachamim. There's NO trace of the biblical temple of Solomon or evidence for it being anything other than myth...though if a Canaanite tribe worshipped a cultic deity named Jehovah, which seems the case, it's more than likely there was a high holy place on Mount Moriah,

5 ) ian / australia
11/01/2014 12:29
(contd.) as well as shrines predating Jehovah-worship, to El or Asherah...receding into prehistory. Herod's temple however is an obvious historical fact because the Romans destroyed it. But what "Jews" or any other religious people "believe" has no bearing on archeological or historical truth. Religious people "believe" a lot of crazy things. (Muslims think the Aqsa mosque was built by Prophet Adam assisted by angels.) Bayt al-Maqdis belongs to the Palestinians not because their RELIGIOUS

6 ) ian / australia
11/01/2014 12:30
(contd.) claims are more credible, but because it's not IN Israel...it's in PALESTINE, by overwhelming global consensus. It might be SIGNIFICANT to Jews because it features in their myths but it hasn't BELONGED to "Jews" for 2,500 years. And I'd point out, it BELONGED to first millennium Canaanites with their monolatristic cult to Yahweh because they LIVED there...just as their descendants still do and it still does. And Rachamim Dwek, do you really think a Quranic name meaning "house of purity"

7 ) ian / australia
11/01/2014 12:31
(contd.) or "holiness" is an admission of Israeli title to al-Haram ash-Sharif?
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