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Israeli officers enter Aqsa compound, raid mosque
Published Tuesday 04/02/2014 (updated) 05/02/2014 20:55
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli intelligence officers entered the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Tuesday and raided the Dome of the Rock, witnesses and the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment said.

Around 30 intelligence officers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate and toured different areas of the plateau before storming the Dome of the Rock and climbing to the roof, endowment ministry officials told Ma'an.

Female worshipers shouted "Allah Akbar" at the Israeli officers, who then tried to take pictures of the women, which led to a heated argument.

Israeli police officers who escorted the intelligence officers collected the identity cards of several women in the area and told them to go to a police station by Jaffa Gate to retrieve the cards.

Meanwhile, a group of 17 Israelis entered the mosque compound under armed guard.

On Monday, an extremist Israeli organization urged Jews to organize a demonstration waving Israeli flags inside the al-Aqsa compound on Thursday, the ministry of endowment said.

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.
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1 ) War monkey / USA
05/02/2014 21:44
Disgraceful . No wonder Israel is against Kerry's idea to address incitement. It's an every day tactic for them . As an American, I am proud of the Palestian people . They gain more supporters every day . The tide is turning. Peace

2 ) ian / australia
06/02/2014 12:00
Jews are so biblical. Even the ones who don't believe in G-d. They love this. Storming someone else's high holy place and treating it with contempt. Terrorising the "people of the plain", causing them to run around crying to their god, "Allahu Akbar!" Putting the "the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven...". Making them "tremble" before all-conquering Israel and the threat of utter destruction. It's not a "spiritual" religion. And certainly not

3 ) ian / australia
06/02/2014 12:00
(contd.) universal. Not the way Israelis practice it. More a violent cult which values displays of power and supremacism above all. And in the nasty recesses of the cultic imagination it's always 1,400 BC.
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