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Thousands pray in Jerusalem streets amid new Aqsa restrictions
Published Friday 14/03/2014 (updated) 17/03/2014 15:58
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of worshipers prayed in the streets of Jerusalem on Friday after Israeli authorities imposed new restrictions on Palestinians' right to pray inside the holy Al-Aqsa compound.

The compound -- which is the third holiest site in Islam -- was mostly empty on Friday after Israeli authorities prohibited all Palestinians under the age of 40 from praying there and set up barricades at the compound's entrances to limit their access.

Many worshipers prayed at the gates of the compound while others prayed at the entrances to the Old City, although a limited number were able to pray inside the Al-Aqsa compound.

The restrictions come only two weeks after Israeli authorities imposed similar restrictions, barring Palestinians under the age of 50 from praying in the compound. Those restrictions led to protests both in Palestine and abroad, as many feared such limitations were part of a broader strategy to limit Palestinian access to the compound.




The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said in a statement on Friday afternoon that many of the worshipers arrived to find that Israeli forces had set up military checkpoints in the alleys of the Old City.

As a result, worshipers gathered at the Council Gate (Bab al-Majlis), the Iron Gate (Bab al-Hadid), and Gate of Remission (Bab al-Hatta) to pray as close to the Al-Aqsa mosque as possible, while areas around Damascus Gate and the Lion's Gate, both of which are gates to Jerusalem's Old City, saw large numbers of worshipers as well.

Scuffles broke out in a number of places with Israeli police forces as a result of the restrictions.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation warned that Israeli policies and pressures restricting worshipers' access to Al-Aqsa were increasing and becoming more common, calling upon Palestinians in Jerusalem and across Palestine to increase their efforts to maintain their links with the compound.




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1 ) JoeUSA / USA
14/03/2014 20:09
To those who claim Israel does not deny access to religious sites , I say HOGWASH.

2 ) some one / some where
14/03/2014 22:53
#1 idiot when you start a fight in holy place and throw rocks and so then you get kick in ..... not a welcome

3 ) Missionary Chuma Nnabuihe / Nigeria
14/03/2014 23:29
What's the problem with muslims please? Looks like there are no prophecies in quran to help you people understand that Israel has finally taken over temple mount. If the prophet of Allah ( peace be upon him) can get up from the grave, he will give you people good spanking for your spiritual blindness to prophetic events.Israel's next move will be a total ban on muslims, then will come it's destruction. Wish i can have a good forum to give muslims a good lecture on that.

4 ) Mel / USA
15/03/2014 00:36
I reckon ALL THE Muslim Heads of States,Monarchs,Sheiks,Sultan,P

5 ) JoeUSA / USA
15/03/2014 01:34
#2 , It is the presence of right wingers like Feiglin whose public statements declare that he wants to transfer all Arabs out of Palestine , appearing at the Mosque and flanked by dozens of IDF troops in riot gear , you are lucky that only rocks, fly. You do not consider this a provocation ? The Arabs do not riot by themselves. Undoubtedly, whenever the IDF shows up in riot gear to supress and oppress , the fight is on.

6 ) Tani / US
15/03/2014 02:03
The Jewish extremists attack Muslims worshippers and the world can see Israel's barbarism stopping Muslims from praying at their holy mosque. This is the Israel's true ugly face.

7 ) Gary / Uk
15/03/2014 02:04
@2 you are the idiot liar with your Zionist lies. Get an education fool!

8 ) Johnny benson / USA
15/03/2014 05:31
The Arab youths throw rocks down at Jews at the wall...these idiots are lucky as it is...they should have their heads busted...and yet the Arabs cry...and can they cry and complain and bellyache..

9 ) Mel / USA
16/03/2014 20:51
Cont:from # 4:Presidents should GO DIRECTLY TO Jerusalem to join their Palestinian brothers & sisters,of all ages,in Friday prayers. Leave on a Tues/Wednesday though,because you should also demand to go through the same interrogation,intimidation,ID,proctology examination,that ALL ordinary Arabs have to go through to enter Palestine/Jerusalem 2B allowed to live/PRAY?Mecca&Medina pray in'peace'!What,Riyadh doesn't care about Al Quds?Too scared of Zionism to defend occupied Palestine's prayers?

10 ) Johnny's Mother / USA
16/03/2014 21:03
Johnny Benson see how you wish people get their heads busted I hope your wishes are bestowed upon your seed to understand what others go through and trust me you will!

11 ) JoeUSA / USA
17/03/2014 00:04
#8 , get out of Palestine and no Zionist will get stoned. Then they can visit Al Buraq ( Kotell) , after securing an entry VISA and there will be no stones thrown at them....

12 ) @poor johnny benson the inbred / USA
17/03/2014 00:35
yes johnny benson the inbred retard, and to much a coward to make aliyah...tell me more lies you memorized from mossadi trash...you should be deported zio agent and un American trash

13 ) John / US
17/03/2014 19:56
Beside calling Johnny Benson Kalb, u liberally assaulted his mother, keens and seed.. How about dealing with the content of his comment instead...

14 ) sajid / uk
09/08/2014 22:04
israel uses foreighners to die in army. how come none have joined and then shot isreali soldiers dozens in back, then said these were cowards who died trying to run away . and say im the only brave one who fought and survived hamas. then do it again
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