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Published Friday 21/03/2014 (updated) 23/03/2014 11:53
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinian worshipers performed prayers in the streets of Jerusalem on Friday after Israeli authorities imposed age restrictions on entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Men under 50 were forced to pray in the streets as Israeli authorities imposed restrictions around the Old City to accommodate the Jerusalem Marathon.

Several main roads were closed and a number of checkpoints set up around the Old City as thousands ran in the event.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said in a statement that Israel is trying to discourage Palestinian from praying at the holy site by imposing frequent restrictions.

Last Friday, the compound was mostly empty 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.

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.




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1 ) When, Then, & Now / Truth & Kindness
21/03/2014 18:08
- When Muslim (Jordan) armies took the city in 1948, they destroyed every single (there were many) Synagogue in the Old City, and
- Then Muslims allowed not one Jew into the Holy City, even to pray, until they lost the City in 1967 after a failed Arab army invasion attempt, so
- Now that the City is back under Jewish sovereignty, the present Muslim situation is comparatively an undeserved Kindness !!!

2 ) Missionary Chuma Nnabuihe / Nigeria
21/03/2014 18:42
Today we hear of restrictions,later will come total ban, followed by a pulling down of the noble sanctuary in fufilment of Acts 15;13-16 then the eyes of muslims will open.

3 ) JoeUSA / USA
21/03/2014 19:10
#1 you speak of half truths. Truth that you believe favor the Israeli narrative. Indeed two Synagogues in Old Jerusalem were destroyed and many moved in empty homes of the Jewish Quarter ( Haret al Yahud) in 1948. What did the Zionists do in all of Palestine is a thousand times worse. over 490 villages destroyed including their mosques and Churches. The Mandlebaum gate between East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem gave access to Jewish caravans every Thursday to cross to resupply Hadassah .

4 ) JoeUSA / USA
21/03/2014 19:15
Re #1 continued. Civilians from either side were not permitted to cross on either side. Muslims , Israeli citizens were also not allowed to cross , not only the Jews. At Easter , a minimal number of Israeli Palestinian christians were permitted by Israel to cross the Mandelbaum Gate for a week visit/pilgrimage. Pre 1948 Jews had complete access to the Kottel . You seem to forget that there was a continuous state of war and skirmishes on both sides of the border occurred frequently.

5 ) Tammy / Ir
21/03/2014 23:01
@ 2 looks like the you Zionists have a short memory when the final time of reckoning comes for your crimes trust me what happened prior to 1948 will Look like a walk in the park!

6 ) JoeUSA / USA
22/03/2014 00:35
Ref #1 continued in June of 1967 , Israeli bulldozers arrived at the Buraq area ( Kottel) and proceeded to knock down homes and businesses to create the open plaza that is today in front of the Kottel. 400 Palestinian families were left homeless and many were given a two room brick house by the UN at Anata refugee camp north of Jerusalem. There was also a plastics factory in that area that was destroyed , a factory that provided jobs and livelihood to many.

7 ) gabi / australia
22/03/2014 02:36
# 1 - I think you should read more widely. How about Illan Pape, Benny Morris, and even Amos Oz. All have written about the time you are talking about, and you are being very selective and not altogether truthful in your comments. And you make no comment about the Israelis demolishing the homes of Palestinians in 1967 to give greater access to the Wailing Wall, prior to which there was only limited access because of the homes (had been there for yonks) which surrounded it.

8 ) elizabeth west / usa
23/03/2014 18:51
So sad that we have come to this I am glad I have open mind n respect to reliegon sad that we can't peak or pray or be kind to our fellow man no matter what are beliefs are or our nationalist is it crime we can't let go god Allah forgive the people who are so blind, make me sick have we forgot our history where so many died no matter what our beliefs where makes me sick
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