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Right-wing Jewish group tours Aqsa compound
Published Sunday 30/03/2014 (updated) 31/03/2014 12:56
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Jewish group entered Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, witnesses said.

Locals told Ma'an that 19 Israeli Jews entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate and exited through the Chain Gate under the guard of Israeli police officers.

Groups of Muslim worshipers chanted "Allahu Akbar" as the group passed them.

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 the 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 ) myra / canada
30/03/2014 22:48
East Jerusalem is under occupation.so it should be clear it is not a part of Israel. Why Israeli's not see this logic.

2 ) stone the squatters / USA
31/03/2014 05:11
trash that should be flushed

3 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
31/03/2014 19:35
In 1948 Jerusalem was a majority Jewish City. It was undivided as it had been for at least the last 3,000 years. The Jordanian Arab Legion occupied the Old City portion of Jerusalem in 1948 and held it for 19 years before Israel liberated it from Jordanian occupation. Since 1967 Jerusalem has not been divided. By what logic should Jerusalem be divided between East and West Jerusalem simply because out of the last 3000 years or so Jordan held the Old City under its occupation for 19 years?

4 ) Mel / USA
31/03/2014 20:00
Ma'an? You musn't slip into the Zionist narrative of NOT emphasizing that E.Jerusalem is ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED. Jerusalem is NOT the "Jewish Capital",as much as Zionism wants it,or wants Palestine wiped off Zionism's Plan D map!These are similar thugs to those worshipping mass-murderer B.Goldstein(Hebron 1994),or who ethnically-cleansed 650 multi-ethnic families,bulldozed their homes(behind the 'Diskotel')&pushed them into Shuafat refugee camp.This is what "Israel" is reduced to! Nazism!
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