Right-wing Israelis tour Aqsa compound
Published Tuesday 01/04/2014 (updated) 02/04/2014 04:37
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Dozens of right-wing Israelis including Yeshiva students entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound Tuesday morning via the Moroccan Gate escorted by Israeli police officers.
Witnesses told Ma’an that more than 100 Jews entered the compound in groups and toured its courtyards while Muslim worshipers and Sharia students shouted "Allah Akbar."
A day earlier, a Muslim organization based in the Old City of Jerusalem urged all Muslim worshippers who can access the mosque to intensify their visits and to stay as long as they can to defend the holy place.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage highlighted in a statement that its appeal came in response to calls by rabbis and scholars to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu to approve the construction of a Jewish synagogue on parts of the compound.
The synagogue, according to the foundation quoting a statement signed by several rabbis and scholars, will be built temporarily and should be demolished to be replaced by the Jewish Temple.
A special association named Yishai has been established for the purpose of building the synagogue.
The appeal also comes to defend the mosque against ultra-Orthodox Jewish organizations which plan to slaughter Passover sacrifices in al-Aqsa compound which they call the Temple Mount on April 14.
The statement noted that some Jewish organizations urged the Israeli public to join trainings and preparations on Thursday, April 11 in a square in West Jerusalem on how to slaughter Passover sacrifices in al-Aqsa Mosque compound.