Right-wing MK tours Aqsa compound under armed guard
Published Monday 07/04/2014 (updated) 08/04/2014 09:32
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Likud MK Moshe Feiglin toured the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday under heavy armed guard, a Palestinian official said.
Azzam al-Khatib, the director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, told Ma'an that Feiglin was escorted around the compound by Israeli police officers.
A group of around 50 right-wing Jews also toured the area, he added.
In February, the Israeli Knesset began a debate called by right-wingers to demand that Israel end its practice of forbidding Jewish prayer at the Al-Aqsa compound.
In a motion which was not put to a vote, MP Moshe Feiglin, a hardline member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, said Israel's fear of igniting Muslim rage amounted to discrimination against Jews.
Due to the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls the compound -- overseen by Jordan -- to restrict the area for Muslim prayers.
Israeli forces, however, regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, often leading to tension with local Palestinians.
East Jerusalem has been occupied by Israeli forces since 1967.