2 US lawmakers tour Aqsa with right-wing Jews
Published Thursday 10/04/2014 (updated) 10/04/2014 23:38
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two members of the US Congress joined right-wing Jews who toured the al-Aqsa Mosque compound escorted by Israeli police officers in February, a Jerusalem-based Fatah official said.
Dimitri Daliani told Ma'an on Thursday that Republicans Bill Johnson of Ohio and David McKinley of Virginia entered the compound with the "extremist" Chaim Richman, director of the rightist Temple Institute.
Daliani said the "congressmen's participation in such criminal incursions into the al-Aqsa Mosque without being questioned by their own government indicates collusion with settler gangs whose aim is to hurt the al-Aqsa Mosque."
Daliani urged Arab and Muslim communities in the United States districts represented by those representatives to "punish them at the ballots."
He added that Johnson and McKinley were hosted by the Israel Allies Foundation which is active in "disseminating extremist Zionist ideology in the United States."
Correction: The original version of this story said that the incident occurred on Thursday. The article has now been amended to reflect that the trip occurred in February.