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Israeli forces storm Aqsa compound, dozens injured and detained
Published Sunday 20/04/2014 (updated) 22/04/2014 16:11
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A young Palestinian woman shouts at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa
mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on April 20, 2014
(AFP Ahmad Gharabli)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian worshipers were wounded and dozens were detained after clashes broke in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning with Israeli forces who had stormed the courtyards firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets.

The raid comes amid frequent clashes in recent days after right-wing Jewish groups urged Jews to flock to the compound -- which they believe is the site of a former Jewish temple -- and conduct Passover rituals inside.

Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Kiswani told Ma'an that more than 400 police officers stormed the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate and the Chain Gate escorting extremist Jews other Jewish visitors into the compound.

Israeli forces, Kiswani said, "besieged" worshipers in the southern mosque "attacking them with clubs and pepper spray," after clashes broke out with Palestinian worshipers in the compound.

Dozens of Palestinians sustained injuries during the assault, while several others suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation. Twenty-five young men were reportedly detained by Israeli forces.

Kiswani said that Likud member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin had also entered the compound during the raid, accompanied by special security units. Feiglin has visited the site frequently in recent months, and he has vocally supported the extension of Israeli sovereignty over the compound.

Earlier on Sunday morning, clashes erupted outside the Lions' Gate (Bab al-Asbat) and Gate of Remission (Bab al-Hutta) of the Al-Aqsa compound when Israeli police denied hundreds of worshippers access to the compound.

Witnesses said that Israeli officers had denied all Palestinian residents of Jerusalem under the age of 60 access to the compound, including students who attend schools inside. Men and women were also attacked with clubs and pepper spray, witnesses said.

Israeli forces detained a young man after he was beaten brutally.

Israeli police spokesman said in a statement that police had detained 16 Palestinian "rioters," adding that they were all detained "as they threw stones/blocks at officers at the scene this morning."

He also said that two police officers lightly injured in the clashes, which broke out after the Palestinians threw stones as "tourists visited."





About 100 Muslim worshipers have decided to stay inside the compound day and night throughout Passover after right-wing Jewish organizations called for Jewish worshipers to enter the area en masse for religious festivities.

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 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.

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 ) Maisie / UK
20/04/2014 13:52
How much longer will the West be "concerned" enough to do something??? Sanctions are threatened and levied at so many other countries but Israel is literally getting away with murder. And where are the Christian voices on this Easter violations?

2 ) mandy liks / germany
20/04/2014 14:19
How come thousands of Christian pilgrims who took part in the Easters' Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, can do it without incident.

3 ) Dalaili / uganda
20/04/2014 15:22
why should the muslim comunity be made to suffer like that?

4 ) Husain / South Africa
20/04/2014 15:35
Shame on you israel none of them are carrying weapons,all protecting their dignity

5 ) Tobias / USA
20/04/2014 16:17
Muslims clash at "their" holy sites (Aqsa Compound, etc.), and Muslims clash at Jewish holy sites (Joseph's Tomb, etc.), and MUSLIMS CLASH anywhere & anytime they feel like, which is * EVERYWHERE, OFTEN, AND WITHOUT PROVOCATION.

6 ) Abu Absa / USA
20/04/2014 16:32
The blame should be directed towards the Arab leaders for keeping silent to the attrocities committed by these savages. Shame on all of them.

7 ) Mel / USA
20/04/2014 17:10
"...also venerated as Judaism's most holy place..."? The irony is that Feiglin's just an unholy terrorist neo-nazi-wannabe,who admires ungodly terrorists like Kahane & Goldstein.When Feiglin looks in the mirror,he probably ses the reflection of his idol "military genius",Hitler? Feiglin's equally as fanatical &deluded & would gladly "gas the Arabs"if given full rein!Such an irony that Israel's "purity of arms" & "human dignity"(1st Command)sovereign army has to DEFEND that neo-Nazi wannabe!

8 ) Arnold / Canada
20/04/2014 17:46
It is the 3rd holiest site in Islam but is is the FIRST holiest site in Judaism. Since when does the 3rd holiest site mean it can out flank the 1st holiest site. When are Muslims ever going to learn to share.

9 ) Hajja Romi Elnagar / USA
20/04/2014 17:48
Muslims in the US who are American citizens need to PESTER and BESIEGE their congressmen to stop giving billions in US tax dollars to Israel. The main reason that Israel can act with impunity is because Zionists in the US control American congressmen. For things to change, Muslims and sympathetic Americans of all religions need to do likewise.

10 ) Johnny benson / USA
20/04/2014 17:49
You ask why....the reason is that the Muslims refuse to allow Jews to visit the areas involved..and they riot and throw stones....wouldn't be nice and peaceful if the Arab Muslims just welcomed their Jewish cousins and neighbors with courtesy and good will...that would be a first step to peace...

11 ) Jesse / USA
20/04/2014 18:22
So, Palestinians can have and want religious freedom to pray at their holy sites, but Jews can't pray at theirs? Al Aqua is holy to everyone, yet only Muslims can go there and pray there?

12 ) Even / USA
20/04/2014 18:37
Why can't Jews pray there? Because there Jewish ?

13 ) aomi / Japan
20/04/2014 18:54
Israeli security forces act in various ways in order to maintain order in the area, while avoiding harming innocents.

14 ) @ Mandy-2, Dalaili-3, Husain-4 / Three Simple, Obvious Answers
20/04/2014 19:02
-2- The reason Christians celebrate "without incident" is because CHRISTIANS DO NOT INITIATE VIOLENCE, just as Jews Do Not !! -3- "Muslim communities suffer" because they try to force suffering upon a stronger people, and MUSLIMS MURDER when a rival is weaker !! -4- Under Islam, "Protecting Their Dignity" often translates as MUSLIMS, as "THROWING STONES", & SHOUTING "DEATH To Jews".

15 ) Jane Doe / USA
20/04/2014 19:44
Conclusion: When ultra orthodox Jews want to steal something they come with plenty of tax paid back up! They never come by themselves always with plenty of back up. How much AMerican tax dollars thanks to AIPAC and German tax dollars supports such activities of the IDF?

16 ) Masuma / USA
20/04/2014 19:49
I only complain to you, Allah. You listen and see! Oh, Allah help us. Ameen

17 ) J. Michael Springmann / USA
20/04/2014 21:02
When will the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, in Washington, D.C., take a position on this? Their interest seems to be the name of the city's football team.

18 ) Donna / US
20/04/2014 21:36
Shame on Israel trying to play Palestinian Muslims against Palestinian Christians! Giving limited access to Palestinians and not harassing them doesn't make Palestinian Christians not see the games you fools are playing!

19 ) salih / Trinidad
20/04/2014 21:37
Allah u Akbar. my dear brothers an sisters u all are in my prayers. Allah knows best an i hope those brothers an sisters who are capable of asisting u all will hear yall cries an try to make an effort... peace be onto you my brothers an sisters...

20 ) Julie / Germany
20/04/2014 22:13
Israel brutalises Muslims. God help these poor poor worshippers. God is with you!

21 ) laeeque ahmed / india
20/04/2014 22:49
Allah hu Akbar shame israeli govt..

22 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 23:08
To Arnold #8: 'It is the 3rd holiest site in Islam but is is the FIRST holiest site in Judaism. ' You omit the point that in Judaism, the Lord took away the Temple for the sins of the Jews, and they can't have it back until the Messiah comes. Any Jew who goes there is perverting the faith by doing so. Going onto the grounds of Al Aqsa is the opposite of a pious act, if you're Jewish.

23 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 23:09
Isn't it becoming a tad obvious that the Zionists are attempting to seize control of al Aqsa? Just what evidence does anyone require?

24 ) JoeFattal / USA
20/04/2014 23:13
Their religious harassment isn't but a way to extend their occupation using religion as a tool to justify it. You have to read between the lines to understand why Israel is behaving as such. They will use religion to maintain their grip on their occupied territories, Christians , Muslims and believe me even Jews. You dealing with an Israeli government that doesn't believe in their religion and interested only to create a Jewish State at the expense of the Palestinians and their own people.

25 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 23:39
To Donna #18: 'Shame on Israel trying to play Palestinian Muslims against Palestinian Christians! ' They do try to do that. However, witness their harassment of Christians as well as Muslims. Their own viciously indiscriminate bigotry keeps them from pursuing an intelligent line of policy.

26 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/04/2014 23:48
To Mandy Liks #2: 'How come thousands of Christian pilgrims who took part in the Easters' Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, can do it without incident.' Pathetic. There WAS incident. "...Israeli police blocked the entrances of all Old City roads leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the ceremony, refusing entry to journalists, international Christian pilgrims, and tourists. Swarms of Christians at Jaffa Gate began singing hymns upon being refused entry..."

27 ) Ross / USA
21/04/2014 00:29
A lot of these comments are just silly. Only a child can play the role of the occupier and aggressor and simultaneously pretend to play the role of the victim. The IDF has all of the guns, the tanks, the grenades, the planes, the bombs, the tear gas and the money. The IDF routinely kicks in doors in the West Bank in the middle of the night and kidnaps children, steals land & water, assaults un-armed people and violates both human and civil rights on a daily basis. It's an apartheid... period

28 ) Tahira / UK
21/04/2014 00:46
Muslims are detained, Muslims are beaten, Muslims are attacked. Yet I still see people supporting the Zionist government of Isreal. These officers 'stormed' into the site and attacked everyone with clubs and pepper spray. People need to do MUCH more research on what IS actually the first holiest site for Jews. Clearly ignorance is abundant when it comes to understanding other religions.

29 ) ian / australia
21/04/2014 05:02
"The raid comes amid frequent clashes...after right-wing Jewish groups urged Jews to flock to the compound...and conduct Passover rituals inside." Is it Passover already? Where HAS the year gone? Guess it's time for my annual holiday post pointing out Passover is a celebration of a great massacre of innocent Arabs by the vicious (and kind of demented) tribal deity of the Hebrews. I'm no Rebbe Schneerson, but I mean, it's not as though the first-born of Egypt had any SAY in whether or not

30 ) Habibah / Tobago
21/04/2014 16:17
So sad to see pictures like this. I'm sure brothers & sisters everywhere are trying to do what ever they can to improve this situation. Lets hope that things get better soon with more world attention & dialogue on going. The Way of Allah is peace, as I'm sure it is in other religions, however some people get misguided and cause mayhem. A lot of interesting comments on the page.

31 ) mo / uk
21/04/2014 20:41
Allah is watching.. patients my brothers and sisters we will have our day

32 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/04/2014 21:43
To Even #12: 'Why can't Jews pray there?' Because according to Jewish teaching, Jews are barred from the Temple Mount until the Messiah comes and restores it to them. Actually, you can pray there. You just can't do it if you're a good Jew.

33 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/04/2014 21:47
To Johnny #10: 'You ask why....the reason is that the Muslims refuse to allow Jews to visit the areas involved...' This is the latest Zio-lie. Actually, Jews and anyone else have long been welcome to visit al Aqsa -- there's even a bit of a cottage industry in tours. However, neither Jews nor anyone else can do it in armed groups, bent on humiliating Islam. If I try to march into a synagogue in a Nazi uniform and am expelled, does this mean Jews don't let anyone visit their synagogues?

34 ) ian / australia
22/04/2014 03:00
"The raid comes amid frequent clashes...after right-wing Jewish groups urged Jews to flock to the compound...and conduct Passover rituals inside." Is it Passover already? Where HAS the year gone? Guess it's time for my annual holiday post pointing out Passover is a celebration of a great massacre of innocent Arabs by the vicious (and kind of demented) tribal deity of the Hebrews. I'm no Rebbe Schneerson, but I mean, it's not as though the first-born of Egypt had any SAY in whether or not

35 ) ian / australia
22/04/2014 03:01
(contd.) That is one MEAN god. Any Bible scholars out there want to stick up for H-m? Or this obscene desecration the Haram ash-Sharif?

36 ) M.R.P / South Africa
22/04/2014 12:33
To all of you making assumptions about Islam...go LEARN. "why don't muslims share?" ... They have...the numerical system, astrology, biology...many things you think you know...came to you FROM MUSLIMS. I think the world would be an infinitely happier place if everyone just RESPECTED (not LIKED) everyone else. Every scripture preaches that! But to storm Masjid Al Aqsa? What right does anyone have?! I think these "LAW-MAKERS" need to be subjected to their own form of LAW!

37 ) ian / australia
23/04/2014 05:30
(contd.) Pharaoh let the Hebrews go. They didn't ELECT him, like George Bush, ancient Egypt not being, IIRC, a Jeffersonian democracy. And if Yahweh had the power to harden Pharaoh's heart to NOT let the Israelites go, why didn't He just UN-harden it and avoid the massacre? And spare all those Arab lives. Seems the killing is the point and that the G-d of Exodus is as big a bastard as the G-d of Job (where he has a bet with Satan and lets him kill Job's family to make his point).

38 ) ian / australia
23/04/2014 05:31
(contd.) That is one MEAN god. Any Bible scholars out there want to stick up for H-m? Or this obscene desecration the Haram ash-Sharif?

39 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/04/2014 06:22
To Ross #27: 'A lot of these comments are just silly. Only a child can play the role of the occupier and aggressor and simultaneously pretend to play the role of the victim.' Only a child or a Zionist can. Actually 'playing he role of the occupier and aggressor and simultaneously pretending to play the role of the victim' isn't a bad working definition of Zionism.
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