2 detained after posting signs calling for Muslim 'evacuation' at Aqsa
Published Sunday 27/04/2014 (updated) 28/04/2014 11:46
A replica of the "Second Temple," erected by Jewish group Aish HaTorah
near the Al-Aqsa compound (MaanImages/file)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained two Jewish teenagers recently after they posted an inflammatory sign on a gate of the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Israeli police said.
A statement by Arabic-language Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that the suspects posted an inflammatory sign on one of the main gates of the al-Aqsa mosque compound urging Muslims to evacuate the Al-Aqsa mosque so that Jews can build a Jewish temple in its place.
Al-Samri added that the suspects would be referred to prosecution for legal procedures as a result of the act.
One of the suspects is 18 years old while the other is a minor, according to the statement.
When the two were arrested, police found more fliers similar in their content on their persons.
The Al-Aqsa 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 biblical First and Second Temples once stood.
The Second Temple is believed to have been destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, and some right-wing Jewish groups call for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the erection of a "Third Temple" in its place.
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.