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'Thousands' of Israeli Jews to march on Aqsa compound
Published Tuesday 27/05/2014 (updated) 29/05/2014 09:56
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Waqf Foundation in charge of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound said various Israeli nationalist organizations had called for a march through the compound on Wednesday.

Thousands of Israeli Jews will attend, the organization said, adding that police would close roads in East Jerusalem during the march.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted: "Police complete security assessments for tomorrow's "Jerusalem day" celebrations. Hundreds of officers will be involved in security measures."

Jerusalem Day is a national holiday in Israel celebrating what Israelis call the reunification of the city. The day is marked by marches through the Old City of Jerusalem by right-wing activists.

For Palestinians and the international community, East Jerusalem is considered occupied territory.

Earlier, police escorted Jewish groups through the Al-Aqsa compound, witnesses said. Some 72 Israeli Jews entered the compound as Palestinians chanted "Allahu Akbar."

Rosenfeld tweeted: "Stones thrown at visiting group on Temple Mount by Arabs. Policeman at scene injured lightly. Visits continue regularly. Situation calm."

Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the compound, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.

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 ) Geoff / UK
27/05/2014 22:45
In the year 70 CE we lost Jerusalem. The Roman army conquered what had been the glory of the Jewish nation for a thousand years. They pillaged Jerusalem, and slaughtered or enslaved every Jewish resident. Sixty-five years later, the Roman Emperor Hadrian razed the city. On its ruins, he built Aelia Capitolina. The only Jews allowed entrance were Jewish slaves. And the name “Jerusalem” survived only in our prayer books, from which we beseeched God three times a day to rebuild Jerusalem.

2 ) Geoff / UK
27/05/2014 22:59
The Roman Empire reinvented itself as the Christian Byzantine Empire in the 4th century, they brought back the city’s name, Jerusalem, but not its Jews. Jews, who still lived in thriving communities in the Galilee and the Golan Heights, were permitted entrance only one day a year – on Tisha B’Av, the day of the destruction of the Holy Temple and of Jerusalem. Jerome, wrote: “The Jews can only come to mourn the city, and they must buy the privilege of weeping for the destruction of the city.”

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
28/05/2014 01:12
I can bet that most Jews that will march on the compound are either European or Eastern European Jews, fake Jews in the land of ancient Hebrews and Palestinians. Modern Jews cannot relate to ancient Hebrews, they have no connection. And modern Jews cannot either relate themselves only to Jerusalem just because they are Jews they have other religion there. And to disrespect other religion Jews will in the long run destroy the validity of their own religion.

4 ) Tobias / USA
28/05/2014 03:47
Thousands of Israeli Jews may march to the Temple Mount, also known as the "al-Aqsa" compound, but: -1- It will Not be a Military march, like Jordan's in 1949, and -2- It will Not be a Terrorist march, like Palestinians throwing stones burning tires, etc., and -3- It will be in reverence and to pray, at The Holiest Site on the Planet, to the Jewish people, rather than a second or third ranking, like that for Christians & Muslims) !!!

5 ) Freda / Germany
28/05/2014 10:15
As Israel marked the 47th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, Israeli police securing the site were attacked early Wednesday with a hail of rocks by rampaging Muslim Palestinians when the first visitors entered Temple Mount. The attackers then barricaded themselves in Al Aqsa mosque and continued to lob stones and fire crackers to drive Israeli visitors out of the site, although it is sacred to all three monotheistic faiths.
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