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Hundreds pray in Jerusalem streets amid new Al-Aqsa restrictions
Published Friday 30/05/2014 (updated) 03/06/2014 15:09
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Palestinian Muslim worshipers were forced to pray in the streets of Jerusalem's Old City on Friday after Israeli authorities imposed strict regulations on those wishing to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for noon prayers.

Eyewitnesses said that scuffles broke out between worshipers and Israeli police guarding checkpoints in East Jerusalem as they pushed crowds trying to enter the mosque back with batons, leading to cruises but no major injuries.

Israeli police on Friday imposed strict regulations on the entrance of Palestinians into parts of East Jerusalem since the early morning on Friday in a bid to enforce the new rules, which prevent any Palestinian man under the age of 45 from entering the compound.

Additionally, the rules only allow Palestinians with blue identity card -- either those who are Israeli citizens of East Jerusalem residents -- from entering, meaning even Palestinians over the age of 45 who are from the West Bank or elsewhere are unable to enter.

Israeli checkpoints were erected throughout the streets and alleyways around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, and many others were blocked off with iron barriers and sandbags blocking the movement of locals.

Police were concentrated in the areas of Wadi al-Joz, al-Sawana, Salah al-Din, Bab al-Sahera (Herod's Gate), Musrara, and Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem.










Earlier in the morning dozens of East Jerusalem Palestinians and those with Israeli citizenship, along with a number of Turkish pilgrims, had also been forced to pray dawn prayers at the gates of the mosque compound after they were prevented from entering.

Clashes took place with Israeli police forces at that time around Bab al-Sahera (Herod's Gate) and Bab al-Hutta (Gate of Remission), and sound bombs were thrown toward worshipers.



Israeli authorities regularly impose restrictions on the entrance of Palestinian Muslim worshipers to the Al-Aqsa compound, which is located in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem.

Similar restrictions imposed in March led to major protests across the city, as Palestinians charged that the exclusion of worshipers without Israeli ID cards as well as those under a certain age is part of a larger strategy to "Judaize" Jerusalem and deny the Palestinian right to live and pray in the holy city.

Israel refers to Jerusalem as its "united" capital and annexed the city in 1981 in a move that was never recognized by the international community.

Palestinians say that East Jerusalem -- which Israeli forces captured in 1967, and have occupied since -- will be the capital of any future Palestinian state.
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1 ) Meira / Israel
30/05/2014 18:16
Yesss! Keep it up, boys! Every FRIDAY.

2 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
30/05/2014 21:07
Why are there restrictions? Because Palestinians riot and turn to violence instead of prayer.

3 ) Mel / USA
31/05/2014 00:35
Good for you Palestine. Make your presence felt & heard,because it's NOT going away!Freedom to practice religion in a Mosque,Church or Synagogue or on the street,in your home country,or anywhere(except Saudi Arabia &Israel)is an inalienable human right. I'm a white American Protestant & I'd pray with Palestinians too,on Friday & Sunday,just on principle that Zionist Israel has NO LEGAL&MORAL RIGHT to dictate to,or punish,ethnic/human rights of expression of culture or worship!Hitler tried that!

4 ) ruben / france
31/05/2014 02:08
There are restrictions because Zionists pigs will stop at nothing short of conquering every square inch of Palestine unless we stop them, and that we'll do, God willing!

5 ) Renee / USA
31/05/2014 03:56
Those restrictions are because Israel plans to steal the AL Aqsa compound like it did the rest of Palestine. Illegal occupation will never last my friends.

6 ) Outlier / USA
31/05/2014 21:05
(first comment spiked) If Palestinians continue to use Al-Aqsa for political demonstrations, demonstrations that often turn violent, they face the likelihood of a complete ban, one dictated by security. They have only themselves to blame.

7 ) Khalid / Qatar
31/05/2014 23:23
Palestine will be free in shah Allah. When that day comes, Al Aqsa will be so full of worshippers, there will be no space between them.

8 ) Mel / USA
31/05/2014 23:53
#6:Outlier:'political demonstrations...violent"? Far worse are the 'La Familia',Shas-KACH-KKKahanist racist trash,who terrorize occupied Palestinians in Jerusalem &roam the streets beating to death young Palestinian boys & screaming "Death to(Gas the)Arabs"?? Remember who the occupied people are! So,you think WW2 Jews,who resisted Nazism's occupation only had "themselves to blame"when thrown into the death/gas camps???Hmm?

9 ) annoymous / south africa
02/06/2014 00:00
OH ALLAH save masjidul aqsa and grant syria,palestine,jordan freedom for you are the overpowering most merciful lord ameen

10 ) Nazir / south africa
02/06/2014 08:53
Palestine will be free from injustice one day.How long can israel continue to oppress

11 ) Anonymous / South africa
03/06/2014 07:53
انشااللة The truth will one day prevail!! Allah grant victory to all our Muslim brothers and sisters all around the world .
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