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Tensions around Al-Aqsa as Israelis celebrate Shavuot
Published Tuesday 03/06/2014 (updated) 05/06/2014 17:33
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed the main entrances to Al-Aqsa Mosque and only allowed men over 50 to enter. Students were also denied entry.

Employees of the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment were eventually allowed in after being made to wait.

Restrictions began on Monday when Palestinian worshipers were denied entry for noon prayers. Since the, hundreds of Palestinians have been denied access.

Ministry of Endowment officials said that over 150 right-wing Jews have visited the compound, including far-right MK Yehuda Glick.

Michael Ben-Ari, a former MK, said Tuesday that he planned to visit the mosque compound.

Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of when Jews believe that God gave the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai.

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.
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1 ) Paul / Kenya
03/06/2014 23:13
So why cant Jews visit this holy site in peace. It does not belong only to Muslims. Whats wrong with you and your religion. Where is the peace and brotherly love. I only see hatred coming from Muslims. Look in Egypt just this week, Muslims burn down Christian businesses, homes and a Church near Alexandra. WHY,WHY,WHY ?

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
04/06/2014 04:27
Poor Palestinians are upset they can't impose total ethnic cleansing on the Jews, which is basic Palestinian policy. Despite Jews living in Hebron for 2000 years up until 1948, Pals want to reimpose apartheid. Despite historic fact showing Jerusalem's old city contains Judaism's holiest site - Palestinians claim it doesn't exist and want to ban Jews. Palestinians regularly lie about all the above. Palestine=Aparthied.

3 ) ian / australia
04/06/2014 10:43
"Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of when Jews believe that God gave the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai." That's the story but the reality is it was the Levites who "gave the Torah" to the "Jewish people" in 458 BC when, having written it in Babylon, they returned to Canaan and READ it to the remnant of the Judahite population (and "all the people wept..."). Claiming secret knowledge of "statutes and judgments" revealed (and preserved) ORALLY, they IMPOSED the labyrinthine,

4 ) poor / bastard
05/06/2014 13:06
Brian = Idiot

5 ) ian / australia
05/06/2014 21:25
(contd.) blood-curdling Law of Ezekiel (channeling a fictitious Moses) on the "peculiar people". And the implication is clear: in 5th century Judah, they had never HEARD of the Law of Moses or the story of their captivity and deliverance (even Abraham and the Covenant and the promised inheritance was probably news to them) and hardly qualify as "Jews". Their religion certainly wasn't "Judaism" in any recognisable form having NONE of its defining tenets. They were, in all likelihood, Canaanites,

6 ) ian / australia
05/06/2014 21:26
(contd.) with a monolatristic cult to Yahweh and his consort Asherah, when Nehemiah arrived from Babylon (supported by Persian arms) and informed them they were "the Jewish people" descended from Abraham and subject to a new eccentric racial creed (i.e., they could not marry or have ANY relations with their Canaanite neighbours under penalty of death) and a destiny to be cut off from mankind. (The desperation, almost sadness, latent in sustaining this sinister theology is here

7 ) ian / australia
05/06/2014 21:27
(contd.) on display, 24 centuries later, as Israel lashes out viciously barring Muslims from the Haram in a perverse celebration of one of its founding myths.)

8 ) ian / australia
05/06/2014 23:51
#2 Ridiculous, Brian. Khaled Meshaal, hardly a moderate, supports " a Palestinian state in the 1967 lines with Jerusalem as its capital, without any settlements or settlers and not an inch of land swaps" which is hardly "total ethnic cleansing" as "the Jews" end up with 78% of Palestine. As for Hebron, yes, Jews have lived there for 2,000 years but so what. Muslims lived in Jaffa and the Moroccan Quarter for 1,400 years which didn't count for much in the Zionist estimation. But the fact is,

9 ) ian / australia
05/06/2014 23:52
(contd.) "Jews" have behaved so appallingly in Hebron for 47 years, it's not surprising they're not welcome and it's not "apartheid" Palestinians want; they just want the settlers GONE (and you gotta admit they are particularly nasty ones there). When the conflict is resolved and the border drawn and the WB (inc. Hebron) is part of the State of Palestine, NORMAL relations between states can be established and Jews who want to live in Hebron, for whatever reason, could apply to emigrate.

10 ) ian / australia
05/06/2014 23:53
(contd.) And it's not "historic fact" that Jerusalem "contains Judaism's holiest site", it's historic TRADITION and anyone who claims "it doesn't exist" is RIGHT because there IS nothing there. There is NO physical trace of the first temple (or Solomon's kingdom) because it's obviously mythic (unlike Herod's temple which is obvious FACT). So, it's a LOCATION only which is "Judaism's holiest site", a location named in a myth, ALSO holy to Islam, with 1,400-year-old Muslim shrines on it.

11 ) ian / australia
05/06/2014 23:54
(contd.) And the same applies. The desire to "ban Jews" is entirely understandable given the BEHAVIOUR of repugnant Jews like Yehuda Glick invading the site with not so veiled threats about its fate. And again. When sovereignty is resolved and the Haram is in Palestine and the acrimony of the occupation subsides, Jews can always ask nicely to visit in the understanding they will be on best behaviour in someone else's country.
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