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Hundreds of Israeli rightists enter Aqsa compound
Published Thursday 05/06/2014 (updated) 05/06/2014 17:46
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Over one hundred right-wing Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday as part of celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Some 170 right-wing religious Jews entered the compound, including Michael Ben-Ari, a former MK, and far-right Jewish activist Yehuda Glick.

Glick is the chairman of the controversial Temple Mount Heritage Fund, which seeks to establish a Jewish Temple in the Asqa compound.

Palestinian worshipers chanted 'Allahu Akbar' at the group, who were escorted around the area under armed guard.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, from the PA's endowment ministry, said Al-Aqsa is going through a "dangerous phase" and criticized Israeli police for allowing the visits to take place.

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.
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1 ) Joe / USA
05/06/2014 14:45
What are they doing in Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Mosque have nothing to do with Shavuot. If they want to celebrated it in good faith she should have gone to Egypt Mount Sinai for prayer. The story tell us that's where the Shavuot was given to Moses on Mount Sinai.

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
05/06/2014 15:14
Those right wingers do not come to pray in peace , they come to exert power , control and to replace others. They are unwelcome....

3 ) ian / australia
05/06/2014 23:49
I wonder, do they FEEL as bewildered and out of place as they look when they finally ascend their "holiest site" with their armed escorts? Are their thoughts lofty and exalted about being CLOSE to the Divine Presence as they traipse around dociley or is it bulldozers and destruction and a Jewish victory over their enemies and the seizing of land and razing the "abominations" they're thinking about?
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