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Israeli forces bar Palestinian women from Aqsa compound
Published Sunday 31/08/2014 (updated) 01/09/2014 13:26
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday morning denied Muslim women entry into al-Aqsa Mosque compound while allowing Israeli Jews entry.

Palestinian security guards at the compound told Ma'an that Israeli police officers erected checkpoints at all gates of the holy compound and that starting at 7 a.m. all women were denied entry.

Men were allowed to enter the compound after inspection, meanwhile, although some were asked to leave their identity cards at the checkpoints.

On the other hand, more than 30 Israeli Jews entered the compound through the Moroccan gate and toured the holy place heavily escorted by police officers.

Muslim women gathered near the main gates and shouted slogans in protest against the Israeli restrictions against them.

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.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza and is sometimes referred to as the "Temple Mount," 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 First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

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 ) JoeFattal / USA
31/08/2014 21:46
If the second Temple was destroyed by Romans in 70AD, Israel need to go to Rome to complain about it. They do go back to the Bible age to claim that some territories belongs to them, so they need to go to Rome. It makes a lot of sense to me. Because if Rome is not the same as the Romans in 70AD, that Israel in the bible age is not the same as Israel in modern days.

2 ) Outlier / USA
01/09/2014 01:00
Again, a matter of security, one Palestinians created and now reap the consequences.

3 ) Julie / USa
01/09/2014 19:00
So women are a larger threat than men to Israelis or do they just disrespect them because they are women? Do you have a good and fact based answer Outlier?

4 ) Outlier / USA
02/09/2014 05:18
3, Julie, I believe restrictions on men under 40 are already in place at al-Aqsa. I assume the restriction on women is due to a specific threat - if anything, a matter of respect rather than disrespect.
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