ISRAELI COURT OKAYS JEWISH PRAYER AT MUSLIMS’ 3RD HOLIEST SITE

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A Palestinian official warned on Tuesday that an Israeli court ruling allowing Jews to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Occupied Jerusalem, would fan the flames of religious strife.

A ruling by the Israeli Magistrate Court in Occupied Jerusalem declared al-Aqsa Mosque a holy site and a sacred place of worship to Jews.

Palestinian Minister of Waqf (Endowment) and Religious Affairs Yousef Id’eis warned that such a ruling “will lead to a religious war that can affect the entire region.”

He dubbed the move “a dangerous escalation” in Israel’s violations of the sanctity of Muslim holy sites in Occupied Jerusalem, defying all international resolutions that categorize al-Aqsa as an exclusively Islamic site.

The minister added that the court rule makes part of Israel’s attempts to confer a legal cover upon its incessant crimes against the Palestinian land and people.

Id’eis called on the concerned bodies to take urgent action as regards the Israeli court rule and work on ceasing the Israeli violations against Muslims’ third holiest site.

(Source / 28.02.2017)

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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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