Israel bars Muslims from entering al-Aqsa mosque

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A large group of settlers protected by Israeli forces entered the Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem Al Quds, and prevented Muslim worshippers from entering the mosque.

For two consecutive days, Israeli police have prevented Muslims, men and women under the age of 50, from entering one of the holiest Islamic sites, by erecting flying checkpoints around the compound. All elderly people had to show their ID’s to Israeli police before entering the compound.

The Minister of Jerusalem Affairs stated that Muslims now need to unify in order to protect al-Aqsa mosque.

The police evacuated all young Muslim worshippers in order to allow a group of 40 Israeli settles to tour the compound. The next day, over 100 settlers gained access to the mosque, accompanied by Israeli forces.

The Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam. However, it is also a site where Jewish Israeli’s believe as the Second Temple, a holy site for Jewish, stood before al Aqsa. But, despite rigorous archeological excavations by the Israeli’s, they have found no proof of the existence of this site.

“Following two days of ban on Muslim worshippers from entering the al-Aqsa compound, senior Palestinian politicians have called upon all Muslims in Jerusalem al Quds to remain in the mosque in order to protect it from Israeli settlers and soldiers. They further stated that the Israeli settlers and soldiers are trying to change the status quo by claiming it as a Jewish place of worship. Nel Burden, Press TV, Occupied Jerusalem al Quds.”

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/09/302560/israel-bars-muslims-from-entering-alaqsa-mosque/

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