JERUSALEM, May 24, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli police Wednesday arrested two Muslim Waqf (Trust) employees at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City after they intervened to prevent Jewish fanatics from singing and performing religious rituals in the Muslim holy place, according to police.
A group of Jewish fanatics started to sing the Israel national anthem while touring the mosque compound provoking the guards who intervened to stop them.
Police also intervened and took the Jewish fanatics out and later arrested three mosque guards on allegation they attempted to attack the police and the fanatics.
Waqf officials said police attacked the beat the guards who attempted to prevent the fanatics from singing the national anthem or praying causing one of them to be admitted to hospital for treatment from beating.
According to police, another group of Jewish fanatics attempted to kneel and pray during a tour of Al-Aqsa Mosque and were quickly stopped by the police and led out of the compound.
Waqf officials said more than 700 Jewish fanatics have entered Al-Aqsa compound on Wednesday as Israelis mark 50 years for the occupation of East Jerusalem, where the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque are located.
Thousands of Israelis are expected to parade through the Old City streets later Wednesday as part of events marking the occupation of the holy city.