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As Jewish fanatics plan mass break-ins into Al-Aqsa Mosque during holiday, Israel bans Muslims from holy site

As Jewish fanatics plan mass break-ins into Al-Aqsa Mosque during holiday, Israel bans Muslims from holy site
Jewish fanatics at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

JERUSALEM, Thursday, September 22, 2022 (WAFA) – As Jewish fanatics plan, starting early next week, mass break-ins into the holy Muslim compound, Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, amidst calls by Palestinian leaders on Muslims to keep a vigil at the Mosque at all times, the Israeli police today detained several Palestinians, mainly women, in occupied East Jerusalem and then handed them orders banning them from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for at least one week, according to local sources.

Police this morning detained Zeina Amro, 58, and after holding her for several hours handed her an order banning her from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for one week, according to her family, who said Amro was detained despite her critical health condition.

Amro is one of the dozens of Palestinian women who keep a vigil at Al-Aqsa Mosque to make sure the Israeli government will not one day allow the Jewish fanatics to also use it for their rituals and to divide it between Muslims and Jews.

Police also summoned Sahar Natsheh, who like Amro keeps a vigil at Al-Aqsa, to its station in West Jerusalem and then handed her an order banning her from entering Al-Aqsa compound for one week.

Men were also detained over the past week and then released with an order not to be inside the Muslim holy compound for weeks or months at a time.

At the same time, Muslim officials said the Israeli police stationed at the gates leading to Al-Aqsa compound prevented Muslim worshippers from entering it at one of the gates without giving a reason for their action.

However, observers said the police prevented the worshippers from entering the walled compound as Jewish fanatics, led by extreme right-wing and known racist Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir, to have their tour of the holy site without any disruption.

Jewish ultranationalist groups have called on their followers for mass presence at the Mosque during the upcoming Jewish New Year, which starts on Monday, and the following Sukkot holiday. Some have even called for blowing the Shofar, a horn used during Jewish religious rituals, inside the yards of the holy compound and to hold Jewish rituals in violation of agreed-on terms that state that non-Muslims will not be allowed to hold any religious ritual during their visit of the holy site.

However, Israel has not respected this agreement reached with Jordan, the custodian of the Muslim religious places in Jerusalem, and allowed the fanatics to perform rituals raising concern of its ill intentions toward the holy site.

M.K.

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