JERUSALEM, Sunday, May 7, 2023 (WAFA) – Led by extremist Israeli rabbi Yehuda Glick, scores of Israeli settlers guarded by police today broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, according to local sources.
Witnesses told WAFA that scores of Israeli settlers entered the compound in groups and performed rituals there under the protection of Israeli police officers.
Glick is known for advocating for the presence of Jewish settlers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest place of worship.
In the meantime, Israeli occupation forces arrested a Palestinian employee working in the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Department of Agriculture.
Since 2003, the Israeli occupation authorities have been allowing settlers into the compound almost on a daily basis, with the exclusion of Friday, the Muslim day of rest and worship.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, during the Six-Day War in 1967 in a move never recognized by the international community.