JERUSALEM, Thursday, August 22, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli police detained today four Palestinians from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem‘s Old City, including a guard and two women, according to local officials.
They said police detained Badr Rajabi, whose work is to keep order at Bab al-Rahma prayer area in the Mosque compound, two women identified as Madeline Issa and Shafa Abu Ghalieh, as well as a young man identified as Habib Abu Shousheh.
The four were detained at Bab al-Rahma prayer area, which Israel is trying to restrict Palestinian and Muslim presence at by keeping it closed for Muslim worship and where Jewish fanatics usually gather during the morning visitation hours of the Muslim holy place.
Palestinians and Muslims in general fear Israel is trying to change the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque as a purely Muslim worship area and gradually allow Jewish prayer at parts of it, starting with Bab al-Rahma, and the closed gate of the walled compound.
Jewish fundamentalist and fanatic groups seek to eventually destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the main features of the Muslim holy compound and third holiest site in Islam, in order to build a Jewish temple on their ruins, a step Muslims warn can inflame a religious strife in the entire region.