A group of right-wing Israeli settlers yesterday entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound accompanied by both the current and former Speakers of the Knesset.
A statement by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf said many of the Palestinians praying at the mosque were angered by senior officials Moshe Feiglin and Yuli Edelstein storming Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Twenty settlers and 53 students of the extreme right camp were amongst the Israelis who entered the mosque’s compound.
- During the 2014 war on Gaza, former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin said: “Gaza is part of our land and we will remain there forever.”
This comes two weeks after Israel’s parliament allowed its Jewish members to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli media sources said the parliament took the decision following pressure from right-wing blocs.
In June 2016, the Ethics Committee of the parliament upheld a ban on Palestinian and Israeli lawmakers entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, fearful the ruling could increase already heightened tensions in the occupied territories. However, the committee recommended the ban be removed once calm prevailed.