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#HandsOffAlAqsa

Al Aqsa compound [File photo]
Al Aqsa compound [File photo]

Human rights activists and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world have taken to social media to express their opposition to the closing of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli occupation forces.

Following a deadly shootout last Friday, Israeli forces closed the compound and cancelled Friday prayers in the mosque for the first time since 1969. Though the mosque has since been reopened, Palestinian visitors are now required to go through newly installed metal detectors before being allowed to enter, a move met with strong opposition from the mosque authority and Palestinian groups.

Many activists expressed their outrage at the new restrictions on Twitter.

Oscar Bergamin highlighted how Israel was attempting to place restrictions on what is internationally recognised as occupied territory.

Others argued that the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque was just the latest move in a history of oppression towards Palestinians.

Eman Qasim shared a cartoon, showing an Israeli guard standing over a slain Palestinian child who was throwing stones, but citing the numerous crimes Israel has committed against the Palestinian people.

Users praised the Palestinian resistance, as shown in the cartoon shared by Eman Qasim in reply to a tweet by the street artist Banksy, comparing the determination of the Palestinians to the roots of a tree.

Activists also shared photos from protests around the Arab world, to show that Palestine had not been forgotten.

Solitiz shared a photo from a rally in Rabat, Morocco, in solidarity with Palestinians.

 

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