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Settlers raid Al-Aqsa as 180 Palestine employees denied entry

Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on 13 July 2017. File Photo [Palinfo]

Some 160 extremist Israeli settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday while Israeli authorities prevented 180 Palestinian employees in the holy site from carrying out their work, Safa News Agency reported.

Israeli police opened Al-Maghrabeh Gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque for the Israeli Jewish settlers at 7.30am and deployed Special Forces around the holy side to protect the settlers.

One of the Palestinian employees in the mosque told Safa that he counted 158 settlers flocking to the Sanctuary Yards in groups who then carried out “provocative” tours around the holy sites.

Safa reported that Israeli police had tightened entry measures for Palestinian worshipers since the morning when they headed to Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform prayers and attend Qur’anic lessons.


Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani told Safa that Israeli authorities prevented 180 new Palestinian employees from entering the mosque to carry out their work, without giving a reason.

Al-Kiswani condemned the repeated Israeli raids, stressing that Israelis do not have the right to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque. He stressed that their entry to the mosque is considered a “violation of its sanctity”.

He stressed that facilitating the raids of Israeli settlers is an official Israeli measure to please extremist Israeli right-wingers.

Read: 870 settlers storm Al-Aqsa to mark Jewish holiday

On Tuesday 1,079 Israeli Jewish settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque under intensive security protection to mark the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’av.

Safa reported statistics issued by extremist right-wing groups which stated that a record number of Israeli Jews had entered Al-Aqsa Mosque in the last couple of days, noting that this beat the last record of 900 when they marched for Jerusalem Day a few months ago.

Israeli Jewish settlers continue to raid Al-Aqsa Mosque due to continuous propaganda put forward by Israeli right-wing groups.

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  • Bishadi

    and lasting peace should include the application of two principles:

    ✹ Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied

    in the recent conflict; and

    ✹ Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and

    respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty

    • charliematerne

      You have read AT 242 but not read it. You will notice the phrase ” from territories”, it does not say “ALL territories” or even “THE territories”. The other point in that statement is the word “occupied”, Israel “occupied” Egyptian Sinai and that was returned AFTER the Peace Treaty was signed. (242 is clearly a land for peace resolution not a peace for land, peace must come first)
      Egypt “occupied” Gaza in 1948. It was within the International Borders of the Mandate, the current state of Israel. In the same war, Jordan occupied and renamed the so-called “West Bank” In the treaties with Israel both Egypt and Jordan terminated their states of belligerency and acknowledged Israeli sovereignty of the lands within the former Mandate borders. Since Gaza and the so-called “West Bank” were reintegrated into Israel and are not “occupied”
      242 also reiterates the UN Charter “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East in which every State in the area can live in security”. Egypt had acquired Gaza “territory by war” and had no legal claim to the land. The same is true for Jordan and the so-called “West Bank” 242 also refers to “secure and recognized borders” Those borders were deemed to be the Original Mandate borders as recognized in the treaties

      • Bishadi

        moron, the argument is not bout Egypt. Israel is oppressing millions in Palestine and much of israel, is illegally occupied lands.
        UN 2334 is current to December of 2016. Read that and get back to me.

        • charliematerne

          I have read 2334. I have a copy beside me on my desk. The one thing very noticeable about 2334 is that it was NOT passed under Article VII of the UN Charter and therefore is an opinion, NOT a LAW
          Read the Charter and get back to me

          • Bishadi

            th law will be imposing sanctions, the opinion is naturally rational thinking exposing, expressing and honest enough to identify the problem and israel is the illegall entity and idiots even with it on their desk are too tupid to put honesty before the obtuse desire.