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Jerusalem Waqf will not allow Al-Rahma Gate to be closed

February 27, 2019 at 10:57 am

Palestinians perform prayer in front of Al-Rahma Gate (Gate of Mercy) of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, as Israeli security forces stand guard behind them after Al-Rahma Gate was chained by Israeli police in Jerusalem on 22 February 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians will never allow the reclosure of Al-Rahma Gate, one of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Najeh Bkerat, deputy head of the Jerusalem Waqf Council told Arabi21 yesterday.

At the same time, Bkerat stressed that the Palestinians would never allow partitioning Al-Aqsa Mosque.

This came after Israeli radio station Reshet Kan stated that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered Al-Rahma Gate be closed.

Bkerat stressed that Netanyahu’s order regarding “will not be implemented and it is nonbinding for us.”

“We do not recognise any Israeli decision relating to Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Bkerat said.

Palestinians opened doors leading to Al-Rahma Gate on Friday and held prayers in the area for the first time since 2003.

The Palestinians have won this round in the fight for Al-Rahma Gate