Seven Jerusalemite men were yesterday banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for four days, Wadi Hilweh Information Centre reported. The ban comes as a condition of their release after they were arrested over the weekend.
Occupation forces raided houses in Jerusalem on Sunday morning and arrested the seven young men, including Khalil Al-Tarhouni, an Al-Aqsa guard.
According to Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, Mohamed Sharifa, Ahmed Abul-Hawa, Ayoub Abul-Hawa, Mohamed Miswada, Imad Abu Asnaina and Mohamed Al-Shawish were also arrested.
Late last month Israeli occupation forces raided the house of Hanadi Al-Halawani and arrested her. Al-Halawani, a teacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque schools, is an activist who had been going to the Muslim holy site to serve the iftar, break fast meal, to those who are fasting during Ramadan.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third-holiest site after Makkah and Medina. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount”, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel has illegally occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, since the 1967 war. In 1980, the Jewish state annexed the entire city, claiming it as its “eternal and undivided” capital, a move never recognised by the international community.