An Israeli court in Jerusalem has revoked a previous decision of the Magistrate’s Court permitting “silent prayers” for Jews in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Quds News Network reported on Friday.Reporting Israeli public broadcaster Kan: “The Israeli police filed an appeal against the decision of the Magistrate’s Court that prevented the deportation of a settler who performed a silent prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Earlier this month, the Magistrate’s Court granted settlers the right to perform “silent prayers” in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The decision included an order for Israeli police to cancel an expulsion warrant issued against extremist settler Aryeh Lippo from the mosque, stating: “The presence of Jewish worshippers on Temple Mount cannot be criminalised as long as their prayers are silent.”
Haaretz reported that the District Court in Jerusalem announced on Friday the decision of the Magistrate’s Court to allow Jews to conduct silent prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, contrary to police instructions.
The decision to grant permission for silent Jewish prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque stirred the situation in the Palestinian territories and caused much tension among Palestinian Authority and Jordanian leaderships.
Palestinian factions warned that: “Such an Israeli aggression on the Palestinian and Muslim holy sites would certainly trigger a wave of fighting to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque.”