Scrolling news:

Palestine: Jewish settlers enter holy sites in Jerusalem, Nablus

13th Jul 2016
Palestine: Jewish settlers enter holy sites in Jerusalem, Nablus

By Anees Bargouthi

 

JERUSALEM (AA): Scores of Jewish settlers on Tuesday entered East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex and performed religious rituals, a Palestinian official told Anadolu Agency. They were led by the Rabbi Yehuda Glick, protected by Israeli security forces.

“Around 285 Jewish settlers, backed by Israeli police, stormed the holy compound via the Al-Mugharbeh gate,” Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of Al-Aqsa affairs, said.

“They toured the compound’s courtyards, passing by the Al-Qibali Mosque and the Dome of the Rock [mosque], outside of which they performed Talmudic rituals,” he said.

According to Al-Khatib, the settlers were confronted by hundreds of Palestinian Muslim worshippers who eventually forced them to leave the site.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Some extremist Jewish groups have called for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque so that a Jewish temple might be built in its place.

In a similar development on Tuesday, hundreds of Jewish settlers entered a religious site in the West Bank city of Nablus, triggering clashes with Palestinian residents.

“Roughly 1,500 Jewish settlers forced their way into the site, where they performed Talmudic rituals,” Ahmed Shamekh, an official at the nearby Balata Palestinian refugee camp, told Anadolu Agency.

Shamekh said scores of Palestinian youths — who had gathered at the site to protest the incursion — had been dispersed by Israeli soldiers firing teargas, rubber bullets and heavy ammunition.

The site, which Jews refer to as “Joseph’s Tomb”, has long been a flashpoint for violence.

Jews believe it to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph. Muslims, however, challenge this assertion, saying an Islamic cleric — Sheikh Yussef Dawiqat — was buried at the site two centuries ago.

 

[Photo: Israeli settlers in Joseph’s tomb in 2009. Photo by Daniel Ventura/Creative Commons]

Leave a Comment

What is 7 + 13 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

Latest Tweets

Betboo Porno izle Mobile porn hilesi