In violation of the status quo, Israeli police today allowed Jewish fanatics to openly perform religious rituals on the premises of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, in Jerusalem’s old city, according to witnesses.
They said the fanatics, who were marking a Jewish event, held public prayer at Bab al-Rahma (Golden Gate) area inside the Islamic holy compound during the daily visit hours.
When Muslim worshippers attempted to block the fanatics from holding their prayers since they infringe on the sanctity of the Muslim holy place, Israeli police, which often accompanies the fanatics during their so-called visit, attacked them and detained at least five people.
The Jewish fanatic groups have called on their followers to be present at Al-Aqsa Mosque today, which also marks the eve of the Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday, to mark the Jewish event. At the same time, Muslims have called on people to be present at the mosque to protect it from the Jewish fanatics.