Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning, from Mughrabi Gate, guarded by special occupation forces.Jerusalemite sources said, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that the settlers carried out provocative tours inside the courtyards of the holy site, amid the presence of Palestinian worshipers.
Extremist settlers and politicians have repeatedly violated the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque on an almost daily basis, and always under the protection of armed occupation forces, which often attack Palestinian worshipers who try to protect their place of worship.
Jewish Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, resumed provocative tours inside al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, provoking tension with Palestinian worshipers, who chanted religious slogans to protest their entry.
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.
In 2003, the Israeli government unilaterally decided — despite the objections of the Islamic Endowments Department — to allow non-Muslim visitors into the complex.
Since then, under increasingly right-wing Israeli governments, extremist Jewish settlers have been allowed into the site in ever greater numbers — usually protected by Israeli security forces — while Palestinian access to the site has become increasingly restricted.
Christians outside of the Levant remain divided on the issue, as biblical end times prophecy states: ‘I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.’ ~Revelation 21:22
However, settler attacks on Christian holy sites have been progressive, in recent years, and are now on the increase, as well.
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