Hundreds of resident protest in Al Aqsa mosque

February 10, 2006 11:50 PM IMEMC & Agencies Jerusalem, News Report, Non-violent action 0

On Friday afternoon, hundreds of Palestinian residents protested in the main yard of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, against the controversial cartoon printed in a Danish newspaper two weeks ago.The protectors carried Muslim flags, the holy Quran and chanted slogans against the cartoons and the countries of the newspapers that printed them.

The protectors called on the Muslims to unite against these incidents and to boycott Danish products.

Also, the women who were praying at the mosque held a separate protest and called on the Arabic countries to take a firm position against the governments and newspapers that “aided in the insult against Islams prophet Mohammad.”    

Earlier on Friday, Israeli soldiers and policemen barred all residents under the age of 45 from entering the mosque and closed all roads leading to it.

Dozens of policemen were deployed in the area especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, and around the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Yousef Abu Estiyya, the Imam of the Al Aqsa Mosque slammed the Israeli procedures and violations that are barring the residents from entering the mosque.

Estiyya called on the worshipers to unit in order to stand firm against “anyone who tries to harm the Image of Islam, and its Prophet.”

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