Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, the Mufti of Jerusalem, spoke about Israeli plans to divide al-Aqsa mosque in order to provide Jews with access to the Muslim holy site.The plan is modeled after the division of the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, and Sheikh Hussein said in a press release that the escalation of the rhetoric out of Israel relating to al-Aqsa is serious.

Sheikh Hussein commented, “Lately, Jerusalem has witnessed Israeli escalations and attacks that target the Islamic feature of the mosque and threatens its existence. Israel aims to make serious changes…to confiscate the mosque and control it, and therefore jewify Jerusalem and deport its citizens.”

According to the Palestine News Network, an Israeli Knesset member said that Israelis would be allowed to enter the mosque on certain days with Muslims only allowed to enter on other days.