Israel and Jordan Renegotiate Al Aqsa Access to Non-Muslims

June 30, 2015 2:31 PM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0
30 Jun
2:31 PM

Hebrew newspaper Haaretz, today, revealed that Israel and Jordan have been involved in negotiations for a number of months concerning reopening Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount to non-Muslim visitors.According to the PNN, Haaretz further clarified that there would be procedures put in place in order to prevent visitors being refused entry on the grounds of their religion.

Al-Aqsa Mosque has been closed to non-Muslims since the outbreak of the third Intifada in 2000, before which Jewish and Christian people were also allowed to enter freely.

Although Palestinians hold custodianship of the holy site through Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, head imam and manager of al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel claims sovereignty over all of Temple Mount.

Israeli forces are permitted to patrol the site despite control of the mosque officially being held by the Islamic Waqf Trust, who are independent of the Israeli government.

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