Extremist Israeli settlers stormed, on Wednesday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from Al Mughrabi gate, amid tight security protection from the Israeli occupation police.Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that the settlers broke into the mosque in small groups, while Palestinian worshipers confronted them with chants of ‘Allahu Akhbar!’ (God is Greatest.)

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 holy site.

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.

See 2015: A Dangerous Escalation at Al-Aqsa Mosque for an extensive report from the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.