Groups of extremist Israeli settlers stormed, on Wednesday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the Magharba gate, under heavy protection of Israeli occupation police.
An Al Ray reporter said that three groups of around 42 Israeli settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque, while Palestinian devotees confronted them with chants of “Allahu Akhbar” (God is Greatest).
The settlers further provoked the Palestinians by attempting to perform Talmudic rituals.
Israeli occupation police consistently provide protection for Israeli settlers during their raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Aqsa Mosque witnesses, almost daily, occurrences of incursions and violations by Israeli settlers and extremists, amid tight restrictions imposed on the entry of Palestinian worshipers.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam and also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place, alleged to be the original site of Solomon’s Temple. Disputes surrounding visitation to the site have historically flared tensions in the occupied Palestinian territory.
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.
Also of interest: Rabbi Lau: 3rd Temple Can be Built Without Destroying Al Aqsa