Dozens of Israeli settlers, headed by extremist American-born rabbi and member of the Knesset for Likud, Yehuda Glick, on Monday morning, broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Maghriba gate, and under heavy protection by Israeli occupation troops.
Jerusalemite sources reported, according to Al Ray, that the settlers carried out provocative tours, across the mosque’s courtyards, and received explanations on the alleged â€śTemple Mountâ€ť, delivered by Glick, amid repeated attempts to perform Talmudic rituals in the courtyards.
The sources added that Muslim worshippers, educational students, and guards of the mosque who were present, defended it with chanting and hampered the settlers from roaming it freely.
The Al-Aqsa mosque Compound is confronted, now on a daily basis, by the storming of Israeli settlers, upon which they perform Talmudic rituals and desecrate its sanctity.
The Israeli occupation seeks, through such measures, to divide the temporal and spatial division of the mosque, and to thoroughly Judaize the occupied city of Jerusalem.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.