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Extremist Jewish group demands visits to Al Aqsa Mosque


(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Ramallah, Aug 27 (Petra) –– An extremist Jewish group Sunday urged the Israeli government to open the Al Aqsa Mosque/ Haram Al Sharif compound in occupied East Jerusalem to its members ahead of the Jewish holidays.

The call by the so-called 'Return to the Mount' group coincided with a decision by the government of occupation to permit Jewish lawmakers of the Knesset (parliament) to make a provocative visit to Al Aqsa on Tuesday, "as a trial step, which, if it proved successful, it will be followed by similar visits".

The repeated storming by Jewish hardliners and settlers of Haram Al Sharif, Islam's third holiest shrine which houses the Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques in Jerusalem's walled Old City, had triggered clashes at the flashpoint site.

Palestinian activists in Jerusalem and outside the city called on Palestinians to converge on the holy compound early Tuesday to stop the Jewish lawmakers from storming the shrine.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian foreign ministry said that since Israel removed surveillance cameras shortly after it installed them at the Al Aqsa gates last month, it had escalated measures aimed to judaise occupied Jerusalem and "break the will of the Palestinians", who steadfastly resisted these designs.

In a statement, the ministry pointed to a rise in the demolition of Arab homes and the seizure of Palestinian property in East Jerusalem, including an ancient Islamic cemetery that Israel said it will be turned to a park.

It condemned the expansionist Israeli schemes in the holy city, urging Arab and Muslim support of Arab Jerusalemites to help them withstand the repressive measures.

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27/8/2017 - 05:25:19 PM

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