Israeli forces storm courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

RT, September 13

Dozens of Israeli police and soldiers carried out a morning raid on the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem. Witnesses said concussion grenades and tear gas were used and several Palestinians were injured. Police said the raid was part of a “security operation.”

According to the latest reports, the mosque and the premises have now been sealed off. The decision follows a morning of fierce clashing between various elements and the Israeli police.

During the raid, the Israelis surrounded the compound, detaining two guards and entering through the Chain Gate. Scores of worshipers were inside the mosque at the time.

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  • Ashrawi: “Israel is provoking a global holy war” over Aqsa

    IMEMC News, September 16

    PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with [British Consul General to Jerusalem] Dr. Alastair McPhail at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, September 14, 2015.

    Both parties discussed the latest political developments, including Israel’s persistent assaults and escalating incursions and violence on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound (Al-Haram Al-Sharif) and its Palestinian worshipers.

    Dr. Ashrawi said, according to the PNN: “Israel is playing with fire. Clearly, Israel is deliberately creating and escalating a situation of instability, insecurity and violence, thereby incrementally assuring by force its power/security control in preparation for the total annexation and transformation of Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

    “By imposing its own version of its concept of the Temple Mount on the third most holiest Islamic site, Israel is not only provoking the Palestinians, but the entire Muslim world.

    Israel Today: Red Heifer Found in America, June 26, 2014

    • Thank you…

      Yes; these are some of the people that influence the Republican party. I’d feel safe with them with their finger on the button.

  • Israel is trying to delegitimize Islam’s claims on Temple Mount in practice if not in theory, their idea being that the mount’s significance to Judaism predates its significance to Islam and therefore they can unilaterally control it. It’s part and parcel of their attempt to delegitimize any non-Jewish rights in Greater Israel. They want Israel to run from the Jordan to the Mediterranean, from the Golan to Egypt, the maximum extent historic Israel ever achieved, under Solomon.
    Rather like modern Lithuania claiming rights to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
    And they want it Arab–rein.

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