TEL AVIV – Israeli administration has taken over the security of Al Aqsa Mosque as authorities banned the Palestinians from entering the complex in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
The measure will extend for a week, under the pretext of the proximity of Jewish festivities. Al-Aqsa, with over 1300 years old, is part of the religious complex of the open area of Mosques of Jerusalem.
The Muslim tradition establishes that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ascended to heaven from that esplanade in the year 621. This makes Al-Aqsa, after Makkah and Madinah, the third holiest place for Muslims. It was also the first qibla (direction in which muslims around they world pray) of Islam before it was changed to Kaaba in Mecca by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
It is expected that Israeli settlers will massively invade the complex of the mosque in the next days due to the Jewish festivity of Sucot, also known as the Feast of the Tabernacles, to say Jewish religious prayers, as well as visit the Wailing Wall.
The standing guidelines set up that Non-Muslims can enter the positioning in the course of the common visiting hours, however aren’t allowed any spiritual ritual.
The Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation has been going on for over 70 years now.