- Published on Nov 1, 2014
Israeli forces have denied all Palestinians entry into the al-Aqsa Mosque over the attempted shooting of an Israeli right-wing activist. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has called the move a “declaration of war” and said the closure of the holy site would fuel “more tension and instability” in the Israeli-occupied lands.
The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint holy site in Islam. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest mosque after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
- Note: the Al Aqsa mosque has been partially re-opened. See:
Israel partially reopens access to Temple Mount!
by Michael Schwartz, Jason Hanna and Holly Yan, www.cnn.com , 1 Nov 2014
by Israeli border police block a road in Jerusalem as Muslims pray Friday, October 31. A day after taking the rare step of closing the Temple Mount holy site, Israel partially reopened access for Muslim prayers Friday. But midday access was granted only to men over 50 and women. Israeli police said this was meant to prevent demonstrations by young Muslim men following the recent shootings of a controversial rabbi and a Palestinian suspect in the rabbi’s shooting.