JERUSALEM, August 23, 2011 (WAFA) – Israeli police accompanying extremist Jewish group, arrested on Tuesday five Palestinians, who live in the 1948 land (under Israeli control),while they were Praying in the Dome of the Rock, for protesting against the entrance of the extremists, and another Palestinian on a checkpoint set at al-Ezariya, a village south east of Jerusalem, witnesses said.
Al-Aqsa Mosque guards told WAFA’s correspondent that a group of 40 Jewish extremists accompanied by enforced police entered the Dome of the Rock from al-Magharbeh Gate (Gate of the Moors).
The arrests took place when the Jewish extremists arrived at the yard between al-Magharbeh gate and the western mosque, some of the Palestinian students who were their stood on the learning benches and chanted Allah Akbar “God is great” in the face of the Jewish extremists, and then the Israeli police surrounded the praying worshipers and arrested five of them. They took them to the police station outside Al-Aqsa mosque doors amid discontent and anger of a group of worshipers, which forced the police to take out the Jewish extremists from the mosques yard.
In a related matter, the Israeli forces arrested Basel al-A’araj in front of Ma’ale Adumim settlement, in the West Bank, during a protest against setting a temporary checkpoint in al-Ezariya, according to witnesses.
Witnesses said that the Israeli forces set a checkpoint in al-Ezariya village entrance, searching Palestinian cars, checking their papers, abusing the residents and harassing them while they were leaving the village,To be noted, the Israeli authorities used to prevent Jews and tourists from entering al-Aqsa mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in previous years, however, this year they dared to allow them to enter, a matter which provokes the feelings of the Muslims and worshipers, who go to the mosque for the five daily prayers and on the different religious rituals.