Israel Prevents Thousands of Palestinians from Praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian worshipers held at Israeli checkpoint while on their way to pray in Occupied East Jerusalem. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

Israeli occupation police on Friday barred thousands of Palestinians from performing Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Anadolu Agency reported.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli police erected checkpoints at the entries of Jerusalem’s Old City and prevented Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ekrema Sabri condemned the Israeli measures, noting that the Palestinians are being prevented under the pretext of the coronavirus. In contrast, daily tours of Jewish Israeli settlers are being organized and are protected by the Israeli occupation police.

“As long as the Palestinians wear their masks, bring their praying mats and maintain social distances, there is no justification to prevent them from entering into the mosque,” Sheikh Sabri expressed, adding:

We call on all Muslims to travel and pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque. We mainly call on the residents of the Old City to keep praying inside the mosque in order to undermine Israeli Judaisation of the occupied West Bank.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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