The occupation closes Al-Aqsa
June 2, 2014

The Israeli police prevented on Monday hundreds of worshippers from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the Noon, Afternoon, Evening and Night Prayers on the eve of the “descent of the Torah”. Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the Israeli siege on Al-Aqsa started in the early morning by preventing women from entering Al-Aqsa under the pretext of not having their IDs with them; note that the IDs are detained in Al-Qishleh police center since Sunday. Israeli forces were deployed at Al-Aqsa Gates and they surrounded the female Marabouts who were not allowed to enter Al-Aqsa. At 11:00 a.m. the Israeli forces started imposing restrictions on the entrance of young men and detained the IDs of some of them and prevented others from going in. At 12:00 p.m. the police suddenly closed Al-Aqsa Gates except for Al-Silsileh, Hutta and Al-Majles Gates and prevented men under the age of 50 from entering in addition to preventing all women. The Israeli procedures came on the eve of the “biblical pilgrimage” as several extremist Jewish groups called to break into Al-Aqsa Mosque in groups in order to fulfill the commandment of the Torah, which impose on them a pilgrimage three times a year to the alleged Temple Mount, according to the texts of the Torah. Extremist Knesset member “Michael Ben Ari” intends to break into Al-Aqsa on Tuesday The extremist Ben Ari announced his intent to break into Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday along with 100 of his extremist followers. He said that he will stand by the Gates of Al-Aqsa and challenge the police and Arabs and that the police must allow him to celebrate the “Shavuot” holiday. He ended his announcement by saying “the Temple Mount is now in our hands”.