JERUSALEM, August 17, 2014 (WAFA) – Confrontations erupted on Sunday between Israeli Police and Palestinian worshipers protesting near al-Aqsa Mosque, as forces continue to allow Jews entry into the holy mosque at certain hours of the day, applying the temporal division of the mosque between Muslims and Jews.
Since the beginning of August, and after the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Israeli Police started to evacuate the mosque of its Muslim worshipers during the morning hours to allow Jewish settlers to enter to perform religious rituals there.
On Sunday, an Israeli group of settlers headed by Jewish Rabbi Moshe Feglin, known for his far-right views, entered the mosque through the Moroccan Gate. Feglin said the entry was to test the Israeli Police’s readiness to apply the temporal division of the mosque between Muslims and Jews.
While no Palestinians or Muslims are allowed into the mosque during the morning hours, women in all ages and men below the age of 50, in addition to several of the Islamic Waqf staff, have not been able to enter the mosque during the rest of the hours.
Palestinian worshipers are repeatedly trying to enter the mosque and gathering at the gates, where police is setting bars and barricades to prevent them from entering the mosque.