Israel Bars Five Female Worshippers’s Entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque

JERUSALEM, January 4, 2015 (WAFA) – An Israeli court Sunday banned five female Palestinian worshipers from entering al-Aqsa Mosque for 21 days, while Israeli special police units arrested another female student while exiting the Compound, according to WAFA correspondent.

Witnesses told WAFA’s reporter in Jerusalem that an Israeli court banned five female worshippers from entering the mosque for a period of 21 days as well as imposed a fine of $260 on each one of them for chanting religious slogans at the groups of settlers who stormed the Mosque.

The women are reportedly from different areas in East Jerusalem; such as Jabal al-Mukabir, Shufat refugee camp and Sour Baher. One of whom is 16 while the other two are 19-year-old.

Some of the detained women were identified as: Malak Atoun and her cousin and Ikhlas Ra’oud.

Upon their arrest on January 1, all of the detained women were led to Qashla detention center in Bab el-Khalil gate in the old city of Jerusalem.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri justified the detention back then saying the women were chanting religious slogans at the Israelis who were in the Mosque’s yards and tried to end the visit.”

She said in a press release sent out to news agencies that the five women will undergo interrogation.

Israeli settlers, under police protection, storm the Mosque’s yards almost on daily basis to perform rituals there, provoking daily confrontations with the peaceful residents of the Old City.

The city of Jerusalem has been witnessing an escalated unrest in the past couple of months, including various killing incidents at both Palestinian-Israeli sides.

Meanwhile, Israeli special police forces arrested Khadejeh Khowais while she was leaving the Mosque and led her to an interrogation center in the area.