Israeli Police Allow Settlers Entry into al-Aqsa Mosque, Restrict Palestinians Entry

JERUSALEM, February 16, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Tuesday continued their almost daily provocative visits to al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem, whilst Israeli police proceeded with imposing restrictive policies on Palestinian worshipers’ entry.

Settlers, divided in small groups and protected by Israeli police, stormed the Mosque’s compound and carried out provocative tours, infuriating worshipers who responded by chanting religious slogans to fend the incursion.

However, police managed to contain the incident, preventing clashes, which have been trending upward following the latest Israeli onslaught on the Gaza strip during July of 2014.

Israeli police imposes restrictions on Palestinian worshipers’ entry, particularly women and youth.  Police retains their identity cards prior to their entry in anticipation of any clashes and to be able to detain those who might be involved.

The city of Jerusalem has been a scene of ongoing violent and deadly incidents which skyrocketed following Israeli settlers’ murder of 17-year-old Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khduair last July who was found torched to death in a wood in Jerusalem. Since then, violent incidents caused loss of lives at both Palestinian and Israeli sides.