Newspaper Review: Israeli Restrictions on Muslims Entry to al-Aqsa Mosque Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, August 26, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies, al-Quds, al-Ayyam, and al-Hayata al-Jadida, focused in their Wednesday issue on the Israeli authorities’ recent tightened restrictions on the entry of Muslim worshipers to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

They said Israeli police on Tuesday shut down most of the mosque’s gates as a prelude to force a temporal division of the mosque between Muslims and Jews, the first of its kind procedure since Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967.

They also said that since Monday, police restricted the presence of many worshipers at the compound to only half an hour, and reserved their Identification cards before allowing them to enter.

In a different news subject, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished two Palestinian-owned houses in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabir in Jerusalem.

The three dailies said the Israeli security agency Shen Bit recently arrested an Islamic Jihad cell that allegedly aimed to plot an attack on Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, a funereal site at the heart of Nablus that is regularly stormed by extremist Jewish settlers to perform religious rituals.

The dailies said Jewish fanatics assaulted a Palestinian youngster with clubs in Netanya city, inside the green line, causing him serious wounds. The youngster, 19-year-old Mohammad Rabay’a from Jenin, was arrested by Israeli police for entering Israel “illegally”. Palestinian must obtain permits to enter Jerusalem, however, Israel rarely issues such permits.

Al-Ayyam said violence continued in Ein el-Hilweh Refugee Camp in Lebanon after renewing armed clashes between Fatah and Jund esh-Sham militant group resulted in the killing of three people in the camp and the injury of 35 others.