Israel is committed to the religious freedoms of Muslims in the Jerusalem Temple Mount area (Haram al Sharif for Muslims) and described as a “lie” the insinuations of Palestinian terrorist groups that seek to limit worship in the complex, under tension since Friday, coinciding with the jewish passover (Pesach) and the large gatherings for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as indicated on Wednesday by Israeli sources.
The sources stressed that no change in the status quo: the Muslim worshipers are free to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, where clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces left more than 170 injured on Friday and Sunday. On the other hand, continues the prohibition for Jews to pray in the precincts of the Temple Mount, that they can only visit in small groups, at pre-established periods. Israel does not seek to change this situation, sources said.
Tensions in East Jerusalem have spiked in recent weeksamid nearly a month of deadly violence in Israel and the West Bank, with the festival of the jewish passover coinciding with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The sources attributed the clashes on the Temple Mount to a handful of Palestinians incited by social networkswho use the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a place to hide and throw rocks and fireworks at police forces. However, they underline the Palestinian faithful themselves are fed up with these young radicals, who bring violence to a place of worship.
The sources also claimed that Israel is not interested in confrontations and wants religious functions to be able to take place peacefully. On the other hand, they said that when the police are pelted with heavy stones and fireworks, and when Palestinians barricade themselves in the mosque and throw stones at Jews praying at the Western Wall, the police must intervene to control the disturbancesin order to ensure the safety of both the thousands of Muslim worshipers in the compound and the Jews who pray below.
The sources regretted however that terrorist organizations and other bodies are happy to echo fake newsas if Israel were interested in retaining Muslim worship. “This is a lie, used to cynically push Palestinians into violence”sources said.
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While the tension in the area continues, the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennettbanned this Wednesday the far-right legislator Itamar Ben Gvir enter the Muslim areas of the Old City of Jerusalem and hold a demonstration.
Bennett accepted the recommendation of the security chiefs to prevent Ben Gvir from entering through the Damascus Gate.
“I have no intention of allowing petty politics to endanger human lives,” Bennett said in a statement.
“I will not allow a political provocation by Ben Gvir to endanger IDF (Israeli Army) soldiers and Israeli police officers, and make their already heavy task even heavier.”
Israeli police had earlier banned the rally from taking place on the proposed route.
Last year, the Hamas terrorist group launched a barrage of rockets towards Israel as a similar march was to begin in the Old City.
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