Monday, May 10, 2021

Jewish visitors BANNED from Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day as tensions soar over Palestinian evictions & hampered Muslim pilgrimage — RT

The Temple Mount

 The Temple Mount, a site considered holy by both Muslims and Jews, will be closed to Jewish visitors as Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day, police have said, after scores were injured in Palestinian-Jewish clashes over the weekend.

Jerusalem Day marks Israel regaining control over the Old City at the end of the 1967 Six-Day War, making the holiday unpopular among Israel’s Arab population. Palestinians will be marking Nakba Day later this week in memory of “the Catastrophe” – the founding of Israel in 1948, which was followed by a mass displacement of the local population, with hundreds of thousands expelled or fleeing.

Worse still, this year’s Jerusalem Day coincides with both the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan – when tens of thousands of worshipers gather to pray on the Haram esh-Sharif (the Muslim name for the Temple Mount), including in the third-holiest place in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque – and with planned forced evictions in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, which have caused Palestinian protests and riots...rt

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