After decades of shying away from an ancient pilgrimage route, Muslims are visiting Jerusalem to pray at Islam's third-holiest site, the revered Al-Aqsa mosque.
Decades? But they have been coming always.
Ah, here is the lie:
...that pilgrimage route was abruptly halted after Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. East Jerusalem is home to the hilltop compound housing both Al-Aqsa and the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site. As a result, many Muslims believe visiting the mosque would amount to recognition of Israel's claim to the area and be inappropriate when Israel prevents many Palestinians from entering.
a) it was not halted. ask former President Sadat who prayed at El-Aksa in 1977.
b) yes, occasionally, due to threats of Muslims rioting, entry can be restricted for men in a certain aga and marital status category. that's a security issue and is never a 100% ban. unlike the Jews, mind you.
c) maybe it's a self-imposed policy not to come?
Is Diaa a real journalist
or a propagandist?