Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani on Wednesday demanded the Israeli occupation authorities to stop its “destructive campaign” against Al Aqsa Mosque and targeting of awqaf workers...after occupation forces earlier Wednesday prevented the awqaf employees and guards from entering the holy mosque, forced all Muslim worshippers out and allowed Jewish extremists and settlers to enter the compound and perform Talmudic rituals, under the protection of the occupation forces.
Momani, who is also the government spokesperson, denounced the “repeated crimes by the Israeli security personnel”, who on Wednesday opened fire inside the mosque [the video clip shows the police not entering], injuring dozens of worshippers.
This, though, is so, so...Waqfish:-
Azzam Khatib, director of the Jerusalem Awqaf Department, denounced the siege of the holy mosque by the Israeli occupation forces and their forced entry into the mosque in large numbers, thus provoking worshippers and leading to clashes inside the compound.
The, ahem. "worshippers" were the ones who started throwing the stones, thus provoking the need for police action.
Some Muslim worshipers clashed with Israeli officers in the compound before managing to take refuge inside the mosque.
As worshipers threw stones, soldiers fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets,
Turkey is not far behind:
Turkey condemned the storming of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli police on Wednesday that resulted in injuries to Palestinian worshippers and to three Israeli police agents.
The Israeli Tourist authority had, earlier in the week, relaxed restrictions for Non-Muslims to visit the mosque. On Wednesday, as some of these visitors tried to enter the building, they clashed with Palestinians inside. The Jewish visitors intended to celebrate the beginning of the nine-day Jewish holiday Sukkot, also known as the "Harvest Feast."
Releasing a statement on Thursday, Turkey's Foreign Ministry raised concerns that Israel's provocative attitude may spark another wave of unrest and tension.
The ministry also called on Israel to stop violating Muslims' right to pray.
But some are generous like at Ma'an:
The Al-Aqsa Mosque is sensitive for Palestinians due to its status as the third holiest site in Islam and its location in the heart of the Old City of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.^
Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its "eternal, undivided capital," but the international community sees East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory and the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount, is also the holiest site in Judaism.
But mainstream Jewish leaders forbid Jews from entering, for fear they would profane the inner sanctum of the Second Temple they believe was once located at the site.
Right-wing Jews, however, often visit the compound under armed guard by Israeli forces, leading to regular clashes with Palestinian worshipers.