JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of right-wing Jews on Wednesday entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and were denied access to the patio of the Dome of the Rock by security guards.
Witnesses told Ma’an in Jerusalem that “extremist settlers” tried to walk up to the Dome of the Rock to perform Jewish rites but security guards obstructed them and denied them access.
The witnesses said some settlers tried to assault the guards.
Separately, Israeli police officers on Tuesday evening handed an official warrant to a 26-year-old woman Rawiya al-Qawasmi ordering her to stay away from the mosque for two weeks.
Meanwhile, Israeli police decided to keep Suad Ubeidiyya in custody until she attends court.
The Al-Aqsa compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the dome and Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.
It is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
According to mainstream Jewish religious leaders, Jews are forbidden from entering for fear they would profane the “Holy of Holies,” or the inner sanctum of the Second Temple. However, some religious Zionist groups advocate the destruction of the mosques currently on the site in order to construct a third temple.
Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.