Israel Closes Aqsa Compound for Second Consecutive Day

Israeli Prime Minister, however, said he told the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that there would be no change to the status quo on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and the Initiatives for Human Rights in Asia (IHRA) strongly deplore and condemn in strongest terms the action of the illegal apartheid regime, Israel, in poattacking Al Aqsa mosque by closing the same to Muslim worshippers and disallowing the performance of routine Friday prayers there by Muslims for the first time since 1969.

Israeli authorities also detained Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric, grand mufti Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, as crowds gathered at the gates of the Old City after the attack, his son said.

He added: “This terrorist act violates all global legislations and conventions”.

Israel made the rare move after three Palestinian assailants opened fire there Friday, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead.

Journalist Adel Yaseen posted on his Facebook account that the shooting reveals several dynamics at play in the current phase of the Palestinian struggle.

Professor Omar Abdelkafi wrote: “How did Arab countries react to this?”

Wael Arabiyat, Jordan’s Islamic affairs minister, warned that keeping Al-Aqsa mosque closed is “dangerous” and “unprecedented”, after Amman called for its immediate reopening.

With Al-Aqsa closed, crowds gathered at Old City gates and held Friday prayers there instead.

Haram al-Sharif is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

The main demonstration started out in the centre of Amman, where hundreds of Jordanians came to express their solidarity with the Palestinians.

The cowardly deed by Israel display gross inhumanity and callous disregard for the rights of Muslims in Palestine and the world over and serves to confirm the violent and racist ideology of Zionism and discredit further its shaky foundations.

He added that holy sites would never have been violated like this if many Arab leaders did not consider Tel Aviv as their “gateway” to the White House.