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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“This video shows an [Israeli] settler prostrating on the ground in front of Bab Al-Qattanin [Cotton Merchants Gate] [1] while performing Talmudic rituals in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque [2].”

– Beit Hanina FB page
0202 Editor’s Notes:
[1] The Cotton Merchants Gate is one of the gates which lead into Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound from the western side. It was built by the Mamluk Sultan Muhammad bin Qaloun in 737 CE.
[2] Prayer for Jews inside Al-Aqsa Mosque is barred in an agreement with Jordan, and so is controversial because of the status quo. Since 1967, Jordan and Israel agreed that the Waqf, or the Islamic trust, would have control over matters inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while Israel would control external security. This agreement is what is referred to as the 'status quo'.
In recent years, Jewish Temple organizations have been increasing their efforts to advocate for the establishment of a Third Temple at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, and have challenged the Israeli government's ban on allowing Jews to enter it. In accordance with the agreement, Israeli forces routinely allow Jewish groups to enter the Al-Aqsa Compound under police and army protection, stirring Palestinian fears of an Israeli takeover of the compound.