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Israel holds short Waqf officials, bans him from Al-Aqsa | Palestine News

Israeli police briefly imprisoned the head of the Islamic authority that oversees Muslim holy places in Jerusalem early on Sunday after the recent protests there. Sheikh Abdelazeem Salhab was named the head of Waqf at the neighboring Jordan, who strongly protested for the arrest. Jordan's Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdul Nasser Abul al-Basal, said the Israeli act was "dangerous and an unacceptable escalation" that affected Jordan's role as guardian of Muslim holy places in Jerusalem, according to Petra's news agency. 19659004] Israel's police confirmed the arrest on Sunday and Waqf later said the police had released Salhab and banned him from entering the site for a week. On Friday, Palestinian protesters flocked to a part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Association, which Israel had shut down in 2003, because it was home to a legacy organization allegedly linked to an armed group. Israel's police accused Waqf, the Islamic authority overseeing the bond, of trying to change the status quo at the sensitive place by convening in the closed area last week. The Israeli police said the crowds gathered scattered peacefully after prayers. The tensions at the sanctuary have escalated in recent days with similar protests aimed at scuffles with the police. Police have since arrested 60 Palestinians who are suspected of "causing disturbances" and "calling for violence". The disputed site, which is honored by Jews as the temple and by Muslims like al-Haram al-Sharif, lies at the heart of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The association is the third holiest place in Islam,…

Israeli police briefly imprisoned the head of the Islamic authority that oversees Muslim holy places in Jerusalem early on Sunday after the recent protests there.

Sheikh Abdelazeem Salhab was named the head of Waqf at the neighboring Jordan, who strongly protested for the arrest.

Jordan’s Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdul Nasser Abul al-Basal, said the Israeli act was “dangerous and an unacceptable escalation” that affected Jordan’s role as guardian of Muslim holy places in Jerusalem, according to Petra’s news agency. 19659004] Israel’s police confirmed the arrest on Sunday and Waqf later said the police had released Salhab and banned him from entering the site for a week.

On Friday, Palestinian protesters flocked to a part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Association, which Israel had shut down in 2003, because it was home to a legacy organization allegedly linked to an armed group.

Israel’s police accused Waqf, the Islamic authority overseeing the bond, of trying to change the status quo at the sensitive place by convening in the closed area last week.

The Israeli police said the crowds gathered scattered peacefully after prayers.

The tensions at the sanctuary have escalated in recent days with similar protests aimed at scuffles with the police. Police have since arrested 60 Palestinians who are suspected of “causing disturbances” and “calling for violence”.

The disputed site, which is honored by Jews as the temple and by Muslims like al-Haram al-Sharif, lies at the heart of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

The association is the third holiest place in Islam, after Mecca and Medina, and is the holiest place for Jews.

Waqf officials told Israel’s daily Haaretz that Salhab’s arrest was unusual.

“He is the tallest Jordanian figure in the territories. Twenty years ago [if] the police wanted to interrogate the mufti, they would call and invite him, but to come to a 75-year-old home such as at 5 pm is unacceptable, said the official quoted.

The arrest came after the Palestinians on Friday prayed at an area at the Al-Rahma gate, located inside occupied eastern Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque complex, for the first time in 1

6 years. [19659004] It is a passage of gates and a staircase leading to a hall that had been closed by the Israeli authorities for years and opened Friday by Muslim religious officials, a short distance from the Al-Aqsa mosque itself.

Israeli authorities closed the area in 2003. In 2017, an Israeli court held the closure order.

But on Friday, Religious Endowments Authority mandated a Jordan-round agency with oversight of the eastern Jerusalem. clever and Christian holy places, announced the resumption of the mosque.

Salhab opened the doors of the hall, and worshipers performed Friday prayers there.

Israel’s police accused Al Waqf of attempting to change the status quo at the sensitive site by convening in the closed area.

Last week, the Israeli authorities closed the Al-Rahma Gate and prevented hundreds of Palestinian worshipers from entering the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

Earlier on Friday, Israeli police arrested 60 people before Friday prayers at the complex during a week’s excitement over access to the corner of the mosque’s association.

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