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Israeli Consul General in NY enters Al-Aqsa compound

Aug. 6, 2018 12:47 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 12:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Consul General of Israel in New York, Dani Dayan, entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Monday morning.

Locals said that Dayan entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound along with his wife and daughter under armed security by Israeli forces.

While in the compound, Dayan said that the "Al-Aqsa Mosque is the property of the Jewish people and it will be so in the future."

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. 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.

While Jewish visitation is permitted to the compound, non-Muslim worship at Al-Aqsa is prohibited according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

Despite the agreement with Jordan -- which is the custodian of Al-Aqsa -- Israeli authorities regularly allow Jewish visitors to enter the site, often under armed guard. Such visits are typically made by right-wingers attempting to unsettle the status quo at the site, and coincide with restrictions on Palestinian access, including bans on entrance and detentions.
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