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In video - Israeli MK performs prayers at Al-Aqsa

Dec. 23, 2018 1:02 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 24, 2018 1:08 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An ultra-Orthodox Israeli Knesset member, Yehuda Glick, and over a hundred Israeli settlers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, on Sunday.

MK Glick posted on his Facebook profile that he toured the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to perform prayers on the anniversary of his wife's death.

Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, the Imam and director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, told Ma'an that about 112 Israeli settlers, including Glick, entered the compound through the Moroccans Gate in large consecutive groups.

Al-Kisawni added that heavily armed Israeli forces were deployed across the compound and provided protection to the Israeli settlers as thez toured the compound.

Glick had previously stormed the compound in early December.

The number of Israeli MK’s, who storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, has increased the past few months after Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to lift a ban that would previously not allow Israeli Knesset members to visit the compound every three months, after incursions were banned since October 2015.

Netanyahu allowed members of the Knesset, mostly right-wing extremists, who support the demolition of the Islamic site in order to build a Jewish temple instead, to visit the Al-Aqsa compound once every three months.

After Netanyahu lifted the ban, Palestinian Authority (PA) spokesman, Youssef al-Mahmoud, spoke out about the decision to lift the ban calling it a "serious provocation" and "encouraging harm to one of Islam’s holiest sites."

However, in the past two months, MKs such as Shuli Mualem, Yehuda Glick, and Uri Ariel have repeatedly entered the compound, violating the “every three months entry.”

Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained a Jerusalemite, identified as Nidam Abu Ramouz, from the compound.

The reason for Abu Ramouz's detention remained unknown.

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.
In the video below, MK Glick is seen performing Jewish prayers in the compound:
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