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In video - Israel bans 5 Endowment employees from entering Al-Aqsa

Jan. 20, 2019 12:44 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 2:37 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities banned five employees of the Islamic Endowment (Waqf) Department, on Sunday, and one activist from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, for periods ranging from four to six months.

Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, said that three employees were banned for six months and identified them as Fadi Alyyan, Louay Abu al-Saad, and Ahmad Abu Alya.

Al-Dibs also said that the other two employees were banned for four months. He identified them as Yahya Shihade and Salman Abu Mayale.

The activist was identified as Awad al-Salaymeh and was banned for six months.

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 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.

The video below shows one of the banned employees demands justice:
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