Jewish politicians barred from al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
Oct.8, Jerusalem: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered security forces to bar Jewish ministers and legislators from visiting holy al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Israeli media said that the order was because of growing tensions and clashes in Jerusalem sites, which was holy site to both Muslims and Jews. This further aggravated the situation between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Muslim Knesset members will still be allowed to access the mosque. Jews and non-Muslims can visit the site but are banned from praying there.
The al-Aqsa compound is the third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred in Judaism. It is located in occupied East Jerusalem, which Israel claimed to annex in 1967 in a move never recognised by the international community.
The Oslo Times