Silwan entrance shut down as extremists demonstrate

Saturday, 25 February, 2012 | 20:14 |
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — During each first day of each month according to the ancient Hebrew calendar the northern entrance to Silwan is shut down by Israeli forces, with local traffic denied entry and Israeli buses permitted sole access. The blockade enables the free passage of Israeli extremists as they publicly call for the construction of a Third Jewish Temple where Al Aqsa Mosque currently stands.

The demonstrations are marked by discrimination and disrespect on the part of rallying extremists towards local Palestinians, with Israeli law enforces turning a blind eye.

Al Aqsa Mosque has long suffered the role of battleground in the fight against Judaization of Jerusalem. Muslims seeking entry to the holy compound to attend prayer often face bizarre rules laid down by Israeli officials, such as barring entry to anyone below an arbitrarily-selected age (commonly 45).

Rumours abound that extremist Israeli settlers of the West Bank settlement Qiryat Arba plan to storm Al Aqsa Mosque on Thursday 23 February, 2012.

Israeli extremists in the Al Aqsa compound

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