Knesset discusses access for Israelis to pray in Al Aqsa

A parliamentary meeting was held in the Israeli Knesset on Monday which sought to identify a channel through which Jewish Israelis would be able to pray in the al-Aqsa sanctuary. The move has caused widespread anger and is viewed as an underhanded attempt by Israel to legitimise their intrusion and trespass into Palestinian territory.

During the course of the discussion, Arab-Israeli members of the Knesset aired their criticism of such a move, which totally dismisses the authority of Palestinians over the land. The MP’s were expelled from the meeting as a result of their protest, displaying an appalling conflict with Israel's professed democratic credentials.

It is widely accepted that East Jerusalem constitutes Palestinian land despite illegal Israeli attempts to annex the city.

The chief rabbinate is also opposed to Jewish prayer in the compound.  Fears over a third intifada have surfaced once again, due to a hike in Israeli incursions into the sanctuary, particularly since the second intifada was also sparked by intrusions into the al Aqsa sanctuary.

FOA believes that the Knesset needs to urgently re-appraise its discussions on the issue of al-Aqsa and end such speculative discussion which deliberately seek to undermine internationally recognised Palestinian authority over the religious complex. 

Source: Friends of Al-Aqsa

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