12:57 - July 08, 2018
News ID: 3466242
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel, headed a group of extremist Israeli settlers in a provocative tour on Sunday to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem (Quds).

  Israeli Minister Takes Provocative Tour to Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound


Ariel hence became the first Israeli politician to visit the holy Islamic compound since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eased restrictions on such visits earlier this month, Wafa news agency reported. 

Similar tours by Israeli ministers and lawmakers in the past led to tensions and sometimes clashes with Muslim worshipers and the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf personnel in charge of running the compound. 

Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the heart of Old Jerusalem, is the third holiest place for Muslims in the world. 

Several Muslim groups located in occupied East Jerusalem stressed on Saturday that Al-Aqsa Mosque is a Muslim-only holy place and that Israel has no authority over it.

The groups were reacting to a decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he said last week that he lifted the ban to enter the Muslim compound off members of the Israeli parliament, allowing them to visit the holy site once every three months.

The Higher Islamic Authority, the Waqf Council, the Palestinian Fatwa department, the office of the Chief Justice and Al-Aqsa Affairs department said in a joint statement that running and administering the affairs of Al-Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, is up to Muslims only represented by the Islamic Waqf department. 

It said Netanyahu has no authority to give permission to his parliament members to enter the compound. 

“This is not his business and he has no authority to do this or is even qualified to give or not give permission,” they said.

The religious groups said they hold Netanyahu fully responsible for any tension at the Mosque area that could result from his “irresponsible” decision.


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