Occupied Jerusalem: The Israeli Magistrate Court ruled that Jewish settlers can perform prayers at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque. This was reported by Israel’s Channel 7 TV station. The court claimed that Jews rights on Al-Aqsa are no less than Arabs. The court ruled this during a hearing of the case regarding the handling of three female Jewish settlers by the police, who were praying at Al-Aqsa.
The Israeli judge said that anyone has the right to pray on any street in Israel provided that he does not harm the rights of others. The judge also claimed that praying at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque is “the best proof of the Israeli control of the area”. He accused the Muslim worshippers of pushing the Jewish settlers.
However commenting upon the court’s ruling, Chairman of the Higher Islamic Council in Jerusalem, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, termed the court’s ruling is irresponsible and illegal and said: “Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy site for Muslims only and the and we will not abide by it.” Al-Aqsa Mosque is not subject to the decisions of the Israeli occupation or the rulings of the occupation’s courts, he added.