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Palestinian Chief Justice calls for lift of restrictions at Al-Aqsa

Sept. 6, 2008 11:50 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2008 11:50 A.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - The Chief Justice of Palestine and Chairman of the Supreme Council called on Israeli authorities to lift the restrictions imposed on the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip which prevent them from praying at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Sheikh Taysir At-Tamimi accused Israeli authorities of preventing Palestinians from their right to freedom of worship, and condemned the increase in restrictions and barriers erected on Friday where they prevent Muslims from entering the city of Jerusalem and pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque where all these practices oppose the freedom of worship.

During the month of Ramadan, which is meant to me a reflective and spiritual time, said At-Tamimi, the increased presence of the Israeli military is disturbing.

"Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories," said a statement from At-Tamimi sent to Ma'an, and Palestinians should be permitted to move in and out of the city at will.

He concluded that Palestinians will not witness peace unless they have their own independent state.

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