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In video - Three Knesset members storm Al-Aqsa

July 9, 2018 1:05 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2018 11:52 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Three Israeli members of the Israeli Knesset stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque under armed security by Israeli forces on Monday morning.

A Ma'an reporter said that three Israeli members of the Knesset Shuli Mualem of the Jewish Home, a far-right Jewish political party, Yehuda Glick and Amir Ohana, both of the Likud, a right-wing political party stormed the Al-Aqsa together through the Moroccans Gate.

Sources added that large numbers of Israeli forces and police were deployed at the Al-Aqsa compound during the Mks' visit.

The Israeli Mks sang the Israeli national anthem "Hakitvah" as they were leaving the compound through the Chain Gate.

Sheikh Omar al-Kisawni, Director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, warned of the repercussions of Netanyahu’s decision to allow entry to right-wing extremists and labeled the decision as “irresponsible” and “provocative” towards the feelings of Muslims.

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to lift a ban that would previously not allow Israeli Knesset members to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque after incursions were banned since October 2015. Now, allowing entry once every three months.

The Knesset has set out a detailed document detailing the instructions that Knesset members seeking to visit the AL-Aqsa Mosque must comply with. The document states that every member of the Knesset who wishes to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque must inform the security official of the parliament 24 hours prior to the visit.

The document also mentioned that Jewish Knesset members may only enter through the Mughrabi Gate into the Al-Aqsa compound and must abide by the rules that apply to non-Muslim visitors. Meanwhile, Arab Knesset members will enter the Al-Aqsa through the Gate of the Tribes.

On Sunday, Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Uri Ariel, and a Knesset member, Sharren Haskel of the Likud party, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. While at the compound, Haskel confirmed that this was her first time that she has had an opportunity to enter mosque in three years, and claimed that this is a scared place for Jewish religion.

In the video below, the three Knesset members are seen singing the Israeli national anthem "Hakitvah" while in the Al-Aqsa compound:

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