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Israeli prosecution demands closure of al-Rahma Gate prayer area

March 4, 2019 3:13 P.M. (Updated: March 6, 2019 11:25 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Public Prosecution demanded the Israeli Magistrate Court to issue an order extending the closure period of the al-Rahma Gate (Gate of Mercy) prayer area, on Monday.

Several Palestinian lawyers said, in a joint statement on Monday, that the Israeli Public Prosecution is demanding the Israeli Magistrate Court to extend the period of closure of the al-Rahma Gate prayer area, claiming that the prayer area is currently being used as offices for the Islamic Inheritance Committee that is prohibited by the Israeli law.

The 6 lawyers, Khalid Zabarqa, Midhat Dibeh, Mufid al-Hajj, Jad Qadamani, Ramzi Kteilat and Hamzeh Qutteineh, said that they were following-up on the issue of al-Rahma Gate's prayer area, including detentions and collective bans.

They added that the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is under Jordanian custody according to international treaties and the current status quo, and therefore is not subject to any authority of any jurisdiction.

Last Friday, Palestinians banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound performed Friday prayers at the Lions Gate in rejection of their ban.

The al-Rahma Gate is a big building that lays to the east of the Al-Aqsa, the Israeli authorities sealed the building in 2003 as it was the headquarters of the Islamic Heritage Committee; Israel had said at the time that the building was being used for political activities. In 2017, an Israeli court ordered that the building be closed until a further notice.

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