Hundreds of Israeli rightists enter Aqsa compound
Published Thursday 05/06/2014 (updated) 05/06/2014 17:46
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Over one hundred right-wing Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday as part of celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.
Some 170 right-wing religious Jews entered the compound, including Michael Ben-Ari, a former MK, and far-right Jewish activist Yehuda Glick.
Glick is the chairman of the controversial Temple Mount Heritage Fund, which seeks to establish a Jewish Temple in the Asqa compound.
Palestinian worshipers chanted 'Allahu Akbar' at the group, who were escorted around the area under armed guard.
Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, from the PA's endowment ministry, said Al-Aqsa is going through a "dangerous phase" and criticized Israeli police for allowing the visits to take place.
Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area.
Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.