Tel Aviv, 19 Dzulhijjah 1435/13 October 2014 (MINA) – An extremist Israeli Knesset member has called for storming Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in East Jerusalem on Monday on the occasion of Sukkot, one of the three Jewish pilgrimage festivals, which started on Wednesday and lasts for a week.
Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin invited Jews on his site on Saturday to gather outside the mosque compound at 6:30am on Monday before storming the site, according to Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports monitored by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA), Monday.
The Palestinian NGO Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage, meanwhile, said a radical Jewish group had called for storming the mosque compound at 7:30 on Sunday.
The group is a coalition of organizations and figures who call for rebuilding Solomon’s presumed temple on the site of what is now Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The foundation said the 1,000-square meter mosque is a property of the world’s Muslims.
It called on Palestinian Muslims to form a human shield to protect the place of worship and counter Israeli plans against it.
A number of Palestinian youths have started gathering at the mosque late on Saturday to defend it against any potential violations, according to an eyewitness who requested anonymity.
Israeli police broke into the mosque compound on Wednesday morning and clashed with Palestinian youths inside. The clashes left 20 Palestinians injured along with three Israeli policemen. (T/P002/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)