FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1969 NO FRIDAY PRAYERS AT AL AQSA MOSQUE IN JERUSALEM




Adel Tayari-TDO-After the armed attack carried out by three young Palestinians on Friday, July 14, which resulted in the killing of two Israeli policemen  and  a third was seriously wounded and the attackers were killed in a clash with Israeli police in the court yard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque  the Israeli government prevented Palestinian worshipers from performing Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first time that Friday prayers were prevented in the first of the two Qibla and the third holiest shrines of Muslims since the burning of the mosque in 1969.  And announced that the closure of the mosque will continue until Sunday 16 July.

Because of the closure of the mosque, thousands of Palestinians were forced to pray near the entrances of the Old City of Jerusalem under strict Israeli army and police control.

The Israeli Prime Minister's Office said in a statement after a meeting that included the leaders of the security services that security assessments will take place this Sunday between Netanyahu and ministers and officials of the security services, and that the Al-Aqsa Mosque should be reopened gradually thereafter. The Israeli occupation authorities launched the morning of Friday following the attack by three young men from one family from the city of Umm al-Fahm inside the Green Line to close the doors and the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, And the deployment of large numbers of army and police, and arrested Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein (religious leader of a very high degree) before releasing him on Friday evening, which caused a state of high tension in Jerusalem.

The Associated Press quoted one of the relatives of the attackers as saying they frequented Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayer.  Israeli sources also said that the attackers did not have security precedents, and all of them from the city of Umm al-Fahm, located inside the Green Line and carrying identity and nationality of Israel, which was considered by the Inspector-General of the Israeli police unprecedented and "beyond all red lines” and he said a thorough investigation into the motives for carrying out the attack was needed.

It is worth mentioning that young people inside the Green Line have carried out some attacks before and after the Palestinian uprising inside the Green Line, which began in October 2015.