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Friday, July 20th, 2018

Muslims in Jerusalem say Israel has no authority over Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Several Muslim groups based in the occupied East Jerusalem stressed on Saturday that Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which includes Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem’s Old City is an Islamic holy place and that Israel has no authority over it.

The groups were reacting to a decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week in which he said he lifted the ban to enter the Muslim compound off members of the Israeli parliament, allowing them to visit the holy site once every three months.

The Higher Islamic Authority, the Waqf Council, the Palestinian Fatwa department, the office of the Chief Justice and Al-Aqsa Affairs department said in a joint statement that running and administering the affairs of Al-Haram al-Sharif is up to Muslims only represented by the Islamic Waqf department.

It said Netanyahu has no authority to give permission to his parliament members to enter the compound.

This is not his business and he has no authority to do this or is even qualified to give or not give permission, they said.

The religious groups said they hold Netanyahu fully responsible for any tension at the mosque area that could result from his irresponsible decision.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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