Ex-Israeli soldier returns Al-Aqsa Mosque key he stole 56 years ago

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — An ex-Israeli soldier, on Thursday, returned a key he stole for the gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque 56 years ago.اضافة اعلان

The Jerusalem's Islamic Endowments Department published a video showing its director-general Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib receiving the key from Yair Barack who was fighting in the Arab-Israeli War of 1967.

Al-Mughrabi Gate
"I arrived at the Al-Mughrabi Gate (in the western corridor of Al-Aqsa Mosque)… and when I looked at the left side, I found a key. I don't know why I put my hand on it and took it," he said, according to the Turkish news agency, Anadolu.

"I put the key in my pocket, and since then, I’ve had it in my possession," he added.

Barack said that after 40 or 50 years, he began feeling uncomfortable that the key was still with him "simply because I stole it and I now decided to return it."

He said Israel should do the same: “I returned the key that I had stolen… to its owners... and this is what Israel should do —to return back to the Palestinians their land, rights, respect, independence, freedom and security," he said.

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