Israeli minister calls for Jewish entry to Al-Aqsa during Ramadan

Ben Gvir
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TEL AVIV — Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir demanded on Sunday evening to allow Jews to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque during the last ten days of Ramadan, as reported by an Israeli channel.اضافة اعلان

The channel "13" (private) reported that Ben Gvir, an extreme right-wing figure, called for permitting Jews to enter Al-Aqsa during the final ten days of Ramadan, contrary to the policy of prohibiting such incursions during that period to prevent escalating tensions, Al-Ghad reported.

Ben Gvir informed Israeli security officials of his request, and a discussion on the matter is expected within the Cabinet in the next two weeks, according to the channel.

Amid increased warnings of attacks during Ramadan, Israeli officials expressed concern about Ben Gvir's demand, warning that altering the current situation would lead to further disturbances.

As of 21:00 GMT, there has been no statement from Ben Gvir or the government regarding this matter. Despite efforts, Ben Gvir repeatedly tried to hinder Palestinian worshippers from the occupied West Bank from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque or determining their numbers.

While Israeli police impose restrictions on Muslim worshippers' entry to Al-Aqsa, tens of thousands of Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem and inside Israel perform Tarawih prayers at the mosque.

Worshippers from the West Bank are allowed to enter Jerusalem for prayers at Al-Aqsa if they hold valid magnetic security permits, based on security assessments, according to a previous statement by Israeli police.

Palestinians argue that Israel is working to Judaize Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa, erasing its Arab and Islamic identity. They insist on East Jerusalem as the capital of their hoped-for state, based on international legitimacy, which does not recognize Israel's occupation of the city in 1967 or its annexation in 1981.

The tension in Jerusalem is exacerbated as Ramadan coincides with Israel's ongoing devastating war on Gaza since October 7, 2023, which left tens of thousands of civilian casualties, mostly children and women, and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, according to Palestinian and UN data.

Israel persists in its war despite facing, for the first time since its establishment in 1948, a trial at the International Court of Justice, the highest judicial body in the United Nations, on charges of committing "genocide" against Palestinians.

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