Israel lifts al-Aqsa restrictions

Restrictions on access lifted after more than a week of tensions at religious site.

    Muslim worshippers over the age of 50 had been barred from the site for the past one week [AFP]

    Tensions

    The latest tensions exploded into violence on September 27, when Palestinians hurled rocks at a group of visitors whom they suspected of being rightwing Jewish extremists.

    in depth

      Jerusalem's religious heart
      Jerusalem's myriad divisions
      Redefining the holy city's past
      Video: Praying for al-Aqsa access
      Video: Jerusalem remains an obstacle

    Police, who responded with stun grenades, said the group was made up of French tourists.

    The incident came in the midst of a month in which Jews mark three of their most important holidays.

    Suspicions were rife among Palestinians that Jewish worshippers would try to pray at the revered site during this period.

    The Jewish holiday period ended on Saturday.

    The site of al-Aqsa is the holiest place in Judaism and third holiest in Islam, and any perceived change in the status quo there has often led to outbreaks of deadly violence.

    In September 2000, the second Palestinian uprising, or intifada, erupted after Ariel Sharon, a rightwing politician who went on to become Israel's prime minister, visited the site.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Project Force: Could the world survive a nuclear winter?

    Project Force: Could the world survive a nuclear winter?

    The consequences of a nuclear war would extend far beyond the blast itself, killing millions of people across the globe.

    Are K-pop and BTS fans a new force for social justice?

    Are K-pop and BTS fans a new force for social justice?

    K-pop fans are using the same social media tactics they employ to support music stars for social justice activism.

    Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

    Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

    What will the maps of Palestine and Israel look like if Israel illegally annexes the Jordan Valley on July 1?