Israeli occupation authorities ban senior Muslim official from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for 6 months


The Israeli occupation authorities today banned a senior official of the Muslim Waqf (endowment) department from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City for six months, reported WAFA correspondent. She said that Najeh Bkeirat, deputy director of the Islamic Waqf Department, which is in charge of the Muslim holy places and properties and based at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, was summoned to the police station this morning where he was informed of the ban order. Bkeirat was banned several times in the past from entering Al-Aqsa compound due to his defense of the Muslim holy site against attempts by Jewish settler groups and fanatics to change the decades-old status quo at the Mosque as a Muslim-only worship area.