Guard banned from al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem's Old City by Israeli police

Guard banned from al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem's Old City by Israeli police

The guard has been banned from the al-Aqsa Mosque

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A guard has been banned from entering the flashpoint al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem for almost three weeks - because he refused to let Israelis in.

Hamza Nimer works for The Islamic Waq, an organisation based in Jordan which manages the al-Aqsa compound as well as staff there. 

Nimer was detained on Tuesday (November 28) by Israeli police for several hours, according to The New Arab

He has now been released but told he cannot enter the al-Aqsa Mosque or Jerualem's Old City for a total of 20 days.  

This is not the first time that Nimer has been banned by Israeli police as in April he was told he was not allowed to enter the al-Aqsa compound or al-Aqsa Mosque for six months. 

It is against the rules for non-Muslims to enter the mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, but several guards have been banned for stopping Israeli people from entering. 

It is common for Israelis who are Jewish to storm the mosque in an attempt to stop people there from worshipping, and sometimes they have Israeli special forces alongside them. 

The Islamic Waqf has previously criticised Israel over bans on its employees from certain areas.

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