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Israel imposes a ban on prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque


Israel has imposed a long-standing ban on Jewish prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, dismissing accusations by the League of Arab States that it allows such worship.

Violence in the complex, which is revered in Judaism as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as a noble sanctuary, has intensified over the past week, raising concerns about a return to the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli security forces are on high alert when the Muslim holiday of Ramadan coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover and Christian Easter.

The League of Arab States said Israel had violated the status quo and allowed Jews to pray in the complex, calling it a “provocation.”

However, Israel said its long-standing ban on Jewish prayer at the site of the outbreak had not changed.

“Israel maintains the status quo, which includes freedom of prayer for Muslims and the right to visit non-Muslims. Police are enforcing a ban on Jewish prayer,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Hayat said on Thursday.

“For the past few years, Israel has not allowed Jews to visit the Temple Mount during the last 10 days of Ramadan to prevent any friction,” he said.

This 10-day period begins on Friday.

The US State Department delegation met separately with the leaders of Israel and Palestine to try to defuse tensions.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the delegation that Israel was responsible for the escalation, and asked the United States to intervene, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid discussed with US envoys “Israel’s efforts during this very difficult period to maintain the status quo on the Temple Mount” and called on regional leaders to help restore peace, the ministry said in a statement.

The future of Jerusalem is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Old City is located in East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 war and annexed by a movement that has not received international recognition.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a state they seek to create in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

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