JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian sheikh on Wednesday was banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for three months after Israeli authorities claimed he posed a danger to security forces and Israeli visitors.
Sheikh Samir Ahmad al-Alami told Ma’an that an Israeli police officer telephoned him and summoned him for interrogation at the al-Qishla police station in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Al-Alami, who is employed by the Islamic Endowment, said he refused to acknowledge the charges of posing a threat to public order and after being held for two hours was delivered a notice banning him from the holy site.
Separately, Israeli police on Wednesday detained Sanaa al-Rajabi as she was leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque and a Palestinian youth identified as Muhammad Abu Hadwan.
The Al-Aqsa compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the dome of the rock and Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.
It is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.