JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained five women from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, witnesses said.The detainees were taken to the Chain Gate police station and afterwards transferred to al-Qishla police station in Jerusalem’s Old City for interrogation.The women were identified as Suha Eid, Salwa Ghazzawi, Ikram Ghazzawi, Suad Ubeidiyya and Iman Abu Isneineh.An Israeli police spokesman confirmed that two women had been arrested at the compound for “causing disturbances.”On Sunday, an Israeli court banned three women from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for 45 days. The three women were identified as Alaa Taha, Sumayya Taha and Tasnim Ayyashi.The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque.
The third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.
Following Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has maintained an agreement with the Islamic endowment that controls the Al-Aqsa compound not to allow non-Muslim prayer in the area. Jewish prayer is allowed at the neighboring Western Wall.
Since mid-2014 Israeli authorities have regularly imposed restrictions on Muslims entering the compound, and on several occasions entire closed the compound, feeding tensions in East Jerusalem.