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Azhar to convene int'l conference on Israeli violations against Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

The conference will take place in Cairo in February

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Nov 2015
Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb
Azhar's grand imam sheikh Ahmed Mohamed El-Tayeb (AP)
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Egypt's Al-Azhar, the world's highest Sunni authority, says it will convene in February an international conference on violations committed by Israeli occupation forces against Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. 

Al-Azhar's High Clerical Council said in a statement Friday that the conference will address "violations committed by the Zionist entity against the holy mosque, questions around whether Muslims could visit the mosque, and how such a move could affect the interests of the Palestinian people."

A wave of Palestinian protests -  met by Israeli repression -  in recent months has been triggered by an increase in Jewish settlers attacks and storming of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli troops have killed more than 100 Palestinians during clashes since October. At least 17 Israelis were killed in separate attacks by Palestinians.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, have been the daily routine in Palestinians' lives under occupation in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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29-11-2015 01:55pm
How is walking "desecration"?
The Temple Mount is Judaism's holiest site. The Jews who visit are quiet and respectful, while the Muslims there scream at them and sometimes attack them with rocks and firebombs. The police are only there to protect them from being lynched. How exactly is walking around considered "desecration?"
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