Muslims show al-Aqsa Mosque solidarity over Israel siege / PHOTO

Turkish youth staged a protest against Israel over Al-Aqsa siege ina n Anatolian city of Kayseri as world Muslims protest Israel in Jordan and the Gaza Strip.

Muslims show al-Aqsa Mosque solidarity over Israel siege / PHOTO

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish youth, including university students staged on Saturday a protest against Israel over Al-Aqsa siege in an Anatolian city of Kayseri as world Muslims show reaction to the incident in several states such as Jordan and the Gaza Strip.

Anatolian Youth Association's Kayseri University Branch reacted to Israel's prohibition of entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Held at the Republic Square in Kayseri, citizens and university students joined the protest against Israel.

Stating Israel enter the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the first qıbla (direction for Muslim prayers) on October 5 in front of the whole world's watch and then prohibit the entry of Muslims, Ahmet Ozgen, an organizer of the protest, said, reminding that this is not the first "unbelievable and inhuman desicion and action by Israel towards Al Aqsa."

Meanwhile, Palestinians on Friday organized large rallies in different parts of Gaza in solidarity with the Al-Aqsa and in protest of the Palestinian Authority's decision to delay the Goldstone report.

On the other hand, hundreds of Jordanians took to the streets on Friday, calling for cutting diplomatic relations with Israel and expelling the Israeli ambassador from Amman.

Carrying pictures of al-Aqsa Mosque, protestors shouted "we will sacrifice ourselves for the sake of al-Aqsa, which is located deep in our hearts," criticizing the silence by the Arab governments over what they described as "serious Israeli violations against al-Aqsa Mosque."

Palestinian leaders have issued dire warnings in the past week after police attaks on Palestinian protesters at al-Aqsa mosque in Quds' Old City, over attempts by Jewish religious activists to raid the holy site.

On Monday, Israeli police deployed in and around the area, focusing on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound as tens of thousands of Jews attended a religious ceremony.

Authorities banned access to the compound to Muslim men under 50 and over as thousands of Jews gathered at the nearby Western Wall on Monday for prayers marking the week-long holiday of Sukkot.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the Muslims' first Qiblah [direction Muslims take during prayers] and the third holiest shrine after Al Ka'bah in Makkah and Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

Its significance has been reinforced by the incident of Al Isra'a and Al Mi'raj — the night journey from Makkah to Al-Quds and the ascent to the Heavens by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Earlier in the month, a protest erupted after a group of non-Muslims entered the mosque compound that the Palestinians said they were Israeli extremists.

Last Mod: 11 Ekim 2009, 11:59
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