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Israeli police on Monday arrested a Palestinian student at the Al-Aqsa Mosque amid fresh intrusions into the holy site by Jewish settlers, an Islamic foundation said.
"Israeli police arrested Jerusalemite student Mohamed Ahmed Ghazali, 26, and took him to an interrogation center in Al-Quds [occupied East Jerusalem]," Mahmoud Abu Atta of the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage told Anadolu Agency.
"The student's arrest coincided with the entry of 11 [Jewish] settlers [into the compound] through the Al-Magharbeh Gate under Israeli police protection," he added.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation has called on Palestinians to converge on the mosque complex following calls by extremist Jewish groups for supporters to step up their frequent intrusions into the holy site.
"Hundreds of Palestinian students are now in the mosque complex in order to confront any possible intrusion attempts," said Ghazali.
In a related development, a number of extremist Jewish organizations called on supporters to take part Monday evening in a monthly march on the doors of the mosque complex.
The march is due to set out from the Western Wall at 7pm and march along the Old City's Al-Wad Street, passing the gates of the compound where participants plan to make stops to perform Talmudic rituals.
Last month, around 5,000 extremist Jewish settlers and rabbis participated in the march.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site.
Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.Last Mod: 03 Mart 2014, 15:38