Israeli police today barred an Aqsa Mosque guard from entering the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City for one week, according to local sources.

They said police arrested the guard, Isam Najib, this morning and ordered him not to enter the compound, where he works, for one week before releasing him.

Another guard, who was identified as Arafat Najib, was also summoned for interrogation.

In the meantime, the director of the Volunteer for Hope, an organization in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Silvia Abu Laban, was summoned to appear before the Israeli intelligence for interrogation.

To be noted, Abu Labban was previously detained and subjected to questioning many times by Israel.

Jordan is in charge of al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Jerusalem Waqf and its staff are considered Jordanian government employees.

The Mosque guards are often banned from entering the compound for doing their duty by preventing fanatic Jews from violating conditions for visits by non-Muslims to the holy site that include holding Jewish religious rituals.

Fanatic Jews attempt to perform religious rituals in spite of the presence of Israeli police with them, prompting al-Aqsa guards to intervene to stop them. Police end up arresting the guards.

Source: Palestine News & Info Agency

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