Palestinians remove Israeli fence around Muslim cemetery in Quds
Jerusalemite youths pulled down Friday the Israeli fence that was set up earlier this week around part of an Islamic cemetery near al-Aqsa Mosque.
Earlier Thursday, the Committee for the Caring of Islamic Cemeteries in occupied Jerusalem called for intensifying Palestinian presence in the Bab al-Rahma cemetery on Friday to foil Israel’s Nature Authority’s attempts to confiscate a part of the cemetery.
A number of national figures along with dozens of Jerusalemites arrived to the cemetery after Friday prayers in protest against Israeli confiscation plans.
During the protest rally, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, stressed that the cemetery is an Islamic endowment that contains a number of graves of the companions of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad.
For his part, head of the Committee, Mustafa Abu Zahra, affirmed that the Israeli authorities “claimed they were putting a court decision into effect,” but he said that the authorities had given no evidence of a court ruling backing their action.
On Wednesday, Israeli authorities seized a large section of an ancient Muslim cemetery, located along the eastern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The Israeli Nature and Parks Authority then installed barbed wire fence around a large tract of Bab Al-Rahma cemetery in order to transform it into a national park.