World Jews flock to Jerusalem’s Western Wall for Passover

Jews flock to Jerusalem’s Western Wall for Passover

 

Passover: Jews worship in Old Jerusalem
Passover: Jews worship in Old Jerusalem

(AA) – Israeli police on Monday were deployed in large numbers in Jerusalem’s Old City after thousands of Jews flocked to the Western Wall – located adjacent to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex – for Passover celebrations.

Dozens of Muslim worshippers, meanwhile, fearing an Israeli incursion into the mosque complex, congregated in the Al-Aqsa’s courtyards.

“Thousands of people gather at the Western Wall for the priest’s blessing,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter.

The Western Wall, also known as the “Wailing Wall,” is where religious Jews go to perform their prayers.

“Extra police units [were deployed] and security measures [were stepped up] in the Old City,” Rosenfeld said.

Nevertheless, Israeli settlers – backed by Israeli police – managed to force their way into the Al-Aqsa complex through the western Dung Gate.

According to Jewish tradition, Passover is a weeklong festival during which Jews commemorate their people’s emancipation from slavery in Egypt.

In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly forced their way into 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, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

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