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article image'Day of Rage' Planned for Al-Aqsa Mosque

By Gar Swaffar     Oct 9, 2009 in World
Hamas has declared Friday, Oct. 9, a Day of Rage in response to a perceived Israeli provocation at the Temple Mount area.
Hamas declares Friday to be a day of rage, and calls for mass attendance of Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa or Temple Mount. Palestinian protesters have clashed recently with Israeli police who have stepped up patrols in the Temple Mount area. Police have also restricted attendance on Friday of Men to only those over the age of 50, while there are no restrictions on women who choose to attend Friday prayers in Al-Aqsa.
In response to the call for attendance, thousands of women from many Arab towns throughout Israel were in attendance on Thursday and are expected to return on Friday.
As reported at Haaretz, the confrontations have been in response to the increased presence of Israeli patrols, and the Israeli police indicate the increased patrols are a response to the increase in violence at the site.
Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi has called Friday "Protect Al-Aqsa day" and he, along with politicians and other religious leaders, have attempted to stir the residents of Gaza to support the call to worship at Al-Aqsa, so far without great success.
The Islamic religious leaders have rejected the support of the ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi sect of Judaism and one of its leaders, Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv, who has restated the halacha or Jewish religious law of Jews being forbidden to ascend to the Temple Mount.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque is built on the site of the former Jewish Temple and has been a source of discord for several hundred centuries in Jerusalem.
The final outcome of the planned mass attendance is yet to be determined.
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