By Bill Chambers
(Photos by Bill Chambers)
CHICAGO, Ill. – On Fri., July 28, 2017, over 400 Chicago Muslims, Palestinians and their supporters rallied and marched to protest restrictions on access to the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Muslims from multiple mosques throughout the area listened to Muslim and non-Muslim speakers – all critical of suppression the Israeli government placed on access to al-Aqsa Mosque.
The area in Jerusalem including al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, has been has been under occupation by the Israelis since East Jerusalem was captured in the 1967 war.
The site is managed by the Islamic Waqf religious authority who has had to resist Israeli encroachments on the site ever since.
Current problems began when two Israeli policemen died after three Palestinians reportedly opened fire on them near the al-Aqsa compound. As collective punishment, Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at the gates and restricted access to al-Aqsa even during Friday jummah... Read our latest issue Here.