Customs officers intercepted in the port Israeli city of Haifa smuggled a batch of stuffed dolls in the shape of “defender of al-Aqsa mosque”. According to the press service of the customs, 4000 of these dolls were brought to Israel from the United Arab Emirates, and is the ultimate recipient was the Palestinian national authority, reports NEWSru Israel.

The doll depicts a man, whose face is closed by a cap with a picture of al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, zadavshego “stone” in his right hand. At the edges of kufii, painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag Arabic is written: “our Jerusalem” and “Jerusalem, here we come”.

In the custom message it is noted that neither the doll nor some other goods shipped from the UAE to the PNA, including army shoes and light bulbs, were not declared, and therefore may be considered contraband. In the Declaration it was stated that the container for the PNA contains clothing, carpets and plastics. All these goods confiscated.

The al-Aqsa mosque is the third most important Shrine of Muslims after Mecca and Medina. According to Muslim tradition, from the prophet Mohammed climbed to heaven. The status of the temple complex of al-Haram al-Sharif (“Noble sanctuary” also known as the Temple mount, where the al-Aqsa mosque) is one of the most acute problems of the Palestinian-Israeli relationship, as the issue of Jerusalem as a city of three religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

The al-Aqsa compound protected by the Israeli police, while the Supervisory function is performed by Jordan. In mid-August, the Arab media reported that Jewish activists have tried to put this mosque Israeli flag, guarding it but the Arabs prevented it. Meanwhile, often after Friday prayers in this mosque by the Arabs begin to throw stones at Israeli police. There also occur regularly clashes between Arabs and police.

Since the end of October 2014 the Israeli authorities for the time completely suspended the access of Jews and Arabs to the Temple mount. This was done to prevent the riots after Israeli police shot an Arab, a suspect in the assassination of the politician and Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist of the right wing “Faithful of the Temple mount”, a well-known calls for the restoration of the Jewish presence on the Temple mount, where in place of destroyed in I century ad the temple in Jerusalem is a complex of mosques al-Aqsa and qubbat as-Sahra.

The media then noted that access to al Aqsa mosque for Muslims was completely blocked for the first time after the six-day war of 1967. Earlier, the Israeli authorities have repeatedly imposed restrictions, however, referred to certain categories of citizens – mainly on temple mount would not let Muslim men under the age of 50-60 years.

In 2000 visit to the temple mount the then Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon, who later became Prime Minister of the country, has led to large scale clashes that marked the beginning of the “al Aqsa intifada” (the uprising) Arabs living in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

From 1 October this year the country has seen a series of attacks by Arabs on Jews, dubbed the “knife intifada”.




Israeli customs intercepted thousands of toy 4 “defenders of al-Aqsa mosque” for the authorities of the PNA 08.12.2015

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