Quantcast

Christians, but not Muslims, can pray in Israel holy sites: court

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 17:41 EDT
google plus icon
Dome of the Rock via AFP
 
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court on Tuesday backed an Israeli government policy of allowing Christians from the Gaza Strip to pray at Israeli and West Bank holy sites, and denying the enclave’s Muslims the same right.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal lodged by six Gaza Muslims and Israeli non-governmental organisation Gisha to challenge a ruling of the Beersheba District Court, which refused to intervene against the policy.

The six women were prevented from going to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site in east Jerusalem, to pray during a Muslim festival.

They denounced the policy as discrimination in favour of Gaza’s 3,000 Christians and against around 1.6 million Muslims in the coastal enclave.

The Israeli authorities justified on security grounds limitations on access to Muslims holy sites it imposes periodically through quotas, ages or residence conditions.

Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
AFP journalists cover wars, conflicts, politics, science, health, the environment, technology, fashion, entertainment, the offbeat, sports and a whole lot more in text, photographs, video, graphics and online.
 
 
 
 
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.
 
Google+