Israeli government invades Muslim quarter to expand Jewish 'Western Wall' site
In a move that Muslim leaders in Jerusalem are calling a 'provocation', Israeli government officials on Saturday decided to expand the 'Western Wall' prayer site into the area known as Rabat al-Kurd, an alley used by 17 Palestinian families to enter their homes -- despite a recommendation against the expansion by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Danny Zeidman, the head of the Israeli organization Ir Amin, told reporters with the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, "Allowing Jewish extremists to enter into the heart of the Muslim quarter carries the danger of turning a resolvable political conflict into a violent religious one."
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