Israeli occupation forces imposed strict measures & prevented thousands of Palestinians from entering occupied East Jerusalem today to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the last Friday of Ramadan. It is a denial of religious freedom by Israel which calls itself ‘the only democracy in the Middle East.’

This photo posted on countless social media sites shows worshippers lined up this morning at a checkpoint near Bethlehem waiting to be allowed to enter Jerusalem. All men & boys under forty without special permits were denied entry.