Abbas: Arab visits to al-Aksa mosque not forbidden

High-level Arab visits to Jerusalem to pray privately at the third holiest site in Islam should not be seen as acceptance of Israel's disputed grip on the eastern half of the city, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday.
The argument by some respected Islamic scholars that going to the Aksa mosque is forbidden as long as access is controlled by Israelis is wrong-headed, Abbas said.
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