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A group of far-right extremist Zionist settlers tried to attack Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday but were thwarted by Palestinians.

Iran Press/Middle East: According to Al-Mayadin TV, a number of Palestinian youths in the occupied city of Quds managed to thwart an attempt by a group of Zionist settlers to attack Al-Aqsa Mosque through "Bab al-Ghawanmeh".

On June 2, 2019, Zionists extremists from the ‘Third Temple Movement’ entered the Al-Aqsa compound with the Israeli security forces' protection to destroy symbols of Palestinian identity.

The action provoked protests throughout Palestine and the region.

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound, known as Haram al-Sharif, is considered the third holiest place of Islam. 

The Third Temple Movement is led by a set of extremist Jews who demand the demolition of Al-Aqsa and the rebuilding of the Temple. This movement is part of the Israeli policy to construct a historical narrative to justify the continued colonization and occupation of Palestinian land and historical monuments, as well as the genocide of Palestinian people. It promotes the Zionist narrative which posits Palestinians as intruders into the promised land of the Jews. This narrative implies the land did not belong to the Palestinians living there and hence, was ‘empty’ before Israel was founded in 1948. A key element of this revisionist process is the eradication of all existing symbols of Palestinian or Muslim presence.