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Jerusalem mayor under fire for Al-Aqsa visit

A picture taken on October 21, 2014 shows the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound behind the east Jerusalem neighborhood of SilwanJerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited the Al-Aqsa mosque compound Tuesday, his office said, prompting criticism from the site’s Muslim authorities following weeks of tension at the flashpoint shrine. The early morning visit, which saw Barkat touring the compound with a group of police, followed weeks of intermittent clashes triggered by reports Israel was mulling a change in the status quo to allow Jewish prayer at the sprawling site inside the Old City.

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