At the checkpoint, men and women are split into separate queues.
Bahgat is through the initial ID check within a few minutes, but his brother, as expected, is turned away.
"Itís a great feeling to be going to al-Aqsa. I canít describe it," says Bahgat, a father of five who has spent much of his life as a truck driver. "But I feel sorry for those who can't come. I feel like we're not equal."