Days of Palestine

Wednesday, May 31

1032 Colonial Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque Amid High Tensions

Af.M | DOP -

Under Israeli occupation forces’ strict protection, Hundreds of Colonial Israeli settlers stormed Tuesday 11 October 2022, the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate on the second day of the Hebrew “Throne Day”.

Local media sources reported that 1032 Israeli colonial settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa and performed provocative Talmudic rituals in some of its courtyards.

Hundreds of Israeli well-armed forces deployed in Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards to guard colonial settlers’ incursions into Muslim holy sites in the occupied Jerusalem.

Since the dawn prayer, Israeli occupation also imposed strict restrictions on the entry of Palestinians to the compound, only allowing people above the age of 50 access to the compound and forcibly expelling a number of young Palestinian men from the mosque, coinciding with the incursions.

Israeli forces arrested a number of Palestinian journalists at the al-Silsila Gate and prevented them from entering Al-Aqsa courtyards. 

In this context, colonial settlers performed Talmudic rituals in front of the Qattanin Gate, one of the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates. They also conducted provoking dances at Bab al-Silsilah after leaving the mosque, and another settler performed the so-called “epic prostration” on the doorstep.

These incursions come in response to calls made by the “Temple Groups” for its settlers to organize the largest incursion into Al-Aqsa Mosque today.

As part of a decades-old accord between Jordan and the Israeli occupation, non-Muslims are not allowed to perform any religious rituals inside the confines of Al-Aqsa Mosque, nor are Israeli symbols allowed to be displayed.