595 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem amidst enhanced Israeli occupation forces IOF presence, marking the Hebrew holiday known as “Hebrew Throne Day” in the early hours of Monday morning, October 2, 2023.
According to sources in Jerusalem, 595 Israeli settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque in a series of successive groups beginning in the morning. They gained access through Al-Maghariba Gate, guarded by IOF.
Some of these settlers performed Talmudic rituals within the mosque’s courtyards. There was also a significant presence of settlers in the area near the Chain Gate.
Sources indicated that some Israeli occupation forces IOF invaded the mosque premises around 7:30 AM to ensure that it was emptied of worshippers before allowing settler intrusions to begin.
Video clips emerged showing a group of settlers parading through the streets of the Old City, carrying “plant sacrifices.” This ritual is one of the practices advocated by purported Temple Mount groups within Al-Aqsa Mosque.
According to the Islamic Waqf Authority, 859 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, amidst heightened restrictions imposed by Israeli occupation forces on the entry of worshippers, especially young people and those who regularly attend the mosque.
Attacks Against Palestinian Worshipers
Israeli occupation forces attacked Palestinian worshipers, including women, at Al-Aqsa’s gates to pave the way for settlers’ incursions.
In addition, several Palestinian worshipers and activists have been banned from entering the Old City of Jerusalem over the past few days, an attempt by Israeli occupation authorities to impose full control over the mosque.
The Hebrew Throne Day holiday extends until October 7th. During this period, Temple Mount groups have vowed to break previous records for the number of intruders. They have even offered free transportation from various regions and snacks at Al-Maghariba Gate.
Incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound typically occur during Jewish holidays, taking place in two sessions: morning and afternoon, from Sunday to Thursday.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque faces daily incursions and violations by settlers, backed by Israeli occupation forces, in an attempt to assert full control over the mosque and divide it both temporally and spatially.