Hundreds of colonial Israeli settlers, shielded by Israeli occupation forces, broke this morning, September 25th, 2023, into the courtyards of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, marking the ‘Yom Kippur Jewish holiday.
Over one hundred settlers, wearing the priestly white dress, led their way this morning into Al-Aqsa, embarked on provocative tours and participated in Talmudic rituals, including epic prostration, near several vicinities of Al-Aqsa, breaching Al-Aqsa sanctity.
Domestic videos showed Israeli soldiers questioning worshippers and arresting the Palestinian journalist, Abdul Rahman Alami, preventing him from documenting events and taking pictures.
On the eve of the so-called ‘Yom Kippur,’ Sunday night, Israeli occupation soldiers imposed a thorough lockdown on the main streets of the occupied city of Jerusalem with heavy presence of hundreds of Israeli settlers and concrete barriers being placed on major streets to pave way for settlers’ access into Al-Aqsa.
Jerusalem Old City witnessed a military deployment of the Israeli army and vehicles around in a bid to secure the settlers’ planned incursions and provocations the next day on ‘Yom Kippur.’
Earlier, large groups of settlers, led by the former extremist Knesset member Yehuda Glick, strolled around the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and provocatively performed Talmudic rituals.
In terms of Palestinians, they are banned from entering the holy site, and the few people able to enter are immediately forced out and detained, in time Israeli occupation forces intensified their measures and restrictions in the Old City of Jerusalem, blocking the local residents’ movement in and out the city.
The Israeli occupation authorities announced a wide-ranging closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip starting from midnight Saturday-Sunday, on the occasion of the so-called ‘Yom Kippur.’
Last Sunday, Israeli settlers kicked off the week with extensive incursions performing Talmudic and Torah rituals, blowing the trumpet, and wearing a priestly white dress, as part of a celebration of a series of Jewish holidays.
Earlier in June, media sources revealed a new Israeli plan proposed to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Jews and Muslims, which deprives Palestinians and Muslims of their rights to attend this Islamic site.