By Days of Palestine Staff
As frequent incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque continue day by day, with settlers and the organization of Talmudic prayers in its courtyards, it is increasingly becoming a cause for concern and anger for Palestinians. The incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque are not limited to occasional events and the performance of Talmudic prayers only, although this is also completely unacceptable and rejected.
It has become a daily routine exploited by settlers, falsely claiming divine authority to implement the plans of the occupying government, which seeks to physically divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli Occupation succeeded in dividing the Al Aqsa compound temporally by allowing the extremist settlers entery, and to tamper with its resources and disrespect its sanctity under the protection of the occupying forces, in plain view of the international community.
The United Nations has issued hundreds of resolutions condemning the occupation, settlement, and Judaization in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially in Jerusalem, specifically the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and none of these resolutions have been implemented; they have become nothing more than ink on paper. Extremist Zionist groups, led by the so-called “Temple Mount” organization, did not stop at invading Al-Aqsa and performing Talmudic rituals, including animal sacrifices and blowing the horn, but they continued to provoke the feelings of Christian and Muslim Palestinians.
These incursions could lead to an escalation of religious conflict and the heating up of resistance on various fronts. These extremist groups have even launched slogans about the “Talmudic Temple” with the intention of demolishing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged temple on its ruins. To achieve this, the occupation continues its excavations beneath the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, putting it at risk of collapse in the event of any earthquake, may it never happen.
The occupation’s goal is political, not religious, because they know they have no historical or contemporary connection to it, as evidenced by the tunnels they have dug underneath and around it without finding any evidence of Jewish presence, ancient or recent. Indeed, all their claims are baseless.
The schemes of the occupation and the settlers towards Al-Aqsa were not born in the moment and do not date back to previous periods when they invaded it to provoke the feelings of Palestinians. They attempted to get rid of it in 1969 by setting it on fire through the extremist Zionist Michael Rohan, and the flames consumed large parts of it, such as the pulpit of Sultan Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi. On several occasions, leaders and commanders of the occupation invaded it, which encouraged settlers to storm it, ignoring Arabs and Muslims and disregarding international law and UN resolutions.
The ultimate goal of the occupation and these extremist Torah organizations that tirelessly work day and night to Judaize the holy city is to get rid of Al-Aqsa and other Islamic and Christian sanctities. Hence, the call from these organizations, supported by Ben Gvir, for wider-scale incursions into Al-Aqsa from all directions and in large numbers. They are preparing for this and mobilizing settlers, having already performed Talmudic prayers in front of the Islamic Council building and near the Hatta Gate, to gauge the reaction of the people of Jerusalem as a prelude to large-scale incursions in the coming days, coinciding with what is called “The Jewish Holidays”.
What the occupation and settlers commit, such as assaults and incursions into Al-Aqsa, imposing a siege on Jerusalem, isolating it from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza, preventing Palestinians from those areas from performing prayers in Al-Aqsa, and denying them entry into Jerusalem, along with deportation and detention of Jerusalemites, those guarding Al-Aqsa, preachers, and protectors, during this sacred occasion of the birth of the Prophet, when Palestinians utilize it for prayers in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. On the other hand, the Israeli authorities provide all the facilities, protection, and necessary guards for settlers to storm it. This situation could potentially ignite the ground beneath the feet of the Zionists.
The Palestinian resistance has often warned against aggression on Al-Aqsa and waits for the right opportunity to defend it. On one hand, this could lead to a widespread uprising that burns everything in its path. What happened in 2021, when Gaza sought vengeance for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa in its most intense battles with the occupation, is still fresh in the minds of its people. This is evident when Yair Lapid, the leader of the opposition in the occupation government, says in a tweet on Twitter: “Eitam Ben Gvir must not ascend to the sanctuary, as this is an provocation that will lead to violence and endanger people’s lives.”
This statement didn’t come out of nowhere; it serves as a reminder that “The sword of Jerusalem Battle” is still present and carries the probability of renewal.