Days of Palestine

Wednesday, May 31

Israeli Occupation Tightens its Grip on Al-Aqsa Mosque Ahead of Jewish Holidays

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Israeli occupation forces intensified Saturday, 17 September 2022 security procedures to prevent the escalations between the colonial settlers and Palestinians in the old city of occupied Jerusalem in conjunction with the ‘Hebrew holidays’ celebrations. 

IOF carried out precautionary arrests and issued banishment orders from Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem to stem friction during the Jewish holidays between the Israeli settlers and Palestinians.

Media sources reported that thousands of Israeli forces will be deployed in sensitive areas and patrols will take place near temples, central prayer sites, parks, and entertainment venues on the eve of the ‘Hebrew holidays’ to guard colonial settlers’ incursions into Muslim holy sites in the occupied Jerusalem. 

In recent days, the holy sites, most notably Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem have seen increased breakings by Israeli settlers.

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.

In 2003, Waqf’s administration of Al-Aqsa visits was revoked by Israeli authorities. Since then, Israeli forces have permitted colonial settlers to break into the site on a near-daily basis. 

In this vein, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid gave the green light for the colonial settlers’ incursions into the Al-Aqsa mosque and displayed the Israeli symbols in what Palestinians see as a provocation of their feelings and a desecration of the sanctity of the mosque.