Dozens of Israeli settlers invaded the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque via its Al-Mughrabi Gate under the protection of Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday morning, January 23, 2023.
Local sources said that successive groups of Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the Mughrabi Gate side, and carried out provocative tours in its courtyards. As well, they performed Talmudic rituals on the eastern side and in front of the Dome of the Rock before leaving.
The sources added that a number of Israeli officers stormed the Al-Qibli prayer hall in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
As for Palestinians, the Israeli occupation imposed restrictions on their entry to the mosque.
The occupation usually set up checkpoints and barriers at the entrances to the mosque and check the Palestinian’s personal identities, and detain some of them.
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.
However, Israeli colonial settlers repeatedly violate Islamic and Christian symbols as a deliberate attempt to Judaize the occupied Jerusalem.
In 2022, 56670 colonial Israeli settlers invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards and performed Talmudic provocative rituals in its courtyards, breaking decades-old agreements.
With the start of the new Israeli government, Israeli settlers, ordered by Itamar Ben-Gvir, have escalated their incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
Ben-Gvir’s recent raid in Al-Aqsa, the first carried out by an Israeli minister since 2017, triggered wide condemnation from Palestinian, Arab, and International parties and governments.