ACT for Palestine Foundation
The Jewish settlers’ storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque has become a daily ritual and a curse on the people of Jerusalem who are affected by these incursions. The Israeli government is trying to exploit these Jewish holidays to justify the daily storms to prevent Muslims from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Israeli Talmudic prayers to impose a Jewish presence in the mosque in the minds of Muslims everywhere.
The Jewish holidays are preceded by strict Israeli procedures targeting the city of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque itself. Israel imposes a complete blockade on the city of Jerusalem and turns it into a military base. Recently, an Israeli Court in Jerusalem ruled that extremist Israeli Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Glick can blow the trumpet at Bab Al-Asbat Cemetery, adjacent to Al-Aqsa Mosque. This came in response to an appeal by Glick against an Israeli police order to deport him from Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish holidays. The Israeli settler groups considered the court’s decision a victory.
The trumpet is a ritual instrument made of the horn of a ram used by Jews to sound the Sabbath and to mark the beginning of other religious holidays, including Rosh Hashanah – the New Year – and Yom Kippur, both of which are taking place in the coming weeks.
The Jewish holidays begin on the 26th and 27th of September, and the Israeli settler groups sought to blow the trumpet several times at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jewish festivals start with the Day of Repentance, in which extremists are keen to storm Al-Aqsa in large numbers wearing white dresses to confirm the Jewish presence at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
On October 5th, the Hebrew Day of Atonement begins. The extremist groups are keen to blow the trumpet and dance in their synagogue inside the Tankazi school in the western hall of Al-Aqsa. During this holiday, a strict siege on Al-Aqsa Mosque is imposed, in addition, to restricting Palestinians’ entry to the mosque to secure the settlers’ incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque and let the settlers perform their Talmudic rituals and prayers.
According to the researcher in Jerusalem affairs, Ziad Abhis, “all the religious ideas that are selected carry one political significance, which is to deal with Al-Aqsa as the temple, and that it is not Islamic and is not located on Palestinian land, but rather considers it a Jewish holy site located on Israeli land.”