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Report: Al Aqsa tensions escalated July

By Paul Falon - August 05, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [al-Aqsa] [Israeli army]

Israeli police preventing Palestinians from entering the Old City and the Al-Aqsa mosque on a Friday.

Palestinian NGO Wadi Hilweh Information Center reports that over 1,100 Israeli settlers and officers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem during the month of July.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center which monitors violations of the rights of Palestinians in Jerusalem released a report this week which detailed reports of human rights abuses including violence against Palestinians perpetrated by settlers and the Israeli army alike.

Director of the Information Centre Jawad Siyam told Turkish News Agency Anadolu that, "930 Jewish settlers and 200 Israeli military," entered the compound July inciting outbreaks of needless violence.

The Center said in a statement released on Monday that, “Al-Aqsa Mosque was subject to an unprecedented escalation in July after being quiet since the beginning of the current year. Al-Aqsa witnessed closures, break-ins and assaults against Marabouts and worshippers by the occupation forces and settlers.”

The report notes that Israeli security services continued a campaign of arrests with 130 Palestinians in East Jerusalem being detained during the month, including 54 minors, 9 women and one little girl.

Four of the minors arrested were under 12 years old. The youngest, Abdullah Emad Dkeidek, 8, was arrested in front of his house in the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan. 10 year-old Samer Sarhan from Silwan, 11-year old Mohammad Basem Hijazi from the Old City of Jerusalem and the 12-year old Mohammad Samer Sarhan from Silwan were among those arrested in July.

The report outlines how during same month Israeli authorities banned 28 Palestinians from entering the holy site for periods that range from 15 to 180 days.

July saw the rise in settler and military violence against Palestinians in east Jerusalem and the demolition of 11 residential and commercial structures and properties in the neighborhoods of Beit Hanina, Silwan, and Jab al-Mukaber.

“It was the first time since November 2014 that the occupation forces raided Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevented men under the age of 50 from entering and performing the Friday Noon Prayer,” the Centre noted of events in July.

The Center condemned the rise in provocations at both the al Aqsa and Al Qibli mosques. During a July 26 raid of the Al-Qibli Mosque, the centre alleges the Israeli army attacked the worshippers with sound grenades and rubber bullets and also attacked all worshippers that were present in Al-Aqsa courtyard.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces allowed settlers to enter the Al-Aqsa compound. One female settler attempted to break into Al-Aqsa Mosque in her wedding gown to bless her marriage inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. After the police prevented her, she changed her gown into regular clothes and entered into Al-Aqsa with a group of settlers who attempted to practice their religious rituals. They were confronted by Al-Aqsa guards, and escorted from the premises.




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