A new report says there was unprecedented desecration of Al Aqsa Mosque compound by extremist Israeli settlers and Israeli regime forces in July.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored those Israeli regime violations during the month of July, and assaults against Palestinians and their properties.
The center said in a statement: “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 Islamic Scholars and worshippers by the Israeli regime forces and settlers”.
It is noteworthy that nearly 930 settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque in the month of July.
Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly were subject to assaults during July and more than 130 Palestinians were arrested where half of them were children and women. Commercial and residential establishments were also demolished in July.
Al-Aqsa Mosque…raids and clashes
The center said in its monthly report: “It is the first time since November 2014 that the occupation forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent men under the age of 50 from entering and performing the Friday Noon Prayer.”
The center also said: “The Mosque turned into a field battle on Sunday 26/07/2015 between the occupation forces and the angry young men after the “alleged Temple” gangs called to break –into Al-Aqsa on the anniversary of “Destruction of the Temple”. Israeli regime forces prevented young men from performing the Dawn Prayer and completely closed it for 3 hours (during the settlers’ break-ins).
The center added: “The occupation forces also raided Al-Qibli Mosque and went on top of its roof and the museum’s roof. The forces attacked the worshippers with sound grenades and rubber bullets and also attacked all worshippers that were present in Al-Aqsa courtyards with no exceptions. They also damaged some of the facilities and threw the Holy Quran on the ground and assaulted the employees of the Islamic Awqaf department and injured 19 of them with bruises and fractures. Meanwhile, the forces allowed the settlers to break-into Al-Aqsa; note that the forces broke into Al-Aqsa through Hutta, Dung and Al-Silsileh Gates while the settlers broke-in through Dung Gate that was taken-over by the Zionist authorities since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967.
The violation of the right to worship did not stop at breaking into Al-Aqsa and closing it, but the Israeli regime forces brutally assaulted the Islamic Scholars near Al-Silsileh Gate and provided the settlers with full protection who also managed to provoke the Muslims’ feelings by breaking into Al-Aqsa and insulting the Prophet Mohammad PBUH. The report notes that the Israeli regime Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel was among the settlers who broke into the Mosque.
During the month of July, a female settler insulted the Prophet Mohammad PBUH and two days later another settler also insulted the Prophet immediately after leaving Al-Aqsa.
Arresting 130 Palestinians including 54 minors
The center noted that Israeli regime forces arrested 130 Palestinians including 54 minors, 9 women and one little girl.
Demolishing commercial and residential establishments in Quds.
Israeli regime’s Quds municipality demolished 8 commercial and residential establishments in the city and Bet El municipality demolished three others there. The demolition took place in village of Jabal Al-Mukabber (family of Martyr Odai Abu Jamal), Silwan and Beit Hanina.
Assaults against Palestinians
The center explained in its report that extremist settlers’ assaults against Palestinians in Quds escalated in the month of July and the center monitored five of those assaults.
Meanwhile a report published on Sunday by the Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights said that at least six people were killed across the occupied West Bank while one Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the besieged Gaza Strip during the month of July.
Israeli forces regularly launch deadly attacks on Palestinians in their homes as well as during protests.
Palestinian resistance movements have vowed to continue their struggle to liberate occupied territories and especially the Holy Quds.