Settlers disturb Ramadan peace at Al-Aqsa Mosque


Settlers today again began their break ins at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound from the Mughrabi Gate under the protection of enhanced and tightened security measures at the hands of Israeli special police units.

Despite the number of settler incursions into the Al-Aqsa mosque compound during the last week, settlers today broke into the compound entering through the Mughrabi Gate. They were enabled to do so by Israeli special police units who ensured their protection against the peaceful Muslim worshipers.

Israeli police announced last week its intention to deploy thousands of its officers as well as special forces in East Jerusalem from the first Friday of Ramadan in order to ‘secure the Friday prayers’- security clearly meant for illegal and extremist settlers as they disturb worshipers during the holy month.

This comes after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) evicted six female residents of Jerusalem from Al-Aqsa Mosque for 15 days.

IOF arrested the six women (Samah al-Ghazawe, Najud Abu Senena, Fatena Hussain, Amani a-Tawel, Sana a-Rajbi and a sixth woman) as they left the mosque gates, due to their participation in protests against settler incursions. They were taken for interrogation lasting many hours in the Interrogation and Arrests center ‘al-Qashla’ at Hebron Gate in Jerusalem Old City. They were ordered to stay away from Al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks and made to pay a fine of 5,000 shekels.

On Monday, Israel cancelled 500 permits allowing Palestinians to travel overseas in response to two attacks on an Israeli settler and a police officer during the last week, reported Haaretz.

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