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Israeli Government Invests Heavily in Settlements While Tensions Rise at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Posted On: 21-05-2023 | Politics
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The Israeli occupation government held its weekly meeting on Sunday morning inside the tunnels of the Western Wall in Jerusalem for the second time after a meeting in 2017 led by the so-called "Ministry of Jerusalem."

The meeting aims to approve a large number of Judaization projects in the city on the 56th anniversary of its occupation.

The meeting will include approval of significant financial budgets for the development of the so-called "Holy Basin" project, which is considered the largest desecration of the Arab-Palestinian Islamic history in the city of Jerusalem.

The meeting came after dozens of settlers, led by Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning through the Moroccan Gate, under strict protection from Israeli occupation police, who continued to impose restrictions on Palestinians entering Al-Aqsa.

This is the second time since assuming the position of Minister of National Security that Ben Gvir has stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He arrived early in the morning at the Al-Buraq Plaza, after the security apparatus allowed the storming of Al-Aqsa.

Sources in Jerusalem reported that Ben Gvir entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque accompanied by a large number of guards and Israeli occupation police, coinciding with the settlers' invasion.

Elements of the Israeli occupation police and special units spread in the courtyards of the holy compound and prevented Palestinians from approaching the paths of Ben Gvir's and the settlers' incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Department of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) reported that dozens of settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in groups since morning, carrying out provocative tours in its courtyards, receiving explanations about the alleged "Temple," and performing Talmudic rituals in the eastern area and opposite the Dome of the Rock before leaving through the Chain Gate.

On Palestinian side the official spokesperson for the presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, stated that the extremist Israeli official Itamar Ben Gvir's intrusion into the blessed courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, for the second time, is a blatant attack on the mosque and will have serious consequences.

Abu Rudeineh added that the attempts by Ben Gvir and similar extremists to alter the current situation in Al-Aqsa Mosque are condemned, rejected, and will ultimately fail. He emphasized that the Palestinian people will remain vigilant against such attempts.

The spokesperson for the presidency affirmed that the early morning entry of the extremist Ben Gvir, similar to a thief, into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque will not change the reality or impose Israeli sovereignty over it.

He pointed out that what happened today is dangerous and requires immediate action from the international community, particularly the U.S. administration, which calls for preserving the status quo in Jerusalem. Interfering with Al-Aqsa Mosque is playing with fire and will push the region into a religious war with unpredictable consequences that will affect everyone.

The condemnation did not stop at the Palestinians, as the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates also condemned the intrusion of the Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, into Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.

The ministry's spokesperson, Ambassador Dhaifallah Al-Fayez, stated that Ben Gvir's intrusion into Al-Aqsa Mosque and the violation of its sanctity is a condemned provocative step and a dangerous escalation. It represents a clear and rejected violation of international law and the existing historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem and its sanctities.

He affirmed that the ongoing violations and attacks on Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem, coupled with continued unilateral measures such as settlement expansion and continuous incursions into Palestinian occupied territories, indicate further escalation. This dangerous trend must be immediately stopped by the international community.

He emphasized that Al-Aqsa Mosque, with its entire area of 144 dunams, is a purely worship place for Muslims, and the administration of the Jordanian Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs, under the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, is the legal authority with exclusive jurisdiction over the management of all affairs related to the noble sanctuary and the regulation of access to it.

The spokesperson for the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Israel, as the occupying power, to immediately cease all practices and violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque and respect its sanctity. He stressed the need to halt all measures aimed at changing the existing historical and legal status quo, imposing temporal and spatial divisions, and respecting the authority of the Jordanian Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs.

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