Outcomes of 2016… Assemblies of the Temple Increase their Invasions into Al Aqsa Mosque…The Rise of 13 Jerusalemite Martyrs…The Arrest of 2027 people… The demolition of 164 properties
Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its annual report for 2016, releasing the most important events that took place in the city of Jerusalem, especially the Israeli violations against its residents and their properties.
The most prominent violations highlighted by Wadi Hilweh Information Center’s 2016 report are violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque, martyrs in the city of Jerusalem, arrests, settler attacks, settlements, demolitions, the “collective punishment” campaign, deportation from Jerusalem, Violating the right to education, and the suppression of various events and activities in the city.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center detected the raids of 15878 settlers, the banishment of 265 people from Al Aqsa Mosque for varied periods, the rise of 13 Jerusalemite martyrs, the arrest of 2027 people from the city of Jerusalem, including 79 women, 71 seniors, and 754 minors, and the demolition of 164 properties.
The Holy Aqsa Moque
The occupation authorities continued to violate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the year 2016, by intensifying incursions of settlers to the mosque with the support of the Occupation Forces and the government, in addition to the implementation of arrests and the banishments from the mosque, and storming into the mosque and attacking the people praying in it, all in order to secure these intrusions.
Wadi Hilweh Information Center also detected the storming of 15878 settlers into Al-Aqsa Mosque during the past year, through the Mughrabi Gate, which its keys are controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of the city of Jerusalem in 1967. The occupation authorities allow settlers to desecrate Al Aqsa throughout the week except on Fridays and Saturdays, under the guise of “foreign tourism”, this occurs on a two period interval, morning and after (Al Dhuhur) noon prayer, guarded by Israeli Special Forces and members of the police.
The Information Center explained that the most months of incursions were as follows: the month of October 2933 settlers invaded, since it coincided with three Jewish holidays which are “Kippur, the Jewish New Year and Sukkot”, the month of April 1868 settlers invaded, because it coincided with the “Jewish Passover”, the month of December 909 settlers invaded because it coincided with the “Fesitval of Lights- Hanukkah”, the month of August 1811 settlers invaded, because it coincided with “the memory of the destruction of the alleged temple”, and the month of June 1282 settlers invaded because it coincided with what is called the anniversary of occupying Jerusalem and the” anniversary of the descent of the Torah”.
Last May, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who is also a Knesset member from the "Likud" party stormed into Al Aqsa, and in the month of September he performed his religious rituals at Cotton Merchants' Gate- one of Al Aqsa Mosque gates. Glick stormed the mosque after Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu confirmed the importance of continuing the prevention of Knesset members and ministers from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish holiday period.