Pictures…Three Martyrs…closing Al-Aqsa Mosque…preventing the Call for Prayer…Prayers in the streets…arrests
July 14, 2017

The occupation authorities closed on Friday morning Al-Aqsa Mosque since the morning hours after the armed clash that broke out into its courtyards between three young Palestinian men and Israeli policemen. The authorities prevented the Call for Prayer and prevented the employees of the Islamic Awqaf department from entering the mosque; 58 employees were arrested.

Armed clash and the martyrdom of three young men

On Friday early morning, three young Palestinian men from Um Al-Fahem in the 1948 lands were martyred after carrying out a shooting attack inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque which led to the death of two Israeli policemen.

The Martyrs are: Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad Jbareen (29), Mohammad Hamed Abdellatif Jbareen (19) and Mohamamd Ahmad Mifdel Jbareen (19).

According to witnesses, the martyrs were engaged in an armed clash with the Israeli forces near Hutta Gate and then moved to the courtyard of the Rome of the Rock where they were shot and martyred.

Closures and arresting 58 employees of the Islamic Awqaf department

The occupation forces closed all the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem and imposed a complete siege in the area. Dozens of forces were deployed inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa and the road leading to it. Worshippers that were inside Al-Aqsa were ordered to leave the courtyards and were detained inside Al-Qibali Mosque while the forces stormed into the Mosque’s rooms and facilities.  

The forces broke into the “ablution” area and damaged its contents as explained by Rami Khatib from Al-Awqaf department.

One young man who was inside Al-Aqsa explained that the forces detained them inside Al-Qibali Mosque, searched them and seized their cell phones and IDs and conducted field interrogations; the forces broke-in the mosque in their military uniforms and weapons.

The Islamic Awqaf department confirmed that closing Al-Aqsa and preventing Muslims from entering is an unprecedented dangerous event that had not happened since the occupation of Jerusalem.

The forces arrested 58 employees of the Islamic Awqaf departments as explained by the head of media and public relations at Al-Awqaf, Firas Dibs, and transferred them for interrogation at Al-Maskobyeh.

Lawyer Ma’moon Hashim explained that the court extended the arrest of three employees until next Monday, they are: Ayman Khaldi, Majed Tamimi and Tarek Sandouka.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation intelligence released most of the detainees except for those mentioned above and they were interrogated regarding the shooting incident and recording what happened afterwards knowing that the forces seized all their cell phones.

Prayers in the streets…assaulting Muslims

Following the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, hundreds of Palestinians performed that Friday Noon Prayer in the streets of Jerusalem and at the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The forces arrested the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestinian lands, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, after the Friday Prayer in the area of Lions Gate and released him after several hours from Al-Maskobyeh police center; he signed a 10-thousand NIS bail.

 During the arrest, the forces assaulted the worshippers and pushed them.

In the area of Damascus Gate, the forces assaulted the worshippers and used force to isolate them from the area. They placed iron barriers in the area to prevent them from praying.

Amjad Abu Asab, head Jerusalemite detainees and families prisoners committee, explained that the forces arrested Narmeen Rabah Abu Meizar, Aseel Rabah Abu Meizar, Asma’ Abu Meizar, Rabah Abu Meizar and Mohammad Abu Shousheh from the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday afternoon. Abu Asab also said the forces assaulted and severely beat Abu Shousheh.

The forces arrested Dr. Mohammad Jadallah, member of the National Labor Authority in Jerusalem, after raiding his house in the village of Bet Safafa and extended his arrest until presenting his to court on charges of incitement following the incident.

Silwan

The forces arrested Othman Qaraeen and Laith Nakhleh from Al-Farouq neighborhood in Silwan.

Molotov Cocktails were thrown towards the settlers’ guards’ vehicle in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh, Silwan. The forces raided the area and randomly fired sound grenades.