An Israeli police officer walks in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque holding a liquor bottle
September 9, 2018

the Minister of Agriculture storms Al-Aqsa…arrests and deportations

An Israeli police officer brought a bottle of wine to Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, and dozens of settlers stormed the mosque to celebrate the "Jewish New Year".

Wadi Hilweh Information Center learned that an Israeli police officer brought a bottle of wine and toured the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, during which the guards confronted him and forced him to remove it from Al-Aqsa.

Sheikh Azzam Khatib, Director General of the Islamic Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Affairs Department, said that this violation is a new and dangerous violation added to the series of violations by the occupation police in Al-Aqsa. He directly demandedthe head of the police at Al-Aqsa to completely remove this officer from Al-Aqsa noting that their job is to maintain security outside the gates of Al-Aqsa in accordance with the pre-1967 and post-1967 legal and historical situation.

Raids

Dozens of settlers broke into Al-Aqsa in the form of successive groups through Dung Gate during the morning and afternoon break-in sessions including the Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel.

The Islamic Awqaf department explained that 306 settlers stormed the mosque.

The settlers carried out their collective prayers in Al-Aqsa courtyards under full protection by the Israeli police who accompanied them during the incursions.

Arrests

Israeli police arrested Jinan Razem, Naima Ghazzawi and Mohammed Tawil as they left Al-Aqsa Mosque, and transferred them for interrogation at Al-Qishleh police station in the Old City of Jerusalem. They were banned from entering the mosque for two weeks.

The Israeli police also arrested the employee of the Islamic Awqaf Department Raed Zghayyar during his work in the courtyard of the mosque, and released him on condition of deportation for one day from the mosque.