September 2020…Storming Al-Aqsa…arrests…demolition orders and deportations
October 5, 2020

Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for the month of September 2020, during which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the occupation authorities continued to carry out daily arrests from towns and neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and the occupation municipality continued the policy of demolishing and distributing demolition notices in the city, despite the Israeli government’s announcement of a "general closure" to limit the spread of the Corona virus, since the 18th of September.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Settlers' incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque continued, through Dung Gate, whose keys have been controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of Jerusalem, and more than 1580 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa last month.

In mid-September, Al-Aqsa witnessed an increase in the number of intruders during the "Hebrew New Year" and the "Jewish Yom Kippur" holiday. The settlers deliberately stormed Al-Aqsa with their religious clothing designated for special occasions and holidays, and they performed public prayers guarded by the occupation forces. The "alleged temple groups" also provided semantic Judaization explanations of the Temple in several locations in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

On the 26th of last month, the occupation police prevented worshipers from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the Friday Noon prayers, and allowed only the residents of the Old City to enter it. The Islamic Endowments Department estimated the number of those who managed to enter the mosque at about 1,500 worshipers only, and the police set up checkpoints at all gates of the Old City and were deployed in the streets and roads leading to Al-Aqsa, under the pretext of "limiting the spread of the Corona virus", and worshipers performed prayers at the gates of the Old City as part of the preventive measures.

The police also issued fines for Jerusalemites under the pretext of "exceeding the permissible area and moving away from the place of residence," as they set the permissible distance of 1000 meters.

In another escalation, the occupation authorities installed sensors and speakers over the walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Pursuing the governor of Jerusalem

In September, the occupation authorities issued 3 military decisions against the governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, the first preventing him from communicating with 51 Palestinian figures, headed by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister, leaders and activists for a period of 6 months, the second imposing house-arrest on him in Silwan and preventing him from leaving it.Also, a decision was also renewed to prevent him from carrying out any activities under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem. The decision includes: collecting or distributing funds except for donation activities for those in need only, holding organizational meetings, holding seminars or meetings.

 

Arrests

The occupation authorities continued to carry out arrests of young men from the towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored 117 arrests from the city, including 19 boys and 3 women. The arrests were concentrated in the village of Issawiya, the Old City and Al-Aqsa, and the town of Silwan.

The Ofer Military Court confirmed the administrative ruling against the Jerusalemite deputy, Ahmed Attoun, who has been deported from Jerusalem for a period of 4 months.

The occupation authorities continued to pursue the freed prisoners, issuing a decision to prevent the freed prisoner, Yacoub Abu Asab, from traveling, and then to confiscate 21,000 shekels, according to a decision by former Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, on the pretext that he received money from "hostile parties, which encourages them to terror and carry out attacks."

The occupation forces also stormed the house of the freed prisoner, Shuaib Abu Sneineh, in Silwan,and confiscated anamount of money from his home, in addition to summoning his wife for investigation; he was deported to the Gaza Strip.

In early September, the occupation intelligence handed over the freed prisoner, Salah Hammouri, a decision requiring "the intention of the Minister of Interior in the occupation government to withdraw his residency in Jerusalem", under the pretext that he is" posing a threat to the security of the occupation state and disloyalty to it, and his activity in the Popular Front"; the intelligence gave him 30 days to object to the decision. The decision came 4 years after his family was separated, after his wife was deported to France and prevented from returning to her home in Jerusalem.

The Ministry of Interior also handed over the released prisoner, Mohammad Ajlouni, 32, a decision to deport his wife from Jerusalem, after the reunification request that he submitted several years ago was rejected on the pretext that he poses a security threat to the occupation state.

Last month, the police issued dozens of fine to Jerusalemites, worth 500 shekels each, under the pretext of violating the measures to prevent the spread of Corona virus, by moving away from the place of residence or not adhering to the wearing of the muzzle. The fines were concentrated for worshipers who were able to arrive and pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of "moving away from their place of residence for a distance exceeding 1000 meters", and the police stormed a" tribal Atwa"in the town of Silwan, and issued financial violations for a number of those present.

The occupation authorities imposed under house arrest in Beit Haninaon the wife of the Secretary of the Fatah movement in Jerusalem, pending a decision on the issue of "revoking her residency" from the city of Jerusalem. The occupation authorities withdrew the residency from Mrs. Mattour on the pretext of "the danger her husband poses to the security of the state."

Deportation orders

The occupation authorities continued to issue deportation orders against Palestinians. The Center monitored 32 deportation orders, one of them from Jerusalem, another from the Old City of Jerusalem, and the rest from Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Demolition

In September, the occupation municipality continued its policy of demolishing houses in Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit, despite the difficult economic conditions in the city due to the Corona pandemic.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the demolition of 22 facilities: 13 housing units, 8 commercial facilities, and 1 barracks for livestock.

The demolitions were mainly concentrated in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber.

The occupation municipality continued to distribute demolition notices and summons to Jerusalemites to follow up with the municipality, under the pretext of building without a permit. In mid-September, the municipality staff placed a demolition order on Al-Qa’qa’ Mosque in Silwan, noting that it was built with donations from the area's residents about 8 years ago and was expanded two years ago by building the second floor to serve the residents of the neighborhood who are more than 7,000people; all five daily prayers are held in the mosque.

Eviction notices

The Israeli Supreme Court issued a decision to evacuate the family of Izzat Salah from their home in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan, in favor of the Elad Settlement Association, and gave them until 5/11/2020 to implement the eviction decision. The court also ruled a compensation for the Salah family for being a “protected tenant” in the property.

The Magistrate Court also issued an eviction decision requiring the Rajabi family to evict their building in Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan in favor of the Ateret Cohanim settlement group, under the pretext that the land has been owned by Jews since 1881.

Closures on "Yom Kippur"

On the 28th of last month, the occupation authorities closed the entrances to Jerusalemite towns and streets completely, on the "Jewish Day of Atonement" (Yom Kippur), and imposed a situation similar to a curfew in some areas of the city, especially in the areas close to Israeli settlements.