Al-Aqsa under siege…arrests, isolations, raids and assaults
September 2, 2015

For the second consecutive week, the occupation authorities continue their siege on Al-Aqsa Mosque amid complete Arab and Islamic silence. Iron barriers… The occupation authorities established police checkpoints at Al-Aqsa gates and placed iron barriers in the aisles leading to it. They prevented all women, some youth and some men from entering for no reason. The police checked the men’s IDs and detained them before allowing them to enter Al-Aqsa. They also checked the IDs of the Islamic Awqaf Department’s employees. A sit-in at Al-Silsileh Gate… To affirm the “right to worship and the Islamic identity of Al-Aqsa”, the people prevented from entering demonstrated at Al-Aqsa gates especially near Al-Silsileh Gate and chanted for Al-Aqsa; they performed the “Need Prayer and Al-Duha Prayer”. They raised banners saying “I have the right to enter Al-Aqsa” and chanted “Al-Aqsa is ours, ours O Muslims…you occupiers don’t have a temple here…we sacrifice our blood and soul for Al-Aqsa”. They denounced the Arab and Islamic silence for what’s happening at Al-Aqsa and confirmed that the occupation government successfully implemented the “temporal division” of Al-Aqsa as their armed forces prevent Muslims from entering and provide settlers with full protection during their break-ins. Assault… The forces assaulted and pushed the Marabouts at Al-Aqsa Gates especially the women who refused to leave and insisted to come every day to Al-Aqsa. Arrests… The forces arrested Khader Ajloni and Mohammad Mahmoud Razem near Al-Silsileh Gate. Isolations from Al-Aqsa… The police isolated the 17-year old Obada Najib and the 16-year old Abdel Karim Haddad from Al-Aqsa Mosque for two months. Raiding Mosques The occupation’s intelligence raided the mosques of Al-Aqsa and took pictures. Settlers’ break-ins On Wednesday, 36 settlers broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung Gate protected by the Israeli forces.