November 2017: Settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque…arresting 131 Palestinians…demolishing 10 establishments
December 3, 2017

Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for November 2017 in which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem as settlers’ break-ins into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque continued as well as arrests and demolitions.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Settlers continued breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque in November during the daily morning and afternoon break-in sessions (except for Fridays and Saturdays) that are conducted through Dung Gate which was controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of the city of Jerusalem.

In November, 2059 settlers broke into Al-Aqsa and conducted provocative tours.

The occupation authorities isolated three Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa Mosque; guards Hamzeh Nimer, Khadijeh Khweis and Hanadi Halawani. The isolation durations varied between 20 days to 6 months.

The occupation authorities also banned two young Jerusalemite men from entering any area in the West Bank for 6 months, and also banned one young man from entering the Old City of Jerusalem for one month.


The occupation municipality continued executing demolitions in the city of Jerusalem under the pretext of building without a permit. Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored the demolition of 10 establishments in the city during November in which three of them were self-demolished by their owners to avoid any fines. The establishments were as follows: four houses, two under-constructions residential buildings, warehouse, commercial facility, a farm and a barracks used for sheep.

The geographical distribution of demolitions was as follows: Esawyeh (3), Silwan (3) and one in each of Wadi Al-Joz, Um Tuba, Beit Hanina and Shu’fat.

As a result, the occupation displaced 19 individuals including 9 children.


The occupation authorities continued executing arrests in the city of Jerusalem. The center monitored the arrest of 131 Palestinians including 16 women, a girl, 52 boys and 5 children under the age of 12 – age of responsibility.

The geographical distribution of arrests was as follows: Silwan (42), Al-Tur (34), Old City of Jerusalem (14), Esawyeh (11), Beit Hanina (7), Shu’fat Refugee Camp and Anata (4) and one from each of Sur Baher, Al-Sowaneh, Wadi Al-Joz, Shu’fat, Kufor Aqab and Jabal Al-Mukabber. Also, several arrests were executed in the Old City, its streets and surroundings.

The center said that the occupation forces executed a series of arrests in the village of Al-Tur last month after raiding the village and storming locals’ houses. Towards the end of the month, the forces also arrested a group of Jerusalemites including Hatem Abdelqader, official of the Jerusalem file in Fateh movement, and other leaders and activists under the pretext of “holding events and activities for Fateh movement and the PA in Jerusalem”.

Among the detainees was the director of Zahwat Al-Quds School and three teachers. They were arrested after intelligence personnel and undercover police stormed the school and conducted a wide search.

Preventing a sports event

The occupation forces also prevented a football match between the veterans of Silwan Club and veterans of Islamic Silwan Club from being held on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Ayman Abbasi.