3690 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during Sukkot holiday…assaults and expulsion from Al-Aqsa and the Old City of Jerusalem
October 21, 2019


Thousands of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the week of the Jewish "Sukkot" holiday.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that 3690 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the week of Sukkot holiday, which started last Sunday, 13/10/2019 until 21/10/2019, through Dung Gate, which has been controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of the city.

The center added that the incursions took place during two periods (from 7:30 am to 11:00 am, the morning session, and from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, the afternoon session) except for Friday and Saturday, under strict protection by the Israeli occupation special police, intelligence and police officers.

The center pointed out that the settlers' incursions start from Dung Gate west of the mosque towards the courtyard of Al-Qibali mosque and Al-Marwani square, then to the east wall of the mosque, at Bab Al-Rahma area, then walk along the northern wall of the mosque, then south to Al-Qataneen Gate, and out of Al-Silsileh Gate.

The Center added that hundreds of settlers performed their prayers and religious rituals in al-Aqsa squares, especially at Bab al-Rahma and Bab al-Qataneen. One of the settlers introduced "vegetable offerings / fruits of the throne to al-Aqsa" and led his prayers in Bab al-Rahma. In Al-Aqsa Square during the Eid, in public and loudly, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

The center added that hundreds of settlers performed their prayers and religious rituals in Al-Aqsa squares, especially at Bab Al-Rahma and Al-QataneenGate. One settler brought in vegetable offerings into Al-Aqsa and performed a prayer near Bab Al-Rahma. Also, a group of settlers publicly and loudly performed a prayer in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.

The center said that during the days of Sukkot holiday, the Minister of Agriculture in the Israeli government, Uri Ariel, the head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, Avi Dichter, and dozens of extremist rabbis stormed Al-Aqsa.

The center added that during Sukkot holiday, Israeli intelligence deliberately chased and photographed worshipers in Al-Aqsa squares, and prevented worshippers from sitting in the area of Bab Al-Rahma and handed many of them summons for investigation only for praying and staying in the area.

Settlers did not only storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, but they also held prayers outside the gates of Al-Aqsa, and organized a march in Al-Wad Street on Monday.

In order to secure the settlers' incursions into Al-Aqsa and their prayers at its gates, the Israeli occupation authorities suppressed the worshippers that are banned from entering Al-Aqsa following decision from the occupation government, and assaulted them as they were stationed near Al-Silsileh Gate. The forces assaulted Um Tarek Daour and bruised her, and also assaulted and arrested her son Tarek. They also arrested a young woman (Waed)from the 1948 lands and Ms. Aida Sidawi from Jerusalem.

The center explained that the Israeli occupation forces arrested Mohammed Abu Shousha and Habib Abu Shousha in the morning and released them on condition that they deported them the Old City of Jerusalem for 15 days, and expelled Ala’ Najib from Al-Aqsa for 15 days.

The Israeli authorities released Tareq Daour and the young woman (Waed) on condition of deportation from the Old City of Jerusalem for two weeks.