For the fourth consecutive Friday… Restrictions and banning the "Palestinian identity" holders from praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque
November 20, 2020


For the fourth consecutive Friday, the occupation authorities prevented Palestinians that hold a West Bank ID from praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Since the morning hours, the occupation forces were deployed in the streets of Jerusalem, specifically at the gates of Old Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, and erected iron barriers, and started checking the identities of those heading to Al-Aqsa, and prevented the holders of West Bank IDs from entering the Old City and reaching Al-Aqsa.

The occupation authorities held the identities and permits of Palestinians that were heading to Al-Aqsa, and returned most of them afterwards.

Women, children and the elderly were also prevented from reaching Al-Aqsa, after they travelling long distances and crossing checkpoints.

The occupation authorities also allocated buses and were parked in "Sultan Suleiman Street", and deported the worshipers to the military checkpoints.

A woman from the Gaza Strip explained that she arrived in Jerusalem with a treatment permit to accompany a patient, and last week and today she tried to reach Al-Aqsa to perform the Friday prayers, and despite presenting the entry permit to Jerusalem, the occupation authorities prevented her under the pretext that "the permit is intended to be in the hospital" and she cannot enter Al-Aqsa.

A 55-year-old resident of Hebron, who was detained by the occupation authorities to be deportedin their own buses, said that a month ago he managed to enter Jerusalem, but at the gates of the Old City he was prevented from reaching Al-Aqsa. He was detained in an area close to the Lions Gate and then forced to ride a bus designated by the occupation forces for their deportation, where he receives his ID and get transferred to the Rachel Dome checkpoint.

Last Friday, the occupation police issued a statement saying that it prevented 2,700 Palestinians with green IDs from entering Al-Aqsa and returned them to the checkpoints, under the pretext that it was "illegal for them to enter Jerusalem." The occupation authorities also arrested 4 vehicle drivers for transporting Palestinians "illegally." Last week (6-11-2020), about 2000 worshipers were prevented from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.