September 2021…Martyrs in Jerusalem…wide incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque…arrests and demolitions
October 6, 2021

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center issued its monthly report for the month of September 2021, during which it monitored the Israeli violations in the city of Jerusalem.

The center said that the occupation authorities and settlers continued the violations and attacks on the holy sites, Jerusalemites and their property in the city during the month of September; daily incursions into Al-Aqsa, multiple arrest campaigns, and the demolition of facilities continued.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

The "alleged temple groups" increased their daily incursions and collective prayers at Al-Aqsa, during last September, to celebrate the successive Jewish holidays "the Hebrew New Year / Yom Kippur / Sukkot holiday ". The number of intruders reached 6801 settlers and students of religious institutions, and among them was Knesset members and rabbis.

The incursions took place through the Dung Gate, whose keys have been controlled by the occupation authorities since the occupation of Jerusalem, in the form of large and successive groups, heavily guarded by members of the occupation forces, officers and intelligence, who were deployed in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the “morning and afternoon incursions periods”, and they also accompanied the settlers during the incursions.

Most of the intruders performed public and collective prayers in Al-Aqsa, and the "temple groups" announced that they had blown the trumpet during the storming of Al-Aqsa on the "Hebrew New Year's Day", while a group of settlers brought "palm fronds / the fruits of the feast of the throne" to Al-Aqsa and performed prayers during that. The Israeli flag was raised twice in the mosque at the end of the Sukkot holiday. The occupation police facilitatedthe settlers’ incursions into Al-Aqsa, and tightened its presence and deployment at all its gates from the outside, and forced the arrivals to Al-Aqsa to hand over their IDs at the gates before entering, and also arrested and expelled the young men and girls from Al-Aqsa during the periods of incursion.

The occupation authorities continued to issue deportation decisions, as the Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored 27 deportation decisions: 19 of them were deported from Al-Aqsa, 7 from the Old City, and 1 from the city of Jerusalem, and the deportation periods ranged from a week to 6 months.

The occupation authorities also continued to prevent West Bank residents from reaching Al-Aqsa, especially on Fridays, as they detained and deported hundreds of them during the month of September after arresting and detaining them at the gates of the Old City or the gates of Al-Aqsa.

On the 10thof last September, the occupation forces, with different units, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, during a sit-in in Al-Aqsa after Friday prayers, in support of the prisoners, and carried out tours in its courtyards and executed arrests.

Martyrs

In September, two Palestinians were martyred at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the pretext of attempting to carry out stabbing attacks against members of the occupation police:

On 10-9-2021, Hazem al-Julani, from the town of Beit Hanina, was martyred at Al-Majles Gate from the outside, under the pretext of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack against members of the occupation police. 

On 30-9-2021, Israa Khuzaymah, from the town of Qabatya in Jenin governorate, was martyred at Al-SilsilehGate from the outside.

The occupation authorities continue to detain the bodies of 6 Jerusalemite martyrs in refrigerators: the body of the martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih (since October 2016), the body of the martyr Fadi al-Qunbar (since January 2017), the martyr of the martyr Aziz Aweisat (since May 2018), the bodies of the martyrs Shaher Abu Khadija and Zuhdi al-Tawil (since May 2021), and the body of the martyr Hazem Al-Julani (since September 2021).

Arrests

The occupation authorities continued their campaign of arrests in the city of Jerusalem, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center monitored 187 arrests in Jerusalem, including the arrest of two children “less than 12 years old / under the age of responsibility”, and the arrest of 56 minors, 9 females, including two minors.

The arrests were concentrated in the villages of Al-Tur, Silwan, Issawiya, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Damascus Gate area.

Among the detainees were the director of the “Young Muslim Women's School” in Jerusalem and a number of employees, after the occupation forces stormed the school, searched it and intimidated its students on September 1st.

Demolition

The Israeli municipality continued its demolitions in the city of Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit. The center monitored 5 demolitions in the city, “houses or parts of houses” carried out by their owners in order to avoid imposing financial fines and demolition fees to be paid to municipality crews. The demolitions were carried out in Silwan, Jabal Al-Mukabber and Beit Hanina.

In September, the Nature and Parks Authority and Municipal Authority crews began implementing the “Biblical Garden” project inside the land of the Martyrs’ Cemetery, adjacent to Al-Yusufiya cemetery in Jerusalem, by placing iron plates and dirt to prevent burial inside the cemetery, in preparation for defining paths in the area to overlook the Mount of Olives, one of the paths in the vicinity of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The settlers carried out their attacks with sharp tools, beatings, suffocation and verbal abuse against a number of Jerusalemites, the most prominent of which were against the citizens Mamdouh Zahdeh, Mohammad Abu Nab, and Samir Mujahed.