Al-Aqsa faces heightened threat as extremists plan record infiltration

Al-Aqsa Mosque
Muslim worshippers gather in front of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (File photo: Jordan News)
The Temple Mount Faithful group are planning extensive incursions and aiming to achieve a record number of settler infiltrators into the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the commemoration of the destruction of Solomon’s temple, which falls on July 27 of this year.اضافة اعلان

Prior to this commemoration, the Temple Mount Faithful are working on mobilizing the Israeli public to participate in the large-scale collective incursion organized by the settlement groups into the Mosque, Khaberni News reported.

The extremist groups view this commemoration as a "day of renewing the covenant to remove Al-Aqsa from existence, establish the alleged temple, and make significant advancements towards that goal, seeking to impose the largest number of infiltrators each year."

Meanwhile, calls are being made in Jerusalem amongst Palestinians to gather, maintain vigilance, and perform religious seclusion in the mosque to resist these incursions.

History of incursions
In 2022, 2,200 settlers infiltrated the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate, under strict guard by the occupying police, marking the highest number in a single day since the mosque's occupation in 1967.

Usually, Israeli occupation forces precede this commemoration by carrying out arrests and expulsion campaigns against the defenders, activists, and residents of Jerusalem who are stationed at the mosque, attempting to marginalize their role in defending the mosque and allowing settlers to desecrate its courtyards without any restrictions.

Growing prejudices
Fakhri Abu Diab, a researcher specializing in Jerusalem affairs, states that the Al-Aqsa Mosque witnesses extensive collective incursions and an increase in the number of settler infiltrators, as was the case last year.

Abu Diab explains that the Israeli occupation government prioritizes Jewish holidays and events, considering the Al-Aqsa Mosque a sacred place for Jews.

He adds that this year will continue this trend, as the right-wing extremist government has become a part of the Temple Mount Faithful rather than just supporting and endorsing them. There are 16 extremist ministers out of 31 within that government, according to Safa News Agency.

He indicates that these ministers support the idea of demolishing it and replacing it with a temple, as advocated by the Temple Mount Faithful.

He warns that the danger to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the commemoration will be greater due to the extensive official support these extremist groups receive from the occupation government, and ministers and Knesset members may lead the incursions.

Measures against Al-Aqsa
According to the Jerusalemite researcher, the Israeli occupation’s measures against Al-Aqsa have not ceased, including the proposed spatial division plan by Knesset member Ayelet HaCohen. Israeli authorities are also preventing restoration and reconstruction work at the mosque, including curtailing the powers of the Islamic Waqf Department through limiting its work to overseeing the affairs of worshipers and cleaning the site only.

He emphasizes that the occupation aims disband the Jordanian guardianship and take sovereignty over Al-Aqsa, granting the Waqf's powers to the Temple Mount Faithful.

According to Abu Diab, the occupation plans to convert the eastern gate of Al-Rahma into a Jewish synagogue as a step towards altering the site and establishing a permanent foothold for settlers inside the Bab al-Rahma prayer hall.

He points out that the Israeli entity is experiencing internal divisions and crises and is trying to export these crises by attacking Palestinians and Al-Aqsa, especially since Jerusalem has become a hotbed of tension due to the continued violations and measures taken by the occupation against the people of Jerusalem.

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