Al-Aqsa in Israeli schemes

Maher Abu Tair
Maher Abu Tair (Photo: Jordan News)
The slaps in the face that Israel has had to deal with since the 28th of Ramadan have left quite the impact on Israelis, their morale, their government and military strength.اضافة اعلان

Since the end of military confrontations, Israel has behaved as if it were completely victorious by facilitating more waves of break-ins into Al-Aqsa mosque. Everyone knows that the cause of latest confrontations was ongoing media campaigns since the 28th of Ramadan.

These days Israel is back to its old habits by supporting settler break-ins into Al-Haram Al-Sharif. Even though Israel has recently been very vocal about the cost of the last war, namely the cost of pursuing the release of Israeli soldiers in Gaza, the prisoner exchange deal and the cancellation of the media march planned for next Thursday, it remains persistent in its infringement upon Al-Aqsa.

Over the past few days, we have witnessed settlers enter Al-Aqsa through Al-Magharbeh gate, under the protection of the occupation’s police. Israel has also left the Sheikh Jarrah case to its judicial system, which is considering whether to pull out of the neighborhood entirely. But the Israeli justice system is any but just and supports the occupation by all legal means.

Israel is not only playing with fire, but is also instigating a new battle by tampering with Al-Aqsa, despite realizing the cost of doing so. Nonetheless, it seems adamant on projecting an image of strength and cohesion, in addition to gradually unleashing settlers to avoid the eruption of another battle in Jerusalem.

But the battle was never really over. Arrests of Palestinians are ongoing and we have also seen the arrest of media personnel and activists, most recently, Muna Al-Kurd. These wide-scale arrests are an attempt to stifle and silence the voices that can move the masses and broadcast Jerusalem’s cause to a global audience. Despite all of its efforts, Israel will not succeed in burying the Jerusalemite cause, nor its violations in the holy city.

What is needed today is an Arab-international entity that can document the latest events, specifically the murder of women, children and the elderly, assaults on holy sites, the media, and personal freedoms, in order to draft an international charter used to address international bodies, which can in turn present all the evidence at hand to the world about Israeli violations against the Palestinian people. Such a task does not have to be left to official Palestinian or Arab bodies alone, especially since activist and volunteer efforts could be more effective in revealing Israel’s true colors to the world.

Al-Aqsa mosque has sustained several attacks while the West remained unmoved, even though Israel has closed the mosque on multiple occasions, destroyed parts of it, prevented renovation and blocked worshippers from entering the mosque to pray.

How can the West claim and pretend to respect religious freedoms but sit still and watch matters unfold in the Middle East?

So long as the occupation exists, we will never rest. The case of Al-Aqsa will remain pressing, indicating that the mosque is still under threat, even if only by occupiers who have called for the demolition of the mosque during the most recent clashes. This requires us alert in monitoring Israel’s next moves regarding Al-Aqsa.

Al-Aqsa is still under the threat of Israel and its schemes.

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