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The cost of infringing upon Al-Aqsa

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Maher Abu Tair (Photo: Jordan News)
There are some who criticize our focus on Jerusalem as though we forget Haifa or Jaffa and Nazareth, among other Palestinian cities, but we never forget. Rather, Jerusalem has an exceptional status for a number of reasons.اضافة اعلان

Jerusalem maintains its historical and religious stature, and the Israeli project wishes to change the city’s social, cultural, and religious identity by all means necessary. Among these means are the confiscation of land and property, revoking the residence permits of Jerusalemites, infringing upon Al-Aqsa and Judaizing various sites across the holy city with a view of consolidating its sovereignty thereover. The occupation will not rest until it has made completed its project for the city.

The Israeli project, no matter how large it grows, does not have the qualifications for survival and the reasons for its eventual demise are obvious; most notably is that Palestinians have remained and will remain in Palestine, whether in coastal cities, the West Bank, Gaza, or Jerusalem. All those who have been besieged, forced to adapt, or threatened with expulsion are staying, because the Israeli state is impure, according to Israeli religious beliefs. No matter how brutal these measures become, the Palestinian people will not be disposed of, who across generations has learned that the cost of another migration would be too high.

What we have witnessed in Jerusalem over the past few days is just a microcosm of what can happen later, should Israel violate Al-Aqsa again. Israel counting on the silence of Palestinians, their fear for their lives and livelihoods, or even for their “temporary residence” as the occupation phrases it, is a losing bet.

Despite all the changes that Israel continues to make in Jerusalem, around half-a-million Palestinians still live in the city. Those, combined with the people of Palestine who stayed post-1948 are a force to be reckoned with; one which Israel can never overcome.

When Israel supports fringe religious groups and allows them to infiltrate Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Ramadan and attack worshippers, or when the occupation forces beat them and infringe upon Al-Aqsa, they rejuvenate Palestinians’ anger. The temporary state of silence that we used to see in Jerusalem does not signify that Jerusalemites have yielded to the occupation. The greatest indication of this is the vehement reaction to all Israeli actions in Palestine. 

Tampering with Al-Haram Al-Sharif has repercussions and a cost that surpasses the borders of Jerusalem into other nations because the religious aspect at play is clear as far as the significance of Islamic sites to Muslims goes.

In every Israeli attempt to identify weakness among the people of Jerusalem, it discovers that the city is still alive through its people. A Jerusalemite is capable of withstanding personal or physical damage, such as wounds or the destructions or her or his home. But when it comes to Al-Aqsa, they transform completely with the knowledge that Al-Aqsa possess its own religious status. 

The occupation’s recent assault on Al-Aqsa and its worshippers over the past few days have served as evidence that normalization on the part of Israel is still very limited. Additionally, the situation in Jerusalem and the West Bank may push back the Palestinian elections. The issue may later become subject a process of internationalization, meaning it would no longer be limited to Palestine and Israel, leading to a broader scope of interaction from external parties.

If Palestinian demographics are among the reasons of Israel’s impending demise, Al-Aqsa Mosque is another. Israel today does not possess absolute power or capabilities. It is enough for it to lay in the midst of 1–1.5 billion Arabs and Muslims, who perceive it as an enemy, only to then attack Al-Aqsa and fuel their animosity even more. 

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