Europeans for al-Quds addresses European Parliament members on the Israeli grave violations in East Jerusalem, calling for an urgent intervention to pressure Israel to stop its aggression; guarantee freedom of worship in Al-Aqsa Mosque; stop imposing a new fait accompli on Al-Aqsa Mosque, and end all these gross violations of human rights in the Palestinian territories.
The Organization indicated that since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, a special month of religious value for Muslims, East Jerusalem has witnessed massive Israeli human rights violations, which began with daily suppression of Palestinian gatherings in the Damascus Gate area, where dozens were injured and arrested.
The Israeli forces imposed severe obstacles and restrictions on the Muslim worshipers from the West Bank and neighbourhoods of Jerusalem to impede their attempt to reach Al-Aqsa Mosque, limiting the ages of people allowed to access Al-Aqsa and confiscating their identity cards.
At the dawn of the second Friday of Ramadan, and in a dangerous escalation, as the Israeli forces invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque. They launched systematic repression operations for over 6 hours, including shooting live ammunition inside the Mosque’s courtyards and chapels. As a result, some 160 citizens, including journalists, paramedics, and the Mosque guards, were seriously injured. This day witnessed one of the most significant mass arrests in recent years, as 470 Palestinians, including children and women, who were beaten and insulted, were then arrested from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Organization confirmed that in the current days and throughout the days of the Jewish Passover holiday, the Israeli occupation repeatedly raided Al-Aqsa Mosque. It systematically attacked Muslim worshipers under the pretext of securing protection for thousands of settlers during their storming of the Mosque, in one of the most prominent signs of the apartheid regime. The repression has raised the number of injured Palestinian to more than 220 injuries.
During these days, the occupation sought to empty the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards of Muslim worshipers to be purely for the settlers. This reflects the Israeli tendencies to impose the temporal and spatial division between Jews and Muslims in the Mosque, which could significantly destabilize the entire region.
Despite the prior announcement that settlers’ incursions would stop on the third Friday of Ramadan, the Israeli forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and repeated the repression, shooting, sound and gas bombs, injuring 31 Palestinians, including 3 journalists and a paramedic, and arrested one of the injuries.
The Israeli violations against the city of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are a blatant example of apartheid run by Israel, as previously proven by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the Organization added.