Europeans for al-Quds: 844 violations and escalation of Judaization policies in Jerusalem in May

Europeans for al-Quds has warned about the gravity of the escalating Israeli policies and actions of Judaization in the city of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. These concerns reached their peak this month with a meeting of the Israeli government held beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where significant and concerning Judaization measures were decided upon.

The organization has confirmed that Israeli violations in the occupied city of Jerusalem have seen a significant increase, with 844 violations documented during last May, more than one and a half times the number recorded in the previous month.

The organization said in its monthly report that the violations were distributed across 16 categories of human rights violations. The highest categories were raids at 40.0% and arrests at 16.7%.

The report documented 66 incidents of direct shooting and assault by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem.

The report also documented the injury of 30 citizens, as well as at least 35 citizens being beaten and tortured, most of them during the invasion of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The report also documented the violations and attacks committed by IOF against Palestinians during May. The report states that the IOF carried out 344 raids on Palestinian towns and neighborhoods in Jerusalem, arresting 141 Palestinians, including 18 children and 9 women, and summoning 14 others. In addition, 37 were placed under house arrest.

The report also documented 22 demolitions during which the occupying forces destroyed 40 housing units, including houses and apartments. Among them were 10 demolitions that forced owners to self-demolish, in addition to the demolition of 6 facilities.

Furthermore, the report mentioned the decision of the occupying authorities to confiscate 200 dunams of land near the town of Hizma in Jerusalem. This confiscation was intended to expand the “Bizgat Ze’ev” settlement and establish a central biblical garden.

The report observed 11 decisions and plans aimed at altering the identity of Jerusalem and its Arab-Islamic character. The most significant among them was the meeting of the occupying government in a tunnel beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque. During this meeting, several serious decisions were made to further the process of Judaization. Additionally, a new pastoral settlement outpost named “Sde Yonatan” was established near the town of Mikhmas, and the construction of 3,399 settlement units was approved. The report also noted the conversion of the castle tower and its mosque into a Jewish museum, as well as the organization of the Flag March.

During the month, 5,996 settlers, accompanied by tens of thousands of tourists, entered Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was repeatedly raided for 23 days.

Israeli authorities issued 46 deportation orders, including 23 deportation orders from Al-Aqsa Mosque, 2 from Jerusalem, 3 from the Old City, and 3 from the Damascus Gate.

The report documents 33 attacks carried out by settlers that resulted in injuries to many Palestinians in addition to performing Talmudic rituals.

The report also monitored 66 fixed and flying checkpoints, 8 street closures, 3 travel bans, and 5 media freedom restrictions.

The report highlighted the escalation of Judaization attempts in the city of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Its features were evident in the march of settlement flags, as well as the occupation government holding a meeting in a tunnel beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque. During this meeting, decisions were made to perpetuate settlement and Judaization.

The report also pointed out that while demolitions, destruction, and the implementation of settlement projects continued as part of a systematic policy to impose a fait accompli, the Judaization of the city was being perpetuated. This policy aimed to change its geographical and demographic character while continuing the practice of racial segregation (apartheid).

Europeans for al-Quds Organization warned that these practices seek to perpetuate dealing with Al-Aqsa Mosque after it is an existing temple, by reviving all the peculiarities of the temple that have been destroyed by its collapse according to the religious narrative, a danger that transcends the temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa by jumping into the conflict over the nature and identity of Al-Aqsa.

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