Europeans for al-Quds: 949 Israeli violations in Jerusalem during July

The European for al-Quds organization has confirmed that Israeli violations in the occupied city of Jerusalem have seen a significant increase, with 949 violations documented during last July, 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 17 categories of human rights violations. The highest categories were raids at 42.2% and arrests at 17.1%.

The report documented 65 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 18 citizens, as well as at least 37 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 July. The report states that the IOF carried out 399 raids on Palestinian towns and neighborhoods in Jerusalem, arresting 162 Palestinians, including 34 children and 3 women, and summoning 26 others. In addition, 25 were placed under house arrest.

The report also documented 37 demolitions during which the occupying forces destroyed 25 housing units, including 20 houses and apartments. Among them were 8 demolitions that forced owners to self-demolish, in addition to the demolition of 5 facilities.

The IOF also seized the house of the Sub Laban family in Aqabat al-Khalidiyah in the Old City, evicted its residents, and handed it over to settlers, following a years-long legal battle in which the Israeli judiciary colluded with the settlers.

The IOF continued to perpetuate settlement and Judaization.

The report documented 5 projects and decisions of a settlement and Judaization nature, which included building hundreds of settlement units, establishing a settlement outpost, and implementing a Judaization project in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, as stated in the report.

The report also referred to Israeli reports that revealed coordination and cooperation between several government ministries to monitor budgets and make efforts to implement the vision of restoring the alleged “temple” in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque. This plan involved a careful selection of “5 red cows” in accordance with the conditions stipulated in the books of Judaism. These cows were brought on a plane from the US state of Texas, following biblical teachings that dictate burning the red cow on the Mount of Olives and then scattering its ashes in front of Al-Aqsa, marking the start of the rituals of establishing the “Third Temple” and preparing for the ascent of millions of Jews to the “Temple Mount” (the biblical name for Al-Aqsa Mosque).

During the month, 6,542 settlers, accompanied by tens of thousands of tourists, entered Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was repeatedly raided for 21 days.

Israeli authorities issued 21 deportation orders from Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Old City, and the Damascus Gate.

The report documents 29 attacks carried out by settlers that resulted in injuries to many Palestinians in addition to performing Talmudic rituals.

The report also monitored 52 fixed and flying checkpoints, 3 street closures, 3 travel bans, and 2 collective punishment.

The report concluded that the IOF focused this month on attempts to Judaize the city of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The most concerning actions included the revelation of a plan to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque, repeated storming of the Bab Al-Rahma chapel with attempts to close it, ongoing demolitions and destruction, and the implementation of settlement projects as part of a systematic policy to impose a fait accompli. These actions perpetuate the Judaization of the city, alter its geographical and demographic character, and continue the policy of 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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