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Europeans for al-Quds: Israel Exploits Gaza War to Impose New Fait Accompli in Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem

The occupation forces continue to exploit their bloody war on the Gaza Strip, ongoing for eight months, to escalate violations in occupied Jerusalem. They have been attacking Jerusalemites and holy sites, continuing attempts to Judaize and impose a new reality in the city of Jerusalem and at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Data monitored by the Europeans for al-Quds Organization in its monthly report for May showed that the Israeli occupation forces committed 634 violations across 17 types of human rights violations. The majority of these violations are complex. At the forefront of these were incursions and raids, accounting for 44.0%, followed by arrests at 16.2%.

Europeans for al-Quds documented 41 shooting incidents and direct attacks by Israeli occupation forces in the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem. These incidents resulted in the death of 17-year-old Nour Nizar Shihabi after he attempted a stabbing attack, the injury of a woman, and dozens suffering from suffocation. Additionally, at least 17 citizens were beaten and abused.

The report indicated that the occupation forces use detention against Jerusalemites as a tool of punishment and intimidation without any pretext or legal reason. The occupation forces documented 279 storming operations into the towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem, during which they arrested 103 citizens, including 10 children and 5 women. They also summoned 17 others and imposed house arrest on 9 citizens.

In terms of demolition operations, the report documented 32 demolitions affecting 9 homes, including 6 self-demolished by their owners, and 23 facilities. Additionally, there were several notices and demolition decisions against homes and other facilities.

The report highlighted the settlers’ seizure of the property of 7 families in the Bir al-Maskoub Bedouin community near Khan al-Ahmar after their forced displacement at gunpoint.

During this month, the report documented three decisions and procedures aimed at consolidating the Judaization of settlements and occupied Jerusalem. Notably, these included the construction of an Oz police station atop Turmos Hill overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque, demolition notices for expanding a settlement street on the road linking the Jaba and Qalandiya checkpoints, and the opening of a settlement outpost on the lands of the displaced village of Saraa.

According to the report, 4,277 settlers and hundreds of tourists participated in the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, an event repeated over 22 days. Five other central violations of the occupation were monitored, most notably the increased period of settlers’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the storming by extremist minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to implement the policy of deportation from Al-Aqsa Mosque or the city of Jerusalem, issuing eight deportation decisions during this month.

Settlers also continued their attacks against citizens in occupied Jerusalem. The report documented 11 attacks carried out by settlers, including assaults on citizens and their property and acts of incitement.

The report monitored 54 fixed and sudden checkpoints, four violations related to freedom of journalistic work and public liberties, and three cases of collective punishment.

The occupation forces also continue to violate the economic, social, and cultural rights of Jerusalemites. During this month, the occupation forces imposed many violations on shop owners and imposed fines on them.

The report highlighted that on May 30, 2024, the occupation authorities asked UNRWA to vacate its main headquarters in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, east of Jerusalem, within a month due to “using the land without the approval of the Israel Lands Department,” as part of its attempts to end the work of the UN agency by delisting the refugee issue.

The report documented four violations affecting the freedom of worship of Christians in Jerusalem, including obstructing their arrival, erecting barriers, arresting the Greek consul’s guard, and restricting the access of participants in Holy Saturday celebrations.

The report calls on the international community to bear responsibility towards the city of Jerusalem and its Palestinian population, to protect them as residents of an occupied area in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly, and to acknowledge that Jerusalem is under international responsibility according to Resolution 181 issued by the United Nations General Assembly.

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