The Israeli occupation authorities escalated the perpetration of human rights violations in Jerusalem during November 2021, as an Israeli attempt to impose new incidents in the Damascus Gate area leading to the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque emerged. The Jerusalemites responded to these measures with daily confrontations that left dozens of injuries and detainees.
In the monthly report monitoring the Israeli attacks in Jerusalem, Europeans for al-Quds monitored the Israeli army’s perpetration of 509 violations varied between 14 types of human rights violations.
The report documented 42 shooting incidents and direct aggression by the Israeli occupation forces in the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem, which resulted in the death of two civilians, one of whom was a child.
On November 17, the child Omar Ibrahim Abu Asab, 16, from Al-Isawiya, was shot dead by an Israeli settler on Al-Wad Road leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, claiming he was trying to carry out a stabbing attack. After he was shot by the Israeli occupation forces in the Bab al-Silsila area, one of the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, after he carried out a shooting attack that killed an Israeli settler and wounded 3 others, including 2 Israeli soldiers.
In addition, 20 civilians were shot and dozens suffocated, in addition to assaulting and harassing many citizens.
The report documented that the occupation forces carried out 152 incursions into towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem, during which they arrested 108 citizens, including 4 women and at least 6 children.
During this month, the occupation forces escalated the systematic destruction operations against the homes and properties of Palestinians. The report monitored 31 demolitions and the distribution of notices, which resulted in the destruction of 11 homes and residential buildings, and the destruction of 13 facilities, as well as decisions to evict and demolish many other buildings, putting dozens of families at risk of homelessness.
Europeans for al-Quds also monitored 7 decisions, which included the confiscation of Palestinian lands, obligating the occupation schools to carry out incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, planning to open Al-Aqsa to settlers during the month of Ramadan, and approving the construction of a new settlement neighborhood and building a new police station in Jerusalem.
Al-Aqsa Mosque remains at the focus of Israeli targeting, through repeated incursions by the occupation forces and settlers on the one hand, and operations to prevent restoration and obstacles in the way of the arrival of Muslim worshipers on the other hand.
During this month, 3,817 settlers participated in the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was repeated over 22 days, with two periods per day.
The Israeli occupation police continued to implement the policy of deportation from Al-Aqsa Mosque or the city of Jerusalem. 11 decisions of expulsion from Al-Aqsa Mosque or the towns and neighborhoods of Jerusalem were issued during this month.
The settlers also continued to carry out attacks against the citizens of occupied Jerusalem. During this month, Europeans for al-Quds also documented 9 attacks carried out by settlers, which resulted in the injury of many citizens and damage to many vehicles and property.
The Israeli occupation forces continued their attacks on public liberties, and obstructed the work of press crews in Jerusalem. During this month, the report monitored 3 cases of violating freedoms, represented in the suppression of two peaceful gatherings and the imposition of residency on the governor of Jerusalem.
The report concluded that the Israeli occupation forces continue the policy of escalation and aggression in the city of Jerusalem, through a policy of arrest, incursions, massive demolitions, and the use of excessive force, as part of a systematic policy to impose a fait accompli, perpetuating the Judaization of the city, and re-changing its geographical and demographic character.
Europeans for al-Quds Association warned of the dangerous repercussions of the escalatory Israeli policy in Jerusalem, calling on the international community to move quickly to pressure Israel to stop its aggressions, undo the implementation of forced displacement plans and put an end to the massive violations of human rights.
It also sent a message to the European Union countries to stand up to their responsibilities and compel the occupying power to respect international law and UN resolutions, including the Fourth Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians, and to stop the practice of state terrorism against Jerusalemite civilians and to enable them to perform their religious rituals in the mosques and churches.