Thousands of worshipers head to Al-Aqsa the day after Israeli police stormed the mosque and injured 205 Palestinians.
Tensions are high in occupied East Jerusalem as thousands of Palestinian worshipers head to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the Muslim holy night of Laylat al-Qadr, the day after Israeli forces stormed the sacred site and wounded more than 200 Palestinians.
Israel has announced it would bolster security at the mosque grounds ahead of planned protests over the potential eviction of Palestinians from Jerusalem homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.
Tensions have risen in the city, in the West Bank and in Gaza throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, amid growing anger over eviction orders.
In recent days, Israeli border guards have used water, tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and shock grenades to disperse settlements held in support of families facing eviction.
At least 205 Palestinians and 18 Israeli officials were injured in Friday’s clashes, which sparked international condemnations and calls for calm.
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What can stop the Palestinians from being expelled from Sheikh Jarrah?
Although Sheikh Jarrah constitutes only a small part of occupied East Jerusalem, the area is a major source of tension between Palestinians and Israelis.
A recent order to evict Palestinian families has sparked days of violent protests.
Despite international calls for containment, protests are intensifying. So why is Sheikh Jarrah’s dispute so contentious?
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An Arab-Israeli NGO urges an end to raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque
An Arab-Israeli NGO has called on senior Israeli officials to order security forces to stop their “violent incursions” into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and refrain from using excessive force against Palestinian faithful and medical personnel.
In a letter to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and Israeli Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, Adalah lawyer Wesam Sharaf, the Legal Center for the Rights of Arab Minorities in Israel, said the raids were life-threatening. of the faithful and violated their right to freedom of worship.
“There is no need to exaggerate the constitutional status of the right to worship,” Sharaf wrote.
“He [Israeli police’s] the dispersal of prayer sessions with excessive force and disproportionate and abusive means constitutes a serious violation of the constitutional right of the faithful to freedom of worship, in a manifestly disproportionate manner ”.
Jehad Qaws’ daughter asks her about her toy before she is arrested by Israeli police on Saturday. Several Palestinians were rounded up in J’lem occupied after the crisis at the AlAqsa Mosque complex on the last Friday of Ramadan. pic.twitter.com/wSHGiZhhxE
– Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) May 8, 2021
“No $ 1”: US lawmaker urges end to complicity in Israeli abuses
In recent years, U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum has tried to push a debate in the United States about the billions of dollars Washington sends to Israel every year.
The Minnesota Democrat wants to know more about where the money is going, while ensuring that Israel does not use U.S. military assistance to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians.
Last month, McCollum introduced his latest bill, which seeks to ensure that U.S. aid is not used in abuses against Palestinian children, the destruction of Palestinian property, the withdrawal of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, or Israel’s attempts to further annex Palestinian land.
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These horrific attacks on the Palestinian faithful occur as the Israeli military plan to evict more than 500 Palestinians from their homes in illegally occupied East Jerusalem.
– Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) May 8, 2021
Israeli police are blocking Israeli-Palestinian buses heading to Al-Aqsa
Israel’s national police chief announced he was stepping up forces in Jerusalem ahead of planned riots in the coming days following Friday’s protests.
Incredible view: Thousands of Palestinian citizens in Israel walk to Al-Aqsa after Israeli police block their buses. Tonight is the night of Kadir, one of the holiest nights of Islam. Israeli police are working hard again to cause chaos. pic.twitter.com/GN06QmZ4JJ
– Louis Fishman Louis Fishman (@Istanbultelaviv) May 8, 2021
Thousands of Palestinians were expected to return to the Al-Aqsa Mosque after nightfall for the holy Muslim night of Laylat al-Qadr.
Television footage showed buses of Muslim worshipers from Israeli Arab cities being stopped by police on the main road to Jerusalem.
The news of the roadblock spread on social media and attracted hundreds of young people from nearby Arab villages and Jerusalem.