Some 1944 Israeli Jewish settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque, while 133 Palestinians, including Waqf officials, 17 children, and 15 women, were banned from entering the sacred compound in February, a report issued Monday by a rights group finds.
According to the report, 520 students from Israeli Jewish colleges and Hebrew universities, Israeli Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel, and extremist Israeli MK Yehuda Glick were among those who desecrated of al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli Occupation forces intensified their violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque in a bid to crack down the popular protests that broke out in Jerusalem to reopen Bab al-Rahma building, which had been closed for 16 years.
The report noted that Israeli Occupation forces detained 229 Palestinian Jerusalemites, 170 of them were arrested between 18 and 28 February following the popular protests at al-Aqsa’s Bab al-Rahma, adding that 43 children and 12 women were among the arrested.
Israeli Occupation forces detained the head of Muslim Waqf (Endowment) Council in Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab, his deputy, Sheikh Najeh Bkerat, and the Mayor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith over defending al-Aqsa Mosque against the Israeli violations.
The report documented the demolition of 15 Palestinian buildings in Jerusalem by the Israeli authorities, including 7 buildings destroyed by their owners after being forced by Israeli Jerusalem Municipality to do so under the pretext of building without a permit.
Israeli Occupation forces drove Abu Asab’s family out of their home in Jerusalem, despite the fact that this family has been living in this house since 1952.