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Report: Israel Insists on Raiding Jerusalem's al-Aqsa

Mon 18 Apr 2022 | 12:23 PM
Nawal Sayed

Israeli forces Monday overnight detained at least 10 Palestinians in multiple raids across the West Bank, according to local media reports.

Israeli forces rounded up nine Palestinians, including two brothers, after breaking into and searching the houses of their families in Husan village, west of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, undercover Israeli forces, known as Musta'ribeen, abducted another from Sultan Suleiman Street in East Jerusalem.

This came as police barged their way into the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Wadi Hilweh, Bi‘r Ayyoub and Ein al-Louzeh in Silwan, sparking confrontations.

In Ramallah district, several military vehicles stormed Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, where the soldiers opened fire towards and chased local teens. Neither injuries nor detentions were reported though.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.

In the meantime, news about the Israeli occupation forces' raid into Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, which left many injuries among the Palestinian worshipers, hit the front pages of the three Arabic Palestinian dailies on Monday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida, al-Ayyam and al-Quds said that dozens of Muslim worshipers were arrested or hurt on Sunday early morning as Israeli occupation forces embarked on yet a fresh raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem.

The dailies said that the Israeli forces chased the worshipers and fired stun grenades and teargas randomly to empty the holy site of its Muslim worshipers in order to secure the entry of Jewish settlers wishing to celebrate Passover inside the courtyards of the mosque.

Following the raid, groups of Jewish settlers entered the holy site in the aftermath of the attack and performed provocative tours and Talmudic rituals, while Palestinians who were forced out of the holy site tried to block the alleys used by the settlers in their way to the holy site.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's remarks are utterly rejected, and are an attempt to legitimize the temporal and spatial pision of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, describing the Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque as "a dangerous escalation, the repercussions of which are to be borne by the Israeli government alone," as reported in al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-al-Quds.

The dailies reported that King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, affirmed the need for Israel to respect the historical and legal status quo at al-Aqsa mosque and to stop all illegal and provocative measures that violate that status and push towards further deterioration.

During a virtual meeting that was held to discuss the latest developments in Jerusalem, King Abdallah II ordered the Jordanian government to continue its regional and international contacts and efforts to stop the escalatory Israeli steps and to develop a pressing and influential international position to achieve this.

Al-Quds said that an Israeli settler Sunday evening ran over a 9-year-old Palestinian child in the town of Taqou to the east of Bethlehem. The forces assaulted and injured a number of Palestinian students in the town, said the papers.