Thousands of worshipers flock to Al-Aqsa the day after Israeli police stormed the mosque and injured 205 Palestinians.
Tensions run high in occupied East Jerusalem as thousands of Palestinian worshipers make their way to Al-Aqsa Mosque for the holy Muslim night of Laylat al-Qadr, the day after Israeli forces stormed the holy site and injured more than 200 Palestinians.
Israel has announced that it is tightening security around the mosque compound ahead of expected protests against the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes in Jerusalem on land claimed by Jewish settlers.
Tensions mounted in the city, the occupied West Bank and Gaza throughout the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, amid growing anger over deportation orders.
Over the past few days, Israeli border guards have used skunk water, tear gas, rubber bullets and shock grenades to disperse sit-ins held in support of families threatened with eviction.
At least 205 Palestinians and 18 Israeli officers were injured in Friday’s clashes, which sparked international condemnation and calls for calm.
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A recent order to deport Palestinian families has sparked days of violent protests.
Despite international calls for restraint, protests are escalating. So why is the Sheikh Jarrah dispute so controversial?
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Arab-Israeli NGO calls for end to raids on Al-Aqsa mosque
An Arab-Israeli NGO called on senior Israeli officials to order the security forces to end their “violent incursions” into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to refrain from using excessive force against Palestinian worshipers and the medical staff.
In a letter to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and Israeli Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, Adalah’s lawyer Wesam Sharaf, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel said the incursions 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.
“The [Israeli police’s] the dispersal of prayer sessions using 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 him about his toy before it is detained by Israeli police on Saturday. Several Palestinians were arrested in occupied J’lem following the outbreak of the AlAqsa Mosque compound on the last Friday of Ramadan. pic.twitter.com/wSHGiZhhxE
– Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) May 8, 2021
‘Not $ 1’: US lawmaker calls for an end to complicity in Israeli abuses
Over the past few years, US Congresswoman Betty McCollum has attempted to spark a debate in the United States about the billions of dollars Washington sends to Israel each year.
The Minnesota Democrat wants to know more about where the money is going, while making sure Israel does not use US military aid to commit human rights violations against Palestinians.
Last month, McCollum introduced his latest bill, which seeks to secure guarantees that US aid is not used in the abuse of Palestinian children, the destruction of Palestinian property, the withdrawal of Palestinians from the West Bank occupied or Israel’s attempts to further annex Palestinian land. .
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These horrific attacks on Palestinian worshipers are part of Israel’s military plan to expel more than 500 Palestinians from their homes in illegally occupied East Jerusalem.
– Deputy Zarah Sultana (@zarahsultana) May 8, 2021
Israeli police block Israeli-Palestinian buses heading to Al-Aqsa
The head of Israel’s national police said he was stepping up forces in Jerusalem ahead of the unrest expected in the coming days after Friday’s protests.
Incredible sight: Thousands of Palestinian citizens in Israel walk towards Al-Aqsa after Israeli police block their buses. Tonight is the Night of Kadir, one of the holiest nights in Islam. The Israeli police are once again working hard to wreak havoc. pic.twitter.com/GN06QmZ4JJ
– Louis Fishman لوي فيشمان לואי פישמן (@Istanbultelaviv) May 8, 2021
Thousands of Palestinians were to return to Al-Aqsa Mosque after dark for the holy Muslim night of Laylat al-Qadr.
TV footage showed buses of Muslim worshipers from Israeli Arab towns stopped by police on the main road to Jerusalem.
News of the roadblock spread across social media, drawing hundreds of young men from nearby Arab villages and Jerusalem.