Jerusalem24 – While Israel claims that it is a state of justice and freedom, with the onset of the first day of Ramadan, the occupation forces attacked the worshipers after they left the Tarawih prayers near the Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem.
Local sources reported that the occupation forces were deployed in the AL-Amoud area, following confrontations between them and the youths on the site, after the residents rejected the occupation’s decisions to prevent sitting in the area.
Earlier in the night, the occupation forces carried out searches and vandalism near the Lions Gate, one of the doors of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Israeli police shut down the loudspeakers of the mosque as some 10,000 fully-vaccinated Palestinians performed their prayers on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Policemen broke into the minarets of al-Magharba and al-Asbat and cut the electric wires to the loudspeakers, removed the door of Bab al-Asbat minaret, stormed the roof of the minareta and ransacked it.
They also prevented the distribution of Iftar meals to worshippers near Bab al-Asbat, and attacked worshipers as the latter were leaving the mosque following the Taraweeh prayer.
The Islamic Endowments said that what happened in the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a dangerous matter, as the occupation authorities stormed all the minarets of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, pulled the doors off and cut all the wires connecting to the headphones, which prevented the evening prayers and Taraweeh prayers from being raised through loudspeakers on the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan. And threatening a number of endowment employees with arrest after they protested against this behavior.
Presidency Spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, slammed shutting down the loudspeakers during the Taraweeh and Isha prayers as a racist hate crime, a “racist attack on the sanctity of the holy places and the freedom of worship” as well as a “gross violation of the international human rights conventions” committed by Israeli police.
He cautioned about the consequences of “this Israeli aggressive policy which threatens to transform the conflict into endless religious war that would undermine international peace and security” and held the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for such consequences.
He called upon the international community to take serious action in order to rein in the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Islamic and Christian holy places in Jerusalem.