[News] Israel terrorizes Ramadan worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque

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Sat Apr 16 10:46:13 EDT 2022

Israel terrorizes Ramadan worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque

Maureen Clare Murphy
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/maureen-clare-murphy>  -  15 April

Palestinians worship outside the Dome of the Rock at the al-Aqsa mosque
compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on 15 April.
ZUMA Press

Israeli occupation forces attacked Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, wounding
more than 150 Palestinians while it was filled with Ramadan worshippers on
one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

Six people sustained serious injuries during the hours-long assault on one
of the world’s most significant religious sites early Friday, according to
the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), and more than 400 were

The rights group said that the violence began after thousands of
worshippers observed dawn prayers amid a “heavy” presence of Israeli
occupation forces in the area, including on the rooftops of gates to the
mosque compound.

After the dawn prayer, Palestinians placed wooden barriers around the
al-Aqsa mosque prayer hall in anticipation of an Israeli raid, PCHR said,
and fired firecrackers towards one of the gates where Israeli forces were

“Immediately, Israeli occupation forces raided the entire mosque with
hundreds of troops” and fired live bullets, tear gas and stun grenades,
PCHR added.

Video from inside the mosque shows sound grenades exploding inside the
prayer hall and Israeli forces deploying inside:

تغطية صحفية :" بالروح بالدم نفديك يا أقصى.. هتافات الشبان الفلسطينيين في
المصلى القبلي بالمسجد الأقصى بعد اقتحامه من قبل الاحتلال"
pic.twitter.com/uICPoL0APS <https://t.co/uICPoL0APS>
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2022

تغطية صحفية: "فيديو يوثق اعتداء قوات الاحتلال وتنكيلها بالمصلين بالمصلى
القبلي في #المسجد_الأقصى
pic.twitter.com/dPf9UPcn7g <https://t.co/dPf9UPcn7g>
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2022

I long for the day when #AlAqsaUnderAttack
isn’t trending on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/nvn20TxlYg
— Bint (@PalBint) April 15, 2022

Israeli forces closed off entry to the compound, preventing access to
paramedics, and attacked mosque guards, health workers and media personnel.

Al Jazeera reported
that one of the guards was shot in the eye with a rubber-coated bullet.

PCHR said that Israeli forces, including snipers, occupied the roof of the
al-Aqsa mosque prayer hall and shattered windows so they could fire live
and rubber-coated bullets and tear gas into the house of worship.

Video shows the upper stained glass windows of the mosque’s prayer hall
being broken from outside:

تغطية صحفية: "قوات الاحتلال تحطم زجاج نوافذ المصلى القبلي وتواصل حصار
المعتكفين داخله". pic.twitter.com/0aXA2eRAVy <https://t.co/0aXA2eRAVy>
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2022

Israeli forces inside the mosque forced worshippers to lay down and
“arrested hundreds,” PCHR added, before ordering those remaining to

Video shows worshippers lying on the ground with their hands tied behind
their backs:

مصادر صحفية: "قوات الاحتلال تنفذ حملة اعتقالات في صفوف المرابطين بالمصلى
القلبي في #المسجد_الأقصى
pic.twitter.com/PgZieSnkHJ <https://t.co/PgZieSnkHJ>
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2022

Children were among those arrested:

متابعة| قوات الاحتلال المدججة بالأسلحة تعتقل طفلاً فلسطينياً خلال اقتحام
المسجد الأقصى. pic.twitter.com/rhlSyCCTDu <https://t.co/rhlSyCCTDu>
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2022

Worshippers were beaten by Israeli police while evacuating:

أمام عدسات الكاميرات ..قوات الاحتـــلال تعتدي بالهراوات على الطواقم الصحفية
والطبية في المسجد الأقصى pic.twitter.com/VfNB4WlBB2
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2022

Three paramedics were injured during the assault, including one who was
struck by a rubber-coated bullet in the neck.

Three journalists were injured, including photojournalist Rami Khatib, who
was beaten by Israeli forces wielding batons.

Al-Qastal Network reporter, Nasreen Salem, was shot in the head with a
rubber bullet while covering the events in Al-Aqsa Mosque
pic.twitter.com/Y8vQbdCQeo <https://t.co/Y8vQbdCQeo>
— AlQastal News (@QastalNewsEn) April 15, 2022

The assault on Khatib was recorded on video:

I can't wait to hear the Zionists spin on this. #Israeli
occupation forces brutally assaulting a journalist. #AlAqsaUnderAttack
pic.twitter.com/KoN1EwckX2 <https://t.co/KoN1EwckX2>
— Abier (@abierkhatib) April 15, 2022

Khatib said that his arm, as well as his camera, were broken in the attack:

المصور الصحفي رامي الخطيب: "القوات الخاصة اعتدت عليَّ بالضرب المبرح وقاموا
بكسر ذراعي والكاميرا الخاصة بي".#اقتحام_رمضان
pic.twitter.com/3PvFBG401i <https://t.co/3PvFBG401i>
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2022

Israel’s foreign ministry attempted to spin the police raid on al-Aqsa as
an effort to protect freedom of worship from “violent rioters desecrating
the site and endangering the public,” though scores of videos show the
opposite was the case.

Israeli police entered Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to disperse violent rioters
desecrating the site and endangering the public.

The mosque has now reopened for prayers. Israel continues to ensure freedom
of worship in Jerusalem.pic.twitter.com/Pur8bae36n <https://t.co/Pur8bae36n>
— Israel Foreign Ministry (@IsraelMFA) April 15, 2022

Francesca Albanese, the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on human
rights in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, stated on Friday that
“places of worship, as an extension of freedom of religion, must be
protected, especially on holy days.”

Places of worship, as an extension of freedom of religion, must be
protected, especially on holy days

Intentionally attacking civilians not taking direct part in hostilities, as
well as civilian objects that are not military objectives constitute war
crimes under the ICC Statute pic.twitter.com/u6Xbavc2j0
— Francesca Albanese (@FranceskAlbs) April 15, 2022

She added that intentional attacks on civilians constitute war crimes under
the Rome Statute founding the International Criminal Court.

That body opened up an investigation into war crimes in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip last year.

Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the imam of al-Aqsa, called
the Israeli siege “a premeditated and orchestrated attack” that aimed to
accommodate a raid on the holy site by Israeli extremists during the
Passover holiday that begins Friday evening.

Earlier in the week, an extremist Israeli group that seeks the destruction
of the mosque and its replacement with a Jewish temple offered a cash prize
for any attempted animal sacrifices at the al-Aqsa compound during Passover.

On Thursday, Israel arrested six people
on suspicion that they intended to perform such a ritual at the holy site.

Following the siege on al-Aqsa, the director of the mosque, Sheikh Omar
al-Kiswani, called on worshippers to gather at the holy site “to perform
Friday prayers and defend it”:

مدير المسجد الأقصى الشيخ عمر الكسواني: "ندعو لشد الرحال للمسجد الأقصى من
أجل أداء صلاة الجمعة فيه والدفاع عنه".#اقتحام_رمضان
pic.twitter.com/24ycH0aSdl <https://t.co/24ycH0aSdl>
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2022

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’ political office, said
<https://alqassam.ps/arabic/news/details/17478> on Friday that Palestinians
and Muslims would defend and protect al-Aqsa “at any price.”

A similar Israeli assault on the holy site during Ramadan last year sparked
a military confrontation between resistance factions in Gaza, led by Hamas,
and Israel.

More than 250 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 67 children, were
during the 11 days of intense violence that followed. Palestinian armed
groups meanwhile fired thousands of rockets from Gaza during the fighting,
killing around a dozen people in Israel.

On Friday, Palestinians in Gaza protested
the Israeli attack on al-Aqsa earlier that day and deadly repression
throughout the West Bank in recent weeks. Some called on Palestinian
resistance factions to respond to the occupation violence.

Palestinians in Gaza reportedly headed to shops to stock up on essentials
in anticipation of a possible major Israeli attack on the besieged

My family WhatsApp group is suddenly about possible Israeli full-scale
aggression. People in Gaza are heading to shops to buy essentials. Meetings
are canceled from diaries. Constant trauma. Every single Ramadan, Israel's
violence intensifies.
— Malaka  (@MalakaShwaikh) April 15, 2022

Tens of thousands of worshippers reportedly prayed at al-Aqsa without major
incident on Friday afternoon.

Israel imposed a lockdown on Palestinian movement from the West Bank and
Gaza Strip at the outset of Passover, as is typical during major Israeli
Israel kills teen near Jenin

Also on Friday, a Palestinian child died from injuries
sustained the previous day during an arrest raid in Kafr Dan village near
the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Shawkat Kamal Shawkat Abed, 17, was shot in the stomach while Palestinian
youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers withdrawing from the area.

Israeli forces shot 17-year-old Shawkat Kamal Shawkat Abed in the abdomen
yesterday morning around 8:15 a.m. in Kfar Dan, a village northwest of
Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.

Shawkat succumbed to his injuries today. pic.twitter.com/ufLoc4izCU
— Defense for Children (@DCIPalestine) April 15, 2022

“Suddenly and without warning, an Israeli soldier pointed his gun out the
rear window of the last vehicle in the convoy and began indiscriminately
shooting at protesters from a distance of approximately 25 meters,”
striking the teen and 29-year-old Shas Kamamji, who died from his injuries
on Thursday.

“Injuries suggest that Shawkat was struck with an exploding bullet that
ruptured his blood vessels and veins,” Defense for Children
International-Palestine stated.

“The use of expanding and exploding bullets is a violation of international
humanitarian law and amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the
International Criminal Court,” the rights group added.

“Shawkat is the eighth Palestinian child shot and killed by Israeli forces
in 2022 and the third Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces this
week,” DCIP said.

Eighteen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank
and Israel since the beginning of April.
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