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Israeli minister storms Al-Aqsa Mosque: Palestinian Calls for Increased Presence to Counter Colonization Efforts
Israeli minister storms Al-Aqsa Mosque: Palestinian Calls for Increased Presence to Counter Colonization Efforts
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Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Extremist Israeli minister of national security, Itamar Ben Gvir, stormed on Sunday morning Al-Aqsa Mosque under tight occupation police guard.

An employee of the Islamic Waqf Department in occupied Jerusalem reported that Itamar Ben Gvir, an extremist figure, forcefully entered Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning. He proceeded to conduct Talmudic rituals in the eastern section of the mosque, all while being closely guarded by security forces.


This is the second time that Ben Gvir, known for his extremist views, has violated the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque since assuming his position in the right-wing Israeli occupation government. In addition to his actions, dozens of Israeli settlers repeatedly stormed the mosque's courtyards in successive groups, engaging in provocative tours, receiving explanations about the alleged "Temple," and performing Talmudic rituals in the eastern area.


Israeli occupation forces implemented stringent measures limiting Palestinian access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, subjecting them to thorough identification checks and confiscating the IDs of some individuals at the entrances.


Meanwhile, Palestinian voices continue to call for increased visits and a stronger presence at Al-Aqsa Mosque as a means of countering the Israeli occupation and its settlers' efforts to colonize and Judaize the holy site.


The conflict over Al-Aqsa Mosque, is rooted in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the broader Israeli-Arab conflict. Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and holds great religious and historical significance for Muslims worldwide.


Palestinians consider the area around Al-Aqsa Mosque to be sacred, leading to tensions and disputes over control and access to the site. The status quo arrangement, agreed upon in 1967, grants Jordanian religious authorities (the Waqf) administrative control over the compound, while Israel maintains overall security control.


Over the years, clashes have erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinian worshippers, particularly during times of heightened tensions. Issues such as restricted access for Palestinians, Israeli settlement expansions in East Jerusalem, and provocative visits by Israeli politicians and settlers to the compound have fueled unrest and protests.


The conflict over Al-Aqsa Mosque reflects the larger struggle for sovereignty, self-determination, and control over Jerusalem, a city considered holy by multiple religious groups.

Al-Aqsa Mosque serves as a powerful symbol of Palestinian and Muslim identity, unity, and resilience, representing their enduring connection to the land and their unwavering commitment to defending their rights and religious freedom