Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Alleged Temple Mount Groups prepare for the largest gathering of settlers ahead of planned incursion into the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish holiday season starting mid-September.
The settlers celebrate 'Rosh Hashanah,' the Jewish New Year, on the 15th of September this year, lasting for two days. This is followed by 'Yom Kippur,' the Day of Atonement, on the 24th of September, which extends for a week. Then, 'Sukkot,' the Feast of Tabernacles, begins on the 29th of September and lasts for two days.
During the Jewish holidays, Temple Mount groups attempt to establish new facts on the ground in Jerusalem by having settlers perform Talmudic rituals, including prayers, supplications, fasting, sacrificial offerings, blowing the shofar, and other practices.
These holidays are led by far-right extremist rabbis in a significant escalation of the religious war on the holiest Islamic sites in Palestine, with unprecedented support from the occupying government.
These holidays coincide with the peak of the rise of religious Zionism and Temple Mount groups, which serve as the forefront of this movement's aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The occupying government intensified its actions against the residents of Jerusalem under the pretext of Jewish worship, as Torah-based religious rituals continued to escalate under the protection of occupation forces.
Jerusalem affairs expert, Khoury Abu Diab, has emphasized that the occupation has been intensifying restrictions and placing obstacles in the way of those visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque for some time now. He pointed out that the occupation is preparing the area for the upcoming Jewish holidays, during which settlers are expected to make incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He further noted that the settlers intend to escalate their violations within the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the upcoming holidays.
Hamas had previously warned about the ongoing Israeli occupation's schemes aimed at the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the tightening of Israeli control over the holy site. They pointed out that the start of the Jewish holidays witnessed a significant increase in incursions and crimes within the Al-Aqsa Mosque, cautioning about the potential repercussions of these events.
Jerusalem-based researcher Jamal Amro stated that the occupation uses Jewish holidays as a cover for its escalations against Jerusalem and its residents.
He emphasized that the Israeli government is escalating its practices and violations against Jerusalemites under the pretext of Jewish worship. What is happening is not just an increase in the number of intruders, but there is a noticeable escalation in openly performing Jewish Torah-based religious rituals, with tight security provided by the occupation police. He stressed that steadfastness and devotion within the Al-Aqsa Mosque are the only means to confront the occupation's schemes and deter incursions.