Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Dozens of extremist settlers, under tight Israeli occupation police protection, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday through the Moroccan Gate on the occasion of the Hebrew New Year.
Hundreds of settlers gathered in front of the Moroccan Gate, preparing for the incursion called for by extremist Temple groups. Hundreds of Israeli police and occupation forces were deployed outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque to facilitate the incursions and protect the settlers. Meanwhile, these forces restricted the entry of Palestinian worshippers under the age of 50, preventing them from entering the mosque for prayers.
Israeli forces arrested two Palestinian youths from the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque at the same time as the settlers' incursion, marking what they call the "Hebrew New Year." Earlier on Sunday, Israeli forces raided the town of Al-Eizariya, east of occupied Jerusalem, and deployed in the town's streets, further restricting the movement of residents as part of their arbitrary measures to prevent them from reaching the precincts of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Despite the arbitrary and discriminatory measures, thousands of worshippers performed the Fajr (dawn) prayer in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, reaffirming and strengthening the Muslims' right to it. Temple groups issued a statement encouraging settlers planning to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate the "Hebrew New Year."
On Sunday, Israeli settlers celebrate what they call the "Rosh Hashana" by storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards, supported by the Israeli occupation government and the protection of Israeli occupation police and forces. Temple groups have informed the settlers that the Al-Aqsa Mosque will be open for them during the morning hours between 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM, as well as in the afternoon from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
During their incursions, the settlers perform various Talmudic rituals, including prostration, blowing the shofar (ram's horn), Torah prayers, and more. These rituals are part of the settlers' ongoing attempts to establish a spiritual foundation for the Temple, with the aim of making these rituals and holidays a precedent in the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a prelude to building the Temple.
In this context, Jerusalem activists called on Saturday for a march to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect and guard it against the expected Israeli aggression, with the intention of engaging in prayer and spiritual devotion within the mosque.