Violation of al-Aqsa sanctuary continues
The blessed al-Aqsa sanctuary was once again attacked on Wednesday. A group of over 100 settlers accompanied by Israeli forces entered the al-Aqsa sanctuary, through the Moroccan Gate, for the second consecutive day.
The settlers toured the compound escorted by Israeli police officers to commemorate Jerusalem Day, a national holiday in Israel celebrating the occupation of East Jerusalem and implementing of racist laws.
Israeli violations come as Israel continues to deny access to the sanctuary to all Palestinian women and men under 50. Israeli forces regularly deploy heavy handed tactics to terrorise Palestinians wishing to enter the sanctuary. Yesterday soldiers verbally insulted Palestinian women trying to enter the sanctuary and pushed them with one woman taken to hospital for treatment.
We are currently witnessing a severe escalation of attacks on the blessed sanctuary. Israeli MPs, illegal settlers and Zionist tourists now violate the sanctity of the al-Aqsa sanctuary on a daily basis, safe in the knowledge that their actions will not be contested and that they will enjoy the security of occupying Israeli forces.
As the international community has been silent throughout Israel’s frequent violations, this gives Israel confidence that when it proceeds with the destruction of the al-Aqsa sanctuary, it will have nothing to fear by way of reprisal from the international community.
The international community must wake up from its slumber of complicity in silence and take meaningful and effective steps to pressure Israel into respecting the Palestinian heritage within the Holy al-Aqsa sanctuary.
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