In a move designed to prepare the ground to gauge the reaction upon the destruction of the al-Aqsa sanctuary; an Israeli court has decided to allow the Israeli government to demolish part of the Muhammad Al-Fatih Mosque in Jerusalem.
The Muhammad Al-Fatih Mosque, located in the Ras al-Amoud neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, was forced to expand in 2009 due to a massive increase in worshippers after Israeli authorities began preventing Palestinian worshippers from accessing the al-Aqsa sanctuary in Jerusalem's Old City.
News of the demolition of the Muhammad Al-Fatih Mosque comes as attacks on the al-Aqsa sanctuary continue and majority of Palestinians denied access. On Tuesday, a group of around 40 Jewish settlers stormed the al-Aqsa sanctuary through the Moroccan Gate. The settlers toured the compound escorted by Israeli police officers to commemorate the eve of Jerusalem Day, a national holiday in Israel celebrating the occupation of East Jerusalem.
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.
The international community must wake up from its slumber of complicity in silence and take meaningful and effective steps to ensure that Israel stops its illegal, reckless and shameful campaign to destroy religious sites.
Friends of Al-Aqsa