Settlers attack Palestinian properties
JERUSALEM: Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian properties in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem yesterday as they made their way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of Israeli forces.
Locals said that around dawn, Israeli settlers had thrown rocks and chairs at Palestinian shops inside the Old City, and damaged Palestinian cars in the Aqabat al-Khaldiyeh and Council Gate areas outside the walls of the Old City.
Sources added that Palestinian youths had attempted to stop the settlers, but had been unsuccessful as Israeli forces had maintained a strong security presence around the settlers.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces closed main roads and streets in the Silwan neighbourhood south of the Old City, in order to allow Israeli settlers living in the area to head to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the Sukkot Jewish holidays. An Israeli police spokesperson was not available for comment.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The third holiest site in Islam, it is also venerated as Judaism’s most holy place, as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.
Before the beginning of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles), Israel announced an 11-day general closure for both the West Bank and Gaza, during which only humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases were to be allowed to exit or enter, between October 4 and tomorrow.
Israel regularly imposes closures on the West Bank and Gaza for Jewish holidays. – Ma’an