Is­raeli set­tlers at­tack Pales­tinian prop­er­ties

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

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 threw rocks and chairs at Pales­tinian shopfronts 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 “at­tempted to stop the set­tlers”, but were un­suc­cess­ful as Is­raeli forces 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 Old for on­go­ing Jewish holidays.

An Is­raeli po­lice spokesper­son was not im­me­di­ately 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.

The Sec­ond Tem­ple was de­stroyed by the Ro­mans in 70 AD. Ten­sions around the Al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound were a main con­trib­u­tor to the in­creas­ing un­rest that erupted in Oc­to­ber 2015, af­ter right-wing Is­raelis made fre­quent vis­its to the site dur­ing a suc­ces­sion of Jewish holidays.

Mean­while, be­fore the be­gin­ning of Sukkot, 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, but week-long fes­ti­vals like Sukkot usu­ally only have clo­sures im­posed at the end of the hol­i­day, last­ing a few days. – Ma’an

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