Zionist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Amid Plans for Larger Invasion

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, conducting "provocative tours" and performing Talmudic rituals. Israeli forces detained 55 Palestinians and settlers engaged in violent acts, seizing lands and attacking farmers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Zionist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Amid Plans for Larger Invasion

Zionist Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Amid Plans for Larger Invasion

On Wednesday, May 12, 2024, dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, under the protection of Israeli forces. The settlers entered the mosque in separate groups and conducted "provocative tours" within the mosque's courtyard, performing Talmudic rituals near the Dome of the Rock.

Why this matters: The storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque has significant implications for the already fragile Middle East peace process, as it exacerbates existing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. The escalation of violence and aggression in the region can have far-reaching consequences, including destabilizing the entire region and sparking a wider conflict.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque, also known as the Temple Mount to Jews, holds immense religious significance for both Muslims and Jews, making it a longstanding flashpoint of conflict between Israel and Palestine over who has the right to worship on the Jerusalem site. Extremist groups of colonialists have called for a larger storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, coinciding with the celebration of the so-called "Independence Day". The settlers plan to raise occupation flags inside the mosque as part of their celebrations.

In addition to the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli forces detained 55 Palestinians, including three women, during raids at Palestinian-owned homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israeli settlers also engaged in acts of violence, attempting to seize Palestinian lands near the northern Jordan valley. They encroached on farmers' lands and attacked sheep herders in the area of Nabe' al-Ghazal, all while enjoying the protection of the Israeli army.

The situation has been deteriorating for a month, marked by widespread destruction and a tragic loss of life among Palestinians. The Palestinian death toll due to Israeli aggression has surpassed 10,000, with the majority of fatalities occurring in Gaza. The Israeli military's actions have led to the destruction of over half of Gaza's residential units, displacing approximately 1.4 million Palestinians. Furthermore, the occupation forces launched hundreds of attacks on medical facilities in Gaza, resulting in 16 out of Gaza's 35 hospitals becoming inoperational.

The storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the plans for a larger invasion on Tuesday highlight the ongoing tensions and conflict between Israelis and Palestinians over the holy site. With the deteriorating situation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the actions of the Zionist settlers and Israeli forces continue to fuel the longstanding dispute over the right to worship at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, performing Talmudic rituals.
  • Settlers plan to raise occupation flags inside the mosque on "Independence Day".
  • Israeli forces detained 55 Palestinians, including 3 women, during West Bank and East Jerusalem raids.
  • Palestinian death toll due to Israeli aggression surpasses 10,000, mostly in Gaza.
  • Israeli military actions destroyed over half of Gaza's residential units, displacing 1.4 million Palestinians.