Under military protection, more than 34,000 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa and performed their rituals during 2021
Among the most serious violations that were recorded, an extremist Jewish rabbi published a picture of the Dome of the Rock, and announced the need for an engineer specialized in demolishing facilities, to present a proposal for how to remove the building and erect the “Third Temple” in its place.
The Islamic Endowment Department in occupied Jerusalem revealed that the number of Israeli settlers who stormed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during 2021 reached more than 34,000.
The Director-General of the Department of Islamic Endowments and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib said – today, Thursday – that “the number of Jewish extremists storming the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the year 2021 reached 34,112 extremists.”
The settlers, according to a statement by the Director of Endowments, carried out their incursions “under the protection of the Israeli police and its heavily armed special forces, which turned Al-Aqsa Mosque into a military barracks.”
Sheikh Al-Khatib warned against the dangerous escalation of Jewish extremists’ incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and desecrating its sanctity by performing Talmudic prayers and rituals inside its courtyards.
Al-Khatib stressed – in a press statement that Al-Jazeera received a copy of it – that “Al-Aqsa Mosque, with its area of 144 dunums, and its courtyards, corridors and chapels above ground and underground, is a purely Islamic mosque, and the property of Muslims does not accept division or partnership, under the guardianship and patronage of King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, the guardian and custodian of the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
During 2021, Al-Aqsa Mosque witnessed exceptional settlement attacks, such as the announcement by the extremist Jewish “temple groups” that they had completed all the goals they had set in “Al-Aqsa” during the biblical feasts, and that they had gone a long way in imposing all their worship there.
Throughout the year, incursions were carried out inside the mosque led by rabbis, soldiers, officers, intelligence agents, and former Knesset members. They deliberately organized guided tours of the “alleged temple”, delivered biblical lessons in Al-Aqsa Square, organized “rabbinic blessings” and puberty ceremonies for males and females, and announcing marriage, in addition to Read the Psalms of the Torah.
A Jewish group calling itself “Return to the Temple Mount” announced last September that the trumpet (one of the biblical rituals) was blown inside Al-Aqsa for the first time since the occupation of Jerusalem. Extremists brought the fruits of the “Feast of the Throne” and palm fronds to the mosque on the first day of their feast, and they raised the Israeli flag in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque at that time.
Among the most serious violations that were also recorded, the extremist Rabbi Yaakov Hemin published a picture of the Dome of the Rock, and announced the need for an engineer specialized in demolishing facilities, to present a proposal for how to remove the building and establish the “Third Temple” in its place.
On the biblical festival of lights, extremists lit candles at Al-Aqsa in reference to their menorah, and held a banner that read, “We have come to expel the darkness.”