Al-Aqsa

A LONG HISTORY OF SUFFERING

In spite of the fact that al-Aqsa Mosque has not been far from the Zionist attacks before the Israeli occupation of the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1967, where al-Aqsa Mosque is located, but since that time, the attacks have become more organized and dangerous where the methods that aim to undermine and control al-Aqsa have become more intensified and diversified. In the following timeline, we observe the most important attacks and actions against al-Aqsa Mosque.

August 11

Over 1,729 Jewish settlers storm Masjid Al-Aqsa on the Muslim celebration of Eid Al-Adha under the protection of Israeli occupation forces who used teargas, rubber coated bullets and truncheons to disperse Muslim worshipers, scores of Muslims were injured as a result including Palestinian Member of Israel’s Knesset Ahmad Tibi.

July 28

Scores of Israelis stormed the courtyards of Masjid Al-Aqsa under heavy police and military protection. Eight Palestinians were arrested.

June 12

Israeli occupation forces set up a fence and begin digging around ancient staircase outside Damascus Gate in Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

June 09

330 Israeli Jewish settlers storm Masjid Al-Aqsa as part of a continuous series of raids which began two weeks ago to mark the anniversary of the Israeli occupation of East Al-Quds (Jerusalem) during the 967 war.

July 03

Another some 40 Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israel’s Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, force their way into the Masjid Al-Aqsa compound in occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

May 14

Israel places restrictions on Palestinian access to Al-Aqsa during Ramadan, with men aged 30-40 needing permits to do so, and those 16-29 ineligible to apply. There are no criteria for applying for permits, only conditions for consideration.

May 06

Scores of Israeli settlers desecrate Masjid Al-Aqsa on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as Israel Police limits Muslim access to the site.

April 26

Palestine News Network estimates that since the Passover holiday began on 19 April, more than 1,600 settlers have stormed Al-Aqsa compound.

April 09

Scores of Israelis storm Masjid Al-Aqsa as election day is marked with a national holiday in the country and at a time when Palestinians in the occupied West Bank who have work permits to enter Israel are banned from entry.

March 28

200 settlers storm Masjid Al-Aqsa under the protection of heavily armed Israeli occupation forces.

March 5

Israel issues 133 orders banning Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa Mosque following the reopening of Al-Rahma Gate.

February 22

Palestinians force their way in to Al-Rahma Gate area of Al-Aqsa Mosque and hold prayers there for the first time since 2003

February 18

Israeli occupation forces close the doors to Al-Aqsa Mosque and harass Muslim worshippers as they try to access the site, 70 settlers storm the area at the time

January 7

Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, accompanied by dozens of settlers, storms Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem in the morning

December 23

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Knesset member, Yehuda Glick, and over a hundred Israeli settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Glick says he toured the Muslim holy site to perform prayers on the anniversary of his wife’s death.

November 06

Israeli occupation forces committed more than 30 violations and stormings against Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevented the adhan (call to prayer) at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron more than 50 times in October.

October 23

129 Israelis storm Al-Aqsa Mosque. The group is made up of 57 settlers, 50 guides, and 15 soldiers from the occupation’s intelligence services Shin Bet and six police officers. 

October 15

Heavily armed Israeli occupation forces escorted ultra-Orthodox Israeli Knesset member, Yehuda Glick, as he stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 10

Muslims protested the fees cancellation that imposed on visitors on entering Masjid Al Aqsa, the Israeli Ministry of War announced that the Islamic Endowment Department can collect visiting fees for the Masjid only.

July 31

Islamic Waqf Department in al-Quds: More than 3,800 settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque in July, the largest number within a month in the last 15 years.

July 16

The Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem revealed that excavations have been implemented by the occupation under the Islamic Museum, specifically under the northern section of the museum.

June 22

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced some procedures to change the entire situation in the Bab al-Amoud area following the implementation of numerous operations involving settlers and soldiers in the district of the gate.

June 19

Erection of the fourth observation tower in Bab Al-Amoud area.

June 18

Israeli occupation forces erected a military point on the roof of Bab Al-Rahma hall. The occupation forces destroyed the work carried out by volunteers in the Bab Al-Rahma area, where they rehabilitated the area and planted it with trees and set up stone staircases in late Ramadan.

May 29

Israel issues 133 orders banning Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa Mosque following the reopening of Al-Rahma Gate.Israeli occupation courts ban 5 Jerusalemites from entering Al-Aqsa for one week after they allegedly participated in protests in the area. 

May 16

A number of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa days after the US opens its embassy in Jerusalem.

May 09

Occupation officials from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority storm the Islamic cemetery of Bab Al-Rahma, adjacent to the eastern wall of Al-Aqsa in occupied East Jerusalem.

May 08

The Israeli government planned to spend $16.6 million on excavation projects under Al-Aqsa Mosque, amid calls for illegal Jewish settlers to storm Al-Aqsa.  

May 02

The Hebrew newspaper “The Times of Israel” reported that workers began to build the permanent platform of the Jewish Reformers’ Hall, demanding freedom of mixed prayer between men and women at the Western Wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 18

Israel bans two Al-Aqsa guards from accessing the site for one week, no reason is given as usual.

April 16

An Israeli court rules that Jewish visitors storming Al-Aqsa can chant patriotic slogans as they do not count as religious prayers. 

March 29

Israeli Minister of Housing, Yoav Galant, prepared a program called “Israel’s Landscape” which seeks to plant Jewish symbols in the streets, centers and main places.

March 25

The Israeli Magistrate Court in Al-Quds rules that Jewish settlers can perform prayers at the gates of Masjid Al-Aqsa as this is ‘the best proof of the Israeli control of the area.

March 08

The Israeli police arrested three female settlers for their prayer at Bab Hatta where the representative of the Israeli police said that the police decision was for fear that the settlers’ prayers would ignite violence with Muslim worshipers for any security reasons.

January 1

More than 50 rabbis from the religious Zionist movement stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and met the police to discuss the settlers’ entry into the area. They expressed their anger at the arrests which were carried out by the police against the assailants.

November 11

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Knesset member, Yehuda Glick, and over a hundred Israeli settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Glick says he toured the Muslim holy site to perform prayers on the anniversary of his wife’s death.

September 18

Israeli occupation forces committed more than 30 violations and stormings against Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevented the adhan (call to prayer) at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron more than 50 times in October.

July 14

129 Israelis storm Al-Aqsa Mosque. The group is made up of 57 settlers, 50 guides, and 15 soldiers from the occupation’s intelligence services Shin Bet and six police officers. 

June 29

Heavily armed Israeli occupation forces escorted ultra-Orthodox Israeli Knesset member, Yehuda Glick, as he stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

June 19

Muslims protested the fees cancellation that imposed on visitors on entering Masjid Al Aqsa, the Israeli Ministry of War announced that the Islamic Endowment Department can collect visiting fees for the Masjid only.

June 18

Islamic Waqf Department in al-Quds: More than 3,800 settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque in July, the largest number within a month in the last 15 years.

May 29

The Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem revealed that excavations have been implemented by the occupation under the Islamic Museum, specifically under the northern section of the museum.

May 26

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced some procedures to change the entire situation in the Bab al-Amoud area following the implementation of numerous operations involving settlers and soldiers in the district of the gate.

May 15

Erection of the fourth observation tower in Bab Al-Amoud area.

April 18

Israeli occupation forces erected a military point on the roof of Bab Al-Rahma hall. The occupation forces destroyed the work carried out by volunteers in the Bab Al-Rahma area, where they rehabilitated the area and planted it with trees and set up stone staircases in late Ramadan.

April 13

Israel issues 133 orders banning Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa Mosque following the reopening of Al-Rahma Gate.Israeli occupation courts ban 5 Jerusalemites from entering Al-Aqsa for one week after they allegedly participated in protests in the area. 

April 10

A number of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa days after the US opens its embassy in Jerusalem.

March 16

Occupation officials from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority storm the Islamic cemetery of Bab Al-Rahma, adjacent to the eastern wall of Al-Aqsa in occupied East Jerusalem.

March 01

The Israeli government planned to spend $16.6 million on excavation projects under Al-Aqsa Mosque, amid calls for illegal Jewish settlers to storm Al-Aqsa.  

February 28

The Hebrew newspaper “The Times of Israel” reported that workers began to build the permanent platform of the Jewish Reformers’ Hall, demanding freedom of mixed prayer between men and women at the Western Wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

February 21

Israel bans two Al-Aqsa guards from accessing the site for one week, no reason is given as usual.

February 17

An Israeli court rules that Jewish visitors storming Al-Aqsa can chant patriotic slogans as they do not count as religious prayers. 

January 25

Israeli Minister of Housing, Yoav Galant, prepared a program called “Israel’s Landscape” which seeks to plant Jewish symbols in the streets, centers and main places.

December 30

Monthly statistics revealed that some 2,057 Israelis stormed the Al-Aqsa compound in just December alone. The figure includes 91 military officers from the Israeli police and intelligence forces, the Shin Bet who entered from the Mughrabi Gate.

December 05

Israeli police decided to lengthen the period of time dedicated to Jewish and non-Muslim visits to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa.

December 04

Monthly statistics reveal that more than 1,300 Jewish settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa in November, including 184 intelligence officers

November 23

82 Jewish settlers stormed Masjid Al-Aqsa under heavy protection from Israeli security forces via the Israeli-controlled Al-Maghrebi Gate.

October 23

Jewish activists who support the return of the “Temple Mount” [Jewish name for Masjid Al-Aqsa] publish an article encouraging the destruction of Al Majid Al-Aqsa ahead of the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

October 20

320 Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa under the protection of Israeli forces on the fourth day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. They began performing religious rituals but were stopped by the Al Aqsa guards.

September 27

Israel jailed Al-Aqsa guard, Fadi Ali Mohammed Aliyan 30, for 11 months and fines him 1,500 shekels for ‘standing in the way of Jewish settlers’ who had stormed the Masjid.

September 20

Israeli occupation police and Israeli Special Forces broke into Masjid Al-Aqsa’s courtyards and deployed guards all around to facilitate the entry of a group of Israeli settlers and American Jews.

September 01

Groups supporting the “Temple” called on their supporters to stage a collective storming of Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa on the occasion of the new Jewish month.

July 01

The Israeli occupation forces closed the areas surrounding the Old City to all traffic and deployed thousands of troops on various roads. They also enhanced the security procedures at the military checkpoints located at the main entrances to occupied Al Quds.

March 01

Extremist Rabbi Yehuda Glick led a group of Jews to storm Al-Aqsa through Al-Mughrabi Gate under protection from heavily-armed Israeli security forces and the Rapid Response Force. There was great tension in the Masjid amid chants of “Allahu Akbar” by worshippers.

February 03

Approximately 130 settlers and 19 soldiers armed and in uniform stormed Al-Aqsa in the early hours of the morning through Al-Mughrabi Gate; 31 intelligence officers and dozens of tourists also participated in the incursion.

January 31

The Israeli police hindered the Religious Endowment Department (Al-Awqaf) technical teams sent to restore one of the terraces in Masjid Al-Aqsa. Gangs of Jewish settlers also stormed Al-Aqsa from Al-Mughrabi Gate with protection from heavily-armed Israeli security forces.

January 06

The occupation forces continued to prevent 60 female students from entering Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa during the settler attacks on Sanctuary. Meanwhile, a group of women continued to protest outside Al-Aqsa’s gates.

January 03

Groups of settlers broke into Masjid Al-Aqsa from Al-Mughrabi Gate, guarded by members of the security forces and Rapid Response Force.

January 01

Nearly 150 Jewish settlers broke into Al Masjid Al- Aqsa Compound under Israeli army protection. The settlers were accompanied by nearly 50 Jewish tour guides telling them about the alleged ‘Jewish links’ to the site.

July 26

Dozens of worshippers were wounded after Israeli forces stormed Masjid Al-Aqsa.

July 23

The Israeli police prevented children from attending summer camps from entering Al-Aqsa. The children gathered in front of the mosque’s gates to stage a peaceful protest.

July 20

Settler gangs broke into Al-Aqsa through Al-Mughrabi Gate with protection from the security forces.

July 18

On the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, gangs stormed Al-Aqsa through Al-Mughrabi Gate, protected by the security forces.

June 08

Groups of students from Israeli institutions and universities, as well as Jewish settlers, stormed Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa. The extremist Jewish youth movement Im Tirtzu announced its organization of large-scale incursions of Al-Aqsa in cooperation with the students for the Temple Mount group.

May 12

Groups from the Israeli intelligence agencies and settler gangs stormed Al-Aqsa from Al-Mughrabi Gate supported by the security forces.

May 03

Members of the Jewish extremist group students for the Temple Mount stormed Al-Aqsa through Al-Mughrabi Gate, guarded by the Israeli security forces.

April 29

The Israeli police attacked and beat worshippers in Al-Aqsa after they confronted Jewish gangs attempting to storm the mosque. Hundreds of Palestinians from Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territories gathered to prevent any Jewish Passover events and celebrations in Al-Aqsa.

March 22

More than 120 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa from Al-Mughrabi Gate in small groups, protected by heavily-armed security forces.

February 24

Al-Aqsa was subjected to systematic violations by groups from the students of the Temple Mount through Al-Mughrabi Gate, guarded by the Israeli police.

February 17

The Israeli police arrested a woman from Al Quds as she left Al-Aqsa through Al-Nather Gate.

January 13

The Israeli police confiscated the identity documents of male and female worshippers as they entered the mosque, only returning them when they left.

January 05

Groups of Jewish settlers stormed Masjid Al-Aqsa and carried out inflammatory tours around the mosque, amid the cries and chants of worshippers and students.

January 01

Extremist Jewish groups stormed Al-Aqsa through Al-Mughrabi Gate, guarded by the Israeli police.

November 02

Moshe Feiglin again entered Masjid Al-Aqsa, despite calls for “restraint” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fieglin is a member of Netanyahu’s Likud bloc, is a leading advocate of Jewish access to the compound. One the same day, right-wing housing minister Unri Ariel calls for a change to the status quo at the compound by allowing Jews not only to visit the site but to pray there.

October 30

Israel closed Masjid Al-Aqsa for the first time since 1967Israeli authorities close Masjid Al-Aqsa after shooting of Yehuda Glick, who advocates for forced entry into the mosque. Clashes erupt between Israeli security forces and Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem a day after the shooting. This is the first time the mosque is closed since 1967, when Israel occupied East Jerusalem. Israel’s public security minister says the mosque will remain closed until further notice, triggering an angry reaction from Abbas, who calls the move “a declaration of war”. Glick, an American-born fanatic, is the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Fund. 

October 15

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces amid Al-Aqsa restrictions. Clashes break out between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli forces at Masjid Al-Aqsa compound amid visits by right-wing Jews. Israeli forces fired grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at worshippers. 

October 01

Israel to allow 500 Gazans to visit Al-Aqsa mosque over Eid. Israeli authorities grant 500 Palestinians from Gaza three-day permits to visit Jerusalem over Eid Al-Adha holiday. 

August 11

The Israeli occupation forces prohibited women and children from entering Masjid Al-Aqsa and attacked them. The forces arrested one woman and one child.

July 04

Israel imposes restrictions on Al-Aqsa. Israeli police deploy in large numbers around Jerusalem early on Friday as restrictions are imposed on Palestinian worshippers entering Masjid Al-Aqsa compound. 

May 27

Israel to rebuild synagogue near Al-Aqsa site. Plans are announced for an Israeli state-funded project to rebuild the Tiferet Yisrael (Splendor of Israel) synagogue. The Arab Legion destroyed it in 1984 because the Haganah, the pre-state Jewish militia, was using it as a hideout; earlier this year, the Knesset allocated 50 million shekels ($13.4m) for reconstruction. 

May 06

Worshippers under 50 were banned enter Al-Aqsa. Israeli police in the old city restricted entry into Masjid Al-Aqsa to worshippers under the age of 50, with the exception of students who study in the compound. At the same time, police allow a Jewish group to tour the compound. 

March 21

Palestinian prayer restricted. Thousands of Palestinians pray in the streets of Jerusalem after Israeli authorities impose restrictions on Friday prayers, denying all men under 50 from accessing Masjid Al-Aqsa compound. 

March 19

Soldiers tour to Masjid Al-Aqsa. Dozens of Israeli soldiers tour Masjid Al-Aqsa while escorted by Israeli police. 

March 16

Israeli security forces stormed Al-Aqsa through Al-Silsila Gate. They besieged the worshippers and attacked protestors with sound bombs and rubber bullets. The same happened on 16 April of this year, as the occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa’s courtyards, firing sound bombs, smoke bombs and tear gas canisters at worshippers, resulting in the injury of 25 Muslims.

March 12

Temple Institute director enters Masjid Al-Aqsa. Yahuda Glick, the director of the far-right Temple Institute, enters Masjid Al-Aqsa compound with two ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis, under the armed escort of Israeli police. 

January 28

Al-Aqsa guards prevented an attempt by settlers to take Israeli flags into Al-Aqsa.

April 18

Israeli occupation forces prohibited a group of female Muslim students from entering Al-Aqsa to attend classes early in the month.

March 15

Law proposes to give Jews right to pray at Masjid Al-Aqsa. A draft Israeli law that would grant Jews the right to pray al-Masjid Al-Aqsa is proposed in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. 

September 27

The Israeli police force stationed in Al-Aqsa arrested a male student and removed 6 others in order to allow a group of Jews to walk around the mosque.

February 12

Marabiteen inside Al-Aqsa stood against attempts to storm Masjid Al-Aqsa by Likud leaders.

February 09

Members of the Likud Party announced their intention to storm the Al-Aqsa in order to call for the construction of the alleged temple on its rubbles.

October 03

200 settlers and members of Jewish groups stormed Masjid Al-Aqsa in a very awful way. 

September 18

Small groups of extremist Jews stormed Al-Aqsa and roamed around the mosque accompanied by Israeli police and a heavy military presence.

August 20

Israeli occupation forces attacked a group of worshippers who gathered at the gates of the Old City after being prohibited from entering Al-Aqsa.

August 08

Around 250 members of Jewish groups and settlers entered Masjid Al-Aqsa and try to perform biblical and Talmudic rituals.

January 08

A group of Israeli occupation soldiers, along with a member of the intelligence agency, stormed Al-Aqsa in their uniforms and roamed around inside with an intensive security presence