Month of March: 1,268 Israelis Storm Al Aqsa Mosque Compound

Month of March: 1,268 Israelis Storm Al Aqsa Mosque Compound
(Sunday, April 5, 2015) 09:09

A total of 1,268 Israelis stormed occupied East Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque Compound during March alone, according to a Palestinian non-governmental organization.

According to WAFA, Al Aqsa Institute for Waqf and Heritage reported that a total of 1,268 stormed the mosque’s compound during March, including 1,114 settlers, 115 intelligence officers, 39 soldiers. The number of settlers ranged between a minimum of 23 and a maximum of 140 every day. Israelis stormed the mosque 23 times during March from Sunday through Thursday.

Those raiding the compound attempted to ascend the Dome of the Rock’s courtyard, performed Talmudic rituals and prayers across the compound and danced in a provocative manner upon their exit, provoking Palestinian Muslim worshippers.


According to the Institute, hundreds of Palestinians maintained their daily presence inside the compound in an attempt to defend it from any Israeli violations and desecration.

According to the Institute’s statistics, 40 Muslim worshippers, including 27 women and five children, were detained by Israeli police. Following detention and interrogation, 30 Muslim worshippers, mostly women, were banned entry into the compound for a period ranging between 15 days to 90 days.

In fact, 10 women were banned entry for 15 days, four others for 60 days and another one for 90 days. They were banned from entry following an Israeli military order or court ruling.

The Institute noted that each banned worshipper had been forced to sign papers or fined, detained while inside the compound or upon exit, interrogated and issued a military order banning them from entry or summoning them to appear before a military court. The upshot of all of this was receiving a ban court ruling.
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