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Timeline: Israel’s attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque

20 March 2018: 12,135 settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound between September and March according to Jewish organisations, an increase of 47 per cent compared to the same period last year. The monthly record was also broken in the time between July-August, where some 4,369 settlers entered the Muslim holy site; this coincided with the decision of Israeli authorities to restrict entree for Muslim worshippers.

04 March 2018: There were 96 Israeli violations against Al-Aqsa and Al-Ibrahimi Mosques in February, the Palestinian Ministry of Waqf reveals

14 January 2018: 105 settlers storm Al-Aqsa between the hours of 07:00 and 10:30 (05:00-08:30 GMT)

11 January 2018: 79 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning

08 February 2018: 44 settlers and 33 US soldiers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque under Israeli military protection

08 January 2018: 34 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque yards

28 December 2017: 112 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning before 10:30am

27 December 2017: 61 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard in the morning

20 December 2017: Israeli occupation forces arrest the head of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s construction department Bassam Al-Hallaq along with another employee

19 December 2017: Extremist Israeli Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Glick performs Talmudic rituals in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque after storming the courtyards along with a number of settlers under a heavy police presence

17 December 2017: 91 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate

14 December 2017: More than 200 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first day  of the Jewish holiday of Hannukah. Waqf authorities believe there will be a spike in the number of settler incursions during the holiday, fearing increased tensions with Muslim worshippers

13 December 2017: 101 settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in two batches

10 December 2017: Israeli occupation police ban the Deputy Leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, and senior Arab officials from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque

10 December 2017: Israeli occupation forces carried out more than 95 violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in November, the Palestinian Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs Sheikh Yousif Ideis reveals

7 December 2017: Israel Police provide armed cover for 32 settlers as they storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

5 December 2017: 117 settlers storm the Islamic holy site in the morning under complete security protection

4 December 2017: 56 settlers and Israeli occupation forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning

04 December 2017: 4 Al-Aqsa Mosque guards were arrested by Israeli occupation forces. They were identified as Ahmed Abu Alia, Fadi Abu Mizar, Qassem Kamal and Louay Abu Saad.

20 November 2017: 56 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning

15 November 2017: 147 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning. Maghrabi Gate was closed at 10:30am after the settlers had been given access to the Muslim holy site

08 November 2017: 95 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa and performed prayers in its courtyards

7 November 2017: 67 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning

Settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on 19 September 2017

6 November 2017: 49 settlers, as well as 15 officers of the Israeli intelligence service, stormed the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque this morning

5 November 2017: More than 200 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning and afternoon

31 October 2017: 54 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa this morning. Heavily armed Israeli soldiers had been deployed in the mosque’s courtyards from 7am in preparation for the settlers’ arrival. 18 security officials were amongst those who stormed the mosque

19 October 2017: 407 settlers have stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the five days since Sunday 15 October, Quds Press News International reports. This includes 95 this morning,  however more are expected later in the afternoon

11 October 2017: 312 settlers entered Al-Aqsa Mosque, performing rituals in the sanctuary. Meanwhile Muslim women were forcefully prevented from entering the mosque to perform their prayers.

10 October 2017: 300 settlers stormed the compound protected by a heavy military presence. One of the Mosque’s guards reported seeing some settlers touring the holy site with tree branches in their hands and performing rituals.

17 October 2017: 79 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque over the period of four hours

16 October 2017: 43 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards 15 October 2017: 61 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during two sessions, one in the morning and one after the afternoon prayer

15 October 2017: 61 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during two sessions, one in the morning and one after the afternoon prayer

8 October: 500 settlers storm the Al-Aqsa compound. Israelis also gather outside the compound wall to perform religious rituals, the closest such ceremonies have ever been carried out to the mosque. Settlers chanted pledges to build the alleged Jewish temple mount at the site of Al-Aqsa.

05 October 2017: 68 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards under heavy police protection. This took place over a period of four hours in the early hours of the morning

3 October 2017: 74 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards and were allowed to freely roam around the area. Israeli policemen along with heavily armed Special Forces offered protection to the settlers who were carrying out Talmudic rituals

20 September 2017: The Israeli Knesset approves times at which its members can storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

20 September 2017: 200 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah

19 September 2017: 125 settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards

125 Jewish settlers entered the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on 19 September, 2017 [qudspress]

125 Jewish settlers entered the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on 19 September, 2017 [qudspress]

18 September 2017: 69 settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform prayers according to the Islamic Awqaf Department in Jerusalem

10 September 2017: 118 Jewish settlers and Jewish students stormed Al-Aqsa under a heightened Israeli military presence. Strict entry restrictions were placed on Muslim worshippers at the time

30 August 2017: 3,647 Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa in August

29 August 2017: Members of Israel’s Knesset Yehuda Glick of the Likud party and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli of the right-wing Jewish Home party stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mugharba Gate early in the day

23 August 2017: 135 right-wing Israelis stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy police protection led by ultra-nationalist MK Yehuda Glick. Glick performed ‘prayers’ outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates.

23 August 2017: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu lifts order which prohibited Israeli Knesset memebers from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Related: Remembering the arson attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al Aqsa Mosque burning after arsonist Denis Michael Rohan started a fire in 21 August, 1969 [Wikipedia]

Al Aqsa Mosque burning after arsonist Denis Michael Rohan started a fire in 21 August, 1969 [Wikipedia]

16 August 2017 : 89 Jewish settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of Israeli security forces. Meanwhile, Muslim worshippers faced tightened security measures upon trying to enter the mosque.

15 August 2017: At least 108 Israeli settlers invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning under the protection of occupying forces

14 August 2017: Scores of Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa through the Mughrabi Gate early in the day

10 August 2017: Waqf mosque officials find that Israeli occupying forces damaged numerous documents when they raided the mosque last month

07 August 2017: It is revealed that during the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque last month, Israeli occupation authorities stole important documents from Al-Aqsa Mosque relating to Jerusalem’s properties and endowment

04 August 2017: 8 Palestinians were killed in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas at the hands of Israeli forces in July, 600 were injured, 425 arrested and 12 buildings were demolished, according to the Wadi Hilweh Information Centre.

A Palestinian worshipper prays at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the first Friday since Israeli restrictions were lifted on 4 August 2017[Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

02 August 2017: Settlers raid Al-Aqsa as 180 Palestine employees denied entry

01 August 2017: 870 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa to mark the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’av

28 July 2017:  Al-Aqsa is opened to only men over 50 and women at Friday prayers. Consequently, a day of further clashes follows in Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, Qalqilya and Gaza left hundreds injured and two dead

27 July 2017: Prominent Israeli rabbis call on Jews to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

27 July 2017: Israel removes all remaining intrusive security measures at Al-Aqsa.

25 July 2017: Israel removes metal detectors from Al-Aqsa gates after sparking outrage from Muslims across the world. However, newly installed CCTV cameras remain in the compound, violating the status quo

24 July 2017: Protests erupt around the world in solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque

21 July 2017: Palestinians hold a ‘Day of Rage‘ outside Al-Aqsa Mosque as they are prevented from praying for the second Friday in a row. Four people are killed in clashes with Israeli occupying forces and hundreds are injured.

Jordan holds Israel responsible for violations against Al-Aqsa

Palestinians are seen as they enter the Al Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures at the entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, on July 28, 2017. ( Enes Canlı – Anadolu Agency )

20 July 2017: The Israeli army request Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove the newly installed metal detectors for fears of greater unrest in occupied Jerusalem

17 July 2017: Scores of Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa mosque while Muslims are left outside due to new “security measures”.

16 July 2017: Israel reopens access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, but has intalled metal detectors at the gates, prompting the mosque authority to call for a sit-in in the streets of the Old City

16 July 2017: The Israeli occupation authorities installed metal detectors and metal barriers at the gates of the Noble Sanctuary compound. This move was rejected by Palestinian Jerusalemites who insisted on not entering Al-Aqsa Mosque as long as the metal detectors and barriers were in place. They protested for 11 days at the gates of Al-Aqsa until the Israelis relented and removed them.

Palestinians gather in front of the new security metal detectors, outside one of the main entrances to the Al-Aqsa mosque, refusing to enter because of the detectors installed by Israel as the holy site re-opened for the first time on Sunday since a two-day closure following a deadly shootout in Jerusalem on 18 July, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians gather in front of the new security metal detectors, outside one of the main entrances to the Al-Aqsa mosque, refusing to enter because of the detectors installed by Israel as the holy site re-opened for the first time on Sunday since a two-day closure following a deadly shootout in Jerusalem on 18 July, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

14 July 2017: Al-Aqsa Mosque was closed and Friday prayers were prohibited for the first time since 1969.

29 June 2017:  Israel Police Commander Yoram Levy stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque at 7:30am via the Mughrabi Gate, along group of settlers protected by Israeli security forces. Palestinians were subjected to limited access due to heightened security.

Image of the Israeli settlers who stormed into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on 28 June 2017 []

Image of the Israeli settlers who stormed into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on 28 June 2017 []

19 June 2017: Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque were left suffocated after tear gas grenades were used by Israeli soldiers who were escorting settlers around the holy site the day before

18 June 2017: Israeli police arrested two people after a standoff at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque – as tension remains high following deadly attack days earlier.

29 May 2017: The Israeli cabinet holds a weekly meeting in a tunnel underneath Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the meeting was held in the tunnel “to mark the liberation and unification of Jerusalem.”

Israeli Government ministers at a cabinet meeting held at the Old City of Jerusalem’s Western Wall

26 May 2017: Hundreds of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark ‘Jerusalem Day’, to mark 50 years since occupying East Jerusalem. It was reported to be the largest number of Jewish settlers to enter the Al-Aqsa compound at one time.

15 May 2017: Thirty-three settlers stormed into Al-Aqsa with protection from heavily-armed Israeli security forces.

18 April 2017: Forty-three settlers stormed into Al-Aqsa, including 12 students from the Students for the Temple Mount organisation. The attack was carried out in the morning from Al-Mughrabi Gate with protection from heavily-armed Israeli security forces.

13 April 2017: 385 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem in just one day. tormed the mosque in the morning while another 132 stormed it again in the afternoon under protection from armed Israeli soldiers. The settlers attempted to attack the mosque guards as they tried to perform Talmudic rituals.

10 April 2017: Israeli police temporarily banned 23 Palestinians from entering East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during Passover

16 March 2017:  42 settlers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Al-Selselah Gate and attempted to get into the Dome of the Rock. Al-Aqsa guards prevented settlers from breaking and entering.

1 March 2017: Fifty-six students from the Students for the Temple Mount organisation, along with 42 Jewish settlers, most of whom were in traditional black clothing, stormed the mosque with three members of the Israeli domestic intelligence agency.

28 February 2017:  Daily excavations being carried out under the Al-Aqsa Compound by Israeli occupation forces have caused sinkholes to appeared in neighbouring Palestinian towns, evidently the excavations are damaging the foundations and surroundings of the Compound.

21 February 2017:  Approximately 73 settlers storm Al-Aqsa whilst Palestinians were praying inside. The visit comes after the ISraeli Knesset  said Jewish Mk’s can enter the Holy Site. In the raid, the current and former Speakers of the Knesset were present.

12 February 2017: Worshippers and guards outside Al-Aqsa Mosque challenged Israeli police attempts to enter through Al-Mughrabi Gate.

25 January 2017: Over 100 members of Jewish settler gangs stormed Al-Aqsa in the morning in small groups through Al-Mughrabi Gate.

1 January 2016: Nearly 150 Jewish settlers stormed the Al- Aqsa Mosque 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.

Israeli raids at Al-Aqsa Mosque increased by at least 250% in 2016

Israeli soldiers at Al-Aqsa

30 December 2016: Monthly statistics reveal that some 2,057 Israelis stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque 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.

5 December 2016: Israeli police decide to lengthen the period of time dedicated to Jewish and non-Muslim visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

4 December 2016: Monthly statistics reveal that more than 1,300 Jewish settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in November, including 184 intelligence officers

11 November 2017: Israeli authorities revoked the weekly visitation permits for 150 Gazans to exit the besieged coastal enclave for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

7 November 2016: 82 Jewish settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy protection from Israeli security forces via the Israeli-controlled Al-Maghrebi Gate.

26 October 2016: October saw a record number of Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, with Israeli police relaxing restrictions on prayer and rituals by “Temple Mount activists” druing the three-week period of Jewish holidays.

23 October 2016: Far-right Jewish activists who support the return of the “Temple Mount” [Jewish name for Al-Aqsa Mosque] publish an article encouraging the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque ahead of the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

20 October 2016:  320 Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of Israeli forces on the fourth day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. They began performing religious rituals while in the compound but were stopped by the Mosque guards.

27 September 2016: Israel jails Al-Aqsa Mosque 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 mosque.

20 September 2016: Israeli occupation police and Israeli Special Forces broke into the Al-Aqsa mosque’s courtyards and deployed guards all around to facilitate the entry of a group of Israeli settlers and American Jews.

18 September 2017: 71 Israeli settlers  accompanied by extremist Rabbis, stormed the Al-Aqsa compound via the Al-Mughrabi gate. Muslim worshippers attempted to ward off the settlers but were met with aggression from Israeli police.

1 September 2016: Groups supporting the “Temple” called on their supporters to stage a collective storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of the new Jewish month.

1 July 2016: 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 measures at the military checkpoints stationed at the main entrances to occupied Jerusalem.

1 March 2016: Extremist Rabbi Yehuda Glick led a group of Jews to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque through Al-Mughrabi Gate under protection from heavily-armed Israeli security forces and the Rapid Response Force. There was great tension in the mosque amid chants of “Allahu Akbar” by worshippers.

3 February 2016: 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.

31 January 2016: The Israeli police hindered the Religious Endowment Department (Al-Awqaf) technical teams sent to restore one of the terraces in Al-Aqsa Mosque. Gangs of Jewish settlers also stormed Al-Aqsa from Al-Mughrabi Gate with protection from heavily-armed Israeli security forces.

6 January 2016: The occupation forces continued to prevent 60 female students from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque during the settler attacks on the Sanctuary. Meanwhile, a group of women continued to protest outside Al-Aqsa’s gates.

3 January 2016: Groups of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque from Al-Mughrabi Gate, guarded by members of the security forces and Rapid Response Force.

11 August 2015: The Israeli occupation forces prohibited women and children from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacked them. The forces arrested one woman and one child.

26 July 2015: Dozens of worshippers were wounded after Israeli forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

23 July 2015: The Israeli police prevented children attending summer camps from entering Al-Aqsa. The children gathered in front of the mosque’s gates to stage a peaceful protest.

20 July 2015: Settler gangs stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque through Al-Mughrabi Gate with protection from the security forces.

18 July 2015: On the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, settler gangs stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque from Al-Mughrabi Gate, protected by the security forces.

8 June 2015: Groups of students from Israeli institutions and universities, as well as Jewish settlers, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The extremist Jewish youth movement Im Tirtzu announced its organisation of large-scale incursions of Al-Aqsa in cooperation with the Students for the Temple Mount group.

12 May 2015: Groups from the Israeli intelligence agencies and settler gangs stormed Al-Aqsa from Al-Mughrabi Gate supported by the security forces.

3 May 2015: Members of the Jewish extremist group Students for the Temple Mount stormed Al-Aqsa through Al-Mughrabi Gate, guarded by the Israeli security forces.

9 April 2015: The Israeli police attacked and beat worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque 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.

22 March 2015: More than 120 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa from Al-Mughrabi Gate in small groups, protected by heavily-armed security forces.

24 February 2015: Al-Aqsa was subjected to systematic incursions by groups from the Students for the Temple Mount group through Al-Mughrabi Gate, guarded by the Israeli police.

17 February 2015: The Israeli police arrested a woman from Jerusalem as she left Al-Aqsa Mosque through Al-Nather Gate.

13 January 2015: The Israeli police confiscated the identity documents of male and female worshippers as they entered the mosque, only returning them when they left.

5 January 2015: Groups of Jewish settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and carried out inflammatory tours around the mosque, amid the cries and chants of worshippers and students.

1 January 2015: Extremist Jewish groups stormed Al-Aqsa through Al-Mughrabi Gate, guarded by the Israeli police.

16 March 2014: 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.

28 January 2014: Al-Aqsa guards thwarted an attempt by settlers to take Israeli flags into Al-Aqsa.

April 2013: Israeli occupation forces prohibited a group of female Muslim students from entering Al-Aqsa to attend classes early in the month.

27 September 2012: 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.

8 January 2012: 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.

18 September 2011: Small groups of extremist Jews stormed Al-Aqsa and roamed around the mosque accompanied by Israeli police and a heavy military presence.

20 August 2011: Israeli occupation forces attacked a group of worshippers who gathered at the gates of the Old City after being prohibited from entering Al-Aqsa.

20 December 2010: A settler was arrested after attempting to storm Al-Aqsa with explosives which he planned to place in Al-Qibli Mosque.

21 July 2010: Likud MK, Danny Danon (now Israel’s ambassador at the UN), stormed Al-Aqsa along with a number of fellow parliamentarians.

25 May 2010: Israeli police allowed a Haredi rabbi to perform complete Jewish religious rituals in Al-Aqsa for the first time and to prostrate before the Dome of the Rock during the day.

3 April 2010: The occupation authorities announced plans to build a large Pride of Israel Synagogue just 200 metres from Al-Aqsa Mosque.

15 March 2010: Hurva Synagogue near Al-Aqsa Mosque was opened.

12 October 2008: Israel opened a synagogue on Islamic Waqf (religious endowment) land, 50 metres from Al-Aqsa.

8 February 2006: Israel’s Ministry of Education and the Jewish Agency for Israel distributed thousands of copies of maps of the Old City in Jerusalem with a picture of the “Temple” in place of the Dome of the Rock.

4 April 2005: The Israeli police announced the details of a plan for the installation of motion detectors and cameras around Al-Aqsa Mosque.

1 April 2005: Israeli President Moshe Katsav requested that Jews be allowed to enter Al-Aqsa, just as they go into the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

9 September 2004: Menachem Froman, chief rabbi of the Tekoa settlement, held his daughter’s wedding in Al-Aqsa Mosque in a celebration involving the consumption of alcohol.

31 January 2003: An Israeli company placed labels with a picture of Al-Aqsa Mosque on its vodka bottles.

7 July 2001: Israeli authorities prevented the entry of construction and restoration materials into Al-Aqsa.

8 May 2001: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon formed a ministerial committee to prepare a mechanism allowing Jews and foreign tourists to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque.

18 April 2001: A Jewish museum was built near Al-Aqsa.

2 March 2001: Members of the Temple Mount Faithful movement filed an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding that the Islamic Waqf stop restoration work in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

29 September 2000: Israeli security forces committed a new massacre against worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque, killing and wounding dozens.

28 September 2000: Ariel Sharon stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque accompanied by a heavy security presence. This sparked the Aqsa Intifada.

11 January 2000: The Israeli Supreme Court decided that politicians are responsible for deciding issues regarding Al-Aqsa Mosque.

31 August 1997: Israeli plans to demolish Umayyad palaces near Al-Aqsa Mosque and expand the Buraq (“Wailing”) Wall were revealed.

11 March 1997: A judicial advisor to the Israeli government allowed Jews to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque after coordinating with the Israeli police.

26 January 1984: Two Jews entered Al-Aqsa Mosque in possession of large amounts of explosives and hand grenades with the intention of bombing the Dome of the Rock Mosque.

20 January 1983: An extremist group was formed in Israel and America whose mission is to rebuild the Temple in place of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

25 July 1982: Yoel Lerner, an activist affiliated with the illegal, terrorist Kach Movement, was arrested after planning to bomb the Dome of the Rock.

11 April 1982: Israeli soldier Harry Goldman opened fire in Al-Aqsa courtyard, killing two Palestinians and wounding more than 60 others.

24 February 1982: Gershon Salomon, founder and leader of the Temple Mount Faithful, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

28 August 1981: A tunnel was discovered under the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa, starting from the Buraq Wall.

13 January 1981: Members of the Temple Mount Faithful, along with other groups, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and raised Israeli flags and Torah scrolls.

28 January 1976: The Israeli Central Court ruled that Jews have the right to pray inside Al-Aqsa Mosque.

2 November 1969: Yigal Allon, acting Prime Minister of Israel, and his assistant stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

21 August 1969: An Australian tourist, Denis Michael Rohan, set fire to Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroying priceless artefacts.

1968: Israel issued a resolution to confiscate Palestinian land and property in occupied Jerusalem, claiming that they are “state land” despite the presence of the original owners. The resolution caused the confiscation of 3,345 dunams (825 acres).

15 June 1967: The head of the Military Rabbinate in the Israeli army, Shlomo Goren, and 50 of his followers performed religious rituals in Al-Aqsa courtyard.

7 June 1967: General Mordechai Gur and his soldiers entered Al-Aqsa Mosque on the third day of the 1967 War and raised the Israeli flag from the Dome of the Rock. They also burned copies of the Qur’an, prohibited worshippers from praying in the mosque and confiscated the keys.

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