Israel is exploiting the international and Arabic silence to create new geographic and demographic realities in occupied Jerusalem, the Safa News Agency reported the Palestinian Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs Sheikh Yousif Ideis saying yesterday.
He expected that the Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy city of Jerusalem to increase after the US recognition that the city is Israel’s undivided capital.
The minister pointed out that the Israeli occupation had 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.
Meanwhile, he said that the Israeli occupation is Judaising Jerusalem by cutting off Palestinian residential neighbourhoods from it. He also noted that Israel is changing the city through its policy of Judaising “every Islamic and Arabic site”, excavation works and the demolition of Arab and Muslim cemeteries.
He also said that preventing the Palestinians and Arabs from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque or the city of Jerusalem and putting restrictions on the worshippers who enter the mosque also contributes to changing the nature of the city.
The minister revealed that the Israeli occupation has tightened security measures around the Lions Gate and the Old City by setting up large checkpoints.
At the same time, he said, the Israeli settlers increased their raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque and increased their performance of Talmudic rituals inside its courtyards.