1,300 attacks and violations against religious shrines committed by the occupation last year

JERUSALEM _ Palestine News Network

In its annual report on Israeli violations and attacks on religious shrines in the occupied territories, the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs has monitored some 1,300 attacks during 2018.

The Israeli occupation has desecrated and assaulted the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, 376 times, and some 30,000 settlers have broken into its yards, the ministry said in a report on Wednesday.

The report recorded 25 schemes and projects, more than 20 attacks and desecration of cemeteries and mosques in the occupied territories, and the occupation authorities deported more than 176 people from the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The occupation prevented the azan from being lifted at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, 631, and closed its doors 10 days in full, and more than 48 different violations were recorded against him.

The report stated that the Palestinian territories witnessed a number of difficult events during 2018, in an effort to take full control of Jerusalem, the law of the "unified Jerusalem" was ratified.

The settlers continued to break into the Al-Aqsa mosque daily (except Friday and Saturday) and in increasing numbers, amid a fierce inflammatory campaign against the mosque calling for its demolition and an inflammatory campaign for the whole Palestinian in Jerusalem. The occupation also flooded the city with surveillance cameras, roadblocks and checkpoints.

The occupation in his arrogance towards the worshippers arrested many of them, including al-Aqsa guards, handed down decisions to deport either the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the whole city, impose fines on Jerusalemites and beat others.

The occupation authorities continued to fight the Adhaan, with the last year discussing the "Muezzin law", which limits the use of loudspeakers in mosques.

The occupation was aimed at the Reconstruction Committee, which had a share of assault and detention, preventing them from carrying out their work, confiscating their equipment, breaking into their headquarters and disrupting numerous projects for mosques.

The occupation continued to restrict Christians and their property, their freedom of access to their places of worship, and the announcement by the Minister of Justice of the occupying government, Ilit Shamsure, of the attempt to enact a law aimed at confiscating land belonging to the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, claiming "the protection" of buildings erected in them and  "inhabited by Israelis". .

The Israeli occupation forces and police assaulted the monks and arrested one of them during the repression of a stop organized by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem in the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in protest against the government's refusal to carry out the Coptic Church's restoration work inside the Coptic Sultan monastery.



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