In a classic example of Israel’s Apartheid rule, Israeli police decided to ban Palestinian (Muslim) worshipers from the Damascus Gate area outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, just as the holy month of Ramadan had begun, but decided to grant unrestricting access to Israeli (Jewish) settlers.
For the past 5 days, since Ramadan started, hundreds of Palestinian worshipers have been brutalised by Israeli Police for trying to attend Ramadan Prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Police fired stun grenades and teargas canisters, used water cannons and beat up worshippers near the Damascus Gate. According to one report, the police even cut the wires to the sound system at the Al-Aqsa mosque in order to prevent the Muezzin from being able to call worshipers to prayer (the equivalent of someone sabotaging church bells to stop Christians from attending church).
During Ramadan, worshipers normally arise before sunrise to take a meal and pray together with other worshipers before they begin their daily fast. However the Israeli police hatched a plan to confiscate the food that had been brought in for the early morning meals, presumably to further deter worshipers from coming to the mosque.
The holy month of Ramadan is a time when Muslim worshipers would normally be attending the mosques for regular prayers throughout the day. Restricting access itself would be highly provocative (something the authorities would be well aware of), but to give access to Jewish settlers while restricting Muslims would be nothing short of incendiary.
The Palestinian Chronicle reports, on Saturday nights clashes, that nine worshipers sustained injuries and another was detained by Israeli Police.
Worth noting that there’s not a whisper about any of this by the UK mainstream media or any of the news channels of, which rather begs the question – ‘are they indifferent to Israeli Apartheid and brutality or are they just worried that they might get slandered as Antisemitic if they even mentioned it?’