signs of qiyamah

Inside the mosque now (al aqsa this morning). Someone has to say enough.

The West Bank is creeping towards Jerusalem, going to martyrdom by the millions.

Live: Israeli forces violently storm al-Aqsa Mosque
Middle East eye, May 10 2021

A Palestinian man helps a wounded fellow protester amid clashes with Israeli security forces
at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Follow MEE’s updates from Jerusalem and beyond as tensions soar over the threatened eviction of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah. Hundreds reported wounded in crackdown on Monday morning. Israelis set to perform incendiary march through Jerusalem as tensions soar. Israel’s Supreme Court has postponed a hearing regarding the planned evictions of Palestinian families. Many are only just waking up to see the scenes unfolding in Jerusalem on social media. Here’s a MEE video on this morning’s events so far:

Sami Abou Shahadeh, a Palestinian MP in the Israeli parliament representing the Joint List, has condemned the scenes:

Israelis are set to march through Jerusalem today celebrating their victory in the 1967 Middle East war:

Meanwhile the Red Crescent is reporting its medics are being denied access:

‘Hundreds wounded and 50 hospitalised’
34 minutes ago
The Palestinian Red Crescent said Israeli forces have wounded “hundreds” of Palestinians in the crackdown at al-Aqsa Mosque. So far around 50 have been transferred to hospitals in Jerusalem and the Red Crescent’s own field hospital, it added. Earlier there were reports that Israeli police have been arresting wounded Palestinians trying to flee the mayhem.

In pictures: Israeli forces raid al-Aqsa
39 minutes ago

WATCH: Live footage from al-Aqsa Mosque
1 hour ago
The violent Israeli raid on al-Aqsa Mosque has come as a shock on Monday morning. Though an incendiary Israeli march is expected through Jerusalem today, as Israel celebrates the anniversary of its 1967 capture of Jerusalem’s eastern neighbourhoods, security officials had reportedly decided to restrict Jews from entering al-Aqsa’s complex itself. Thousands of Palestinians therefore believed they would be able to pray at the site in peace this morning. But instead hundreds of Israeli police have stormed the mosque. Follow the raid on Middle East Eye’s live feed here.

Three Palestinians hospitalised: Red Crescent
1 hour ago
Casualties are mounting at al-Aqsa Mosque, with the Palestinian Red Crescent reporting that three of the wounded have been taken to al-Maqasid Hospital. Meanwhile, Firas al-Dibs of the Jerusalem Endowments told Anadolu Agency that wounded Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces outside the Lions’ Gate as they attempt to flee the crackdown.

Palestinians trapped in Qibli Mosque as Israeli troops seize control
1 hour ago
MEE’s correspondent at al-Aqsa reports that police are attempting to force everyone out towards the exits with heavy use of tear gas. Many have been forced to leave already, escaping the crackdown. Police are stationed in central areas of the complex now, mainly in the courtyard of the Dome of the Rock. Several worshippers are trapped inside al-Qibli Mosque at the moment and the Israeli forces are trying to clear them out as well.

Dozens wounded by Israeli forces, say religious authorities
1 hour ago
Exact numbers of casualties are not yet available, but the Red Crescent is already treating wounded Palestinians. Religious authorities said dozens are wounded. Video footage from inside al-Aqsa’s Qibli Mosque shows vast plumes of tear gas as Israeli forces raid one of the holiest sites in Islam during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Israelis also raided the mosque on Friday night, in scenes that were condemned worldwide. This morning, the Israelis have seized the al-Aqsa Mosque’s audio control room, hampering the Palestinians’ ability to safely coordinate. MEE’s correspondent in al-Aqsa Mosque reports that many Palestinians have been forced to flee because of the heavy use of tear gas.

BREAKING: Israeli forces violently storm al-Aqsa Mosque

A Middle East Eye correspondent in the al-Aqsa Mosque is reporting that Israeli forces are violently storming the complex. The armed police are shooting tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians, and beating them violently, he reported. Israeli police have forced their way into the Qibli Mosque, al-Aqsa’s main prayer area, in scenes reminiscent of the violent crackdown on Friday night. Outside the mosque, Israeli police are massing in an attempt to seize total control of the area. MEE’s reporter said the forces have been breaking the security camera around the area. Palestinians in the al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyard are facing off the Israeli aggression by throwing stones.

Protests continue as incendiary Jerusalem march approaches
4 hours ago
Hello MEE readers, here is what you need to know about the situation on Sunday in Jerusalem. Palestinians protested in cities across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza for Sheikh Jarrah, despite Israel’s postponement of a key hearing. Netanyahu has meanwhile doubled down in the face of international criticism of the evictions, insisting Israel will continue to build settlements, in violation of international law. Monday marks Jerusalem Day, when far-right Israelis march through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The day marks the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, which they celebrate as the city’s “unification.” Fearing a further escalation in violence, Israeli security officials have urged the government to postpone the march.

Clashes Between Palestinians, Jews in Israel Go on For Day Three
Daria Bedenko, Sputnik News, Nay 9 2021

Clashes between Palestinians and Jews that began on Friday continue in the city of Jerusalem, evolving from weeks of tensions during Ramadan and more recently a forthcoming decision by an Israeli court that could have dozens of Palestinian families evicted from their houses in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Protests in Israel continued on Sunday, with several cities also seeing unrest in support of those Palestinian families that will potentially be evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem. Demonstrations popped up in several Israeli cities inclduing Haifa and Nazareth. Some people were filmed throwing stones and fireworks in Jerusalem’s neighbourhood of Ma’ale ha-Zeitim. The Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood has also seen demonstrations.

Police have been filmed trying to disperse the crowds (in Haifa – RB):

​As clashes continued in Israel over the possible eviction of the Palestinians, the Israeli court has delayed the hearing, according to Al Jazeera. The Saturday unrest has reportedly seen at least 90 Palestinians injured, while Friday clashes had over 200 Palestinians injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent organisation, and 18 police officers hurt, according to Israeli police.

Hundreds injured after Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem amid ongoing Palestinian protests, May 10 2021

More than 200 injuries have been reported after Israeli forces raided Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, for the second time since Friday, amid soaring tensions over Israeli plans to forcibly evict Palestinian families from their homes. Israeli security personnel MAGAV cops used tear gas and stun grenades while storming the holy site, according to eyewitness reports. At least 215 people have been injured, according to the Palestine Red Crescent, resulting in 50 hospitalizations. Nine officers sustained injuries during the clashes, Israeli police said.

Footage posted to social media appears to show a skirmish outside the mosque:

Another clip posted to social media purportedly shows the moment Israeli forces entered the mosque:

Clashes over Israeli settlements prompt fears for Monday’s Jerusalem Day march
Oliver Holmes, Guardian, May 10 2021

Israeli police have stormed a sacred Jerusalem site that holds the Dome of the Rock following all-night clashes with Palestinian protesters, ahead of a planned parade by hardline Israeli nationalists through the Old City in a provocative annual flag-waving march. The Palestine Red Crescent reported seven injuries overnight, including four hospitalisations, as officers in riot gear clashed with Palestinian demonstrators in East Jerusalem. Confrontations continued until after dawn, when police moved in to an Old City compound housing the al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, and fired stun grenades at worshippers, who lobbed stones. Footage from the scene showed crowds of people running in front of the mosque amid clouds of smoke.

Tensions have soared in recent days in advance of the now-delayed Israeli court ruling on whether authorities were able to evict dozens of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, located just outside the old city, and give their homes to Jewish settlers. The late-night skirmishes raised fears about further clashes on Monday during the Jerusalem Day celebrations which mark the anniversary of when Israeli troops captured the entire city in 1967. Israeli police gave the go-ahead for the parade, despite days of unrest at a flashpoint holy site and in a nearby Arab neighbourhood where Jewish settlers have been trying to evict Palestinians from their homes. Addressing a special cabinet meeting ahead of Jerusalem Day, Netanyahu said:

We will not allow any extremists to destabilise the calm in Jerusalem. We will enforce law and order decisively and responsibly. We will continue to maintain freedom of worship for all faiths, but we will not allow violent disturbances. We emphatically reject the pressures not to build in Jerusalem.

The US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, on Sunday expressed “serious concerns” about the violent clashes in Jerusalem in a phone call with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, the White House said in a statement.

Israeli police clash with Palestinians at al-Aqsa mosque – video

Israel has faced mounting international criticism of its heavy police response and the planned evictions. Last week a UN rights body described the expulsion of Arabs from their homes as a possible war crime. On Sunday Jordan, which has custodianship of Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem, described Israel’s actions against worshippers at al-Aqsa as “barbaric.” On Saturday night, 120 people were injured, including a one-year-old child and 14 were taken to hospital. It came a day after more than 200 Palestinians were wounded in violence around the al-Aqsa mosque. Israeli police said 20 officers have been injured in recent days. In East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, Palestinians feel an increasing threat from settlers who have sought to expand the Jewish presence there through buying homes, constructing new buildings, and court-ordered evictions, such as the case in Sheikh Jarrah. Nabil al-Kurd, a 77-year-old whose family faces losing their home, said the evictions were a racist attempt to “expel Palestinians and replace them with settlers.” Under Israeli law, Jews who can prove a title from before the 1948 war that accompanied the country’s creation can claim back their Jerusalem properties. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs were displaced in the same conflict, but no similar law exists for Palestinians who lost their homes in the city. al-Kurd told the Guardian:

This an attempt by the settlers, supported by the government, to seize our homes with force. Enough is enough.

On Sunday afternoon, in light of the tensions and after a request from the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, the supreme court agreed to delay the hearing. It said it should be held within a month. Still, the hiatus might not be enough to end the crisis. Previous Jerusalem Day marches have seen participants harass Arab residents and bang on shuttered doors as they descend through the Muslim quarter. Palestinians have also complained of oppressive restrictions on gatherings during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Nir Hasson wrote in Haaretz:

The government have made a series of bad decisions during the past few weeks, including the unrestrained freedom given to police in the streets, where on Friday they acted as if they had been sent to fan the flames, not to extinguish them. In the end, half of Israel’s capital city is occupied, and 40% of its residents are non-citizens who view Israel as a foreign, oppressive regime. The police and other authorities must recognise this and act to restore calm.

Palestinians have held nightly protests in Sheikh Jarrah. A reporter for Israeli public TV tweeted footage of a Jewish driver whose car was attacked with stones and windows shattered at the entrance to Sheikh Jarrah on Saturday. Hamas urged Palestinians to remain at al-Aqsa until Ramadan ends, saying:

The resistance is ready to defend al-Aqsa at any cost.

Netanyahu’s provocations in East Jerusalem threaten war with Palestinians
Jean Shaoul, WSWS, May 10 2021

Sheikh Jarrah, Saturday May 8 2021. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

Palestinian demonstrators were met once again on Sunday night by Israeli police clad in riot gear and on horseback in a neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem where Zionist settlers are seeking to evict Palestinian families from their homes. Sunday’s protests follow days of clashes incited by heavy-handed Israeli repression. Demonstrators also took to the streets of the northern port city of Haifa, where 18 were arrested, as well as Nazareth and Ramallah. There were also clashes with riot police outside the gates of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where an attack on a Palestinian by Israeli civilians sparked a protest. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 14 people had been treated for injuries suffered at the hands of the Israeli security forces, bringing the total number treated for injuries over the past three days to 560. Netanyahu’s government have readied the police and army in preparation for further clashes with the Palestinians on Monday, when a provocative march by far-right Israeli nationalists is to take place in Jerusalem. Tensions have been mounting in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank since the start of the month-long Ramadan fast on Apr 12. The authorities installed barricades around the plaza outside the Damascus Gate, a traditional gathering place during Ramadan for worshippers after prayers in the al-Aqsa mosque, leading to multiple clashes with police and hundreds of injured Palestinians. In addition, the authorities had disconnected the mosque’s loudspeakers so that the call to prayer would not disrupt Israel’s Memorial Day ceremony for fallen soldiers at the Western Wall, and restricted the number of West Bank Palestinians attending Ramadan services at the compound to just 10k, subject to vaccination.

There have been nightly confrontations with the police in Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighbourhood north of the Old City. Palestinian Israelis have been gathering to protest the likely eviction of Palestinian families, in a long-running legal case, to make way for settler homes and the increasing encirclement of the Old City by Jews. The fascistic and racist legislator Itamar Ben-Gvir, cultivated by Netanyahu in a bid to bolster his support base, sought to fan the flames by setting up his own “office” in the neighbourhood. The Supreme Court hearing on the case, set for today, has been postponed for 30 days at the Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s request. The planned eviction is part of the government’s broader process of judaicising the city, making it impossible for the Palestinians to ever set up their own mini-state with some part of East Jerusalem as its capital. Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank include home demolitions, settlement expansion and displacement of Palestinians, in flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention and international laws prohibiting an occupying power from destroying property or transferring its own civilians to occupied territories. It is de facto ethnic cleansing.

Last Thursday night, hundreds of far-right Jewish Israelis marched through Jerusalem’s streets chanting “death to Arabs” and confronted Palestinians, leading to the wounding of more than 100 Palestinians, with 21 needing hospitalisation, and around 50 arrests. On Friday night, riot police stormed Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa compound, known as al-Haram al-Sharif to Muslims and Temple Mount to Jews, entering the mosque and trampling on prayer rugs with their boots, after they claimed Palestinians threw rocks and fireworks at officers. More than 200 Palestinians were injured, with 88 taken to hospital, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in full riot gear, using rubber bullets and stun grenades inside the mosque and in the plaza. According to the Palestine Red Crescent, one of those injured lost an eye, two suffered serious head wounds and two had their jaws fractured. Hundreds of worshippers went on to Sheikh Jarrah to show their solidarity, where they were met by police using water cannon mounted on armoured vehicles. Israel’s public security minister, Amir Ohana, said:

The police have my complete backing to use all means, force and the necessary power to restore law and order.

Netanyahu said in a meeting with security officials:

Israel is acting responsibly to ensure respect for law and order in Jerusalem while allowing freedom of worship.

On Saturday night, as an estimated 90k worshippers gathered to mark Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, the holiest night of Ramadan, clashes erupted with Israeli police outside the Old City. According to the Palestine Red Crescent, at least 120 people were injured, including a one-year-old child, with 14 taken to hospital. Police again sought to limit the numbers coming to worship at al-Aqsa by setting up roadblocks and halting public transport from other parts of the country, forcing Palestinians to walk along highways. Others ferried stranded worshippers into the city. There were angry protests by Palestinian Israelis in towns throughout the country, including Jaffa and Nazareth, against the threatened Sheikh Jarrah evictions and Friday night’s raids on al-Aqsa, marking an unprecedented involvement of Israel’s Palestinian citizens in anti-government protests from which they have traditionally stood apart. Tensions are also mounting in the occupied West Bank, where there are almost daily reports of the killing and wounding of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers, as well as unprecedented levels of settler violence against Palestinians and their property. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently postponed Palestinian elections (the first since 2006) amid plummeting support for his Fatah faction, once the leading faction in the PLO, citing Israel’s (longstanding) refusal to guarantee it would allow Palestinians in East Jerusalem to vote.

The al-Aqsa clashes have brought condemnation from Egypt and Jordan, fearing that any instability in the Palestinian territories could spill over into their own unstable countries. Turkey, as well as Bahrain and the UAE, two of the countries that signed normalisation accords with Israel last year, issued statements criticising Israel. The US State Dept responded by urging “both sides to exercise decisive leadership” to quell the violence, in effect gave its backing to Israel. Secretary of State spokesperson Ned Price said:

We call on Israeli and Palestinian officials to act decisively to deescalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence.

Netanyahu’s order to the IDF to expand its forces in the West Bank by four battalions, assist the police in security and deploy Iron Dome batteries in the south, takes place as Israel’s settler groups and far-right forces began marking Jerusalem Day, starting last night and ending today. The day marks the anniversary of East Jerusalem’s capture from Jordan in the 1967 Arab Israeli war and its illegal annexation to Israel. The main event is today’s planned march through Arab neighbourhoods in the city, taunting the Palestinians. It has stoked dissent within Israel, as senior security officials warned that the flag march on Jerusalem Day could fan the flames in East Jerusalem and cause the violence to spread to Gaza and the West Bank. They have urged politicians to postpone the march, limit the number of participants and change the route, so as not to enter the al-Aqsa compound. A police spokesman told Israel’s Army Radio Sunday night that the provocative march would take place. These moves come as President Reuven Rivlin has called on opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a government after Netanyahu proved incapable of cobbling together a coalition that would ensure his ability to evade his corruption trial, now entering its evidence sessions. The eruption of a new Palestinian uprising would preempt any possibility of Lapid’s potential right-wing partners such as Naphtali Bennett of Yamina or Mansour Abbas’ United Arab List joining his coalition, thereby precipitating a fifth election and/or a state of emergency that would ensure his continued premiership.

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