Bahraini delegation joins al-Aqsa Mosque raid by illegal Zionist settlers after 'silent prayers' ruling
Illegal Zionist settlers, under the protection of the regime’s forces, have once again broken into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied al-Quds to "perform silent prayers," after an Israeli judge facilitated such moves.
Over 60 illegal settlers stormed the site on Thursday morning, when they engaged in measures against Palestinians and shouted anti-Islam slogans, according to Palestinian media.
The illegal settlers entered through al-Aqsa Mosque’s Bab al-Amoud Gate, which is also known as the Damascus Gate.
According to the Quds News Network, a Bahraini delegation also partook in the settlers’ Thursday raid into al-Aqsa Mosque. They performed rituals alongside the settlers and took pictures at al-Buraq Wall.
It came a day after an Israeli regime court’s decision to grant the settlers the right to “perform silent prayers” on the site.
Israeli forces also repeatedly assault and detain Palestinian worshipers at the holy site.
Israeli court: Silent prayer not illegal
In an unprecedented decision on Wednesday, an Israeli judge ruled that silent prayer by the illegal Zionist settlers at al-Aqsa Mosque compound was not a “criminal act,” as it would not violate police instructions.
Jordan condemned the decision, stressing that the Islamic Religious Endowments had the sole legal authority to administer the affairs of the compound.
“The decision is a serious violation of the historical and legal status of al-Aqsa Mosque,” Jordan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement.
The Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Ministry also denounced the ruling as flagrant aggression against al-Aqsa mosque.
This decision constitutes a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations and an open call to a religious war in the region, it said.
Zionist entity continues land grab
Thursday also marked the second consecutive day that Israeli bulldozers razed Palestinian lands in al-Sawiya village, south of Nablus.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors colonial settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said that the Israeli bulldozers have been razing a large tract of land belonging to the villagers of al-Sawiya along all the way to the lands of the nearby town of Yasuf, Palestine’s official WAFA news agency reported.
The village, along with other Palestinian villages and towns in Nablus and Salfit districts, has been frequently attacked by the illegal settlers.
In the village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, south of Nablus, five Palestinians were injured as they confronted the pillage of their land, according to local sources.
Daghlas said that the Israeli forces assaulted Nael Awaisa, injuring him in the head before detaining him.
The Israeli soldiers also fired at other villagers who were trying to prevent Israeli bulldozers from razing their land in Wadi Yasuf, injuring four of them with rubber-coated steel bullets.
The bulldozers were laying the groundwork for the construction of a settlers-only road.
According to local sources, Israeli forces kidnapped at least 11 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank on Thursday.