Are we seeing a confrontation at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Ramadan?

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, Israeli security services begin preparations for the most difficult month of the entire year for them, especially since this year has come in the light of the war on the Gaza Strip, whether the fighting stopped before or during it. Yes or no. This month, and in light of unprecedented agitation by settler groups and the extreme right. In Israel following the October 7 debacle, which Israel has not yet been able to absorb or deal with its effects, despite the destruction it caused throughout the country. War was declared against the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Therefore, the preparations made by Israeli security services this year to deal with this holy month are considered to be the most sensitive since the Israeli occupation of the mosque in 1967, based on unprecedented circumstances.

The upcoming season of the holy month of Ramadan will see raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque in several seasons, the first of which is the festival of Purim, which will fall in the middle of the month of Ramadan. Although it is not usually one of the big raid seasons, this year it coincides with the challenge of the month of Ramadan and the battle of the “Flood”. Al-Aqsa gives it special importance to extremist temple groups

What we should know here is that when it comes to the holy month of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the occupation authorities usually deal with two levels of challenges:

  • The first level: represented by young Jerusalemites, usually accompanied by Palestinians from the Green Line areas, who are believed to be able to access the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque at other times because they have Israeli identity cards. There are letters.

These people – especially Jerusalem's youth – were often the greatest security burden for Israeli security services at the mosque in recent years. Especially the youth of the city of Jerusalem, who consider themselves in constant confrontation with the Israeli occupation state, and have also been on the front lines in several previous confrontations with the occupation forces inside the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

  • As for the second level: this concerns Palestinian residents of the West Bank, whom Israel generally prevents from free access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, except during the season of the holy month of Ramadan, during which it allows entry to a limited number of people each year. allows for. – West Bank Palestinians of specific ages, whether men or women. Security permit holders or women – reach the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to offer prayers, especially on Fridays.

This level generally does not constitute the most prominent security challenge for the occupation authorities every year, except for the level of reducing the numbers in the mosque, which encourages mass movements of Jerusalem youth inside the mosque. The presence of a large number of people there is being taken advantage of, which the occupying authorities fear and believe every year.

When numbers at Al-Aqsa Mosque are limited, this generally facilitates Israeli security control over the mosque, and ensures that it is able to control movement, prevent any friction or skirmishes, and disperse them easily. -Able to disperse.

But increasing the number inside the mosque is being considered a big security challenge. Due to the inability of the occupation police to control the movement of the public, especially in cases of security unrest, such as, for example, the incident seen at the mosque during Ramadan in 2021.

The bottom line is that Israel fears the holy month of Ramadan, and considers it the heaviest month of the year for them. So what if he deals with it in the light of everything that has been happening since its outbreak in the region this year. The seventh of last October? Therefore, it appears that Israel has begun working on practical preparations for this phase early, indicating that the issue of allowing West Bank Palestinians access to Al-Aqsa in the upcoming month of Ramadan. There is disagreement between the army and the police.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported the same a few days ago, where Israeli journalist Itamar Eknar claims that the occupation police – acting under the authority of Minister Itamar Ben Gvir – want to implement a “zero Palestinians” policy; Specifically, preventing all West Bank residents from accessing the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. The Israeli military leadership sees the need to allow a limited number of West Bank residents access to Al-Aqsa in order to ease the intense pressure in the West Bank.

I say; Those are deliberate initial leaks; Because the intention is apparently to almost completely restrict the access of West Bank residents to Jerusalem this year, despite what Yedioth Ahronoth claims about the existence of disagreements, because of the disagreements the newspaper cites. , they are not concerned with principle but rather with quantity, meaning that the disagreement revolves around whether Israel should allow a very limited number of West Bank residents access to Al-Aqsa, Or should they all be stopped?

This is to be expected, because it is inappropriate for Israel to put pressure on West Bank cities with its various daily attacks and then open the gates of the city of Jerusalem to West Bank residents while Jerusalem itself is closed. Its Palestinian residents themselves.

As for the goal of these leaks, in my opinion: it is to prepare Palestinian public opinion to anticipate what the occupation will do in the context of measures to exclude all Palestinians from mosques and prevent religious activities during the holy month of Ramadan. What preparations are the armies making? In fact, there are other targets behind it that the occupation authorities do not announce, and they may be the real intended targets.

The upcoming season of the holy month of Ramadan will see raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque in several seasons, the first of which is the festival of Purim, which will fall in the middle of the month of Ramadan. Although this is not normally one of the major raid seasons, this year it coincides with the challenge of the month of Ramadan and the battle of the “Flood”. Al-Aqsa” gives it particular importance to extremist temple groups, the right-wing Religious Zionist movement, and the Kahanist movement, whose extremist National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir is one of its most important pillars.

Therefore, this season will be an opportunity to showcase Itamar Ben Gvir's power at Al-Aqsa Mosque and prove his ability to enforce Israeli sovereignty over Al-Aqsa Mosque in a way that even Benjamin Netanyahu himself could not do. . Perhaps this would be a golden opportunity for Ben Gvir to present himself as a right-wing leader in Israel, and that is what he has been doing since he took up the post of ministry, especially when the events of the ongoing war began.

This station will be a very important station, because the right-wing Israeli government will evaluate it in an integrated manner. In preparation for the next stop immediately after the end of the blessed month of Ramadan, which is the occasion of the Jewish Passover, which will fall from the 23rd to the 30th of next April, just two weeks after the end. The holy month of Ramadan, during which extremist temple groups will attempt to sacrifice animals inside this year… Al-Aqsa Mosque is taking advantage of the end of the Ramadan season and the return of the number of Muslims, more seriously than ever before. There will generally be a reduction, as is customary, with the war atmosphere in the region.

Therefore it can be said here; The occupation government faces a major challenge in the holy month of Ramadan, to significantly reduce the number of Muslims during the month, while carrying out Purim raids to the extent that it can achieve its success. Believes.

Her success in this endeavor essentially means unlocking her hunger to implement an old dream which she has been unable to implement for the past several years after the end of the month of Ramzan, in which animals were sacrificed inside the mosque. Involves implementing the ritual and completing the final. A Biblical religious ritual designed to stabilize the change in status quo by turning the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a temple. Morally Jewish, so that you can work from that moment on physically turning it into a temple, either by allocating a part of the land of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a prelude to this purpose, or by using land as part of the mosque's territory. To completely control at least half of it, as Israel has dreamed of for more than fifty-five years.

Even in the current war, Israel will consider this a central victory for itself, given that the Palestinian resistance placed the Al-Aqsa Mosque at the top of the strategic targets set for Operation “Al-Aqsa Flood” on the seventh day. Of last October.

This case puts the ball in the court of Jerusalemites and Palestinians in the West Bank, because Israel's ability to implement all these measures depends on Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Palestinian interior complying with the expected Israeli sanctions. How to deal with it. Measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

It should be remembered here that generally the rise of religious sentiment among Muslims during the month of Ramadan is considered to be the biggest issue that Israel fears. Because it is this very spirit that motivates Palestinians in those same days to challenge Israeli measures at the highest level, both in their psychological preparedness and in their popular numbers, and this is what Israel does not want, because there is no major threat to Jerusalem. The spark could ignite a new intifada or lead to an expansion of the scope of the war. To such an extent that neither Israel nor its allies can withstand it.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Al Jazeera.

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