Occupied Jerusalem – Rana Shamaa – Safa
The occupied city of Jerusalem, especially its old town, has turned into a military barracks, and a nightmare for its people and its blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the eve of the Israeli “flags march”, due to the unprecedented Israeli alert, strict racist measures, and a state that suffocates Jerusalemites and paralyzes their lives.
The occupation police raised the level of alertness and alertness among its forces, and turned the Old City, the Damascus Gate area, and the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque into a military barracks, to secure the provocative march tomorrow, Thursday, amid fears of an explosion.
It is scheduled that about 3 thousand members of the occupation police will participate in securing the settlers’ march, which is organized annually on the anniversary of the so-called “unification of Jerusalem”, that is, the anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of the city in 1967.
There is a state of intense anticipation among the Palestinians for what will happen to the situation tomorrow in the city of Jerusalem, especially that all eyes are directed towards the city, and what this day may bring in terms of developments and field events.
The extremist groups that oversee the organization of the march enjoy strong support from the Israeli political level, which always works to perpetuate the principle of imposing “full sovereignty” over Jerusalem. decision makers in Israel.
According to its annual route, the march usually starts from a street that cuts through the Ma’man Allah cemetery, west of Jerusalem, to the New Gate. From there, some settlers head to the Al-Buraq Wall directly through the Hebron Gate, and the other heads to the Damascus Gate and the Al-Wad Road to the Al-Buraq Wall.
For the first time since its organization, the deputy mayor of the occupation in Jerusalem, Aryeh King, announced new paths for the Judaization process.
King called on the settlers to go to several paths, which are the Mount Scopus road, leaving the “Beit Orot” settlement in the village of Al-Tur, and the Mount of Olives road, leaving the “Har Hazetim” settlement in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood, in addition to a direct meeting with the soldiers who occupied Jerusalem in 1967 in Several points, including the Lions Gate, Sheikh Jarrah, and Jabal Al Mukaber.
Despite the extremist threats to storm Al-Aqsa within the framework of the march’s itinerary, the occupation police chief in Jerusalem, Doron Turgeman, said that the march of flags would not pass through the mosque, and this was not approved.
“Last year, there were those who raised flags, which they hid under their clothes, and quickly got out of there,” he added.
Nightmare and danger
Jerusalem affairs specialist Fakhri Abu Diab says that the occupation’s preparations for the “flag march” will reach their climax this evening and tomorrow morning, by completely closing the streets and roads leading to Bab al-Amoud, Bab al-Jadid, the Musrara neighborhood, and Jaffa Street.
Abu Diab explained, in an interview with “Safa” agency, that the closures will affect Salah al-Din and Nablus Streets opposite Bab al-Amoud, in addition to the triangle of the town of Silwan, Wadi al-Jawz and Bab al-Khalil, amid an unprecedented military deployment of the occupation forces in the areas that the march crosses.
He added, “The flag march is an ideological Israeli policy that constitutes a nightmare and a real danger to Jerusalem, and turns the lives of its residents into hell, due to the occupation measures and the unprecedented state of alert in the Old City and the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to provide protection for the settlers participating in the march.”
And it shows that tomorrow will be a difficult day for Jerusalemites, as it will be punctuated by violations and attacks by settlers and the occupation police, and provocative actions, not to mention the closure of shops in the Old City, which affects the purchasing movement, in addition to the movement of movement.
The Damascus Gate and Al-Aqsa are the focus of confrontations and the focus of the conflict with the occupation, with the aim of “resolving sovereignty over the Holy City and consolidating the Jewish presence.”
According to Abu Diab, “The occupation’s deputy mayor’s announcement of new paths for the march is an attempt to consolidate the Israeli ‘presence’ in those areas, and expand the circle of confrontation and clash to include other Jerusalemite neighborhoods, as well as dyeing Jerusalem with the colors of the occupation flags.”
He believes that “the extremist Ben Gvir group is looking to ignite the region, in order to achieve political gains, and perhaps mix the cards, in order to impose their alleged sovereignty over Jerusalem.”
He points out that the “Temple Organizations” are trying to mobilize between 50-70 thousand settlers from all over historic Palestine to participate in the “flag march”, where buses were rented to transport these participants to the occupied city.
It shows that the occupation government and its municipality have allocated 110 million shekels for all the arrangements for the march, which are supervised by several occupation ministries, namely: National Security, Culture and Youth, Finance, and the so-called Ministry of Development of the Negev and Galilee, in addition to the occupation municipality.
And the most dangerous thing tomorrow – as the researcher Al-Maqdisi warns – is the mobilization of extremist groups to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning, and an attempt to determine the ages of worshipers allowed to enter the mosque, as well as raising the flags of the occupation inside its courtyards, and demanding the storming of the march to the mosque from the Lions’ Gate.
Despite these extremist claims, Abu Diab confirms that the settlers will not be able to storm Al-Aqsa in the evening hours, because that would constitute a detonator in the entire area.
And he stresses that the presence and the dense and permanent bond in Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a safety valve in thwarting the intentions of the occupation and its settlers, and the people of Jerusalem are fully aware of what falls upon them, because defending and protecting Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa is a legitimate and national duty.
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