BlackHouse, Sep. 13 – The series of massacres committed by the Zionist entity against Palestinian holy grounds since 1948 grows ever longer. In this article however, we will touch on some of the transgressions against the Aqsa mosque and worshippers inside it, who have had their blood painted on its walls and grounds throughout the years of the occupation.
The first Aqsa massacre took place in the Aqsa mosque in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) on the morning of Monday October 8th 1990, at 10:30 a.m, just before the noon prayer. Jewish extremists who refer to themselves as the “Temple Mount Faithful Movement” attempted to place the cornerstone of the so called “3rd temple” in the courtyard of the Aqsa mosque, whereupon citizens from al-Quds, as usual, attempted to stop the extremists from doing so. This led to a fight between around four thousand worshippers and Jewish extremists led by Gershon Salomon; Occupation soldiers present in the mosque’s courtyard intervened at once, indiscriminately raining live ammunition upon the worshippers, resulting in 21 martyrs, 150 injured, and 270 arrested. The ambulances’ arrival was purposefully delayed, and some doctors and nurses were injured on duty. The dead and wounded were not evacuated until 6 hours had gone by since the beginning of the massacre.
The second Aqsa massacre is referred to as the “Tunnel Intifada”. This massacre took place after the occupation announced the opening of the tunnel located by the Western Wall of the Aqsa mosque on Monday September 23rd 1996. Thereupon violent confrontations erupted between the Palestinians and the Palestinian police on one side against occupation soldiers on the other, throughout all of Palestine, in defense of the blessed Aqsa mosque. These confrontations led to the martyrdom of 51 Palestinians, the injury of 300 others, as well as the killing of 15 Israelis and the injury of 78. The confrontations lasted three days.
The third Aqsa massacre took place when Sharon visited the Aqsa mosque on Thursday September 28th, 2000, a matter understood by the Palestinians to be a desecration of the blessed grounds of the mosque, which led to Palestinian youth rising up against his visit to foil it, even though he was protected by 9000 occupation soldiers.
The next day on Friday, September 29th, 2000, occupation soldiers opened fire on the worshippers before they had even finished their Friday Prayers. Confrontations took place in the mosque’s courtyard between worshippers and occupation soldiers, which led to a horrific massacre wherein 250 Palestinians fell casualty. The confrontations then spread throughout all of Palestine, the West Bank, the Gaza strip, and even the ’48 territories, which led to the blessed beginning of the Second Intifada wherein Muslims in the holy grounds gave hundreds of martyrs and thousands of wounded in defense of their religion and their Aqsa.
We will also publish an account of the longest series of Israeli continuous aggression against the Aqsa mosque:
15/8/1967 The Israeli army’s senior rabbi Shlomo Goren and fifty of his followers hold a prayer in the courtyard of the mosque.
8/8/1973 Rabbi Louis Rabinovitch and KM Benjamin Khelef held a prayer inside the mosque’s courtyard.
28/1/1976 Judge Ruth Aud of the Israeli central court rules that Jews have a right to pray inside the courtyard.
3/1/1991 “Temple Mount Faithful” members, led by Rabbi Moshei Shegel, and some Hatehya movement burst into the mosque’s courtyard to pray, holding the Israeli flag and Torahs.
24/2/1993 The leader of the extremist “Temple Mount Faithful” movement, Gershom Salomon burst into the Aqsa mosque’s courtyard to hold a prayer and religious rites
2/3/1982 A group of Jewish extremists from the Kiryat Arba’ settlement, armed with firearms, attempted to break into the Aqsa courtyard from the Selsela gate after assaulting two guard and had an armed confrontation with the Arab guards.
11/4/1982 An Israeli soldiers by the name of Harry Goldman broke into the holy rock area, firing his firearm at random, killing two and wounded more than 60 others.
25/3/1988 Around 20 members of the “Temple Mount Faithful” movement headed to the courtyard of the mosque with a police escort.
A committee from the Knesset interior committee, led by Dov Shilanski, entered the courtyard under heavy Israeli police security, in an attempt to establish Jewish presence thereat.
9/8/1989 For the first time, in an official capacity, Israeli police allowed Jews to pray at the doors of the holy mosque.
19/9/1990 A group of Jewish extremists took a tour in the mosque’s courtyard on the occasion of the Jewish new year. One of them blew his shofar (horn) near the Al-Rahma doorway.
28/1/1990 Israeli police allowed tens of extremists from the racist Kakh movement to enter the courtyard, whereupon they made provocative gestures, repeating chants against Arabs and Muslims.
27/12/1990 A groups of tens of “Temple Mount Faithful” members, led by Gershon Salomon, broke into the courtyard despite police having disallowed visits.
2/4/1992 Around fifty members of the aforementioned group gathered by the mosque’s doorway, holding signs calling for the rebuilding of the Temple Mount in the location of the Aqsa mosque.