In February 2022, Al-Aqsa Mosque was stormed by settlers and Israeli soldiers 20 times, while the occupation authorities prevented the call to prayer 43 times in Al- Ibrahimi Mosque, in Hebron, south of the West Bank.
The Palestinian Ministry of Endowments issued a report on Thursday detailing the Israeli violations committed at Al-Aqsa and Ibrahimi Mosques, and other places of worship in February.
The report documented the arrest of hundreds of Palestinians of the West Bank by the occupation police, which prevented them from arriving at Al-Aqsa mosque to perform prayers and ritual, especially on Friday, while allowing settlers to perform Talmudic rituals under the protection of the occupation police.
The report also emphasised that the Israeli authorities continue the excavations work in order to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque. It pointed out to the allocation of a budget of $78 million, to strengthen Judaisation, control Jerusalem, and change the status-quo there.
The Israeli occupation intelligence (Shin Bet) stormed the headquarters of the Zakat Committee in Al-Aqsa Mosque, sabotaged, and seized all computers and files there, and closed the roof of Bab Al-Rahma with chains, according to the report.
The report stated that “The occupation authorities continue to prevent construction and maintenance workers from carrying out their work in Al-Ibrahimi Mosque”, adding that “it continues to bulldoze and dig its yards.”
The report added that Israeli forces stormed Al-Bab Al-Sharqi area in Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, installed benches in preparation for the storming of dozens of border guards’ soldiers.
The occupation also put new tents in the courtyards of Al-Ibrahimi, renewed the staircase of the southern eastern Haram, and increased the width of the courtyard with the aim of further Judaising it.
The occupation authorities had issued notices to stop work in a mosque in the village of Marda near Salfit, and to stop the ongoing restoration work in the shrine of the Prophet Saleh in the town of Tarqumiya near Hebron. It also handed down notices to demolish a cemetery in the town of Idna, west of Hebron, and the cemetery of Awad family in the area Al-Ras, near the expansion wall, west of the town.