The Public Relations and Media Unit in the Jerusalem Governorate issued its first quarterly report for the year 2023, on the crimes of the Israeli occupation in
the Jerusalem Governorate, in which it summarized the total violations that were monitored in the neighborhoods and towns of the Jerusalem Governorate.
Before midnight on the second Friday of Ramadan, on March 31, 2023, the occupation police executed the young man, Muhammad al-Osaibi, near Bab al-Silsila in the Old City. He is from the village of Hura in the occupied Negev, a graduate of medicine in Romania. He chose Al-Aqsa Mosque for his last rak’ah, and the brutal occupation bullets chose it to end a new story of the targeted Palestinian people’s stories, large and small, in all their places of residence.
During the first quarter of the year 2023, (7) martyrs died in the Jerusalem governorate, including two children, as the occupation forces executed each of them: the young man (Samir Awni Harbi Aslan, 41 years old), father of 8 children, and the boy (Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali, 17 years old). The young man (Youssef Abdel Karim Muhaisen, 22 years old), the young man (Wadih Aziz Abu Ramoz, 16 years old), the young man (Khairy Musa Alqam, 21 years old), and the young man (Hussein Khaled Qaraqe’, 32 years old), father of 3 children, and the young man (Muhammad Al-Osaibi, 26 years old),
During the first quarter of the year 2023, the occupation authorities withheld the bodies of the martyrs (Khairy Alqam, the child Wadih Abu Ramoz, Hussein Qaraqe), bringing the number of Jerusalemite martyrs whose bodies are kept by the occupation authorities in the occupation refrigerators and graves of numbers to 24 martyrs.
Targeting holy figures:
The occupation authorities continue their violations against the symbols of Jerusalem, led by the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith. On January 2, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the house of the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and handed him a decision to renew his ban from entering the West Bank. On January 12, the occupation intelligence again stormed the house of Governor Ghaith, and confirmed the decision to prevent him from entering the West Bank.
It is noteworthy that the occupation court issued a decision on August 4, 2022 imposing open house arrest on Governor Ghaith, without specifying a time period for the decision.
On January 15, the occupation authorities handed Shadi Mutawar, the secretary of the "Fatah" movement in Jerusalem, a military order banning him from entering the West Bank for a period of two months, from the fourteenth of this month until the fourteenth of next March, under the pretext of "participating in the events and activities of the Palestinian National Authority." ".
On January 2, the occupation forces stormed the house of the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, in the Al-Sawwana neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem, and handed him a summons for investigation in rooms (4) of the occupation’s “Al-Mascobiyya” center. incitement by the occupation authorities.
On January 12, the occupation forces stormed the house of the head of the Jerusalemite Commission for Combating Judaization, Nasser Al-Hadmi, and handed him a decision to renew his travel ban, noting that Al-Hadmi is under house arrest in his place of residence in Al-Sawana neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.
Members of the religious Zionist Knesset also launched a "Hebrew" media campaign against Professor Medhat Diba. They had previously called for his trial for his statement "considering every leaker as a traitor", and they filed a case against him with the Israeli Bar Association, to remove him from the legal records and prevent him from pleading.
Last March, Sheikh Muhammad Sarandah, the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, was summoned for interrogation and handed him a ban order to ban him from Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Settler attacks and provocations increase in frequency every month. During the first quarter, settlers carried out about (54) attacks, including (6) physical abuse attacks, the highest of which was recorded in March.
This period also witnessed an increase in the frequency of attacks on Islamic and Christian holy places by violating their sanctity and attempting to destroy their property, and broadcasting inciting calls by settler groups demanding the permissibility of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the most prominent of which is the demand for the opening of a synagogue inside Al-Aqsa and the introduction of tools and animal offerings into Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holidays. Judaism, and offering financial rewards to those who enter the offerings and slaughter them at Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Hebrew “Passover” holiday, which begins the first week of the current month of April.
The month of January witnessed an increase in the frequency of incitement calls organized by settler groups to storm the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, as the extremist Temple groups demanded the opening of a synagogue inside Al-Aqsa and allowing the full performance of Talmudic rituals and the introduction of tools and offerings into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
With regard to the injury file, the Jerusalem Governorate monitored, during the first quarter of the year 2023, the injuries resulting from the use of excessive force against Jerusalemites in various parts of the occupied capital.
(59) injuries were recorded as a result of live and rubber-coated metal bullets and severe beatings, in addition to hundreds of cases of gas suffocation at many points of contact in the occupied capital, which witness almost daily confrontations.
Challenges and violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque:
In the context of the occupation’s violation of the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the occupation police stormed the chapels of the Dome of the Rock, Al-Qibli and Al-Marwani several times during the first quarter, and with the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, which fell on March 23, its first days, Al-Aqsa witnessed a complete tightening of procedures and the intensity of the deployment of occupation soldiers at its gates, in addition to The use of force to empty the chapels of the worshipers, and exposing anyone who resists their barbarism and crimes to arrest, followed by unjust decisions to banish them from Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City.
The Jerusalem Governorate monitored the extremist settlers' incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the first quarter of the year 2023, as 11,454 settlers and 234,945 settlers stormed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque under the name of "tourism", the highest of which was in January.
Arrest operations brutally carried out by the occupation forces against the people in the Jerusalem governorate are escalating, as (736) cases of arrest were monitored in all areas of the Jerusalem governorate during the month of the first quarter of the year 2023, including more than (110) children and about (26) women. The highest was observed during the month of January.
Decisions of the Occupation Courts:
The racist occupation courts issued (112) actual prison sentences against Jerusalemite prisoners, including (36) administrative detention sentences - that is, without clearly defining a charge against them-, the highest of which was in March, in addition to imposing very heavy financial fines that increase the suffering of their families. The highest of them was the unfair sentence issued against the Jerusalemite prisoner Fadi Alwan from Qalandia camp, with actual imprisonment for a period of (23 years) and a fine of (72,000 thousand shekels).
In addition, (83) house arrest decisions issued by the occupation authorities were monitored during the first quarter of this year, the highest of which was in February. The duration of the issued decisions ranges from two days to “open-ended” house arrest, that is, without specifying a time for the expiry of the decision.
The occupation authorities issued about (79) deportation decisions, including (36) deportation decisions from Al-Aqsa Mosque during the first quarter, as the highest was recorded in March.
The occupation also handed travel bans to (10) citizens during the first quarter of this year, including (7) decisions during the month of January.
Demolition and dredging operations:
During the first quarter of this year, the occupation authorities carried out (117) demolition operations and (14) bulldozing operations in Jerusalem governorate, of which (26 forced self-demolition operations) and (91 demolitions carried out by the occupation mechanisms).
Since the beginning of this year, the occupation mechanisms and crews have carried out 91 demolitions that affected (34 commercial establishments; 25 of them in the town of Hizma) and (29 houses) in the neighborhoods of the towns of Silwan, Jabal al-Mukabber, Sur Baher, Beit Hanina, Shuafat refugee camp, and Wadi al-Joz neighborhood. , and many fences and retaining walls, in addition to residential and agricultural barracks, and other water tanks, and stables for horses.
Demolition, forced eviction and land confiscation decisions:
The occupation authorities delivered more than 120 demolition notices to a number of commercial establishments and homes, in the neighborhoods of the towns of Silwan, Al-Isawiya, Jabal Al-Mukaber, Rafat, Al-Zaim, Al-Sarkhi neighborhood in Anata, and a number of Bedouin communities, including; Abu Al-Nawwar, Al-Saidi, and Wadi Saab.
Violations against prisoners:
During the past period, the occupation launched a campaign against the prisoners and their families, imposing financial penalties in addition to seizing the private property of "243" Palestinian prisoners, including about "168" prisoners from occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of receiving money from the Palestinian Authority.
Violations against Jerusalem institutions:
The occupation continues to suppress institutions and events that prove the presence of al-Maqdisi in the occupied city. At the forefront of these attacks is the issuance of the so-called extremist Minister of National Security, "Ben Gvir", on March 20, a decision to close the office of the company that provides media and production services to the official Palestinian media and summon the staff working in it. With the aim of preventing media coverage in Jerusalem and preventing the transfer of the suffering and steadfastness of Jerusalemites in the face of the Israeli war machine.
The occupation authorities seek to impose a new reality on the occupied city of Jerusalem through the implementation of dangerous settlement projects, and during the first quarter of the year 2023, (8) new settlement projects were approved by the racist occupation government, in addition to completing work on previously approved projects.
Among the most prominent projects that have been approved are:
The occupation authorities announced a new settlement plan that includes the construction of settlement commercial centers and towers, in addition to large areas of construction for settlement housing and recreational centers for settlers, on an area estimated at 1.2 million square meters, as it is located at the entrance to the west of Jerusalem, specifically on the lands of the destroyed town of Lifta in 1948, and the so-called sovereign institutions will be established, and tunnels and railways will pass from under the ground in the region to connect it directly with Tel Aviv, and it will also include embassies and hotels.
- The occupation municipality and the so-called "Wailing Wall Legacy Fund" of the occupation are supervising the establishment of a café and a Judaizing view, above the Tanziah school and the Al-Buraq Wall, in order to surround the area with settlers around the clock, and it will be open at all times, so that the area will not be separated from the settlers. The project is 300 square meters, above Al-Tanzi school, specifically.
- The District Committee for Planning and Building in the occupation municipality in Jerusalem announced the amendment of the structural map in the Ramot settlement, with the aim of increasing the area from 44.6 dunums to 45.1 dunums, and increasing the number of housing units from 200 units to 263 units. It also announced the filing of another structural map with the aim of determining the construction of To construct buildings for public use, on an area of 1.6 dunums, in addition to announcing building permits to add 29 housing units, and constructing public buildings that include kindergartens and a synagogue on an area of 6.8 dunums in the same settlement.
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