Case Study of the unilateral division of Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews
A field study prepared by a Palestinian organisation which monitors Israeli human rights and other violations in Jerusalem has concluded that the Israeli occupation authorities are trying to impose a division of access to Al-Aqsa Mosque with implicit Jewish presence daily on three axes. The study was conducted by Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage in cooperation with the Foundation for the Architecture of Al-Aqsa and Sanctities.
...Strengthening the Jewish presence
The study said that the Israelis are trying to strengthen the Jewish presence in Al-Aqsa, especially in the morning, by an average of 450 illegal settlers per month as well as 300 intelligence agents and soldiers in uniform, in order to create a “routine” stereotype for the Jewish presence in the Noble Sanctuary...
In terms of statistics, the report said that the number of Jewish intruders at Al-Aqsa Mosque from among the settlers in the first six months of 2012 was 2,722, compared to 2,772 settlers in the first six months of 2011, an average of 450 settlers per month. The number of soldiers in uniform and intelligence agents was 1,953 in the first six months of 2012, an average of 300 per month...
The periods when most incursions take place have changed from almost exclusively Jewish religious holidays to include additional so-called “Jewish national holidays”..
Al-Aqsa Foundation warns of a plan prepared by Jewish organisations to step up the number of daily Jewish incursions at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the performance of Jewish prayers therein. Several proposals for such activity have been discussed, to include demonstrations and sit-ins to demand a legal right to pray in the mosque. The Israeli courts and police authorities are being petitioned to allow more Jewish prayers, especially during this month.