What we know about the clashes that took place inside Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

For more than a week, many posts on social networking sites are broadcasting, day after day, the same image that shows young men handcuffed on the floor on carpets, at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. In the background on the left, two people in uniform are standing. Various texts accompanying this image deplore the treatment she received by the Israeli police in Islam’s third holiest place. One post on Facebook explains that “dozens of Palestinian worshipers were arrested, handcuffed and humiliated inside their mosque, in full practice of their faith and in the last ten days of Ramadan.”

An example of a Facebook post relaying a photo taken inside Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on April 15. – Screenshot

Most publications do not indicate the date or author of the photo was taken. They may suggest that the facts occur on the date of publication. One of these publications mentions “Source: The Mosque.” What happened – and when – at Al-Aqsa Mosque?

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On April 15 at 4 a.m., “dozens of masked young rioters,” some of whom raised the flags of the armed Islamist movement Hamas, marched into the mosque plaza, Israeli police said. Security forces said they threw stones at the adjacent Western Wall, the most important place of prayer in the Jewish tradition, saying they had intervened to “dispel” the protesters and “restore order”.

For his part, Omar al-Kiswani, director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located in the sanctuary, told AFP that the occupation police intervened inside this place, at the dawn of April 15. He stressed that Al-Aqsa Mosque is a “red line that must not be crossed.” The next day, Morocco, a country that has normalized its relations with Israel, denounced the “blatant aggression” by the “Israeli occupation forces” on the mosque square.


According to a report issued by the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 57 Palestinians were injured, two of them in a critical condition, that day during confrontations with Israeli policemen on the courtyard of mosques, the first after that in this place since the beginning of Ramadan, in April / April. 1. The viral photo, whose author has not been identified, was most likely taken on April 15th during these rare events at a sacred place. Moreover, the carpet patterns match well with those in the other photos available for the interior of the mosque. On the other hand, April 15th falls on the second Friday of Ramadan, that is, in the middle of the holy month. Therefore, the assertion that the incidents occurred during the last ten days of Ramadan is incorrect.

a video Posted April 15 on Twitter and broadcast by the Israeli daily Ha’aretz He asserts that the Israeli security forces did indeed transfer the demonstrators to the ground and used white cables. Moreover, the shape of the logo appearing on the uniform of one of the two standing people, in the photo circulating on the Internet, leaves no doubt about the fact that they are indeed members of the Israeli security forces.

Violence since March 22

“This is what life is like for Palestinians praying in peace during the holy month of Ramadan,” said one of the many netizens who went viral on Twitter. The hypothesis that young people on Earth were praying “previously peacefully” is unlikely. First of all, the clashes have multiplied recently between the Israeli police and the Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the occupied Palestinian part and annexed by Israel, and the Mosque Square is located in the Old City of East Jerusalem. Since March 22, 14 people have been killed in attacks against Israel. Twenty-six Palestinians, including assailants, were killed in various accidents or operations, according to an AFP count.

Moreover, in the viral image, we can see that young people on the floor are wearing shoes, which contradicts the idea that they were praying in the mosque, because it is a sacred place where it was customary to take off your shoes before. Access.

Following this violence, “the Israeli Chargé d’Affairs in Jordan was summoned to the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”, where he received “a letter of protest against all illegal and provocative Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque.” The Jordanian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Jordanian government also stressed “the need to respect the right of believers to practice their religious rites freely and without restrictions.” Jordan, bound by a peace treaty with Israel since 1994, administers the Mosque Square, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, but access to this place is under Israeli control.

And again, more than fifty Palestinians were injured on Friday in clashes with the Israeli police, who said they intervened after “rioters” threw stones from the square towards the Western Wall. “The police intervened because there are hundreds of rioters sent by Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday. I suspect [que ce déploiement] He was justified, because he avoided disaster. In 2021, during Ramadan, nightly demonstrations in Jerusalem and clashes even on the scene turned into eleven days of war between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which holds power in the Gaza Strip, and Israel.

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