“In a manner reminiscent of the struggle of the magnometers on the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [1], hundreds of Palestinians held a Friday prayer for the fourth consecutive week at the western entrance of the village of Issawiya, northeast of Jerusalem. After the prayer, there was a rally attended by residents of the city and non-residents. Every week when this prayer takes place on Friday, the Occupation intensifies its forces, encircles the worshipers and closes the entrance to the village until the worshipers disperse, and in previous times some of them were attacked.

The villagers continue the Friday prayers to protest the raids, arrests, and fines targeting their village, and they have drawn up a list of demands to stop the protest.

Muhammad Abu Humus, a member of the village’s monitoring committee, said the closing of the entrance to the village by worshipers will continue until all the demands of the worshipers are met, foremost among them living with dignity and security, the establishment of an industrial zone, providing building permits for a park for the residents and to stop confiscating lands.

The residents of Jerusalem protested for two weeks in the second half of last July, in protest of the magnometers that the Occupation decided to place at the gates of Al-Aqsa. At the same time, the Occupation surrendered to the demands of the protesters and removed them. “

– Al-Jazeera Jerusalem Page
0202 Editor’s Note”
[1] After a shooting attack (occurred on July 14, 2017) in Al-Aqsa Mosque complex/Temple mount, which killed two border police officers, additional security measures were taken, including cameras outside the area and magnetometers at its entrances.
Arab Jerusalemites refused to enter the mosque until these measures were removed.

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