Palestinians unmoved by Al-Aqsa, will not move at gunpoint


Occupying Israeli forces have attacked Palestinians at the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem this Ramadan. They have attacked Muslims more than once with weapons. Rubber bullets were fired, tear gas was fired and unarmed worshipers were beaten with sticks. But in the midst of so much violence, there is not the slightest fear of the brave Palestinians, they are standing in front of the occupying weapons. ‘I will not move’ has become the new language of their protest against the Jewish occupiers.

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Several photos and videos of Palestinians standing firm in front of the Israeli occupiers in East Jerusalem have gone viral on social media. In a video, the hateful gaze of a young Palestinian woman staring into the eyes of an armed Israeli soldier seems to indicate, “I will not move.”

The term originates from a popular Palestinian song by Kifah Zaraiki, entitled ‘Ana Ibn Il-Quds’ or ‘I am the Child of Jerusalem’. It is trending in Palestine now. In that song Zaraiki says, I am the child of Jerusalem, I am not moving. I’m staying here.

The Middle East Monitor reports that more than 150 Palestinians were injured in Israeli violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday (April 15th). Occupying forces hurled rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at them and beat them mercilessly. On that day, thousands of worshipers gathered at the Holy Mosque to offer Fajr prayers.

Witnesses told Anadolu Agency that Israeli forces chased the worshipers and threw them in the courtyard of the mosque, beating them.

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But some of these pictures and videos have sparked widespread discussion on social media. One shows a Palestinian lying quietly in front of a group of armed Israeli soldiers.

Another Palestinian, wearing a white beard and a long Punjabi, was seen sitting cross-legged. Armed Israelis were patrolling around him.

Even a child was seen sitting on the street in front of the occupiers reciting the Holy Qur’an. Sharing the video, Khair Eddin Al-Zabari, senior producer of Arabic Post, wrote on Twitter, “Another thunderbolt with a brave heart.” A child from Jerusalem sits on the path to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, challenging the settlers.

In 1948, the Jewish state of Israel was established by illegally occupying Palestinian land. Following this, they captured the Al-Aqsa Mosque in a war with the Arabs in 1967. After the war, al-Aqsa was completely shut down by the occupiers. They even set fire to the holy mosque in 1989. After that, the common worshipers got the opportunity to worship there by fulfilling various restrictions and conditions.

Occupying Israel has repeatedly closed Al-Aqsa Mosque to Palestinians on various pretexts. In 2003, Israeli authorities allowed Jews from illegal settlements in Jerusalem to enter Al-Aqsa. This again created tension between the two sides.

Al-Aqsa or Baitul Muqaddas was the first qibla of the Muslims. It is a historical place associated with the memory of innumerable prophets and messengers and a place of dignified worship. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) made his first visit from the Masjid al-Haram, or Kaaba, to the Masjid al-Aqsa, that is, the Baitul Muqaddas, on the night of the historic Meraj.

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It is again known to the Jews as the Temple Mount. They claim that there are two ancient Jewish temples below it. Christians have also been claiming the place as their holy place.