- Published on Nov 27, 2014
Israeli intelligence officials are racing to issue new laws in an attempt to prevent Palestinians protests against illegal Israeli measures in the Jerusalem al-Quds and silencing their voice. With the support of Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israeli police and Shin Bet spying service will issue a bill that would outlaw the presence of Palestinian Muslim guardians that patrol the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Men and women stationed in the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, are known in Arabic as “Mourabitoun.” This term is used to describe Muslim worshippers who spend their time at the mosque to pray and read the Holy Quran. They routinely gather at the mosque to prevent extremist Israeli settlers from storming the site, attacks have happened nearly on daily basis over the past months. Many of those worshippers have been arrested or beaten by Israeli forces, while others have been repeatedly prevented from entering the mosque compound. Israeli intelligence services claim Mourabitoun guardians are funded by various Muslim organizations and should be criminalized so that tensions will reduce at al-Aqsa Mosque compound. But the Palestinians deny the claims and maintain that defending Al-Aqsa is in itself a form of worship. Israel thinks that through mass arrests and crackdown, it will be able to bring things under control. But the Palestinians who consider the holy city and al-Aqsa Mosque as red lines, say they will continue to defend their sanctities with their souls.