07 August 2018
Over 3900 Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last month alone, a Palestinian official said.
“The highest number of incursions [by settlers] was recorded in July,” Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for Jerusalem’s Jordan-run Religious Endowment Authority, said in a statement.
He said around 3908 settlers and Israeli soldiers stormed the flashpoint site last month.
“This is a clear indication of the increasing violations by settlers in the holy site,” al-Dibs said.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, in a move never recognized by the international community.
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories,” considering all Jewish settlement building on the land illegal.