07 August 2018

Israeli police arrested in July the sister of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, along with to her daughter and daughter-in-law after leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Muntaha Amara, a niece of Sheikh Salah, told Anadolu that while she noticed Israeli police filming while she was with her family and a group of other Palestinian women in Bab Al-Rahma (east of Al-Aqsa Mosque).

Amara added that they did nothing to disrupt public order, as the Israeli police claim. They sat, prayed and read the Quran, before crossing that area.

She confirmed that during a round of morning raids, a Jewish settler blamed Israeli police and told them: “You have to arrest these women. This is our territory.”

Muntaha Amara explained that the police force operating at Bab Al-Majlis (one of the doors of the Al-Aqsa Mosque) detained her for an hour. They then released her without any condition or restriction.

The Israeli police explained that her detention was under the pretext of “disturbing public order and rioting.” She said police also arrested several other women at the same time.

Israeli police also arrested Nahida Abu Shakra, 65, and Fatima Kilani, Muntaha Amara’s sister-in-law, as they left Bab Al-Huta. The police took them to Qishlah police station west of Jerusalem where they remained for some hours.

Amara called on all Palestinian residents of the occupied Palestinian territories and the city of Jerusalem to go to Bab Al-Rahma, to reject settlers claims to that area.

The number of settlers storming Al-Aqsa Mosque had increased recently, notably since Israeli police prevented Palestinians from camping there.

In spite of restrictions imposed by Israel, some Palestinians cleaned the area of Bab Al-Rahma and arranged during Ramadan.

SOURCE: Middle East Monitor (file picture)