13 June 2019
File Picture: Checkpoint 300 (Maan)
A Palestinian man passed away in Ramadan at an Israeli checkpoint while trying to reach Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers.
Sixty-three-year-old Sulieman Jamal Al-Harroub from West Bank city of Hebron died while crossing an Israeli military checkpoint known as 300, located north of Bethlehem, Wafa reported.
Al-Harroub died while travelling to perform Jummuah prayers on the second Friday of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. Palestinian medical sources said that he died due to a heart attack which occurred while he was waiting at the crossing.
It is worth noting that, at the start of Ramadan, Israel published videos and media reports claiming it had eased the passage for Palestinians through its crossings across the occupied West Bank so they could travel to Al-Aqsa Mosque for the holy month.
The videos showed Palestinians leaving the checkpoints easily, ignoring the long queues which force travellers to stand out in the sun before entering the checkpoint terminals.
In addition, the Israeli police have repeatedly attacked Palestinian worshippers inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, as have allowed settlers to repeatedly storm the compound, even during the last 10 days of Ramadan – the spiritual climax of the Holy Month.
SOURCE: Middle East Monitor