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INCIDENTS OF VIOLATIONS OF PALESTINIAN RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN JERUSALEM

2020
August 17

Israeli arsonists set fire to 13 Palestinian cars in Beit Safafa and write anti-Palestinian racist graffiti on walls in what is believed a “Price Tag” act.

August 16

Some 195 Jewish extremists led by former right-wing MK Yehuda Glick force their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

August 12

The Waqf in Jerusalem decides to raise the alert level on Fridays and congregate prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as 166 Jewish extremists barged their way to the site.

August 11

Some 193 Jewish extremists force their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

July 30

In violation of the status quo, Israeli police allow Jewish extremists to openly perform religious rituals at Bab Al-Rahma on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, arresting at least 5 Palestinian worshippers trying to stop them.

July 22

Groups of Jewish extremists enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tour the site.

July 15

Israel orders three Palestinians not to be at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and bans travel for one Jerusalem resident.

July 14

Islamic organizations, including the Waqf, reject an Israeli court ruling issued on July 2 to close Bab Al-Rahmeh inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Muslim worshippers, stressing that everything within the walled holy compound is purely Islamic and Israel has no rights or authority over it.

July 13

Palestinians warn against introducing any changes in Al-Aqsa Mosque in light of Israel’s intention to shut down Bab Al-Rahmeh prayer area for Muslim worshippers.

July 9

An Israeli Court orders the closure of the Bab-Al-Rahmeh prayer site on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

July 8

Israeli forces arrest Engineer Bassam Al-Hallaq, official of the construction department of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for undertaking restoration work inside the Marwani Mosque on the compound. – In a joint statement, 13 Church leaders in Jerusalem warn that the Israeli court’s ruling on property of the Greek Orthodox Church at..Read More

July 7

PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki calls on the international community and UNESCO to put pressure on Israel to stop its illegal actions and attempts to deliberately sabotage Palestinian Christian and Muslim heritage, and to take actual steps to ensure the implementation of UNESCO resolutions on Palestine, including those on Al-Aqsa..Read More

June 30

After an almost 30 year long legal battle, the Jerusalem District Court rejects the appeal of the Samarin family of 18 and orders it to evict its property in Silwan, overlooking the Al-Aqsa Mosque, for the benefit of settlers. In addition, they are forced to pay $5,800 to the Jewish..Read More

June 28

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry condemns Israel’s decision to build an elevator connecting the Old City with Al-Buraq Wall (the Western Wall), saying it violates international law and UNESCO resolutions.

June 24

The Jerusalem District Court denies a final request by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to block the sale of church property in the Old City to the Ateret Cohanim settler group.

June 22

Israeli police forces escort dozens of Jewish extremists into al-Aqsa Mosque where they performed provocative rituals while restrictions were tightened on Muslim worshipers entering the site. – On the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Israeli police arrest guard Abdel Karim Qa’oud as well as five women at the Bab Ar-Rahmeh prayer area.

June 22

The Islamic Waqf department warns that Israel is on the verge of changing the long-observed status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem as a Muslim-only holy place. Ekrima Sabri, former Mufti of Jerusalem and current head of the Higher Islamic Council, says in a statement that the Waqf is losing..Read More

June 17

Jordan condemns Israeli authorities’ continuation of activity on the Western Wall, which is an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, since all maintenance and restoration work falls under the exclusive authority of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Department.

June 10

Israeli forces demolish four Palestinian-owned decades-old buildings in Al-Walaja without a demolition order, as part of its preparations to open a new park around the adjacent Ein Haniya spring. One of the buildings housed a family while the others were used by farmers to store equipment.

June 8

Israeli authorities issue orders banning over 20 East Jerusalem Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif for periods ranging from 3-6 months. – The National Library of Israel, in coordination with the British-based Arcadia Fund, has announced a major initiative to open digital access to over 2,500 rare Islamic manuscripts and..Read More

June 7

Israeli authorities hand eight Palestinians orders banning them entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif for periods ranging between one week and six months.

June 4

Israeli authorities issue a ban order from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for four months to Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Al-Aqsa Mosque Imam, head of the Islamic Higher Committee, and member of the Islamic Waqf Council.

June 3

Dozens of Palestinian protestors, including Islamic Waqf personal and Arab MKs, protest against ongoing police harassment of Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the latest of which was interrogating him for several hours.

May 31

The Islamic Waqf Council in Jerusalem lifts entry restrictions of the Aqsa Mosque for Palestinian worshippers after 69 days of suspension; the council took the decision after the slowed spread of coronavirus. Thousands of Palestinian worshipers perform the dawn prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Over 200 Jewish extremists also forced their..Read More

May 29

Israeli police arrest Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Al-Aqsa Mosque Imam, head of the Islamic Higher Committee, and member of the Islamic Waqf Council, after storming his house in occupied Jerusalem under the pretext of “incitement”.

May 28

Israeli authorities issue a confiscation order to a plot of land in Wadi Al-Rababa in Silwan neighbourhood, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, to be used as a cemetery for Israeli Jews.

May 27

The Islamic Waqf Council announces that Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif will reopen to Muslim worshippers Sunday, 31 May, two months after they suspended entry to holy site due to the coronavirus pandemic.

May 26

Israeli police ban an employee of the Islamic Waqf Department from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for six months.

May 24

Israeli police attack Palestinian worshipers performing “Eid” prayers outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, wounding several elderly Palestinians. The Mosque remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic but Palestinian “residents” of Jerusalem went to the holy site to pray as close to it as possible.

May 22

Israeli forces attack and assault Palestinians performing nightly Islamic prayers (Isha and Taraweeh) during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Bab Al-Asbat (the Lions’ Gate), outside the closed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 19

Israeli police assault and detain two Palestinians in the Old City, one of them the son of the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and arrest a Waqf guard at the Dome of the Rock inside the Al-Aqsa compound.

May 18

A hearing is held in the Israeli High Court to consider a petition filed by Yehuda Etzion and Arnon Segal on behalf of Jewish worshipers on the question of opening the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to those who wish to enter the holy site.

May 11

Exploratory drilling starts just outside the Old City for a controversial transportation project to extend the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem fast rail to the Dung Gate south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif to bring visitors from Ben Gurion Airport straight to the Wailing Wall. The project involves excavation of some 2.9 km..Read More

May 10

The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf decides not to open the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound despite other easing taking place, saying that this would lead to tens of thousands of worshipers, which the Waqf could not control and which could lead to mass infection.

May 6

Israel’s High Court of Justice orders the state to respond by May 11 to a petition claiming that the government cut a deal with Jordan to keep Jews off the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for the duration of the coronavirus epidemic.

April 29

In Wadi Al-Joz, Israeli police prevent the Ramadan musaharati, the person who beats a drum to wake people up before dawn to eat in order to start the day-long fast, from doing his traditional job, threatening to arrest him.

April 28

Israeli security services raid the house of Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Al-Aqsa Mosque Imam, head of the Islamic Higher Committee, and member of the Islamic Waqf Council, and threaten him after he stated that Al-Aqsa Mosque would open its doors if Israeli forces allowed Jewish extremists to enter the holy site.

April 16

The Islamic Waqf Council decides to extend the entry restriction of Muslim worshipers to Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif during the holy month of Ramadan for the first time in its history in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus; prayers continued to be held in the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Islamic..Read More

April 11

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher closes on Easter, for the first time since Black Death in 1349, with only a few of priests celebrating “Holy Saturday”.

March 28

In light of the difficult economic situation and closure of shops as a result of the spread of coronavirus crisis, Jerusalem’s Orthodox Church joins the decision of the Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem in exempting their Old City’s Palestinian tenants from rent for the year 2020.

March 26

Church leaders in Jerusalem decide to shut down the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, following concern of the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

March 25

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, custodian of Holy Places in Jerusalem, has instructed the Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem to waive rentals of all Waqf properties in Jerusalem until the end of 2020 due to the difficult economic situation caused by the coronavirus crisis.

March 22

While Israeli police put more restrictions on Palestinian worshipers, claiming it was a protective measure against coronavirus, scores of extremist Jews force their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and perform Talmudic rituals. – The Waqf announces an unprecedented decision to close Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for Muslim worshippers amid the outbreak..Read More

March 20

Israel police partially close most of the gates of the Old City to limit the entry of Palestinian worshipers for the Friday noon prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

March 19

Israeli police summons director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Kiswani for questioning at the Russian Compound interrogation center in West Jerusalem, without giving any reason.

March 15

The Islamic Waqf Council decides to suspend entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif to worshippers as a precaution against the Coronavirus until further notice; prayers continue to be held in the holy site by Islamic Waqf personals.

March 6

In a statement during an official visit to Jordan, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay commends King Abdullah II for his constructive role as Custodian of the Holy Places in Jerusalem, as well as for his vision in aiming to ensure that Jerusalem remains a unifying city of peace and harmony for..Read More

February 22

Maher Yousef Za’atreh from Jabal Mukabber neighborhood is shot and killed by Israeli police near Al-Aqsa Mosque after allegedly trying to stab Israeli soldiers although eyewitnesses report that he had only risen his hands as instructed by the police.

February 18

Israeli police fine people handing out free food and violently disperse crowds during Friday morning prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif. – Former Likud MK Yehuda Glick is detained by Israeli police on the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif and removed from the holy site after failing to coordinate his “visit” with..Read More

February 13

A Palestinian-owned house in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City partially collapses as a result of ongoing underground excavations by Israeli authorities and settler organizations.

January 31

In East Jerusalem, Palestinian worshippers participate in the fourth Friday of the “Great Fajr” prayer campaign protesting against the Trump Administration’s “deal of the century”. At least 10 Palestinians are injured as Israeli forces attack and force them to leave Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, and three are injured.

January 30

Israeli forces shut off access to Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif further increasing tension in the city amid the proposed Trump Administration’s “deal of the century”. – Israeli intelligence services send hundreds of SMSs to Palestinians threatening them in case of “committing any breach of law” during prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram..Read More

January 29

Israeli police close all gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif after two Palestinians are arrested, allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack against an Israeli police officer on the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif. – Jordan’s Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs warns against imposing Israeli “rules” in order to change..Read More

January 27

Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Al-Aqsa Mosque Imam, head of the Islamic Higher Committee, and member of the Islamic Waqf Council, is banned by an Israeli military order for 4 months to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

January 24

After arresting at least ten Palestinians in East Jerusalem overnight, Israeli forces enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif after morning prayers and disperse the Palestinian worshippers.

January 23

In Beit Safafa, Israeli Jewish extremists set Al-Badriya Mosque on fire and spray racist slogans on its walls such as “death to Arabs” and “death to Palestinians”.

January 20

Israeli forces raid the home of Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Alqsa Mosque Imam, head of the Islamic Higher Committee, and member of the Islamic Waqf Council, and banned him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for one week.

January 17

After “Great Fajr” prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif Israeli forces violently disperse Palestinian worshippers, who march in protest against the increasing and provocative presence of Israeli extremists on the holy site. At least five Palestinians are wounded and three arrested. – Palestinians launched the “Great Fajr” prayer campaign which urges..Read More

January 16

Several police officers barge into the Aqsa Mosque’s Bab Ar-Rahmeh prayer building without removing their shoes, provocatively tour the building and took photos.

January 8

Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemns the Israeli police attacks on Palestinian worshipers inside Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif as well as the Israeli authorities’ erection of wooden poles and metal structures at the southern wall of the holy site, stressing that the Islamic Waqf Council in Jerusalem is the..Read More

January 2

At the Bab Ar-Rahmeh prayer area “Musallah” inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, Israeli police assault several Palestinian worshipers with teargas and detain two of them for no reason.

January 1

According to the Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem, 29,610 Jewish “extremists” entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif throughout 2019, marking an “escalation in the frequency of violations” on the historical, religious and legal status quo of the Islamic holy place. According to Yareah, an Israeli organization that promotes Jewish visits to..Read More

2019
December 17

Escorted by Israeli forces, Jewish extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, with one of them trying to the Israeli flag.

December 12

Israeli authorities announce that Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas. – The Jerusalem Post reports that Jewish worshipers are able to pray on the “Temple Mount” with what appears to be the tacit consent of..Read More

December 8

Overnight, settlers slash tires of 40 vehicles and spray-paint anti-Arab graffiti on walls in Shu’fat in an area near the Ramal Shlomo settlement.

November 28

The legal battle between Ateret Cohanim and Greek Orthodox Church Patriarchate takes new turn as a Jerusalem District Court judge Tamar Bar-Asher grants the Patriarchate’s request to vacate the ruling that the three properties had been legally sold to Ateret Cohanim and orders that the case be reheard. The ruling..Read More

November 20

On orders issued by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Israeli forces close down several Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem, claiming they were operated by the PA. Shut down are the offices of the Palestinian Directorate of Education located at the Dar Al-Aytam School in the Old City, where all classes were..Read More

November 13

A report issued by the Christian-Islamic Committee to Defend Jerusalem and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation shows that there have been 104 excavations under Jerusalem since 1967, including four under and around Al-Aqsa Mosque, five in Silwan, and five in the Old City. Some 57 tunnels and traces run under..Read More

November 4

The Israeli Housing Cabinet approves the controversial 1.4 km.-long cable car project that will help visitors access the Western Wall and allegedly ease traffic congestion.

October 21

Dozens of Jewish extremists march on Al-Wad Street and towards Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, chanting racist slogans and holding prayers amid an intensive deployment of Israeli forces. Some 122 Jews enter the compound and tour it escorted by Israeli police.

October 16

Some 611 Israeli extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in large consecutive groups, escorted by police. Some pray in the area of Bab Ar-Rahmeh, from where Palestinian worshippers are expelled, while others perform prayers outside Chain Gate and other doors of the compound. – Israeli forces detain the preacher of Al-Aqsa..Read More

October 15

Ein Hanya spring near Al-Walaja, which Israel turned into an official park two years ago, but which remained closed over the dispute whether entry fees should be charged and how to prevent Palestinians from entering it, is opened for Jews only for three days during the Sukkot holiday and patrolled..Read More

October 14

During a visit of a delegation from the Saudi national football team to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli police detain members of the Palestinian security accompanying the delegation, including its Jerusalem head Said Atari.

October 11

Arab48.com quotes Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan as saying that soon Israel could allow Jews to freely perform their prayers inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and that “the situation in Jerusalem is heading towards regaining sovereignty and control over the place. We will reach our goal [opening Al-Aqsa gates for Jews]..Read More

October 10

Israeli forces break into the Bab Ar-Rahmeh prayer area on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and seize wooden separators.

September 30

On the occasion of Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year), Israel imposes a strict siege on the West Bank and deploy additional forces in Jerusalem. At least 94 Israeli extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 29

Israeli forces remove Muslim worshipers from Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to facilitate tours for at least 120 Israeli extremists led by Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel and Likud Member of Knesset Yehuda Glick. – Jewish settler groups have reportedly issued a Rosh Hashana greeting card that depicts Al-Aqsa Mosque compound..Read More

September 27

Israeli settlers stage a march in the Old City of Jerusalem and around Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark the Jewish New Year, provocatively singing and dancing.

September 26

Near the Chain Gate in the Old City, a Palestinian youth is shot and arrested after an attempted stabbing attack leaving a female soldier lightly injured. Israeli forces subsequently close several gates of the Al-Aqsa compound as well as Damascus Gate.

September 24

Former Israeli Minister of Internal Security and Shin Bet director Avi Dichter tours the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound protected by Israeli forces and accompanied by a group of settlers.

September 19

At least 50 Israeli extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 17

Scores of Israeli extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 15

While restrictions are tightened for Palestinian worshippers, dozens of Israeli extremists enter and tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 13

Right after evening prayers, Israeli forces storm Al-Arba’in Mosque in Al-Issawiya and fire gas bombs at the worshipers, injuring at least three of them.

September 12

Some 155 Jewish extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under tight police protection, with some of them trying to perform religious rituals. Entry restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshipers at the entrances leading to the Mosque and their IDs seized until they leave.

September 1

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel along with scores of Jewish settlers tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

August 30

On the order of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Israeli forces disperse for the second time a soccer tournament at the Burj Al-Laqlaq center in the Old City on the grounds that the PA was involved in it, and detain four or the organizers for questioning.

August 27

At least 56 Israeli extremist tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in groups under police protection.

August 26

Israeli intelligence summons Waqf director Azzam Khatib for questioning on the recent escalation at Al-Aqsa Mosque. – Scores of Israeli extremist led by MK Yehuda Glick tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under police protection. – Criticizing Israel’s provocative measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as mere attempt to change the historical..Read More

August 18

Israeli forces raid Burj Al-Laqlaq center and stadium in the Old City and remove all banners put up for the Jerusalem families’ league season. – Israeli police officers desecrate the Bab Ar-Rahmeh prayer area and confiscate some furniture items. – Jordan reprimands Israeli ambassador Amir Weissbrod over recent Al-Aqsa Mosque..Read More

August 17

Israeli forces band a conference on the Israeli policy of home demolition in Jerusalem that was scheduled to take place at Burj Al-Laqlaq center in the Old City.

August 14

Two 14-year old boys, Nassim Abu Roumi from Izzariyya and Jamuda Khader Sheikh from Al-Walaja, are shot near the Al-Aqsa Mosque after an alleged stabbing of an Israeli police officer that resulted in a light injury.

August 13

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan says that Israel should push to change the status quo arrangements at the “Temple Mount” so that Jews also can pray at the site.

August 11

Clashes between Muslim worshipers and Israeli police erupt over the entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound of numerous Jews during the first day of the Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Adha, which this year coincides with the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av (mourning the destruction of the two Jewish temples)...Read More

August 8

Some 260 extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in different groups with some performing Jewish rituals of dancing and singing.

August 2

Israeli forces invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, assault and injure at least 37 Palestinians, including a volunteer medic, and detaining three others.

August 2

Israeli Minister of Internal Security Gilad Ardan issues an order extending the closure of Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem and prohibiting any cultural or political activities involving the PA. – Israeli forces storm the Yabous Cultural Center, prevent a memorial service for the Palestinian writer Subhi Ghosheh from taking place, assault..Read More

July 30

Israeli extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, protected by police forces, and attempt to perform prayers.

July 29

Some 42 Israeli extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, protected by police forces, and perform provocative Talmudic rituals.

July 24

Some 51 Israeli extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound provoking Palestinian worshipers. – The authorities ban entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque to Malik Nabulsi, 14, for 15 days and Ihab Zaghir for a week.

July 17

At least 43 Israeli extremists invade Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

July 16

Over 40 Israeli settlers, 115 governmental figures and 25 police tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a provocative manner.

July 14

Israeli police raid Bab Ar-Rahmah prayer site, removing worshipers and the wooden barriers separating men and women as well as the shoe cupboard.

July 3

Israel Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel heads a group of 42 Israeli settlers in a provocative tour of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

June 30

During a ceremony inaugurating the “Path of the Pilgrims” project of the Elad settler organization, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and President Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt break open a new tunnel running under Silwan. Also attending the provocative event were casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife..Read More

June 26

Israel’s Foreign Ministry reprimands the Chilean ambassador to Israel after visiting Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is accompanied by Palestinian officials, including Jerusalem Affairs Minister Fadi Al-Hidmi, on a tour of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. – Some 59 Israeli settlers and 40 yeshiva students, escorted by the Israeli police, tour of..Read More

June 20

About 48 Israeli extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and provocatively tour the site.

June 18

Some 47 Israeli extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and provocatively tour the site.

June 16

The Jerusalem Municipality approves the naming of streets in Silwan’s Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood after Jewish Rabbis, going against the recommendation of a professional panel who said “It is inappropriate to give Jewish street names in neighborhoods overwhelmingly populated by Arabs” and warned that the move will “create unnecessary tension. The..Read More

June 13

The leaders of a number of Christian denominations in Jerusalem issue an unusual joint statement criticizing the 10 June Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the alleged sale of Greek Orthodox properties to the Ateret Cohanim settler group and calling on Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and the Israeli government..Read More

June 12

Israeli forces detain three Waqf employees, including Bassam Hallaq, the head of the Construction Committee of Al-Aqsa Mosque and staff members Mohammad Al-Hadra and Engineer Taha Oweida.

June 10

Ending a 14-year legal battle, the Supreme Court rejects the appeal of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and approves the disputed sale of three key assets belonging to the Greek Church (the Petra and Imperial hotels overlooking the Jaffa Gate plaza as well as Beit Azmiya in the Bab Al-Hutta neighborhood)..Read More

June 8

Around 330 Israeli extremists guarded by Israeli police enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in different groups.

June 3

Plans to build a cable car to the Western Wall in Jerusalem pass a major stage in the approval process after the National Infrastructure Committee rejects all remaining objections to the controversial plan. The plan will now be submitted to the government for approval.

June 2

As some 120 Jews enter provokingly the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on one of the last days of Ramadan, hundreds of Palestinians protest, hurling stones and chairs at security forces. Israeli police force people to leave throwing teargas and stun grenades and lock the gates to the holy site, triggering new..Read More

May 29

Near Lion’s Gate, Israeli forces seize a tent and fine the owner, Ibrahim Khalil from Nazareth, who set it up four days ago after he was banned entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 27

Groups of Jewish extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of Israeli forces. – In Az-Za’im, Israeli forces confiscate 15-m2 metal barracks used as a storage space for plumbing equipment.

May 26

Dozens of Jewish extremists accompanied by Israeli forces provocatively tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in different groups, sparking a quarrel with worshipers, three of whom are arrested.

May 23

Israeli forces storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and expel worshipers.

May 21

Israeli forces storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and expel worshipers.

May 19

Israeli forces storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the Tarawih prayers and force out dozens of worshipers. Later, Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel heads a group of Israeli extremists in a provocative tour of the site. – In two separate incidents, Israeli forces detain the head of Palestinian Prisoners’..Read More

May 14

For the third night in a row, Israeli police used force to evict hundreds of Muslim worshippers from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the night prayers and prevent them from keeping an all-night worship vigil in it.

May 13

Dozens of Israeli settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in large consecutive groups under the protection of heavily armed Israeli forces and perform Jewish religious prayers. – For the second day in a row, Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the end of Tarawih prayer and force out all..Read More

May 12

After the end of Muslim Tarawih prayers, Israeli forces storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to force out about 50 Muslim worshipers, threatening them with being banned from the site for long periods, unless they exit immediately.

May 10

Over 180,000 Muslim worshipers attend the first Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 8

Israeli forces physically assault Palestinians near the Lion’s Gate and Damascus Gate as they were on their way out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the Tarawih Muslim prayers.

May 7

Israeli forces seal off Silwan with iron barriers preventing Palestinian residents from reaching their homes on time for the Iftar and from attending the Tarawih evening prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque afterwards.

May 3

A group of Israeli settlers attacks Sheikh Makki Mosque in Al-Qadisiyah Street in the Old City, breaking the lock and its gate for the third time in just a few months.

April 25

On the fifth day of Pesach, some 320 Israeli extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, protected by Israeli forces, with some performing religious rituals.

April 24

On the fourth day of the Jewish Pesach holiday, some 515 Israeli extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of heavily armed Israeli forces. At least one large group of Jews performed religious rituals while on the site.

April 23

The Israeli police commissioner in occupied Jerusalem, along with dozens of Jewish extremists and under armed protection by Israeli forces, tours the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the fourth day of the Jewish Pesach holiday. Throughout the day, some 237 Jews enter the holy site, some attempting to perform religious rituals..Read More

April 22

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel, along with at least 170 Israeli extremists, enter the Al-Aqsa compound under armed security by Israeli forces, with some performing prayers and religious rituals. – Israeli forces detain Arafat Amro, head of the Islamic Museum for Archeology at Al-Aqsa Mosque, as he leaves the..Read More

April 21

Some 167 Israeli extremists enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of heavily armed Israeli forces and police for the Jewish Pesach holiday.

April 11

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel tours the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound along with a group of Israeli settlers and under armed security by Israeli forces.

April 9

Dozens of Israeli settlers enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and perform religious prayers, protected by armed Israeli forces.

April 8

Israeli settlers seal the door of the Sheikh Makki Mosque in the Old City with adhesive substance for the third time. – Far right wing MK Oren Hazan, accompanied by settlers and armed Israeli forces, storms Al-Wad Street in the Old City, provoking and cursing Palestinian residents and shop owners...Read More

April 2

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approved for public deposit the Glassman/Or Sameach yeshiva project, which seeks to build a Jewish religious school (yeshiva) at the entrance of Sheikh Jarrah.

April 1

Dozens of Jewish extremists escorted by Israeli forces provocatively tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. – Israeli forces arrest the guard of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Mahmoud Najib after opening the main door of the prayer area of Bab Al-Rahma.

March 29

After detaining and interrogating them for hours, Israeli police release three Palestinian mothers of prisoners, Khuloud Al-Awar, Najah Odeh and Iman Al-Awar, on condition of being banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for two weeks. A member of the Jerusalem Prisoners’ Affairs Committee, Alaa Haddad, was also released on..Read More

March 26

Israeli authorities release Fatah secretary in East Jerusalem, Shadi Mutwar, who was detained on 1 February, on condition that he is banned from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for one week.

March 25

Israeli settlers spray-paint racist, anti-Arab slogans on the walls and doors of a home on Mount Scopus/French Hill, reading among others “revenge”, as well as vandalize 25 cars, puncturing their tires and spraying on them. – Israeli forces detain an elderly Palestinian man from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after..Read More

March 20

In the Bab Ar-Rahmeh/Lion’s Gate area, Israeli forces detain an Al-Aqsa Mosque guard and a Palestinian woman and Palestinian journalist and activist, Ahmad al-Safadi.

March 17

An Israeli court issues a temporary order to close Bab Ar-Rahmeh prayer area, giving the Waqf, which rejects the decision saying it is an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, 60 days to appeal the decision. The Palestinian and Jordanian Foreign Ministries separately reject Israeli interference in the affairs..Read More

March 15

After Friday prayers, Palestinian youth climb on top of the Bab Ar-Rahmeh building on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and raise Palestinian flags. Some tear down the doors of the building despite the Waqf’s calls for civility.

March 14

Accompanied by police, some 150 Jewish extremists participate in a “protest” tour of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound against recent Muslim prayers in the Bab Ar-Rahmeh complex. Two of them are arrested on suspicion of praying during the tour. – Assaf Fried, spokesman for an association of Temple Mount activist groups,..Read More

March 13

Attorney Avraham Moshe Segal from the right-wing Regavim organization sends a pre-petition warning letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit asking the government to take immediate action “to prevent the construction of the mosque and the continuous use by the Muslim Waqf and/or Muslim worshippers of the..Read More

March 12

Israeli forces assault dozens of worshipers, detain 17 of them, and seal off all of the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates, after a fire breakout at a nearby Israeli police station, which Israelis claim was caused by a firebomb thrown by Palestinians. – The Higher Presidential Committee for Church Affairs in Palestine..Read More

March 11

Israeli forces detain an employee of the Waqf Fire Department Imad Abdeen, while at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. – Israeli settlers spread adhesive substance on the lock of the door of the Sheikh Makki Mosque in the Old City.

March 10

Israeli police detain 17-year-old Nasrallah Abu Diab after raiding his family home on the Old City. He is released the next day, but banned from entering Jerusalem City. – The Jerusalem Magistrates Court postpones its decision on the closure of the Bab Ar-Rahmeh building for one week in order for..Read More

March 8

Dozens of Palestinians, who were banned entry into the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli authorities, perform Friday prayers at the Lions Gate in protest. – Israeli forces raid the home of Al-Aqsa Mosque guard Fadi Alayyan in Issawiya and detain him.

March 7

Jewish settlers from the Ateret Cohanim group move into the Al-Alami family house in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter near the Haram Ash-Sharif compound. The building was at the center of an affair in late 2018, in which the PA convicted East Jerusalem resident Issam Akel of selling land to..Read More

March 6

Israeli forces detain a guard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Mohannad Idrees, as he is leaving the site. – Dozens of Israeli extremists gather around Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the Bab Ar-Rahmeh cemetery and Lion’s Gate, dancing, chanting anti-Arab slogans, and raising Israeli flags.

March 5

Israeli police allows 30 Jewish extremists to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and perform Talmudic rituals near Bab Ar-Rahmeh. At the same time, Jewish ‘Temple Mount’ groups call for invading the building’s prayer area and a ban on the Waqf’s renovation works.

March 4

Waqf Council member Adnan Husseini, a former PA Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, and a PLO Executive Committee member, is summoned for questioning by Israeli police. – Israel’ Public Prosecution demands the Israeli Magistrate Court to issue an order extending the closure period of the Bab Ar-Rahmeh prayer area.

March 3

Israeli authorities deliver an order to Waqf Council chairman, Sheikh Abdel Athim Salhab, banning him from entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for 40 consecutive days. – Waqf Security guards banned by Israel from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound call on Muslims in Jerusalem to refrain from entering the Al-Aqsa..Read More

March 2

Following heavy rain, a field used as playground collapses mainly due to the continuous Israeli excavations in the area, building tunnels leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound from its western side.

March 1

Palestinians banned by Israeli authorities over the past few days from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound perform Friday prayers at the Lions Gate in rejection of their ban. – Two members of the Waqf Council, Hatem Abdul Qader, former Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, and Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Chairman of..Read More

February 28

Israeli police detain and ban a Palestinian fireman from the Waqf Department, Imad Abdeen, from entering the Bab Ar-Rahmeh area inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

February 27

Ultra-Orthodox MK Yehuda Glick tours the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound alongside a group of Israeli rightwing extremists.

February 26

Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, heads a group of Israeli settlers touring the Al-Aqsa compound under armed security by Israeli forces. – An Israeli settler spray paints racist, anti-Arab slogans, on the Bab Ar-Rahmeh and is taken for interrogation by Israeli police.

February 24

During predawn raids, Israeli authorities detain Waqf Council chairman, Sheikh Abdel-Azzim Salhab, and the Deputy Waqf Director in Jerusalem, Sheikh Najeh Bkeirat. They are later released, along with another four Palestinians, under the condition of being banned from entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for an entire week. – Waqf..Read More

February 23

Israeli forces detain one of the civilian guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Samer al-Qabbani, as well as the secretary of Fateh Movement in Jerusalem, and the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society’s, Nasser Qous. At least 50 other Palestinians are arrested in several of the city’s neighborhoods.

February 22

Hundreds of Palestinian worshipers and activists break the seal off imposed on the Bab Ar-Rahmeh area on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, raise the Palestinian flag and perform Friday prayers inside the Gate’s building.

February 21

Dozens of Palestinians hold zuhr (noon) and evening prayers at the Bab Ar-Rahmeh (Gate of Mercy) area inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in protest against the Israeli seal off of the area for Muslim worshipers and in order to demonstrate that Al-Aqsa Mosque compound symbolizes Palestinian faith and identity as..Read More

February 20

The Islamic Waqf Council places its own chain locks at the entrance of the Bab Ar-Rahmeh building and releases a statement (Decision #31/2019) in which it declared, inter alia, “all Israeli occupation authorities’ actions at the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially at Bab Al-Rahmah, null and void, and that these actions..Read More

February 19

Hours after sealing it, Israeli police forces remove locks and chains off Bab Ar-Rahmeh. – Israeli forces assault Palestinian worshipers following sunset prayers near the Bab Ar-Rahmeh area inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and detain at least 22 of them. Israeli forces surround the compound, completely preventing entry to worshipers...Read More

February 18

About 60 Israeli extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound accompanied by rabbis and escorted by Israeli forces and provocatively tour the site. – Clashes erupt when Israeli forces re-seal Bab Ar-Rahmeh, after a group of Palestinian youths able to break the lock and opened the gate for worshipers. Israeli forces assault..Read More

February 17

Israeli forces evict the family of Hatem Abu Asab from their home of over 65 years in the Old City after Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that it was built on land that allegedly belongs to Israeli settler groups under the “Absentee Property Law”. Israeli forces physically assault family members and..Read More

February 16

Israeli forces lock the upper entrance of the Bab Al-Rahmeh building with chains, which are later broken by thousands of worshippers who pray at the site, triggering a series of clashes with Israeli forces which resulted in the arrest of dozens of Palestinians.

February 15

An Israeli court sentences the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Walid Seyam, to one week house arrest after he was detained from his house in the Old City.

February 14

The Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem, which oversees the day-to-day management of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the auspices of the Jordanian government, announces the appointment of 7 new members to its Council, days after Jordan had announced that it would expand the council to 18, adding for the first time..Read More

February 10

Some 55 Israeli extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under heavy protection from Israeli forces, with some performing religious rituals.

February 5

Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel tours the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound along with a group of Israeli settlers and under armed security by Israeli forces.

February 3

Seven Palestinian women from Jerusalem are detained upon leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and later released with some being banned from entering the site for two weeks and others yet having to sit trial.

January 31

Some 48 Israeli extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under heavy protection from Israeli forces and perform religious rituals at the site.

January 30

Israeli Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, signs an order to extend the closure of the Orient House as well as several other Palestinian institutions in occupied East Jerusalem, including the East Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce, the Higher Council for the Arab Tourism Industry and the Center for Palestinian Studies. –..Read More

January 29

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian woman, Montaha Emara, as she is leaving AL-Aqsa Mosque.

January 28

Escorted by other Israeli settlers, Israeli ultra-Orthodox MK Yehuda Glick performs and films a wedding ritual inside the compound alongside his fiancée – in violation of standing rules. – Over 40 Israeli extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under heavy protection from Israeli forces and perform religious rituals and prayers at..Read More

January 27

Some 39 of Israeli extremists tour the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while Israeli forces ban Waqf employees from entering the site. – Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport of Israel Miri Regev tours the streets of the Old City along with a camera crew, in order to shoot her political campaign..Read More

January 24

Some 41 Israeli settlers and 85 Israeli police forces storm the Dome of the Rock Mosque on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, with some of them entering into the women’s prayer space, while women were worshipping.

January 23

Some 85 Israeli settlers protected by over 100 Israeli forces provocatively tour the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

January 22

Jewish groups tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a provocative manner, escorted by Israeli forces. – Israeli authorities expel five guards from Al-Aqsa Mosque for periods ranging from four to six months.

January 21

Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, take measurements and photograph its landmarks without any explanation. – Jewish groups tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a provocative manner, escorted by Israeli forces.

January 20

Israeli authorities ban five employees of the Waqf Department and one activist from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for periods ranging from four to six months.

January 17

Israeli forces and police raid the Marwani and Dome of the Rock mosques inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. An Israeli policeman also attempts to enter the Dome of the Rock mosque wearing a kippah; Israeli forces then impose closure on the compound for several hours.

January 16

The Israeli High Court of Justice orders the government to justify the partial closure of sections of the “City of David National Park” in Silwan on Saturdays, holidays and evenings – unlike regulations for all other national parks in the country – in what critics say blocks Palestinian residents’ access..Read More

January 15

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) strongly condemns Israeli police forces’ breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and physically assaulting Sheikh Al-Kiswani.

January 14

After Al-Aqsa guards refuse to allow an Israeli policeman to enter the Dome of the Rock wearing a kippah fearing he was going to perform religious rituals inside, Israeli police forces heavily deploy across the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, preventing hundreds of worshipers from performing prayers. Forces also close the doors..Read More

January 13

Some 77 Israeli extremists, some of them rabbis, tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, provoking Muslim worshippers.

January 10

Over 100 Israeli extremists provocatively tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and enact Talmudic rituals.

January 8

Israeli forces detain the head of the Waqf’s Media and Public Relations office, Firas Ad-Dibs, near Damascus Gate. – Israeli extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and provocative enact Talmudic rituals.

January 7

Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, accompanied by dozens of settlers, provocatively tours Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

January 3

Separate groups of over 100 Jewish extremists, including 67 Yeshiva students, escorted by Israeli police and five Americans tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a provocative manner, partially trying to perform religious rituals, while Israeli police restrict the entry of Palestinian worshipers.

January 1

Israeli TV reports indicate that Israel’s new mayor of Jerusalem Moshe Lion intends to push for the city’s mosque loudspeakers to broadcast at a lower volume during the call to prayer and allow police to reduce the volume if they are deemed to be too loud. – Some 170 Israeli..Read More

2018
November 6

Jerusalem police chief Yoram Levy recommends that Israeli MKs increase their raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

July 22

Thousands of settlers storm Al-Aqsa, including right-wing Member of the Knesset Yehuda Glick, to mark the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temple

July 3

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, grants members of the Israeli Knesset (MKs) permission to visit Jerusalem’s Al-Haram Al-Sharif compound dismantles a previous agreement between Israel and Jordan put in place since 2015.

June 18

Israeli occupation police set up a new watchtower at the Bab Al-Rahma entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 9

Occupation officials from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority storm the Islamic cemetery of Bab Al-Rahma, adjacent to the eastern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, damaging graves.

April 16

An Israeli court rules that Jewish visitors storming Al-Aqsa Mosque can chant patriotic slogans as they do not count as religious prayers. The ruling came in favor of right-wing Jewish activist and lawyer Itamar Ben Gvir, who was briefly detained in 2015 for chanting “The people of Israel will live”..Read More

March 25

During a hearing on the police’s handling of three female Jewish settlers who were praying at Al-Aqsa, the Israeli Magistrate Court in Jerusalem determined that Jews have the same rights to pray at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque as Arabs and ruled that Jews can perform prayers there, which also..Read More

2017
December 19

Extremist MK Yehuda Glick performed Talmudic rituals in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque along with a group of settlers and protected by police.

October 11

312 settlers entered Al-Aqsa Mosque, performing rituals in the sanctuary, while Muslim women were forcefully prevented from entering and worshipping.

October 8

Some 74 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and were allowed to freely roam around the area and carry out Talmudic rituals protected by Israeli forces.

October 8

Some 500 Jewish extremists storm the Al-Aqsa compound with some performing religious rituals outside its walls, the closest such ceremonies have ever been carried out to the mosque, and chanting pledges to build the Jewish temple mount at the site.

August 28

Some 160 extremist Israeli settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque while 180 Palestinian employees are prevented from carrying out their work in the holy site.

August 23

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu lifts order which prohibited Israeli MKs from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. Ultra-nationalist MK Yehuda Glick led 135 right-wing Israelis entering the compound and performed ‘prayers’ outside its gates.

July 28

Al-Aqsa is opened to only men over 50 and women at Friday prayers. Consequently, a day of further clashes follows in Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, Qalqilya and Gaza left hundreds injured and two dead.

July 27

Israel removed all remaining intrusive security measures at Al-Aqsa. – A statement, signed by 40 rabbis and instigated by far-right leader Rabbi Dov Lior and Chief Rabbinate Judge Rabbi Yisrael Rozen, insists that going to the Al-Aqsa compound to advance Jewish prayers is important to facilitate the broader Zionist project..Read More

July 25

Israel removed metal detectors from Al-Aqsa gates after sparking outrage from Muslims across the world. However, newly installed CCTV cameras remain in the compound, violating the status quo

July 21

Being prevented from praying for the second Friday in a row, Palestinians hold a Day of Rage outside Al-Aqsa Mosque. Four people are killed and hundreds injured in the ensuing clashes with Israeli forces.

July 14

Al-Aqsa Mosque was closed and Friday prayers were prohibited for the first time since 1969. It was reopened two days later.

July 14

Israeli authorities installed metal detectors and metal barriers at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound triggering an unprecedented 11-day protest by Palestinian Jerusalemites who refused to enter the side until the devices were removed and prayed in the streets around it instead.

May 29

The Israeli cabinet holds a weekly meeting in a tunnel underneath Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark, according to Prime Minister Netanyahu, “the liberation and unification of Jerusalem.”

May 26

Hundreds of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark ‘Jerusalem Day’ and 50 years since occupying East Jerusalem. It was reported to be the largest number of Jewish settlers to enter the Al-Aqsa compound at one time.

February 28

Israeli excavations being carried out under the Al-Aqsa compound have caused damages to its foundations and surroundings and sinkholes in adjacent Silwan.

February 2

Following pressure from right-wing blocs, the Israeli Knesset decided to allow its Jewish members to enter the Muslim holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque in cooperation with the police.

2016
December 18

Employees of Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority escorted by Israeli forces raid the Bab Al-Rahma cemetery and install a sign forbidding burial in parts of the cemetery, claiming it as a national park. Israeli forces allowed hundreds of extremist Jews to intrude the compound barefoot. Israeli forces obstructed repeatedly the..Read More

October 23

Far-right Jewish “Return to the Mount” activists publish an article on the Israeli news site Walla! ahead of the Jewish festival of Sukkot, encouraging the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

September 1

Extremist Jewish groups call for a collective storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of the new Jewish year.  

August 3

Bassam Hallaq, Head of the Hashemite Restoration Department at Al-Aqsa was arrested from inside the Dome of the Rock and investigated at the police station for the first time in his 38 years in service.

July 9

Israeli police entered an electric car into the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

June 21

The Ethics Committee of the Knesset decided to uphold a provision prohibiting Jewish and Palestinian MKs from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

May 8

Israeli forces installed two new cameras over the gate of Al-Ghawanmeh on the roof of the Omariyah School.

March 1

Right-wing MK Yehuda Glick led a group of Jewish extremists touring Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

January 31

Israeli forces exiled the Head of the Waqf Properties Department Dr. Sheikh Najeh Bkeirat from Al-Aqsa Mosque for 6 months for “political reasons”. –  Israeli police hindered the Waqf technical teams to restore one of the terraces in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

2015
October 13

UNESCO voted on a Resolution stating that Jerusalem is holy to all three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but that Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards are only sacred to Muslims.

October 8

Amid a wave of political unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory,Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a ban on all Israeli Knesset members and governmental ministers from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 13

Israeli assault on Al-Aqsa’s Qibli Mosque resulted in damages in the amount of $700,000, including 6 historic windows, electric boards, iron grids,and burning 12 carpets.

August 11

Israeli forces prohibited women and children from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

July 23

Israeli police prevented children attending summer camps from entering Al-Aqsa.

July 18

On the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, settler groups protected by the security forces provoke worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 9

Israeli police attacked and beat worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque after they confronted Jewish groups attempting hold Jewish Passover events at the site.

2014
December 26

According to press reports the Israeli excavations under Al-Aqsa Mosque threaten part of Al-Buraq Wall to collapse.

November 30

A group of 50 right-wing Jews enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and provoke Mus­lim worshipers.

November 25

Israeli forces hand five Palestinian youth of Jerusalem military orders banning them from Al-Aqsa Mosque for three months.

November 11

Israeli authorities prevent women from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while 39 right-wing Jews enter it.

November 9

Israeli forces deny all Palestinian women access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, while men are only allowed if they leave their ID cards at inspection stations manned by Israeli troops and police officers.

November 7

Protests and clashes take place across Jerusalem, as Israel limits access for Palestini­ans to Al-Aqsa Mosque forcing thousands of worshippers to pray in the streets in Ras Al-Amud, Wadi Al-Joz, Bab Az-Zahra, Al-Musrara and the Old City under the watch of at least 1,300 heavily-armed police, who monitored and photographed..Read More

November 5

Dozens of Palestinians are injured during clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which remains closed to men under 50. Israeli forces raid Al-Qibli Mosque, where Muslims conduct Friday prayers, and close it with chains and steel barriers as right-wing Jews prepare to tour the compound. Jordan recalls its ambassador from Tel..Read More

November 4

Israel’s Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) tours Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, escorted by Israeli police officers.

November 3

Israeli forces continue to impose restrictions on Palestinian access to Al-Aqsa Mos­que compound, closing the majority of entry gates and denying entry to men under 40.

November 2

Far-right Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin enters Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as Palestinians under 40 as well as Waqf employees are banned from entering. – Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel joins in calls for Israel to change the status quo by allow­ing Jews not only to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque compound but also..Read More

October 31

Israeli authorities impose strict restrictions on Palestinian worshippers allowing only those above 50 years to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers.

October 30

Israeli authorities order Al-Aqsa Mosque compound closed – for the first time since 1967. Following Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed in the closure is lifted in the evening.

October 29

Right-wing Jewish activist Yehuda Glick is shot and injured at a rally outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem that followed after a conference focused on the recon­struction of a Jewish temple on top of the al-Aqsa Mosque. The alleged perpetrator, Mutaz Hijazi, is killed a few hours later..Read More

October 28

Israeli police officers escort West Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

October 22

Tensions run high at Al-Aqsa compound as another group of right-wing Israeli Jews enters the area under heavy police escort.

October 17

Deploying hundreds of forces throughout Jerusalem streets,Israeli authorities pre­vent men under the age of 50 from entering Al-Aqsa compound, forcing thousands of Pales­tinians to perform Friday prayers in the streets and alleyways in and around the Old City. After the prayer clashes break out in Wadi Al-Joz, Ras Al-Amud, Issawiyya..Read More

October 15

Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians during renewed clashes following a day of un­rest in the city triggered by Israel restricting access to Al-Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians while allowing 100 Israelis to tour the compound.

October 14

Hundreds of Jews tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under armed guard for the holi­day of Sukkot. Clashes erupt due to restrictions on Palestinian worshipers, with men under 50 and all women being prevented from entering the compound.

October 12

Hundreds of Israeli police raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, leading to clashes with Palestinian worshipers.

October 11

Thousands of Palestinians perform Friday noon prayers in the streets in Wadi Al-Joz, Ras Al-Amud, Salah Eddin Street and the Old City as Israeli forces close all roads leading to the holy site and bar men under 50 from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

October 8

Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Compound ahead of expected visits by right-wing Israelis on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, forcibly removing Palestinian worshipers, attacking some of them with clubs. This triggers clashes with worshipers throwing stones and soldiers firing tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets, injuring dozens..Read More

October 6

Israeli army radio reports that the Ministry of Tourism was working on a plan to al­low Jews to enter Al-Aqsa compound through the Cotton Merchants Gate, in addition to the Moroccan Gate which is already used as an entrance for non-Muslims. The announcement is harshly condemned by Palestinians. – Hundreds..Read More

October 1

A group of over 80 Israeli rightists tour Al-Aqsa compound escorted by armed Israeli police.

September 30

Over 200 extremist Jews enter and tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 26

Thousands of Palestinians pray in the streets in Ras Al-Amud, Wadi Al-Joz, Salah Eddin Street, and in the alleyways of the Old City as Israel prohibits men under 50 from en­tering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Friday prayers and deploys forces heavily around East Jerusalem.

September 23

Israeli police deploys heavily at all gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound imposing restrictions on the entry of Muslim worshipers ahead of the Jewish New Year: Palestinian men under 45 years and all women are denied entry to the mosque.

September 14

Israeli police escorted right-wing deputy Knesset speaker Moshe Feiglin and a group of Jewish extremists into Al-Aqsa compound where they perform provocative reli­gious rites.

September 10

Israel dismantles wooden access ramp, erected in August, to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound that would have increased access for non-Muslims but angered Jordan. – The Appeals Committee of the National Planning and Building Council put the plan for a national park on the slopes of Mt. Scopus on hold until the..Read More

August 31

Israeli forces deny Muslim women entry into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound while al­lowing Israeli Jews to tour the site.

August 17

Deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset Moshe Feiglin tours Al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound along with a group of right-wing Israeli Jews under heavy escort by Israeli forces.

August 14

Palestinian women are forced to pray at the doors of Al-Aqsa compound for the second day in a row after Israeli police restricts women of all ages as well as men under 30 from entering the site.

August 13

Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound while Israeli forces close its gates and prevent most Palestinian from entering.

August 12

Israeli settlers tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound escorted by security forces. Palestinians under the age of 50 are meanwhile prevented from entering.

August 11

Israeli forces close all the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent Palestinians under the age of 50 from entering it, while allowing settlers and rightwing Israelis to tour the area.

August 10

Israeli forces prevent dozens of Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque while Israeli settlers enter from Al-Maghariba Gate and tour the compound.

August 7

Israeli forces prevent Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque, while allowing rightwing Israelis to tour the site.

August 6

Israeli forces prevent Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque, while allowing rightwing Israelis to tour the site.

August 5

Israeli forces erect several checkpoints in the Old City and prevent Palestinians under the age of 50 from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. – Settlers escorted by Israeli forces perform Talmudic rituals at Suq Al-Qattanin near Al-Aqsa Mosque.

August 4

Clashes erupt between at Al-Aqsa Mosque after Israeli forces storm the courtyard to evacuate it from Palestinians, while Israeli settlers enter the site and tour it.

August 3

Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound while Palestinians are prevented from entering.

August 1

Israeli forces prevent dozens of Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

July 31

Israeli forces close gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque, preventing Palestinians from entering and confiscating ID cards, while settlers escorted by the forces tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

July 25

Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and fire rubber bullets at Palestinians, injuring at least 30. Clashes erupt at Bab Hutta area in the Old City,Wadi Al-Joz, As-Suwaneh, At-Tur, Silwan, Al-Issawiya and Shu’fat camp, causing further injuries.

July 18

Israeli police impose restrictions on Palestinian worshipers entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for the third Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, only allowing men over 50 and women to enter the compound. – During clashes atAl-Aqsa compound at least 110 Palestinians are injured, including Waqf Director Sheikh Salhab and Jerusalem Governor..Read More

July 15

Clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police break out at Al-Aqsa Mosque when right-wing deputy Knesset speaker Moshe Feiglin enters the compound and prepares for a TV interview.

July 13

Clashes break out earlier at Al-Aqsa Mosque when Israeli forces raid the compound, close the area to Palestinian worshipers and open it for a group of right-wing Jews. At least 20 Palestinians are injured by rubber-coated steel bullets.

July 11

For the second Friday in a row, Israeli forces turn Jerusalem into a military base and impose restrictions on Palestinian worshipers trying to pray at Al-Aqsa compound, limiting access to those over 50 and setting set up barricades in and around the Old City.

July 7

Israeli police close Al-Aqsa Mosque to women and young men.

July 4

Only some 8,000 Palestinian worshipers attended the Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mos­que due to Israeli restrictions and out for fear of clashes with Israeli forces. On the same day last year police reported 80,000 worshippers.

June 30

Israeli officers assault five Palestinian women at Al-Aqsa Mosque while over 30 Israeli rightists tour the compound, and another Israeli group perform Jewish prayers near the Golden Gate close. In addition, supporters of two-right wing Jewish groups try to take photos, but are confronted by female worshipers.

June 27

Palestinian supreme judge and former Waqf Minister Mahmoud Habbash and his escorts are attacked at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by what is widely believed to be suppor­ters of Hamas and Hizb At-Tahrir.

June 25

A Palestinian woman and a 12-year old boy are injured after Israeli officers beat worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as they protested the presence of a tour group of Israeli settlers.

June 24

Israeli police detains four Palestinian children, aged 10-14, from Al-Aqsa Com­pound, while they were flying a kite.

June 20

Hundreds of Palestinians perform Friday prayers in the streets leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque after Israeli forces prevented those under 50 years old from entering the com­pound.

June 13

Twenty-eight Palestinians are injured and eight detained during clashes that break out after Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after Friday prayers.

June 10

Dozens of worshipers demonstrate at the Moroccans Gate inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound against Israeli restrictions on entering the area.

June 1

Israeli police prevents some 200 women from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, insist­ing that they deposit her ID card before going inside, although knowing that the IDs had been seized by police a day before.

May 30

Palestinian worshipers are forced to pray in the streets of Jerusalem after Israeli authorities impose strict regulations on those wishing to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Friday noon prayers.

May 29

An extremist Jewish organization leaves leaflets in Hebrew all over the Old City calling for the demolition of Al-Aqsa Mosque, scattered in all roads and alleys including the alleys leading to al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 6

Worshipers under 50 are denied entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for the second day in a row, forcing them to pray near the main gates of the compound, while police allow a Jewish group to tour the compound.

May 5

Israeli police forbids worshipers under the age of 50 from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 22

Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and assault Palestinian worshipers who had chanted religious slogans at a group of around 30 right-wing Jews touring the site.

April 20

Dozens of Palestinian worshipers are wounded and dozens are detained after clashes broke out at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with Israeli forces who had stormed the courtyards firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets.

April 18

Nine Palestinians are injured after Israeli forces sprayed them with pepper spray while they were trying to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque after police imposed tight restrictions on worshipers at the compound.

April 16

Dozens of worshipers are hurt in fierce clashes when Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and deploy in at the site, firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshipers and denying Palestinians entry to the compound.

April 13

Dozens of Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound morning, attacking wor­shipers with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.

April 10

Israeli police ban seven Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for 17 days.

April 7

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin tours Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under heavy armed guard. A group of around 50 right-wing Jews also tours the area.

March 30

A group of 19 Jewish enters Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the guard of Israeli police officers and tour the area.

March 21

After Israeli authorities restrict entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound only to people above 50 years, thousands of Palestinian worshipers perform Friday prayers in the streets of Jerusalem.

March 20

Following a visit by right-wing Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin and a number of other right-wing politicians, clashes break out between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli forces in Al-Aqsa compound.

March 19

Israeli soldiers tour Al-Aqsa compound escorted by Israeli police.

March 16

Israeli special forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and injure four worshi­pers, throwing stun grenades and shooting rubber bullets.

March 14

Thousands of worshipers pray in the streets of Jerusalem after Israeli authorities impose restrictions on Palestinians’ right to pray inside Al-Aqsa, prohibiting all Palestinians under the age of 40 to enter.

March 12

Temple Institute director Yehuda Glick enters Al-Aqsa Mosque compound along with two ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis and escorted by Israeli police officers to tour the site.

March 11

Israeli forces prevent Muslim worshipers under the age of 50 from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and close all but three gates leading to it.

March 4

An Israeli court sentences Islamic Movement in Israel leader Sheikh Raed Salah to eight months in prison for inciting Muslims to vi­olence over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.

March 2

Over 40 settlers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound escorted by a large number of Israeli police and led by the rightist lawyer Yehuda Glick.

February 25

Israeli troops and police raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and forcefully disperse Palestinian worshipers and protesters ahead of a Knesset debate on a plan to annex the compound. – A Knesset debate called by right-wingers under MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) discusses for the first ever time whether Israel should wrest control..Read More

February 23

Some 50 Palestinians spend the night inside Al-Aqsa compound in protest of an Israeli Knesset debate, scheduled for the next day, over a plan to place the holy site under full Israeli jurisdiction, and in reaction to reports that Israeli rightist organizations plan to raise Israeli flags inside the compound.

February 22

Israeli police detain six Palestinians from Jerusalem as they leave Al-Aqsa Mosque, following clashes that were triggered by the visit of Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin three days ear­lier.

February 19

Right-wing MK Moshe Feiglin, escorted by Israeli police, enters Al-Aqsa compound through Al-Mughrabi Gate and tours the site. Feiglin had initiated a Knesset debate, calling for full Israeli sovereignty over the compound.

February 11

Right-wing Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel tours Al-Aqsa Mosque compound un­der armed guard and accompanied by 27 rightist settlers.

February 4

Around 30 Israeli intelligence officers enter Al-Aqsa, tour the compound and raid the Dome of the Rock. – A group of 17 Israelis enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under armed guard.

January 29

Israeli settlers escorted by the Israeli forces tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and try to raise the Israeli flag at the site.

January 28

Al-Aqsa guards thwarted an attempt by settlers to take Israeli flags into Al-Aqsa.

January 21

A group of 33 Israeli rightists led by extremist leader Yehuda Glick and accompanied by Israeli forces tour Al-Aqsa compound. Another 13 Israelis also roam around the com­pound.

January 20

Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tour the site.

January 14

A group of around 25 right-wing Israelis led by US-born Jewish extremist Yehuda Glick tour Al-Aqsa compound, while, Palestinian guide Ehab Al-Jallad is detained by Israeli police while touring the compound with a group of students.

January 12

Israeli archaeological teams have started new excavations near the Silwan tunnel, which runs from Al-Aqsa Mosque to Silwan as part of the Israeli project to build a biblical park in the area. -Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tour the site.

January 9

A group of over 50 newly recruited Israeli soldiers tour Al-Aqsa Mosque, escorted by Israeli police officers. – A group of 17 rightist Israelis enter Al-Aqsa compound, led by extremist lawyer Yehuda Glick. – A group of Israeli intelligence officers tour Al-Aqsa Mosque.

January 8

Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tour the site.

January 7

Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tour the site.

January 6

Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tour the site, trying to perform religious rituals.

January 5

Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces tour Al-Aqsa Mosque.

2013
December 18

In its capacity as custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, Jordan demands that Israel remove surveillance cameras at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

December 10

Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage reports that Israeli authorities have started new excavations under the Al-Aqsa compound, specifically under the Chain Gate on the western side.

December 8

Israeli authorities install surveillance cameras inside the Al-Aqsa compound to monitor Waqf officials and worshippers.

December 6

Israeli police storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and fire tear gas grenades towards worshippers.

December 4

An Israeli group led by Rabbi Yehuda Glick, Chair of the Temple Mount Heritage Fund, enter the Al-Aqsa compound escorted by police, setting off provocative fireworks amidst Palestinian worshippers, whose identity cards are checked at the gates.

December 1

Israeli forces escort 26 Jews onto Al-Aqsa compound to perform religious rituals near the Golden Gate in order to mark the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, assaulting a number of Palestinian worshipers which triggered clashes. – In a separate incident, 35 members of Israeli intelligence, escorted by police, enter Al-Aqsa compound..Read More

November 24

Israeli police detains two female Palestinian teachers upon entering Al-Aqsa compound where they lecture. – Over 17 Jewish extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Moroccan Gate, and toured the compound.

November 19

Around 80 Israeli security forces enter Al-Aqsa compound and toured the area.

November 17

Escorted by 33 Israeli intelligence officers over 70 Jewish right-wingers enter Al-Aqsa compound, led by the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Fund Yehuda Glick, who was allowed to enter the compound after serving only one month of a 6-month ban to do so.

November 13

Israeli forces and right-wingers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque and tour the compound.

November 6

Arab-Israeli MKs are expelled from a Knesset meeting discussing plans to allow Jews to pray in the Al-Haram Al-Sharif compound, which they protested as a desecration of an Islamic holy site.

November 1

The Habayit Hayehudi faction together with the Religious Services Ministry promoted a legislation in the Knesset which would allow Jews to openly pray on the “Temple Mount,” for the first time since the site was liberated in 1967.

October 29

Around 63 Israeli rightists enter Al-Aqsa compound under armed guard and tour the compound in three groups.

October 24

Israeli rightists tour Al-Aqsa compound escorted by Israeli police. One Jewish extremist, recently been banned from entering the compound, tries to enter the area to pray, but is stopped by Israeli forces.

October 10

Jewish groups enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through Al-Mughrabi Gate and perform religious rituals.

October 8

Dozens of Israeli forces including a group of 80 female soldiers, over 30 Israeli intelligence officers, and six rightist Israelis enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, listen to a lecture and visit the site.

September 27

Israeli police ban Muslims under the age of 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers.

September 26

Some 26 Israeli rightists escorted by Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in small groups via Al-Mughrabi Gate and are met by angry Palestiniian worshippers.

September 25

Israeli forces evacuate Al-Aqsa compound, including schools, prevent Palestinian worshipers from entering, and raid the area, injuring several Palestinian worshipers.

September 24

Israeli police close Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to non-Muslim visitors, citing security concerns.

September 23

Some 150 Israeli rightists enter Al-Aqsa compound in separate groups under armed guard and perform religious rituals in the area.

September 22

Over 300 Israeli rightists enter Al-Aqsa compound in four groups via the Mughrabi Gate under heavy armed guard and tour the area.

September 11

Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel of the far-right Jewish Home Party tours Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under heavy Israeli police guard, heading a tour group of some 100 right-wing Jews.

September 10

Dozens of Israeli rightists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under heavy police guard, touring the area and performing religious rituals. Head of the Islamic Higher Commission, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, warns that incursions by Jewish extremists confirm Israeli ambitions to create a situation like in Hebron, while the PA Foreign Ministry condemn..Read More

September 6

Palestinian youths and Israeli police clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque; at least 15 Palestinians are arrested and over 50 injured.

September 4

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces after Jewish rightists enter Al-Aqsa compound. Israeli police use pepper spray, arrest several worshippers, close all gates leading to the mosque and prevent worshipers under 50 from entering. – Israeli police prevents some 16 busloads of Muslim worshipers from reaching Al-Aqsa compound amid fears of..Read More

September 3

Israeli forces raid the Bab Hutta neighborhood and detain 11 Palestinians for questioning on charges of incitement and throwing rocks. They are released on bail to house arrest and are banned from Al-Aqsa compound for 15 days. Four other Palestinians from the Old City are also arrested while three others..Read More

August 29

Around 70 Jewish extremists, accompanied by Israeli forces, tour Al-Aqsa compound, entering also Al-Al-Qibli Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, and Al-Marwani Mosque.

August 25

Around 65 Jewish extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, escorted by Israeli police, and tour the compound.

August 11

During a Knesset committee debate regarding the government’s policies on Al-Aqsa compound, the chair of the committee, MK Miri Regev (Likud) urged Israeli security officials to permit Jewish prayer on the “Temple Mount” during this year’s High Holidays (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur).

August 7

Jews demanding access to Al-Aqsa compound demonstratein front of the Mughrabi Gate protesting, in part, the compound’s closure to Jews during the last two weeks of Ramadan.

August 6

During an event hosted by the right-wing ‘Americans for a Safe Israel’, MK Moshe Feiglin reportedly promises that he “will not let Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu alone” until the issue of the right of Jews to pray on Al-Aqsa compound is taken care of. Earlier in the month, Feiglin had called..Read More

August 4

Israeli Army Radio reveals that the Israel government is providing funding for the well-financed far right-wing Temple Institute, which aims “to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, in accord with the Biblical commandments.”

July 29

Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) tours Al-Aqsa compound accompanied by journalists.

July 28

On the Jewish holy day of Tisha b’Av, Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) Elkin tries to visit Al-Aqsa compound together with right-wing MK Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli (Bayit Yehudi), and a large group of activists but is prevented by Israeli security.

July 26

Tens of thousands of worshipers head to Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first Friday prayers of this year’s Ramadan.

July 22

After detaining and interrogating her for hours, Israeli police bans female teacher Um Radwan for three months from Al-Aqsa Mosque, where she leads guided tours for students.

July 19

An estimated 155,000 Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the second Friday of Ramadan, with more than 3,000 Israeli police deployed in the Old City. Some 200 buses of worshipers arrived at the mosque from around Israel.

July 17

Palestinian worshipers and guards confront Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin during a visit to Al-Aqsa compound, accompanied by a group of settlers and armed Israeli forces. Soon afterwards a group of 50 settlers enters the area, including Likud official Yehuda Glick.

July 16

Due to pressure from Jordan after a series of provocative visits of Israeli rightists of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israeli police closed Al-Mughrabi Gate leading to the compound.

July 15

Dozens of Israelis enter Al-Aqsa compound under armed guard and tour the site.

July 14

At least 180 Israelis, including 18 Rabbi’s, enter Al-Aqsa compound through Al-Mughrabi Gate and tour the area under Israeli police guard, protested by Palestinian worshippers.

July 12

Tens of thousands of Palestinians perform prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, although Israel limited entry by men to those over 40 years of age.

July 11

Over 130 Israelis enter Al-Aqsa compound taunting Palestinian worshippers and chanting “Al-Aqsa will be destroyed,” “The temple is coming soon,” and “Soon Al-Aqsa will be in our hands,” as they tour the compound.

July 10

Some 100 extremist Jews, escorted by Israeli police, enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through Al-Mughrabi Gate, later leaving through the Chain Gate chanting anti-Arab slogans.

July 4

Addressing a right-wing conference in the West Bank, Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Likud Beiteinu) calls for the rebuilding of the Temple on Al-Aqsa compound, stating: “We’ve built many little, little temples but we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount.”

June 7

Israel bans 25 Al-Aqsa compound guards from the vicinity of the mosque for varying periods of time for trying to stop rightists from entering the compound.

May 28

Two Israeli officers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in an attempt to disrupt restorations inside the mosque, also detaining a guard.

May 27

Israeli security forces and right-wing Jews tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound accompanied by intelligence officials.

May 17

After Israel granted access to right-wingers at Al-Aqsa compound, Palestinians stage protests in the Old City calling for the protection of Al-Aqsa.

May 16

Israeli police closes Al-Aqsa Mosque, banning non-Muslim visitors from the compound “to prevent incidents” following a security assessment over the last 24 to 48 hours.

May 15

Nakba Day: Palestinian clash with Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Moue and other places as dozens of Israeli right-wingers, escorted by Israeli soldiers, raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through the Moroccan gate.

May 7

As a group of around 40 Jewish settlers accompanied by police enter Al-Aqsa compound through the Mughrabi Gate and tour the site to commemorate the eve of “Jerusalem Day,” special Israeli forces stormed the compound and assaulted worshipers. – Speaking to The Times of Israel news site, WJM mayor Bir..Read More

April 16

Around 60 right-wing Israelis, accompanied by Israeli security forces, enter Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate and tour the compound.

April 5

Israeli police limits men’s access to Al-Aqsa Mosque to Jerusalem ID card holders over the age of 50 and deploys reinforcements in Jerusalem, fearing protests at Al-Aqsa in the wake of a prisoner’s death. – An Israeli special force unit wearing Palestinian scarves infiltrate Al-Issawiya and confront youth, injuring at..Read More

March 31

Jordan’s King Abdullah II signs an agreement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas which reiterates Jordan’s role as custodian of the holy sites in Jerusalem and that the King’s right to exert all legal efforts to preserve them, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque.

March 30

Dozens of Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa compound from Al-Magharbeh Gate. Israeli forces arrest10 Palestinians for throwing stones at groups of Jews visiting Al-Aqsa compound.

March 29

Six Palestinians are injured by Israeli forces preventing worshipers from praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Thousands of Palestinians had to perform prayers in the streets outside Al-Aqsa compound – Israeli police arrest Palestinian worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque during a visit by Jewish rightists.

March 28

Accompanied by Israeli forces, over 170 Jewish right-wing extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through Al-Mughrabi Gate to worship during the Jewish holiday of Passover, while several young Muslims are forcibly banned or evicted from the compound.

March 25

A group of settlers enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and perform religious rituals under heavy Israeli guard. – Sheikh Najih Bkeirat, director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, warns that Israel forces are tightening restrictions on the compound and have seized the keys to the Moroccan Gate to allow access to extremist Jewish..Read More

March 3

Israeli authorities renew the order banning Sheikh Najih Bkeirat, director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the Al-Aqsa compound for another six months.

February 25

Israeli forces evacuate Muslim worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque when a group of some 40 Jewish worshipers enter the compound to perform Jewish prayers at the site. – For the second day in a row, Israeli forces ban Palestinians aged under 45 from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

February 25

Israeli forces evacuate Muslim worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque when a group of some 40 Jewish worshipers enter the compound to perform Jewish prayers at the site. – For the second day in a row, Israeli forces ban Palestinians aged under 45 from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

2012
October 5

Israeli forces close Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent Palestinian worshipers from entering.

October 4

Some 50 settlers enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque yards to perform religious rituals under Israeli police protection.

October 2

Escroted by Israeli police, over 100 Jews, including Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to perform religious rituals, triggering clashes with Palestinian worshippers.

September 27

Israeli police force stationed at Al-Aqsa arrested a male student and removed six others in order to allow a group of Jews to walk around the compound.

September 25

Around 80 settlers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and perform religious rituals, while Israeli forces ban Muslims under 45 years from entering.

September 19

The Islamic-Christian Commission in Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites condemns the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by settlers wearing priestly garments and performing Talmudic rituals. The Commission warns that the excavation works around and beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque are aimed at building a temple on its ruins.

September 18

Israeli authorities restrict access to Al-Aqsa Mosque to Palestinian worshippers under 45 years of age.

September 12

More than 30 settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, roamed its yard under the protection of Israeli police, and performed Jewish rituals and prayers.

September 6

Likud party member Moshe Feiglin, escorted by settlers and Israeli forces, enters the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to perform “Talmudic rituals”.

August 12

Arye Eldad introduces a new bill to the Knesset which suggests dividing prayer times at the Al-Aqsa Mosque “for all three religions.” – Israeli police ban a group of the Bnei Akiva youth movement from calling out “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” or hold up signs with the..Read More

August 9

Right-wing MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union party) submits to the Knesset a draft bill that calls for allowing Jews freedom to worship in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on specific days, while Muslims would be free to worship at other days, a situation similar to the practice at the Ibrahimi Mosque in..Read More

July 30

MK Zevulun Orlev calls for a law to rebuild the Third Temple in Jerusalem atop Al-Haram Ash-Sharif. – Dozens of extremist settlers protected by police force their way into the Al-Aqsa courtyards, provoking Muslim worshippers.

April 25

PA President Abbas says that visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque by high-level Arab personalities should not be seen as acceptance of Israel’s prolonged occupation and renews his call on Arabs and Muslims all over the world to visit Jerusalem.

April 11

Jewish extremists tour Al-Aqsa Mosque compound accompanied by Israeli forces but are prevented from performing religious rites.

April 9

Dozens of settlers, accompanied by Israeli police, enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to perform religious rituals in celebration of Passover.

March 28

Some 100 Israeli soldiers took a tour of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Settlers also join the tour and hold provocative religious rituals.

February 28

Israeli police chief, Niso Shaham, continues a ban forbidding non-Muslims from praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque site.

February 24

Israeli forces enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the Friday noon prayers and clash with Palestinian youths, injuring at least 30 of them.

February 21

Eight Israelis and a group of tourists, escorted by over 40 Israeli soldiers, tour the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Later, another 22 Israeli women follow and clash with Palestinian female worshippers. Israeli forces detain three Palestinians. Afterwards, police blocks entry to people under 40 years of age.

February 19

Israeli police arrested 13 Palestinians on the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex after police and tourists visiting the site were attacked with stones, a police spokesman said. (AFP)

February 12

Israeli police close access to the Al-Aqsa compound for fear of unrest after leaflets were distributed around the city by far right MK Moshe Feiglin calling for the removal of “Israel’s enemies” from the site.

January 8

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage says Israeli soldiers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and behaved “aggressively”.

2011
December 26

Groups of Jewish extremists enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tour its yard under police protection.  

December 21

Israeli forces impose strict security and military measures on Jerusalem, especially the Old City, amidst calls by extremist Jewish groups to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to celebrate Hanukkah.

December 13

WJM Council member Sasson Gabai calls for the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque to all Muslim worshippers in an attempt to pressure Muslims into accepting the demolition of the bridge of the historic Al-Mughrabi Gate.

December 11

Israel closes the wooden Mughrabi access ramp leading to Al-Aqsa mosque compound over public safety fears, sparking a war of words with Jordan and the Palestinians, who denounce it as an act of “aggression” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

November 26

Prime Minister Netanyahu delays the demolition of the wooden Mughrabi access ramp to avoid enraging Muslims.

November 3

Jordan condemns an Israeli plan to demolish the Mughrabi access ramp to Al-Aqsa Mosque with Waqf and Islamic Affairs Minister Abdul Salam Abbadi stating: “Jerusalem’s [Waqf] administration is the party with legal custody and sovereignty over Al-Haram Al-Sharif. Israel has no right to replace the bridge unilaterally.”

October 7

Israel limits access to Al-Aqsa Mosque to Jerusalemite men over the age of 45 for fear of violence during the prayer a day ahead of Yom Kippur.

October 3

Israeli police accompanying Israeli visitors arrest four Palestinian worshippers blocking the entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 18

Small groups of right-wing Israelis enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and roam around accompanied by Israeli police and a heavy military presence.

August 20

Israeli occupation forces attacked a group of worshippers who gathered at the gates of the Old City after being prohibited from entering Al-Aqsa.

August 7

Israeli police forcibly remove worshippers from the Haram Ash-Sharif compound.

August 5

Ahead of the first Friday prayers during Ramadan, Israeli police limit access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Muslim men over 45 and deploy over 2,000 forces in the city.

July 1

Israeli police limit access to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Muslim men under the age of 45.

June 1

Israeli police allow extremist Jewish groups into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as part of celebrations marking the annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

May 13

Scores of Palestinians perform dawn prayers outside the Old City after being prevented by Israeli police from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque.

March 22

Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and detain five worshipers.

March 6

Israel has given preliminary approval for renovations of the ramp near the Mughrabi Gate.

March 3

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage says Israel was “accelerating their steps to destroy the area of Umayyad palaces” near the southern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque and is “carrying out excavations in the area at night, especially in one of the water wells in the area, which extends under..Read More

February 11

Israeli forces prevent Palestinian youths from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayer.

February 4

Israeli police restrict entry to Friday prayers at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif to worshippers above the age of 50.

January 25

Israeli archaeologists have finished work on a controversial tunnel running from a site close to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

2010
December 20

A settler was arrested after attempting to storm Al-Aqsa with explosives which he planned to place in Al-Qibli Mosque.

December 2

Israeli forces close all but two doors of Al-Aqsa Mosque and forbid entry to people under 40 years, while an estimated 55 Jewish extremists, accompanied by Israeli guards, invade the compound for Hanukkah rituals, causing high tension.

November 9

The Israeli GLZ radio reports that City Plan no. 12472 (construction of the Mughrabi Ramp leading to the Al-Aqsa compound from the Wailing Wall Plaza has been finally approved, though in a limited version allowing the construction of a new bridge on pillars, with minimum amount of diggings and change..Read More

October 29

In a recent meeting, the UNESCO executive board has expressed “deep concern” over “ongoing Israeli excavations and archaeological works” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City.

October 5

Haaretz reports about WJM plans to break down part of the Old City walls to create a gate to accommodate Jewish worshippers near the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

October 1

An Israeli court bans 12 Palestinians residents of Israel from the Al-Aqsa Mosque on suspicion that they were planning to carry out riots.

September 29

Dozens of Israeli settlers, escorted by Israeli forces, enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, as Jews mark the end of the Sukkot holiday.

September 27

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage says Israel is expanding the tunnel network under Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, digging on the northern and southern sides of the mosque, and extending digs to the west of the compound for more than 600 meters.

September 24

Israeli police restrict the entry of male worshippers to those 50 years and older.

August 27

Israeli police detain PLC member Sheikh Hamed Al-Betawi on his way to prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

July 21

Likud MK, Danny Danon stormed Al-Aqsa along with a number of fellow parliamentarians.

June 11

Israeli police ban access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to men under 40 years.

May 17

Israel’s Interior Min. renews a military order banning Fateh Jerusalem Affairs official Hatem Abdel Qader from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for a further six months.

April 22

Israeli Interior Min. Eli Yishai issues a decree preventing Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from leaving the city, accusing him of incitement and claiming that his travel harmed the security of Israel.

March 19

Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and raid several homes in the Old City, arresting dozens of Palestinians.

March 14

Jerusalem police deploys 2,500 policemen in East Jerusalem ahead of the dedication of the Hurva Synagogue, 330 m away from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Palestinian officials call on Muslims to protect the Mosque from alleged Israeli attempts to replace it with a Jewish temple.

March 5

Dozens of Palestinians are injured as Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following Friday prayers, firing tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades.

February 28

Israeli police enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, firing tear gas and rubber bullets after Palestinians had thrown stones at Jews touring the site.

February 21

A street collapses near the entrance of the Khan Az-Zeit market in the Old City due to Israeli excavations in the area.

February 18

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage reports that the Israeli authorities have started new excavations under the Old City of Jerusalem.

January 18

Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, the PA’s chief Islamic judge, warns that the Al-Aqsa Mosque suffered from cracks in the walls as a result of Israel’s excavations below it.

2009
December 17

The Al-Aqsa Institute for Waqf and Heritage issues a statement warning of the repeated calls by extremist Jewish groups to collectively break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, and to “practice their religious Jewish rituals related to the construction of the so-called third temple”.

December 15

The Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said that large-scale Israeli excavations were being done in the area adjacent to the southern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque, known as the Umayyad Palaces area.

December 3

Head of the Islamic Higher Commission Sheikh Ekrima Sabri receives an order from Israeli intelligence barring him from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months.

November 2

Palestinian security guards at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound stop an Israeli man with a machine gun attempting to reach the area using a ladder and hand him over to Israeli police.

October 25

At least 30 Palestinians are injured and 20 arrested when clashes between Israeli forces and youth erupt anew in the Old City after Israeli forces raid the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

October 4

Palestinians protesters clash with Israeli forces near the Old City’s Lion’s Gate, when Israeli forces attempted to evacuate and detain about 200 Muslim worshippers holed up in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

September 27

Dozens of Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces clash after a group of right-wing Jews enter Al-Aqsa compound ahead of Yom Kippur.  

September 24

A special Israeli police unit enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and tour it.

September 17

At least 300,000 Palestinian worshippers attend Laylat Al-Qader at Al-Aqsa Mosque, believed to be the night of the year when the Prophet Mohammed received the first verses of the Qur’an from the Angel Gabriel. Throughout the month of Ramadan, Israeli forces have prevented Palestinians from reaching the Mosque and interrupted..Read More

September 12

Israeli authorities begin excavations to build a tunnel heading from Silwan toward Al-Aqsa Mosque.

July 30

Over 200 Jewish extremists enter Al-Aqsa Mosque and try to perform religious rituals.

July 23

Israeli police allows 45 far-right Israelis to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, marking Ninth of the month of Av on the Jewish calendar, which is observed in commemoration of the destruction of the first and second Jewish Temples.

July 3

Israeli forces disguised as tourists enter the Haram Ash-Sharif and take photos of several sites in the compound.

June 23

Israeli Internal Security Min. Yitzhak Aharonovitch of the ultra right-wing Israel Beitenu Party enters Al-Aqsa compound under heavy guard and accompanied by Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen and Jerusalem District Police Chief Aharon Franco.

April 29

Israeli authorities announce a plan to build a synagogue over the Tankaziyya School next to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 16

Dozens of Palestinians gather at the Al-Aqsa Mosque to prevent members of the Chabad movement from entering it after they were asked “conquer and Judaize the holiest place on earth, which was being desecrated in such a disgraceful and shameful way.” Jerusalem residents under 50 are banned from entering the..Read More

April 15

Israeli settlers and right-wing groups announce plans to invade Al-Aqsa Mosque the next day, causing high tension in the city.

April 13

Dozens of Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to perform prayers on the occasion of “Passover.” The Israeli police did not stop them but arrest Palestinians who come to protect Al-Aqsa.

March 11

Some 30 extremist Jews dressed up in a costumes storm Al-Aqsa compound to perform Jewish rituals at the site.

March 4

Al-Quds quotes Al-Aqsa Foundation as reporting that Israel plans to open two new tunnels of 56 and 22 meters length to link the Old City’s Sharaf quarter with the square west of Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect settlers commuting between Silwan and the Old City.

February 27

Israeli police impose tight restrictions on entry to Jerusalem and on worship at the Al‐Aqsa Mosque, barring men under the age of 45 from prayer at the mosque.

February 9

Israel allows hundreds of tourists wearing “revealing clothes” into Al-Aqsa compound as a group of 30 Jewish extremists.

February 1

The floor of an UN‐affiliated school near Al‐Aqsa Mosque collapses due to Israeli excavation work under the Old City, injuring 17 Palestinian schoolchildren.

2008
October 12

The “Ohel Yitzhak” synagogue is opened in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, located between the Cotton Merchants Gate and the Heavy Chain Gate, only 80 m from the Haram Ash-Sharif, creating outrage among Muslim, Christian and Greek Orthodox residents and religious officials, who set up an emergency meeting to condemn..Read More

October 9

Jewish settlers, Rabbis and Israeli politicians tour Al-Haram Ash-Sharif compound protected by Israeli police.

September 21

The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage reveals Israeli plans to open a synagogue on Wad Street near Hamam Al-Ein, close to Al-Aqsa Mosque, and connect it to a tunnel underneath it.

September 9

Ha’aretz reports that Israeli police restricts the entry to Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan, banning men under 45 years and requesting married men aged 45-55 and women aged 30-45 to obtain a permit.

August 19

Israeli authorities install cameras at Lion’s Gate in a bid to further control the entry of worshippers to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

August 16

Jewish extremist groups storm Al-Aqsa compound from Al-Mugrabi Gate.

June 1

For the second time in two years, religious-Zionist rabbis enter the Haram Ash-Sharif.

May 12

The Israeli Min. of Antiquities has reportedly been earmarked to receive NIS 3,5 millions to continue its excavation works near the Mughrabi Gate of the Old City.

January 22

Under the protection of Israeli soldiers, a group of settlers push their way into Al-Aqsa compound and try to conduct religious practices there.

2007
November 28

Israeli Prime Minister Olmert said that Israel’s sovereignty over the Al-Haram Ash-Sharif was not up for discussion, adding that what occurred in Annapolis and Washington over the last two days had no bearing on the status of the holy site.

November 2

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is planning an underground passage in Jerusalem’s Old City to link the reconstructed Ohel Yitzhak synagogue in the Muslim Quarter with the Western Wall tunnels in the Jewish Quarter, passing by 100 meters west of Al-Aqsa compound.

October 14

The Israeli Antiquities Authority announces its intention to resume excavations at Mughrabi Gate as a part of a controversial plan to build a bridge from the gate to Dung Gate, near the Western Wall.

September 28

Israel deploys 4,000 police officers around the walls of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the third Friday prayer of Ramadan. Crowds of worshippers, after being denied entrance to Jerusalem, attend prayers at Qalandia checkpoint.

September 27

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem warns of dangerous intentions behind a move by Israelis to reopen a synagogue near the Al-Aqsa Mosque City, noting that the synagogue is located near Silsila Gate, 100 meters away from the Dome of the Rock.

September 18

Israeli forces impose further regulations on the entry of Palestinian worshippers to Jerusalem for Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque: men from 16 to 50 and women from 16 to 45 must get prior permission from the Israeli authorities. Children under 16 can only enter Jerusalem with their parents, if their..Read More

July 26

A controversial plan to build a bridge near the Western Wall, to the Mughrabi Gate near Al-Aqsa Mosque is approved. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Mohammad Hussein condemns what he calls an Israeli plot against Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.

July 23

Some 300 Jewish extremists storm Al-Aqsa compound and perform suspicious religious rituals.

April 21

The Al-Aqsa Association for the Protection of Islamic Endowments accuses Jewish organizations of forging documents to illegally purchase Arab properties in the Old City of Jerusalem.

April 15

The guards of Al-Aqsa Mosque stop an attempt by Israeli extremists to hang the Ten Commandments on Al-Mughrabi Gate entrance to the Haram Ash-Sharif.

April 9

A guard at Al-Aqsa Mosque is injured in a clash with Israeli policemen.

February 23

Israeli authorities issue an order prohibiting Palestinian men under 45 years from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers.

February 21

Israeli police announce that the Haram Ash-Sharif is once again open for worshippers and tourists.

February 16

Thousands of Israeli forces are deployed around the entrances to the Haram Ash-Sharif, preventing worshippers from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

February 11

Israeli police forces arrest at least four Palestinian praying at the Mughrabi Gate near the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

February 9

Clashes break out in the Old City as Palestinian worshippers arrive for Friday prayers and protest against Israel’s ongoing excavations in the environs of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli forces impose a curfew on Palestinian neighborhoods as a “precautionary measure.”

February 8

Taysir Al-Tamimi, Supreme Judge in Palestine, calls for a ‘day of outrage’ across the Muslim world on Friday in protest against the excavations carried out by the Israeli authorities near Al-Aqsa Mosque.

February 5

The Israeli govt. begins excavations on the Mughrabi Gate entrance to the Haram Ash-Sharif, leading to demonstrations in the Palestinian Territories and in the wider Muslim world.

January 17

The Al-Aqsa Institution for the Reconstruction of the Islamic Sanctities reports a wide Israeli excavation campaign on the outer perimeter of the Haram Ash-Sharif.

2006
October 13

Hundreds of Palestinians riot to protest entry restrictions to Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for Friday prayers.

October 9

MK Uri Ariel of the National Union Party visits Al-Haram Ash-Sharif saying that the time had come for Jews to stop praying at the Western Wall and begin praying “where they’re supposed to.”

July 28

Israeli police use stun grenades to disperse hundreds of Palestinian youths trying to gain access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayers and ending up praying in the streets outside the compound.

July 27

Israeli police prevent what they say is a Palestinian mass wedding at Al-Aqsa Mosque, and ban anyone under 45 to enter.

March 27

Israeli authorities decide to close the Al-Haram Ash-Sharif to visitors due to warnings of planned attacks to coincide with the Israeli elections.

February 8

Israel’s Ministry of Education and the Jewish Agency for Israel distributed thousands of copies of maps of the Old City in Jerusalem with a picture of the “Temple” in place of the Dome of the Rock.

2005
November 23

OIC Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Ekmeleddin Igsanoglu expresses grave concern at the deteriorating conditions of religious and historical sites in Jerusalem, particularly due to Israeli excavations underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the wall of the Old City.

September 29

An official with Israel’s Western Wall Heritage Foundation says Israel would soon open to the public an underground archaeological site near Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

August 28

Yerushalaim reports that WJM mayor Uri Lupolianski has proposed a plan to transfer some East Jerusalem neighborhoods to the PA in exchange for complete Israeli control of the Old City, incl. Haram Ash-Sharif.

July 30

Israeli authorities have installed 19 new cameras on the gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 16

WJM Police and the Shin Bet reveal that five Jews were arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque to disrupt the disengagement plan. All five were released soon after.

April 10

Israeli policemen arrest 31 Jewish extremists at the Western Wall, who tried to march towards the Haram Ash-Sharif, where some 10,000 Palestinians had gathered to prevent and protest the attempt.

April 8

Amid fears that rallies will be held by Jewish ultra-nationalists near Al-Aqsa compound, Israeli police ban non-Muslims from the Haram Ash-Sharif, tighten security and only allow men aged 40 and above, with Israeli ID cards, to attend the prayers.

April 4

The Israeli police announced the details of a plan for the installation of motion detectors and cameras around Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 1

Israeli President Moshe Katsav requested that Jews be allowed to enter Al-Aqsa, just as they go into the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

March 10

The Israeli right-wing Revava organization announces plans to bring 10,000 Jews to pray at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif and exercise their religious rights on the “Temple Mount.”

February 22

Israeli police demands an additional NIS 61 million to counter threats of an attack on the Al-Aqsa compound in the wake of disengagement protests.

2004
December 14

The Al-Aqsa Institute, renovating Islamic sites, warns of Israeli intentions to remove or demolish the wall leading to the Al-Mughrabi Gate, next to the Western Wall which is considered part and parcel of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

October 17

Israel’s security chiefs warn of the growing risk of an attack by Jewish extremists on Al-Aqsa Mosque as part of a bid to halt PM Sharon’s withdrawal plans.

October 14

Israel lifts its threat to limit the number of Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan due to concerns relating to the risk of collapse in certain areas, saying there are plans to erect scaffolding and cordon off the areas involved.

October 12

The Israeli High Court of Justice rejects a petition by the Temple Mount Faithful demanding a ban on the govt. and WJM authorizing the construction of another minaret at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

October 1

Male Palestinians under the age of 40 are kept out of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Israeli police for ‘security reasons.’

September 26

WJM officials say the number of Muslim worshippers allowed to enter the Haram Ash-Sharif compound during Ramadan may have to be limited because of an Israel Antiquities Authority warning that the Solomon’s Stables area might collapse under the weight of the expected hundreds of thousands of worshippers. Waqf and Jordanian..Read More

September 21

Ha’aretz reports that a Jordanian delegation has presented plans for constructing a fifth minaret at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to the Israeli Police. Meanwhile, the rightwing Chai Vakayam movement sends letters to govt. agencies charging that the move is illegal as the Israeli Police is not authorized to make decisions..Read More

September 6

At the request of the Committee to Prevent the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, Israel’s High Court of Justice issues a temporary injunction prohibiting the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Public Security Min., and the PM from authorizing the Waqf to remove tons of soil from the Haram Ash-Sharif..Read More

August 7

Tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs attend a rally organized by the Islamic Movement at Al-Aqsa Mosque under the banner of ‘Al-Aqsa in Danger.’

July 27

WJM police chief Maj.-Gen. Ilan Franco bans Jewish visitors from entering the Al-Aqsa compound to mark Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the two temples, due to the fear that their presence could spark violent clashes. Some 30 Jewish extremists who nevertheless try to enter are turned back. The..Read More

July 24

Speaking on Channel 2’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Israel’s Public Security Min. Tzachi Hanegbi warns that Jewish extremists could attack the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to provoke Muslims, stir up new violence, and thus ruin the disengagement plan.

July 22

The Temple Mount Faithful petitions the Israeli High Court of Justice, asking to be given clearance to enter the Al-Aqsa compound for prayers later in the week to celebrate Tisha B’Av.

April 16

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound remains closed to male worshipers under the age of 45 due to ‘security fears.’

April 9

Palestinian men under the age of 45 are forced to pray outside the Old City after being denied access to the area to attend Friday prayers at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

April 5

Members of the Temple Mount Faithful hold a sheep slaughtering ceremony for Passover on the Mt. of Olives after police reject their request to hold it at the Al-Aqsa compound.

April 2

Israeli police officers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to disperse stone-throwing Palestinians.

March 26

WJM Police prevent men over the age of 45 from attending prayers at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif and beefs up the police presence in and around the Old City.

March 8

The Temple Mount Faithful petitions the High Court of Justice to order the Israel Antiquities Authority to supervise the construction work taking place at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif and to prevent the damaging and stealing of antiques.

February 27

Israeli border police storm the Al-Aqsa compound after Palestinian youths throw stones at them; several Palestinians are injured in the ensuing clashes.

February 25

The Islamic Waqf decides to close the area to tourists (valid until 26 April 2003), when the Israeli police made a unilateral decision – despite the Waqf’s opposition – to reverse the decision. Since then, tourists and Jews can enter through the Mughrabi Gate (under Israeli police protection).

February 15

After inspecting the site near the Western Wall where an embankment collapsed a day earlier, Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar calls for an investigation of the compound’s stability.

February 13

The Israeli Police imposes tight restrictions on worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, forbidding men under 45 from attending Friday prayers.

February 3

Israeli archaeologists complain about alleged excavation work at the Al-Aqsa compound, saying that the work, which is not being supervised by the Waqf, endangers the remains of the Second Temple.

2003
November 14

The Israeli army prevents men under 45 years and women under 35 years from attending Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

November 10

Israeli police arrest Sheikh Taysir Tamimi, Chief Islamic Judge in the West Bank, while on his way to perform night prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

October 13

Israeli police prevents the Temple Mount Faithful to hold a Sukkoth ceremony on Al-Haram Ash-Sharif

October 12

Hundreds of religious Jews are allowed to visit the Al-Aqsa Compound in groups accompanied by Waqf officials and police.

September 26

Israeli police bans men under 40 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for Friday prayers, citing fear for possible clashes.

September 12

Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa compound, firing tear gas and stun grenades at stone-throwing demonstrators protesting Israel’s decision to “in principle” expel Pres. Arafat.

September 4

In reversion of a long-held halakhic rulings, the Yesha Rabbis Council, rabbis Dov Lior, Daniel Shiloh and Nahum Rabinowitz -issues a ruling, saying Jews can visit the Al-Aqsa compound because “the doubts have been removed” about the location of the original temples, so there was no more danger that the..Read More

August 31

Israeli police removes three Jewish visitors belonging to the Temple Mount Faithful and the Chai Vekayam movement from Al-Aqsa compound, after they begin to pray and bow down. The incident occurred during a visit by a activists led by Yehuda Etzion, the leader of. Etzion and two other members of..Read More

August 29

Israeli police limits entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslims with Israeli ID cards over the age of 45.

August 26

Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Judge Haim Li-Ran refuses to order Waqf official Mustafa Abu Zahara away from Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for two months after he was arrested for preventing Jews from entering the compound.

August 25

Muslim worshipers clash with Israeli policemen after trying to prevent Jewish visitors from entering the Al-Aqsa compound at the Mughrabi Gate during the new visiting hours for tourists.

August 24

Israeli police allows a group of about 40 Jews, incl. some extremist from the Temple Mount Faithful and the Chai Vekayam movement, to enter and tour Al-Aqsa Compound for some 90 minutes. Some additional 60 Jews are allowed to make “ordinary” visits to the compound.

August 23

The Islamic Movement in Israel organizes the “The Al-Aqsa Children Fund Festival” on Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, to protest the reopening of the site to non-Muslims and to raise funds for activities in protection of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

August 21

Israeli police close Al-Aqsa compound to non-Muslims after one hour of opening it to tourists and secular Israelis but not to religious Jews.

August 20

After Israeli police allows non-Muslims to enter Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, some 350 Jewish and Christian tourists visit the compound for two hours.

August 11

Waqf Dir. Adnan Husseini denounces as “an unnecessary provocation” the statement of Israel’s Public Security Min. Hanegbi that the “Temple Mount” would open to non-Muslims next week, even “unilaterally,” if the Waqf did not agree, adding that “the Waqf is the only authority.”

August 7

Israeli police prevents Likud MK Yehiel Hazan – head of the Yesha lobby in the Knesset – from entering the ‘Temple Mount’/Al-Aqsa compound due to “security considerations.” – The Waqf publishes a statement in the local media, calling on Palestinians and Muslims in Israel to come to Jerusalem and “protect..Read More

July 31

Israeli police removes three Jewish visitors belonging to the “Temple Mount Faithful” and the “Chai Vekayam” move­ment from Al-Aqsa compound, after they begin to pray and bow down. The incident occurred during a visit by activists led by Yehuda Etzion, the leader of Etzion.

July 30

After Israeli police suspend visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for non-Muslims, fearing Palestinian protests, right-wing MKs say they will organize daily rotation of MKs to visit the compound.

July 29

Israeli police limits entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to Muslims with Israeli ID cards over the age of 45.

July 25

Palestinians pray in the streets after Israeli police put up roadblocks in neighborhoods adjacent to the Old City and restrict access for Muslims under the age of 40 to Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

July 24

Israeli police allows a group of 40 Jews, including members of the Temple Mount Faithful and Chai Vekayam, to enter and tour Al-Aqsa compound, while some additional 60 Jews are allowed to make “ordinary” visits to the compound.

July 22

Israeli police protects groups of Jews allowed to perform religious rituals on Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

July 4

Israeli riot police deny access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to men under the age of 40, in an alleged attempt to stop potential unrest in the Old City.

May 30

Ha’aretz reports that the Yesha Rabbi Council has issued a statement calling for the establishment of Israeli sovereignty on the ‘Temple Mount’ and its opening to Jewish prayer, saying “The Temple Mount belongs solely to the Jewish people and there is no room on it for cooperation with strangers.”

May 28

Ha’aretz reports that architect Gideon Harla has designed plans to build a synagogue on Al-Haram Ash-Sharif next to the Dome of the Rock at an estimated cost of over $3 million. mosque.

May 17

Referring to Public Security Min. Hanegbi’s 14 May statement, Israeli Pres. Katsav tells Israel Radio that it would be unwise to allow Jews to enter Temple Mount without the consent of the Muslims and the Waqf.

May 16

Israeli forces ban men under the age of 40 from attending Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 15

In response to Public Security Min. Hanegbi’s comments a day earlier, Waqf director Adnan Husseini says that non-Muslims are not welcome on the Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, telling Israel Radio that “The Arab standpoint, the Waqf standpoint, is that there is no change in the decision of not allowing non-Muslims to enter..Read More

May 14

Public Security Min. Tzachi Hanegbi says that with or without agreement, the “Temple Mount” would soon be opened to Jews for visits and prayers, saying “that is the right, the moral and the logical thing.”

May 5

At a ceremony marking Israel’s 55th birthday, WJM police commander Micki Levy says “We are taking steps to open the Temple Mount to Jews,” hinting that contacts are underway with the Waqf and the PA.

April 20

The High Court of Justice hears a Temple Mount Faithful petition, demanding that Jews be allowed to pray at the “Temple Mount,” and saying it is racist to allow Arabs to pray at the site, while prohibiting Jews. (The Waqf has denied access to non-Muslims since Oct. 2000, when riots..Read More

April 19

Israeli police turns back some 20 Temple Mount Faithful activists, led by Gershon Salomon, approaching Al-Mughrabi Gate of the Al-Aqsa Compund and calling on the govt. to open the “Temple Mount” to Jews.

March 19

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reports that the Al-Aqsa Institute for the Renovation of Islamic Sites fears Israeli plans to transform parts of Al-Aqsa Mosque into a worshipping area for Jews, similar to the case of Hebron’s Al-Ibrahimi Mosque.

February 27

WJM police chief Mickey Levy says that Jews would be allowed to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the war on Iraq.

January 31

Ha’aretz reports about a recent campaign entitled “Temple Mount – Heart of the Nation,” launched by a group of Jewish Americans, airing messages on Israeli radio stations that call for strengthening the Jewish presence at the “Temple Mount.”

2002
November 8

Jerusalem police arrest a Jew, wearing a keffiyeh, who tries to infiltrate prayers at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, where some 150,000 Muslim worshippers hold the first Friday prayer of Ramadan. Over 2,000 Israeli police are deployed in the city as Palestinian worshippers are given free access to the site for the first..Read More

October 28

The Israeli police bars Waqf official Sheikh Bassam Abu Libdeh from visiting Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for six months claiming he is an agent of the PA Preventive Security Forces.

October 11

Some 200 Palestinian youths attempt to storm Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, but are repelled by border police as males under the age of 40 are banned from attending the Friday prayer.

October 7

After the reaching of an informal agreement between Israel and the Waqf whereby Jordanians were given responsibility for renovating Al-Aqsa’s southern wall, Jordanian engineers drill into the bulge in the wall, which is threatening to collapse, to take a sample for inspection.

October 4

Following the Friday prayer and after being pelted with stones, Israeli police storm Al-Haram Ash-Sharif using stun grenades and teargas to disperse some 5,000 worshippers.

October 3

Jordan assigns a local firm – the Mehrab Bureau for Islamic Construction – to reconstruct the Salah Eddin Pulpit in Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was burned down in 1969, at a cost of $70,000 and within a year. The late King Hussein pledged to repair the pulpit.

September 30

Israeli Pres. Katsav says that Jews should not be allowed to visit the ‘Temple Mount’ until Israel reaches an agreement with the Waqf.

September 27

Male worshippers under the age of 40 are prevented by Israeli police from attending Friday prayers at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif and are forced to pray on the street outside the Old City.

September 4

The Israeli High Court bans Herut MK Michael Kleiner from visiting the ‘Temple Mount’ on the anniversary of Sharon’s Sept. 2000 visit. During the night, some 1,000 people demonstrate on Mt. Scopus to protest against the closing of the site to Jews.

September 2

Herut MK Michael Kleiner petitions the High Court of Justice to be allowed to visit the ‘Temple Mount’ on 5 Sept., the second anniversary of the visit there of PM Sharon, which ignited the Intifada.

August 27

WJM mayor Olmert calls on the Israeli Govt. to act to prevent the collapse of the southern part of the Western Wall, which has allegedly been rendered unsound by construction work being carried out by the Waqf.

August 8

During the night, MK Michael Kleiner is permitted by police to enter for a brief period Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, 22 months after the site was declared off-limits to non-Muslims. Kleiner, who leads a group of demonstrators to the Western Wall, states: “The Temple Mount, the holiest site for Judaism, has been..Read More

July 17

The Israeli High Court of Justice rejects a petition by the Temple Mount Faithful in which the group asks to be allowed to pray on the ‘Temple Mount’ during the Tisha B’Av fast [commemorating the anniversary of the destruction of the Temple], which begins in the evening.

May 25

On Channel 2 TV, Jerusalem Police Chief Cmdr. Mickey Levy says, “We are making every effort, in our own quiet way, to reopen the Temple Mount to Jews again.” Al-Haram Ash-Sharif was closed to non-Muslims soon after the outbreak of the Intifada. The Waqf remains opposed to any plans to..Read More

April 12

The Israeli police limits the age of those Muslims permitted to enter Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for the Friday prayer to 40 and above; 1,500 members of the Israeli security forces guard the vicinity and the small number of worshippers – approximately 9,000 in total – who are granted access.

March 29

Israeli police storm Al-Haram Ash-Sharif after Friday prayers, throwing stun grenades at Palestinians, who retaliate by throwing stones.

2001
September 14

Israeli forces arrest Mufti Sheikh Ekrima Sabri and interrogate him at the Russian Compound Detention Center for four hours about his recent participation in an Intifada conference in Beirut, where he also met with Hizbullah Sec.-Gen. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, and about his Friday sermon in which he was quoted as..Read More

September 14

Some10,000 Palestinians go to Al-Haram Ash-Sharif for the Friday prayers, where tight Israeli security prevented those aged under 40 or without an Israeli identity card from entering.

May 8

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon formed a ministerial committee to prepare a mechanism allowing Jews and foreign tourists to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 20

After Friday prayers, 100 Israeli policemen enter the Haram Ash-Sharif compound to disperse Palestinian stone throwers.

April 19

Israel postpones the planned visit by the UNESCO special envoy to investigate Waqf construction at Al-Aqsa, as Israeli officials consider such a mission unwise given that the UN does not consider Jerusalem to be under Israeli sovereignty.

April 18

Israeli PM Sharon meets with security officials to discuss the possibility of letting Israeli visitors and tourists back on the Haram Ash-Sharif compound. – The Israeli Antiquities Authority opens a virtual reconstruction center, illustrating visitors how the Temple looked 2000 years ago.

April 10

The Temple Mount Faithful try to the Al-Aqsa compound but are prevented by Israeli police.

April 9

UNESCO says it will send a special envoy, Prof. Oleg Grabar, as requested by Israel to investigate the reports of Waqf construction work on the Haram Ash-Sharif compound.

April 8

Referring to PM Sharon’s recent comments to allow Jews to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Islamic Higher Committee warns Israel to stop desecrating Islamic Holy Places and stresses that only Waqf has the right to supervise any matters pertaining to the compound.

April 5

The Israeli High Court of Justice rejects a petition by the Temple Mount Faithful, asking to be allowed to pray on the Haram Ash-Sharif on Passover, to avoid more bloodshed. (The compound is closed to non-Muslims since the beginning of the Intifada). – Israeli PM Sharon expresses his support of..Read More

April 4

The Gluska Commission, appointed by former PM Barak, recommends the Israeli govt. work “secretly” to reinforce Jordan’s role on the Haram Ash-Sharif, mainly to prevent further construction or digging by the Waqf and to put an end to PA violations and “incitement”.

February 7

Sharon prays at the Western Wall, vows to keep Jerusalem under Israeli control: “I am visiting Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish people for the past 3.000 years and the united and indivisible capital of Israel – with the Temple Mount at its center – for all eternity.”

January 24

The Temple Mount Faithful petition the Israeli High Court of Justice, demanding punishment of those undertaking alleged illegal construction on the Haram Ash-Sharif.

January 21

PM Barak orders the police to halt excavation work by the Waqf at Haram Ash-Sharif.

January 18

PM Barak reaffirms that he will not sign a peace agreement that places Al-Aqsa Mosque under Palestinian sovereignty.

January 15

Ma’ariv reports that Israeli police reinforced security measures around Haram Ash-Sharif, for fear of possible attacks by members of the Jewish extreme right.

January 14

Islamic Waqf official Sheikh Yousef Salameh denounces the desecration of the Holy Qur’an during an Israeli right-wing demonstration a day earlier, during which a copy of the Qu’ran was placed of a donkey along with pictures of Arafat.

January 8

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Mufti of Jerusalem, issues a fatwa or religious edict forbidding non-Muslims from controlling the holy site of the Al-Aqsa compound: “Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, including the ground the mosques are built on, that beneath them, as well as the space above them, are all (belonging to) the Islamic..Read More

January 7

Israeli Min. Michael Melchior says there is a serious threat that Jewish extremists might try to destroy the Haram Ash-Sharif, saying “There is nothing more sensitive than the Temple Mount. It can be the gate to heaven, but it can also be the gate to hell.” -Two former security officers..Read More

January 6

Faisal Husseini denounces proposals by Gilead Sher to place Haram Ash-Sharif under a third party’s sovereignty, stressing the Palestinian demand for sovereignty over the whole of East Jerusalem.

January 4

PM Barak rejects a recommendation by his security services to allow Jews to visit the ‘Temple Mount’ (Haram Ash-Sharif).

2000
December 28

The Israeli Government votes 10-2 to accept the US peace proposals as a basis for further negotiations, but with reservations, especially objecting to the clause in the US proposals granting the Palestinians sovereignty over the Al-Haram al-Sharif compound.

December 27

Israeli police repulses attempts by over 200 Temple Mount Faithful to enter the Al-Aqsa compound in order to lay a cornerstone for the building of the ‘Third Temple.’ Seven members of are arrested. The compound has been closed to non-Muslims since Sharon’s controversial visit on 28 Sept. 2000.

December 25

Israel’s two chief rabbis demand that the ‘Temple Mount’ (Haram Ash-Sharif) remain under Israeli control, stating that “no one has the right to give away the site of the Holy Temple … the Temple Mount is the basis on which rests our right to the entire land.”

December 22

Palestinian demonstrators clash with Israeli police after hundreds of young men are barred from the Friday prayers as Israeli Police restricted access to those aged 45 and above.

December 7

Israeli police announces that only Jerusalem residents and Muslims with Israeli citizenship would be allowed to enter the Al-Aqsa compound for the Friday prayers the next day,

December 1

Only some 20,000 Palestinians pray on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Al-Aqsa Mosque while an estimated one quarter of a million others are prevented from entering Jerusalem.

November 24

For the 7th week in a row, Israel bars Palestinians under 45 from attending Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

November 17

Israel again bars Palestinians under age 45 from attending Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

October 27

Palestinians under the age of 45 are barred from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for the third Friday in a row.

October 20

Palestinians under the age of 45 are barred from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for the second consecutive Friday.

October 15

Extremists from the Temple Mount Faithful try to march towards and enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, but are prevented by Israeli police.

October 6

Anticipating protests following Friday prayers, Israel closes the WBGS, allows plainclothes PA police to de­ploy in the Haram Ash-Sharif to form a cordon to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones. They and Waqf staff successfully succeed in keeping calm, but when a few Pal­estinians throw rocks, Israeli forces open immediately fire,..Read More

September 29

After Friday prayers, Israeli forces use excessive force including teargas and gunfire against Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque from rooftops and other locations around the compound. Ensuing clashes leave five Palestinians dead and over 200 injured. Israeli forces deny ambulances entry to the compound and install makeshift checkpoints outside Palestinian..Read More

September 28

In the early morning, Likud opposition leader Ariel Sharon makes a provocative visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under maximum security and with thousands of forces deployed in and around the Old City to prevent any clashes with Palestinians, which were nevertheless triggered by the visit and left dozens of Palestinians..Read More

September 27

Likud Chairman Ariel Sharon invites the entire Likud faction to his planned tour tomorrow of the ‘Temple Mount.’ Israeli police inform Waqf officials that Sharon has requested to visit the ‘Temple Mount’ the next day; the Waqf warns that such a visit would be viewed as a political provocation and..Read More

September 18

Speaking to the cabinet, PM Barak says that Israel opposes not only the transfer of sovereignty over the ‘Temple Mount’ to the PA but completely rules out the possibility of transferring sovereignty over it to any Islamic body whatsoever as well.

September 13

PA Min. of Information Yasser Abed Rabbo warns that Israel is planting the seeds of a religious war through its claims over Al-Aqsa saying that Israel is playing with fire by denying the rights of other religions including the rights of over 1.25 billion Muslims.

September 12

Israeli acting FM Shlomo Ben Ami rules out the possibility of reaching a peace package within one month and suggests giving the PA autonomy over Al-Aqsa; meanwhile MK Yossi Beilin suggests giving Al-Aqsa an embassy status.

September 10

On Israel Radio, Barak says that no Israeli PM “would ever be able to sign a document giving sovereignty over the Temple Mount to the Palestinians.”

September 7

The Waqf complains that Israeli forces have blocked building materials from reaching al-Aqsa Mosque for 5 days now.

September 6

Ha’aretz reports that the committee appointed by the Chief Rabbinate Council to examine the idea of building a synagogue on the Temple Mount met for the first time; committee members are Rabbis Shaar Yishuv Hacohen, Shmuel Eliyahu, Yehuda Deri, Shlomo Chelouche, Yosef Gliksburg and Moshe Rauchberger.

August 22

Over 800 Muslims and Christians march to Al-Aqsa Mosque to stress their will to protect Al-Aqsa and other holy shrines in the city; Israeli police respond violently and inure numerous of the demonstrators.

August 21

Palestinians commemorate the 1969 Al-Aqsa arson by marching from Orient House to Al-Aqsa Mosque, where clashes erupt between Waqf guards and Israeli police.

August 10

Palestinian protestors clash with Jewish extremists from the Temple Mount Faithful who try to enter Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

August 5

The Council of Rabbis discusses a proposal to build a synagogue within the perimeters of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

August 2

Jewish extremists from the Temple Mount Faithful group attempt to break into Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray there.

July 25

Members of the outlawed extremist Kach group attempt to enter Al-Aqsa compound to place an Israeli flag there but are prevented by Waqf authorities.

July 23

Ma’ariv reports that Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi Eliahu Bakshi Doron has declared “Raising the Palestinian flag on the Temple Mount is absolutely forbidden. The holy places must remain under Israeli, Jewish sovereignty.”

July 11

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate clarifies its position on the Haram Ash-Sharif, reaffirming a long-standing halacha that forbids Jews from going there until the return of the Messiah, but stressing at the same time that Jewish sovereignty over the area cannot be relinquished.

July 9

Ha’aretz reports that Chief Rabbis Bakshi-Doron and Lau oppose relinquishing Israeli control of Al-Aqsa Mosque, but leave open the possibility of a trilateral governing body consisting of Jews, Muslims and Christians.

July 5

For the second time in a week Jewish extremists stage a provocative demonstration near Al-Aqsa Mosque to protest the restoration work carried out by the Islamic Waqf.

July 4

After deliberating on an appeal by leading Rabbis and officials to review the halachic injunction of 1967 that bars Jews from the Haram Ash-Sharif and gives the Waqf a special status over it, the Chief Rabbinate decides to maintain the status quo.

June 28

PM Barak permits the Waqf to continue its tiling work on about 200 meters of the eastern wall of the Al-Aqsa compound but says archaeologists from the Antiquities Authority must be allowed onto the site to prevent the work from expanding.   -Temple Mount Faithful petition the Israeli High Court..Read More

June 27

After Israeli Atty Gen. Elyakim Rubinstein and the Shin Bet recommend closing the gates of the Al-Aqsa compound to construction materials in order to prevent Jewish protests against the Waqf’s renovation work from escalating, Israeli police stop a truck carrying tiles.

June 21

Israeli MKs visit the Haram Ash-Sharif to examine the restoration work carried out by the Waqf which they claim damages archaeological remains. Waqf Dir. Adnan Husseini, says the Israeli campaign is rather aimed at changing the fact that the Waqf has the authority over the Haram.

June 19

Archeologists of the ‘Committee to Prevent the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount’ demand that PM Barak and Atty. Gen. Elyakim Rubinstein order an immediate halt to the construction work by the Waqf on the Al-Aqsa compound.   – Ma’ariv reports that 82 MKs, mayors, authors, and academics have..Read More

June 1

The Temple Mount Faithful, led by Gershon Solomon, hold a protest march from Ammunition Hill to the gate of the Al-Aqsa compound.

May 29

In an attempt to force the Waqf to stop its restoration work of Al-Omari Mosque, Jewish settlers try to prevent Muslims from praying there.

April 23

Jewish extremists try to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque but are prevented by Palestinian guards.

April 15

Al-Quds reports that the Israeli Min. of Religious Affairs plans to build a new tunnel under the Haram Ash-Sharif, strongly condemned by Waqf Dir. Adnan Husseini and the Mufti of Jerusalem.

January 26

AsJewish extremists demonstrate near Al-Aqsa in protest at the renovation works there, Mufti Sabri reaffirms that Al-Aqsa Mosque is owned by Muslims only and that any outside intervention is rejected.

January 25

The Israeli army prevents trucks with construction materials from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque-preventing renovation work from being undertaken.

1999
December 20

Israeli police install cameras at roads leading to the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

December 7

Israeli attorney general Elyakim Rubinstein ends the dispute over construction work on the Al-Aqsa compound, ruling that the WJM could not issue a stop-work order against the Islamic Waqf.   -Israeli police allows some members of the extremist Gershon Solomon group to enter the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

December 6

While PM Barak threatens with firm measures if renovation works in the prayer site of Al-Musalah Al-Marawani (the old mosque under Al-Aqsa) continue without Israeli approval, PLC Speaker Ahmad Qrei’ warns that any Israeli interference in the construction of the emergency door will lead to a new wave of violence...Read More

November 17

The Islamic Higher Commission warns of the dangers of the Israeli plans to involve Al-Aqsa Mosque in the negotiations, while Jordan condemns Israeli statements over the idea of dividing Al-Aqsa Mosque as part of a final solution over Jerusalem.

October 8

The Temple Mount Faithful has urged wealthy Jews from around the world to help seize a number of Arab houses in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and circulates a model drawing of the envisioned Temple to be build at the site of Al-Aqsa.

October 5

An Israeli court acquits Jewish extremist Avigdor Eskin of plotting to throw a pig’s head onto Al-Aqsa compound during Ramadan prayers but convicts him of plotting to deface a Muslim grave with a pig’s head and plotting to burn down an Israeli peace group’s office.

October 3

In a speech inaugurating an archaeological site – ‘Hulda Gates’ – adjacent to the Al-Aqsa compound PM Barak says that Jerusalem will be a symbol of coexistence, adding “under Israeli sovereignty”, which was not included in the original text handed out earlier to journalists. WJM Mayor Ehud Olmert states on..Read More

October 1

Ha’aretz reports that extremists from the Temple Mount Faithful intend to buy a three-dunum plot of land on the Haram Ash-Sharif compound, registered as family Waqf (Abu Saoud family) rather than as part of the general Waqf.

September 26

The Israeli High Court rejects an appeal by the Temple Mount Faithful group for Jewish prayer services on the Haram Ash-Sharif compound after the head of the Jerusalem District police said such a permission would be met with violence.

August 19

The Temple Mount Faithful group petitions the Israeli High Court to oblige the state’s institutions to put an immediate stop to construction work by the Muslim Waqf next to the Hulda Gate, claiming that the aim is building mosques in the underground spaces there.

August 11

The Arab League condemns Israel for closing a new window opened by the Waqf to provide light and air for basement rooms under the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Iran calls it a “Zionist attack on Islam’s holy sites”.

August 10

Israeli police prevent the expansion of a window opened up by the Waqf to provide light and air for basement rooms under the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The police interference sparks Muslim protests. (The extremist Temple Mount Faithful group has petitioned the High Court of Justice to immediately halt the ‘unlicensed’ construction..Read More

July 22

Three Jewish extremists of the outlawed Kach group are arrested in the night after scuffling with Palestinians and throwing pamphlets on the grounds of Al-Aqsa Mosque that call on Jews to “expel the strangers from the Temple Mount.” The day after the assault, the Waqf decides to close the Haram..Read More

July 21

Members of the extremist Temple Mount Faithful attempt to enter Haram Ash-Sharif compound and call for the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque, provoking confrontations with Muslim worshippers.

July 20

Ha’aretz reports that Israeli militants are raising funds to rebuild the Jewish temple on the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque. The campaign is led by Yehuda Etzion, who was jailed in the 1980s for organizing attacks on Palestinians, and involves several right-wing religious groups.

June 9

The Islamic Waqf indefinitely closes Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to tourists to protest attempts by Jewish extremists to pray at the site.

May 13

Israeli extremists from the Temple Mount Faithful group are blocked from entering the Orient House to protest the Israeli failure to close the building.

April 4

The Israeli police allow over 20 extremists Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa compound to celebrate Pessach.

April 3

Jewish extremists groups request permission from the Israeli Govt. to renovate Ribat Al-Kurd, part of the Western Wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

March 30

Damyan Pakovitch, a Jewish immigrant from the former USSR, is found guilty of planning to desecrate Al-Aqsa Mosque by throwing a pig’s head onto the premises during Ramadan.

1998
November 27

Israel is planning to spend $1.2m to fund security measures at Al-Aqsa mosque by setting up electric fences and cameras.

October 7

Israeli police prevent Jewish extremists from the Temple Mount Faithful group from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to launch the reconstruction of the Third Jewish Temple. During the rally led by Gershon Solomon, the group boasts that “the Arab occupation of the Temple Mount is finished forever” and tries to unload..Read More

August 25

Officials from the Higher Islamic Council, the PLC and foreign diplomats attend a sit-in at Al-Aqsa Mosque protesting the presence of Israeli soldiers inside the compound and their frequent attacks against Al-Aqsa guards and worshippers.

July 12

Members of the extremist settler group Hay VeKayam, escorted by Israeli police, enter the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque in what they refer to as a ‘first step’.

May 20

Israel’s Min. of Police orders renovations of a vault underneath Al-Aqsa Mosque that is sometimes used for prayers to cease. Acting Head of the Higher Islamic Council Mohammad Nusseibeh says Israel had no right to order the work stopped.

May 14

Jordan holds Israel responsible for an arson attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which it says seriously endangers the peace process. “The Israeli forces occupying the city of Jerusalem bear the responsibility for this aggression,” says acting Information Min. Nasser Al-Lawzi.

May 13

Israeli extremists set ablaze Bab Al-Ghawanmeh, one of the gates leading to Al-Aqsa compound,

April 14

Twenty Jewish extremists are prevented from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque by guards.

March 1

A religious settlement east of Jerusalem agrees to establish a compound for raising children belonging to the class of ‘priests’ so that they will be able to sanctify the ground of the Temple Mount and thus enable the resumption of Jewish prayer at the holy site.

1997
December 30

Israel’s police chief says Jewish extremists plotting new attacks on Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque compound in a bid to torpedo a planned troop withdrawal from the West Bank.

December 17

Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan cancels his visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem because of threats on his life made by Israeli right wing extremist.

October 27

Israeli PM Netanyahu announces that he will discuss in his cabinet’s session the restoration works carried out by the Islamic Waqf in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, describing the renovation work as “unlicensed building”. – Israeli Minister of Transportation, Yitzhak Levi, from the National Religious Party calls for allowing the Jews to..Read More

October 20

Israeli police closed East Jerusalem streets for traffic while some 25,000 Jewish Israelis and their supporters hold their annual “Jerusalem March” to celebrate “united” Jerusalem. Some 100 members of the extremist Jewish group Temple Mount Faithful meet in “David’s Village” (Silwan) and dedicate the corner stone for the “Third Temple”...Read More

March 27

Two explosive devises are found in a drainage pipe near Al-Aqsa Mosque.

March 12

A letter issued by the legal advisor to PM Netanyahu that notes that Jewish prayer on the Al-Aqsa compound is not illegal raises concern among Waqf officials and other Paelstinians.

March 11

A judicial advisor to the Israeli government allowed Jews to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque after coordinating with the Israeli police.

March 10

The Netanyahu government announces its decision to allow Jews to use Al-Aqsa Mosque as a prayer site.

February 7

The last Friday of Ramadan, some 300,000 worshippers fill the Haram Al-Sharif compound, closely observed by 2,500 Israeli police.

1996
September 27

Israeli soldiers invade Al-Aqsa compound, fire at worshippers, killing 3 and injuring 125.

September 25

In the wake of the news of the tunnel opening, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces break out in Jerusalem; Israeli forces attack protestors.

September 24

Israel opens a large ancient tunnel beneath Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, sparking bloody clashes with Palestinians in the city and throughout the West Bank, which leave 70 Palestinians and 17 Israelis killed.

July 25

Extremist Jews enter the Dome of the Rock Mosque after an unprecedented Israeli High Court decision to allow the “Temple Mount Faithful” to observe the commemoration of the “Second Temple’s destruction”.

July 18

An Israeli High Court ruling allows Israeli extremists to enter Al-Aqsa compound.

April 8

Some 90 Israeli settlers are allowed to enter the Al-Aqsa compound for Pessach prayers; 15 Jewish extremists are arrested when attempting to enter the compound forcefully.

1995
December 30

Israeli police arrest right-wing Jew Eyal Kenan in the Old City in accord with a court order forbidding him to enter the Old City as his plans to attack Al Aqsa with anti-tank missiles were known.

December 23

10 Jewish extremists try to raid Al-Aqsa but are prevented by guards.

December 18

Israeli police arrest 11 Jewish extremists trying to pray in Al Aqsa Mosque.

November 23

10 Jewish extremists try to raid Al-Aqsa but are prevented by guards they pray outside the mosque’s gates were Israeli police arrest them.

October 11

Jewish extremists try to enter Al-Aqsa compound from the Silsileh and Kattaneh Gates but are prevented by guards.

October 10

After the Israeli High Court decided to allow Jews access to Al-Aqsa compound for the feast of the Tabernacles, Jewish extremists parade through the Old City with Israeli flags, chanting anti-Arab slogans.

September 20

Despite huge protest, Israeli police chief Rubin allows 20 right-wing Jews to enter Al-Haram Ash-Sharif compound where they, protected by police, announce that they soon would enter Al-Aqsa Mosque itself.

September 16

The Muslim High Court releases a statement expressing the fear that Israel in connivance with radical settlers, may try to overtake authority over the Haram compound.

August 23

Six members of the extremist Hai Vakayam group are arrested after an attempt to enter Al-Haram Ash-Sharif compound for prayer.

August 20

Nine members of the extremist Hai Vakayam group are detained as they try to enter Al-Haram Ash-Sharif compound for prayer.

August 8

PM Rabin rejects a proposal of the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs Shimon Shetreet, asking to allow Jews to pray at Al-Aqsa along an agreement as applied at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque.

August 6

Israeli security forces seal off Al-Haram Ash-Sharif after dozens of Israeli Jews tried to force their way into the compound.

August 5

Moslems camp overnight at the Haram compound to prevent Jewish extremists from entering Al Aqsa Mosque.

August 3

Israeli High Court of Justice reverses 28 years of policy, permitting extremist Jews to enter Al-Aqsa com­pound for prayer on Aug. 5/6. -Clashes break out between Palestinians and some 150 Jewish settlers who try to raid Al-Aqsa.

August 1

In a letter to the Waqf, the extremist Jewish group Hai Vakayam warns not to deny Jews entry to Al-Aqsa compound for prayer.

July 25

The Israeli High Court of Justice issues a ruling allowing Jews to pray at the “Temple Mount”.

July 10

Eight Jewish extremists try to enter Al-Aqsa compound but are prevented by Mosque guards.

June 15

Five female right-wing Jews are arrested when they start to pray near Lion’s Gate after failing to enter Al-Aqsa compound.

May 28

Al-Aqsa Mosque Guards are forced to shut the gates to the compound after a number of Zionists tried to enter the compound to pray.

May 4

Islamic Higher Council decides to close Haram Ash-Sharif Compound to tourists until further notice after Jewish extremists tried to enter the compound.

April 24

Right-wing Jews – dressed as tourists – try to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque but are identified and prevented by Waqf guards.

March 9

A hole discovered at the north wall of the Ummariyah School (Via Dolorosa) turns out to be part of a 500m long tunnel which begins at the Western Wall and is planned to lead to Lion’s Gate.

February 25

Israeli special police units are deployed inside Haram Ash-Sharif compound among Muslim worshippers attending services marking the end of Ramadan.

February 12

In violation of international law, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announces plans to uncover the ruins of the “Solomon Temple”, supposedly located under Al-Aqsa Mosque.

January 31

With the beginning of Ramadan, Israel intensifies its police in Jerusalem, mainly around Al-Aqsa Mosque.

January 16

A group of Jewish settlers attempts to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque but is prevented by Israeli police.

1994
November 29

Extremists from the “Alive and Well” movement (led by Yehuda Ezion) try to enter Al-Aqsa compound which they try to recapture as part of their goal to reestablish the “Kingdom of Israel”.

November 3

As a US Catholic Church group visits Al-Aqsa Mosque in solidarity with Palestinians, five Christian Palestini­ans included in the delegation are banned by Israeli police from entering until Waqf Min. Tahboub’s intervenes.

October 26

The Wadi Araba peace treaty signed between Jordan-Israel states that Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Waqf properties in Jerusalem remain under Jordanian custodianship, and that, “Israel will give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines.”

September 25

Israeli police prevents Temple Mount Faithful members from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate Sukkot so as to avoid clashes with Palestinians.

August 19

Israeli media reports about a plan to start a huge project (“The King’s Hill”) around the Old City, including a huge park, roads to the Church of Gethsemane, construction of “Rahma Gate” underneath Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a subterranean road from the Church of Gethsemane to the wall of Silwan.

July 15

The Israeli High Court decides to allow Jews to worship at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif the next day.

June 27

Waqf officials stop Israeli bulldozers from working on the building of a tunnel near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in an area declared a ‘green area’ by the WJM.

June 20

The Waqf accuses Israel of digging a tunnel under the Via Dolarosa that threatens Islamic property around Al-Aqsa compound.

March 29

Clashes erupt in the Old City as the Temple Mount Faithful stage a march which intends to enter Al-Haram Ash-Sharif compound. At least 5 Palestinians injured.

February 25

Israeli soldiers shoot dead a Palestinian youth and wound several in the Dome of the Rock after clashes erupted in protest of the Hebron massacre.

1993
September 23

Israeli High Court rules that Haram Ash-Sharif forms part of “Land of Israel” and that thus the laws of the State of Israel apply to it.

August 10

Israeli police announce plans for a new special 120-man force to patrol Haram Ash-Sharif in response to the

1992
May 10

King Hussein announces personal donation of $8.25 million to restore Al-Aqsa and Dome of the Rock Mosques in East Jerusalem.

April 26

Egyptian architects inspecting Islamic holy places in the OPT report that Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are suffering from neglect and Israeli diggings near them, and that some $10 million are required to repair the shrines.

1990
October 19

Friday prayers are delayed for two hours as the Israeli authorities deny Muslim worshippers entry to Al-Aqsa compound.

October 12

UN Security Council Resolution 672 condemns Israeli actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, recommends the dispatch of a fact-finding mission to investigate the circumstances.

October 8

During protests triggered by Jewish Temple Mount Faithful extremists trying to lay the cornerstone for a Jewish temple on Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, Israeli forces kill 22 Palestinians and injure over 100 others. (Israeli judge Ezra Kama later – in July 1991 – rules that the Israeli police, not the Palestinians, provoked..Read More

1989
May 2

Israeli authorities prevent non-Jerusalemite Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate Lailat Al-Qadr (the night the Qur’an was revealed).

April 30

Israeli police escort some 50 Temple Mount Faithful members through the Al-Aqsa compound.

April 21

Israeli police prevent hundreds of Palestinians from attending Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 14

Israel prohibits Palestinians (except East Jerusalemites) from worshipping at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 7

During clashes that erupt after Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, four Palestinians are injured, 37 arrested, eight Israelis are injured. In related unrest in the West Bank over 10 Palestinians are injured.

January 14

A group of MKs, protected by Israeli forces, read the so-called “Holy Mercy” inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

1988
November 18

In Jerusalem, Israeli police prevent worshipers from attending Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

July 24

Israeli police prevent extremist Jews from carrying the Israeli flag through Al-Aqsa compound.

July 3

Palestinians protesting Israeli attempts to excavate near the Al-Aqsa Mosque clash with soldiers; 15 are wounded, seven arrested.

July 2

TheIsraeli Ministry of Religious Affairs begins digging a tunnel near the compound’s Al-Ghanmeh Gate.

May 24

In order to show “Jewish presence” MKs Dov Shilansky and Ovadia Eli provocatively tour Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

May 12

Israeli police arrest 38 Palestinians demonstrating after Lailat Al-Qadr services at Haram Ash-Sharif, wound several.

January 29

Six Palestinians are arrested on charges of raising Palestinian flags and chanting nationalist slogans after prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

January 22

As Palestinians continue their commercial strike, some 600 Israeli police stand guard outside Haram Ash-Sharif.

January 15

At least 70 Palestinians are injured when Israeli police attack worshippers at Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

1987
October 17

In Jerusalem, Kach members attempting to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque clash with Palestinian guards.

October 11

Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators clash with members of the “Temple Mount Faithful”, who try to pray near Al-Aqsa Mosque, escorted by Israeli forces. East Jerusalem strikes and Palestinian in the West Bank hold protest marches.

June 16

Waqf members reject an Israeli High Court invitation to participate in a lawsuit over renovations of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

June 10

Israeli officials and MKs, accompanied by over 800 soldiers visit Al-Aqsa Mosque.

May 23

Israeli police teargas Muslim worshippers at Damascus Gate marching towards Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark Lailat Al-Qadr.

February 4

Israel’s Ministry of Religious Affairs orders the resumption of excavations under the Western Wall, after the digging was halted because of its threat to Arab houses in the area.

1986
August 4

A group of Rabbis and Jewish extremists issue a ruling allowing Jews to pray at the Haram Ash-Sharif and announce their determination to build a synagogue in the Mosque compound.

June 6

Israeli police arrest some 100 Jewish extremists who try to reach Al-Aqsa Mosque during celebrations of the 19th anniversary of the ‘reunification of Jerusalem’ attended by 10,000.

February 3

East Jerusalem shuts down in strike protesting Israeli moves against the Haram Ash-Sharif in the past weeks. This coincides with a call by the Morocco-based Al-Quds Committee for a 30-minute work stoppage in all Muslim countries.

January 30

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu proposes erecting a synagogue on the Haram Ash-Sharif.

January 14

A 16-member delegation of Israeli MKs returns to the Haram Ash-Sharif compound, trying to photograph and pray there.Palestinian shopkeepers in Jerusalem strike in protest at the provocations.

January 8

Muslim worshippers clash with Israeli police after 10 Israeli MKs investigating reports of illegal construction on the Haram Ash-Sharif compound try to take photographs.

1985
August 21

Israeli police permit Jewish extremists to hold prayers within the confines of the Al-Aqsa compound, if 10 ask admittance together.

July 28

Members of Kach and the Temple Mount Faithful attempt to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to pray; Israeli police refuse Kach members but allow Temple Mount Faithful in on the condition that they do not pray.

July 10

After a 13-month trial in the Jerusalem District Court, 15 Jewish underground defendants are found guilty, three are convicted of murder, 12 of attempted murder, manslaughter, attempted sabotage, illegal possession and transport of arms and explosives, damage to military property, membership of a terrorist organization, conspiracy to blow up the..Read More

June 15

Israeli forces assault Palestinian worshippers celebrating Lailat Al-Qadr (27th of Ramadan), beating them, destroying their prayer mats and arresting several.

May 23

Jewish underground defendant Menachem Neuberger pleads guilty to charges of plotting to blow up the Haram Ash-Sharif compound.

May 12

Yehuda Etzion of Hai Vekayam, who has been arrested along with some other Jewish extremist, admits plotting to blow up the Dome of the Rock to clear the site for reconstruction of the Jewish Temple.

1984
November 10

Palestinians observe a general strike, called for by the Higher Islamic Council, protesting the Israeli police post on Al-Haram Ash-Sharif compound.  

November 5

The Waqf issue a statement protesting the disrespectful behavior of Israeli policemen at the Haram Ash-Sharif, including eating, lounging, playing radios loudly, and mistreating worshipers. It includes a set of demands calling for all the affairs of the Muslim holy places to be placed in the hands of the Higher..Read More

October 6

A group calling itself “Guardians of Generations of the House” attempts to pray inside Al-Aqsa Mosque; when prevented they conduct prayers at the Mughrabi Gate.

October 1

Settlers performed a circumcision ceremony in the compound, attended by a number of high officials of the military government, who are served food and drinks.

September 21

Avinoam Katrieli, member of the Jewish underground is convicted of plotting to bomb the Dome of the Rock and sentenced to 15 months effective and 33 months suspended prison term.

August 8

Meir Kahane is prevented from breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to hoist an Israeli flag on the Jewish holiday of Tishah b’Av (day marking the destruction of the 1st and 2nd Temples).

August 1

Al-Aqsa security guards foil an attempt by a group of Jewish extremists, known as the ‘Lifta Underground’, to blow up the mosque.

July 17

Palestinian guards prevent a Jewish fanatic from ramming a car into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

March 29

The Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs’ Archaeological Department digs a tunnel, 1×2 m and 10 m deep near the western part of Al-Aqsa Mosque, endangering the Waqf building.

March 26

Structures of the Manjakiyah School,  located on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, collapse due to work by the Israeli Jerusalem municipality and excavations by the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs.

January 30

Waqf guards find three bombs, used by the Israeli army, inside a big pumpkin near Al-Aqsa Mosque; a grenade is found near Via Dolorosa.

January 27

Ben Shoshan and Yehuda Etzion – members of the Jewish underground, led by Rabbi Moshe Levinger, and co-founders of the pro-settlement Gush Emunim movement, enter the compound with explosives and hand grenades plotting to blow up the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock but are apprehended by security..Read More

1983
May 10

Israeli High Court of Justice permits a Jewish prayer demonstration near the Mughrabi Gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

April 3

Muslim leaders call for a protest gathering at the Dome of Rock against last year’s Easter attack by an Israeli soldier. Israeli police use teargas to disperse demonstration near Damascus Gate and prevent some 50 Jewish nationalists, led by Meir Kahane, from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. They then hold prayers..Read More

March 26

Due to Israeli excavations underneath, the Waqf office’s main entrance collapses.

March 21

Some 29 Jews are placed under house arrest and fined NIS 5,000 in connection with the 10 March occurrence. The Supreme Muslim Council calls for an educational and commercial strike to protest the incident.

March 10

Israeli police arrest 45 Jews, including 16 soldiers, armed with guns and grenades, as they prepare to seize the “Temple Mount”, site of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

March 4

A bomb is found and dismantled at the entrance of Al-Aqsa Mosque; Israeli police detain 16 Jewish extremists for questioning.

1982
October 26

Theleader of the Kach movement is convicted of trying to blow up the Dome of the Rock.

July 25

Yoel Lerner of the illegal Kach movement storms Al-Haram Ash-Sharif planning to destroy the Dome of the Rock.

May 20

Muslim Waqf officials receive death threats from several Zionist organizations.

April 27

Leader of the far-right Kach party, Meir Kahane, marches with followers on Al-Haram Ash-Sharif carrying a large diagram of the Second Temple he was planning to build “on the ruins” of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 11

American-born Israeli soldier Alan Harry Goodman shoots his way into Al-Aqsa compound, allegedly in order to “liberate” it from Muslim control, killing two and wounding at least 30 before being subdued. (Goodman was later sentenced and served 15 ½ years of a life sentence in prison).

April 8

At the entrance to Al-Aqsa explosives are discovered placed there by the Gush Emunim along with leaflets threatening to blow up the Mosque.

March 30

The Waqf receives numerous letters urging it to abandon the “Temple Mount” and warning them of the dire consequence if they won’t comply.

March 2

Assaulting a Muslim guard at Chain Gate (Bab As-Silsila), an armed Yeshiva student tries to enter Al-Aqsa compound, but is

February 24

Gershon Salomon, founder and leader of the Temple Mount Faithful, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

1981
November 30

The Israeli High Court of Justice rules that the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount is essentially a political issue to be decided upon by the government as in the light of Muslim attitudes to the problem, it cannot be dealt with by the judiciary.  

October 21

Jewish settlers try to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque but are prevented by guards.

August 28

Israeli authorities start digging a tunnel beneath Al-Aqsa.

August 21

Israeli authorities begin a new stage of excavations, digging a tunnel beneath the Haram compound between Bab As-Silsileh and Bab Al-Qattanin. As the work causes a lot of cracks, the Waqf blocks the entrance with concrete on 29 Aug.

January 13

Members of the Temple Mount Faithful, along with other groups, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and raised Israeli flags and Torah scrolls

1980
September 15

Gush Emunim settlers again force their way onto Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

September 5

Rabbi Meir Kahane of the Gush Emunim attempts to blow up Al-Aqsa with explosives. 120 kg of high explosives and scores of bombs were accidentally discovered only 2 minutes before donation at a distance of 50 m from Al-Aqsa. It was a Friday, meaning a day when tens of thousands..Read More

August 28

Israeli authorities dig a tunnel right underneath Al-Aqsa Mosque.

August 10

Some 300 armed settlers from the Gush Emunim group storm Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, but are later dispersed. August 28:  Israeli authorities dig a tunnel right underneath Al-Aqsa Mosque.

April 19

Religious Jews hold a semi-secret conference and announce that they will work on ways and means “to liberate the Temple Mount from Muslim hands.”

1979
October 11

Israeli forces wound dozens of worshippers by shooting and throwing tear gas into Al-Aqsa Mosque.

1978
July 14

Gershon Solomon of the Temple Mount Faithful leads militant Jews onto Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

1976
December 28

An Israeli judge allows some Jews, accompanied by a group of Israeli MKs, to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque. When they are stopped by the guards, they provocatively hoist the Israeli flag and recite the Israeli national anthem.

February 8

An Israeli court passes a ruling allowing Jews to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

January 28

The Israeli Central Court ruled that Jews have the right to pray inside Al-Aqsa Mosque.

1974
March 12

The Chairman of the Islamic Council, Sheikh Al-Muhtasib, warns the Israeli authorities that excavations have caused a crack in the building of the historical Jawhariyah School west of the Al-Haram compound, demanding an immediate halt to the work and repair of the damage.

March 3

Gershon Solomon and his followers of the Temple Mount Faithful storm Al-Aqsa Mosque.

1973
February 11

Israeli excavations under the southeastern part of Al-Aqsa cause a major interior wall to collapse; the ongoing excavations also endanger other buildings.

1971
December 31

At a press conference on the Israeli occupation authorities’ plans to Judaize Jerusalem, former mayor of Jerusalem Ruhi Al-Khatib says that Israel uses excavations as a means of demolition of Islamic artifacts, especially at Haram Ash-Sharif.

July 22

Members of the extremist Zionist Bitar group enter Al-Aqsa and perform religious rituals.

July 11

Members of the extremist Zionist Bitar group enter Al-Aqsa and try to pray there.

March 3

1971

Jewish extremist Gershon Solomon tries to lead a group of Temple Mount Faithful followers onto Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, but is stopped by Palestinian guards.

1970
September 9

1970

High Court of Justice decides it has no jurisdiction in matters connected with the right and claims of different religious groups and will thus not interfere with the government’s position prohibiting Jewish prayer on the Mount.

August 14

1970

Members of the right-wing Temple Mount Faithful group, led by Gershon Solomon, forcibly enter Al-Aqsa compound, triggering clashes during which several Muslim worshippers suffered injuries.

1969
December 30

1969

A court convicts Rohan of arson at Al-Aqsa Mosque but declares him not criminally liable by reason of insanity.

December 19

1969

A group of Jews storm their way to Al-Haram Ash-Sharif to conduct Hanukkah prayers.

November 16

1969

In the course of a second stage of excavations under Al-Haram Ash-Sharif, Israeli occupation authorities seize the Fakhriyya corner on the southwestern side of the compound.

October 21

1969

The Islamic Higher Council convenes and issues a statement protesting the Israeli authorities’ confiscation of the keys of Bab Al-Mughrabi, the seizing of Tankazziyya School, and the continued excavations under Al-Aqsa Mosque. They further decide to close the gates of Al-Aqsa compound temporarily to any foreign visitor.

September 15

1969

UN Security Council Resolution 271 (1969) condemns the act of destruction and profanation of Al-Aqsa.

August 27

1969

Rohan identifying himself as a member of the “Church of God” tells the court he acted as the Lord’s “emissary” in accordance with the Book of Zechariah. The site is closed to non-Muslims for two months.

August 21

1969

Denis Michael Rohan, an Australian Christian-Zionist, Rohan sets fire inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, burning its 12th Century pulpit or Nurreddin Zinki ‘minbar’ (where the imam stands to deliver a sermon). Angry demonstrations break out throughout the Arab world.

August 18

1969

The first attempt (by about 25 Jews of the Zionist Bitar group) to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque is made, breaking into the compound and reciting verses from the Torah.

June 24

1969

Israeli authorities seize the traditional Tankaziyya School at Silsila Gate and convert it into an Israeli Police station; the building is still used as military base today.

June 16

1969

Israeli authorities seize the south-western section of Al-Haram Ash-Sharif compound.

April 15

1969

Responding to an order against the Police Minister Shlomo Hillel, State Attorney Zvi Bar Niv explains that Jews should not be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount because “premature prayer” by Jews on the Temple Mount would raise grave security and international political problems. The plaintiff is the Faithful..Read More

1967
August 9

1967

Chief Rabbi of the Israeli Army Shlomo Goren leads 50 armed extremists onto Al-Haram Ash-Sharif to conduct prayers there, calling it “a holy commandment” for Jews.

1928
June 23

1928

A screen was attached to the pavement in front of Al-Buraq Wall in preparation for Yom Kippur which unset­tled the Muslim Guardian and also blocked public thoroughfare. Edward Keith-Roach, Deputy District Commissioner of Jerusalem ordered the removal of the screen.