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Palestinian factions call for demonstrations in solidarity with Al-Aqsa on Friday

July 26, 2017 10:39 P.M. (Updated: July 27, 2017 10:44 A.M.)
(File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- National and Islamic factions called for Palestinians to perform prayers in public squares across the occupied Palestinian territory on Friday and to escalate protests against the Israeli occupation in solidarity with the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Following a deadly shooting at Al-Aqsa in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on July 14, Israeli authorities installed heightened security measures at Al-Aqsa,sparking a widespread civil disobedience campaign among local Palestinians, who have been met with violent repression at the hands of Israeli forces.

Palestinian worshipers have refused to submit themselves to the new security measures, choosing instead to pray in the streets outside of Al-Aqsa.

Palestinians have said the new Israeli move was the latest example of Israeli authorities using Israeli-Palestinian violence as a means of furthering control over important sites in the occupied Palestinian territory and normalizing repressive measures against Palestinians.

The Israeli security cabinet decided on Monday night to remove the recently installed metal detectors at Al-Aqsa, only to replace them with more advanced surveillance technology in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem -- a move which has been denounced by Knesset member and Palestinian citizen of Israel Jamal Zahalqa as “a new provocation.”

In the span of ten days, four Palestinian demonstrators have been killed by Israelis and more than 1,000 others have been injured, as Israeli NGO B’Tselem accused Israel of displaying “sweeping disregard” for Palestinian lives in East Jerusalem.
According to Ma’an documentation, seven Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since the July 14 attack in total.

Israeli forces have raided Palestinian hospitals, closed off parts of East Jerusalem’s Old City, carried out massive detention campaigns, and violently clashed with Palestinians across East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, leaving Palestinian journalists, medics, and children injured in the process.
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