A group of 100 extremist settlers gathered in the “Jewish Quarter” in Jerusalem on Monday evening in an attempt to attack al-Aqsa Mosque.

An Israeli police source in Jerusalem said that the settlers did not obtain permits to march in the mosque compound, and that the police dispersed them, after arresting one of the organizers of the protest.  


Three other far-right extremist settlers were also detained for several earlier while attempting to force their way into the mosque.

The Israeli police reported that two extremist settlers, identified as that Itamar Ben-Gvir, and Avigdor Askin, accompanied by a group settler teenagers arrived at the entrance of the mosque and tired to break into its compound.

The group stretched on the ground after the police attempted to stop them, and shouted “the temple mount is ours”, a police source reported.


The repeated attack carried out by extremist settlers are seen by the Israeli police as attempts to spark violence between the Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem in an attempt to foil the Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip.

Also, the police said that Askin was convicted in the past of placing a head of a pig on the grave of Iz ed-Deen al-Qassam, who led attacks against the Israeli army back in the 1930’s.

Also, in 1995 Askin participated in the “Pulsa Denura” ceremony, when a “Halakhic” death wish was placed on the former Israeli Prime Minister, who was assassinated by an extremist Jew in November 1995.

The other extremist, Ben Gvir, said recently that he wants to enter the “temple mount” in order to pray for the cancellation of the disengagement.