Archive - Israeli soldiers at Bab al-Amoud

The Jerusalem activist Mohammad Abu al-Hummus was released from Israeli custody Friday evening after having been arrested earlier Friday near Bab al-Amoud area (Damascus Gate) in occupied Jerusalem.

According to Jerusalemite sources, Abu al-Hummus was released on the condition that he be removed from the Bab al-Amoud area and that he pay a fine of 5 thousand shekels.

Beginning on Thursday and continuing through Friday, the Bab al-Amoud area has been witnessing tense confrontations due to the Israeli settlers provocative marches through what has historically been the Palestinian area in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. The right-wing Israelis marched, chanting anti-Arab slogans, and were confronted by Palestinian men, a number of whom were taken into custody by Israeli police.

The attacks in Jerusalem and the ongoing settler invasions of Palestinian areas, where they beat Palestinians and vandalize property with impunity, have dramatically increased over the past month, after the newly-installed Israeli government announced its intention to take over all Palestinian land in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Also within the past month, the Israeli government transferred the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry to the United Torah Judaism faction – a right-wing political party that has frequently stated its intention to destroy Muslim holy sites, including the third-holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem.