Jewish settler organization starts building metal structure overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque

Jewish settlers accompanied by Israeli Border Police officers are seen here at the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque (Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  November 11, 2021

The Jewish settler organization Elad began building a metal structure overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday, Al-Resalah newspaper reported.

Local sources said that the new structure is very close to the southern wall of the Old City in an area seized by Elad 15 years ago and which has been referred to by the settler organizations as the City of David.

The structure, the sources said, is adjacent to land owned by the Palestinian Somreen family, located in the Silwan neighbourhood of Wadi al-Hilwa.

Elad, Al-Resalah said, was founded in 1986 and has been used as the non-government face of the Israeli occupation’s settlement projects.

According to news sites, an Israeli rabbi posted an advert a couple of days ago showing a picture of the Dome of the Rock and calling for the recruitment of an engineer who specializes in destroying buildings.

On Friday, Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Ekrima Sabri warned of increasing dangers targeting Al Aqsa Mosque and its facilities.

During the last month, Israeli Jewish settlers raided Al-Aqsa Mosque 22 times.

Meanwhile, a local report recorded 2,124 Israeli violations against Palestinians in October, including the destruction of 14 homes and 74 commercial and agricultural buildings, in addition to the confiscation of 28 other facilities.