Security forces post warnings in East Jerusalem against violence on Temple Mount during Ramadan

Palestinians gather for a protest against Israel after midday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Friday, April 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Palestinians gather for a protest against Israel after midday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Friday, April 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli security forces have posted signs in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber warning residents against participating in violence or other disturbances around the Al-Aqsa compound atop Temple Mount during the upcoming month of Ramadan, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

According to the report, the notices, in Arabic, recall that “Last Ramadan, many people from this neighborhood took part in incitement and violent activities at Al-Haram al-Sharif [Temple Mount].”

“The incitement unfortunately had a negative effect on the sacred place and the sanctity of the worship service, and caused harm to those who worship there,” the warning adds. “We’re informing you that participating in violence will lead to consequences for the person who commits it, for his family and for society. We will act firmly against those who try to damage the peace and order in Al-Haram al-Sharif.”

The notice ends with a request for parents to keep watch on their children and ensure that they do not “participate in terrorist activities and violence.”

Ramadan is expected to begin on March 11 and Israeli officials have expressed worries that the sensitive period could amplify tensions stemming from Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which has sparked worldwide Muslim anger toward the Jewish state.

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