Tension in Jerusalem due to the visit of an ultra minister to the Esplanade of the Mosques

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  • The controversial Itamar Ben Gvir has walked through the holy site for Muslims sparking international protests

Tension in Jerusalem due to the visit of an ultra minister to the Esplanade of the Mosques

Mañ Ana tense in Jerusalem. The controversial new Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, visited the Esplanade of the Mosques in the holy city early this Tuesday. This holy place for Islam flanked by the Wailing Wall, sacrosanct to the Jews, who call The Temple Mount to the esplanade of the Muslims. The day before Hamas warned of the attack on the Muslims. that the visit of Binyamin Netanyahu's minister could provoke “explosive violence” in the holy city “Our government will not give up. Ben Gvir responded to threats from Ham a s & rdquor ; at the end of his visit. 

The controversial walk barely lasted a quarter of an hour and, so far, has passed without immediate incident. Ben Gvir was escorted by more than a dozen police officers. The visit came hours after the far-right minister met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and they agreed to postpone his entry into the compound. An agreement that was not fulfilled. in what could be one of the first gestures of defiancefrom the minister to the Likud leader. “The Temple Mount is near. It is open to everyone and if Hamas believes that threatening me will dissuade me, let them understand that times have changed”, Ben Gvir said.

“Hand iron”

“There is a government in Jerusalem!”, has expressed the controversial politician. “We maintain freedom of movement for Muslims and Christians, but Jewsthey also visit the site, and those who make threats should be dealt with with an iron fist,” he added. The visit is seen by Palestinian society as a provocation. For this reason, on Monday, Hamas warned of to the Egyptian and United Nations mediatorsof the possibility of “explosive” if Ben Gvir ended up visiting the holy place. The last major war between Hamas and Israel broke out in over clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police. on that same site in May 2021.

Ben Gvir has repeatedly called for greater access for Jews to the holy site. The Palestinians see it as part of their incitement campaign and as a potential precursor for Israel to take full control of the holy site. To avoid further tension, almost all rabbisJews are prohibited from praying on the esplanade that houses the Al Aqsa and the Rock mosques but support for Jewish worship in the holy grounds has been growing. For its part, the kingdom of Jordan , which guards Jerusalem's Christian and Muslim holy sites, has condemned Ben Gvir's visit “in the strongest of terms.” ;

Deadliest year for Palestinians

Also from the US embassyin Jerusalem, there have been complaints. Ambassador Thomas Nides has stated that he “was very clear in the talks with the Israeli government about the issue. on the issue of preserving the status quo in the holy sites of Jerusalem”. “Actions that prevent that are unacceptable & rdquor;, he added. United Arab Emirates, an ally of the Hebrew state, has “strongly condemned the assault by an Israeli minister on the island. I am under the protection of the Israeli forces” and has urged Israel to “stop the serious and provocative violations taking place there”.

These events occurred on the same morning that Palestine mourns one of the first murders of 2023. A 15-year-old boy years old has been shot dead by the Israeli Army. in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. This 2022 has been the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2004, when the Second Intifada raged. Some 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. in the occupied territories. The entry of the new year does not indicate that the violence will stop.