Al-Quds (Jerusalem), 22 Rabiul Akhir 1434/4 March 2013 (MINA) – An Israeli police officer assaulted Sunday a number of Palestinian women inside Al-Aqsa Holy Mosque of Jerusalem, after desecrating a Holy Quran book by kicking it to the ground, in attempt to end their circle-reading session, one of the victimized women told WAFA.
She said that they gather every Sunday in the yards of the mosque to take a Quran reading class outdoors, and that they were near Al-Magharbeh gate– the closest to Jewish settlers and the most used by Israeli authorities to lead in settlers and touring groups– when an Israeli police officer came and asked them to move away from the area.
She added that they had moved away farther from the gate, but after they’ve started reading out loud the officer attacked the group after kicking a Holy Quran book to ground.
Local sources said that a fistfight broke out between Israeli policemen and students who were protesting the Jewish settlers’ storming of the holy site, according to WAFA news agency reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Monday.
They said that the officer was participating in the police attempt to forcibly evacuate those students and kicked the copy of the holy Quran in the process
Arab League Condemns Israeli Attacking Women, Quran in Al-Aqsa Mosque
The Arab League strongly condemned Sunday the incident of an Israeli officer kicking the Quran and assaulting a number of women who were in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Assistant Secretary-General of Arab League Ambassador Mohamed Sobeih told reporters that what happened is not directed to the people of Jerusalem or the Palestinian people alone, but a message to the Arab and Islamic nations as well, stressing that there is a need for a unified and firm stance of the Arab and Islamic nation against the attacks and the situation in Jerusalem.
An Israeli police officer assaulted earlier on Sunday a number of Palestinian women inside Al-Aqsa Holy Mosque of Jerusalem, after desecrating a Holy Quran book by kicking it to the ground, in attempt to end their circle-reading session. (T/P02/E1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)