Ben-Gvir entered the Haram-i-Sharif in the early hours of the morning under his special guards and the intense protection of the Israeli forces.
Ben-Gvir, in his video message from the courtyard of Masjid al-Aqsa, said, “We are the host here. Hamas’ threats will do nothing. We own Jerusalem and all the land of Israel.” used the phrases.
Known for his racist and pro-violent rhetoric and provocative actions against Palestinians, the far-right Minister undersigned the same provocation for the second time since his appointment.
Ben-Gvir had previously entered Al-Aqsa Mosque on January 3, days after he took office, and with this action, he became the first Israeli Minister on duty to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque 5 years later.
This raid by Ben-Gvir was met with reaction in the occupied Palestinian territories and escalated tensions.
In addition to the Palestinian administration and Muslim countries, there were reactions against Ben-Gvir’s provocative action from Western countries, including the USA.
Before Ben-Gvir became a minister in the far-right government formed at the beginning of this year under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he was frequently mentioned because of the Masjid al-Aqsa raids, his incitement to acts of violence against Palestinians, and his racist rhetoric during his term as a member of parliament.
Palestinians call him “the lawyer of murderers”
Ben-Gvir, known for his provocative actions such as the Masjid al-Aqsa raids, the drawing of weapons against Palestinians, and his incitement to violent acts by fanatical Jewish settlers, has been called “killers’ lawyer”, “devil’s advocate” and “criminal” by Palestinians for advocating in cases related to terrorist attacks by fanatical Jews. is referred to as.
Ben-Gvir also does not hide his admiration for Baruch Goldstein, a fanatical Jewish terrorist who opened fire on Muslims praying in the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in 1994 and committed a mass murder.
The sovereignty of the Islamic Foundations Authority of Jerusalem is violated
Masjid al-Aqsa, located in East Jerusalem under Israeli occupation, is under the auspices of the Jerusalem Islamic Foundations Administration, which is affiliated to the Jordanian Ministry of Foundations, Islamic Affairs and Holiness, according to the peace treaty signed between Israel and Jordan on October 26, 1994.
However, these raids became more and more frequent, especially in 2022, as Jews entered the holy shrine with police escort without the permission of the Islamic Foundations Administration since 2003, with the unilateral decision of Israel and the initiatives of some Zionist organizations.
According to the data of the Islamic Foundations Administration, which announced that last year was the most significant year in terms of violations against Masjid al-Aqsa, more than 48 thousand Jewish settlers raided Masjid al-Aqsa throughout 2022.