Al-Quds Judaization, who cares? – Many Muslims don’t know about the conditions of Al-Quds currently. There are several possible causes. First, not reported in the media, in other words, it is considered uninteresting or indeed design to keep this issue away from the public. Second, Muslims do not care anymore to the Masjid Al-Aqsa. The second cause may not happen to us.

The news about the Zionist project to demolish Masjid Al-Aqsa had been long since we’ve heard. The occupiers want to replace it with the Solomon’s Temple (imaginary). But do we have to find out, how it is today? Then, do we still care about their fate? Whether the project is still running, or perhaps, the third holiest mosque is already collapsed?

Globally, the major Israeli mission is Judaizing the city of Al-Quds, the city in which there is the holy Masjid Al-Aqsa. Not threatened physically, but this Judaization extended to sectors of demography, history, identity of the city, the curriculum of Palestine schools, and etc. The occupiers were very serious to annex whole Al-Quds from the hands of Muslims.

In the last few days, Al-Quds Judaization is getting worse. Illegal settlements of Israeli occupiers are growing numbers, surrounding Palestinians houses that live there. One by one, their houses demolished, with that way Palestinians were expelled slowly until confirmed no longer staying there.

Judaization is not only about the construction of hundreds units illegal Jewish settlement, but also to the excavation project under the area of Masjid Al-Aqsa. The target is to make the foundation of the holy mosque brittle, so that in time will collapse by itself. It’s easy for Israel to shake the ground just like an earthquake, which can impact the collapse of the Masjid Al-Aqsa.

Some time ago reported, the groups of the Jewish illegal settler community are preparing unethical festival performances in the city of Al-Quds. Israeli municipality of Al-Quds announced organizing a wine festival including drinking and dancing over the ruins of the Ma’man Allah Muslim cemetery next Wednesday and Thursday.

This event got support from Israeli municipality of Al-Quds, because it is part of their Judaization project. As a result, they are free to hold wine party, dancing and singing whole the night until morning. Israeli municipality made large-scale changes on the cemetery and transformed a part of it into a public park used for big ceremonies. They did it all in the city of Al-Quds, not far from the holy Masjid Al-Aqsa.

According to the Israeli media, the festival is going to serve 120 kinds of wine from various countries; they are also featuring international artists to participate in the event which is humiliating Islamic identity and Masjid Al-Aqsa. Even the organizer sold food and drink in cheap price, with the aim that the thousands Zionist flocked to attend an event that is harassing Muslims.

Whoever controls the government of Israel, their main target is to Judaize Al-Quds. Recently Israeli PM. Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his plans to build sky lift or cable car. The cable car will travel through the sky of Al-Quds city. Later, it will become a hub for 19 illegal Jewish settlements to be built on waqf land the Muslims.

This is a sign of danger. Israel is trampling down the sovereignty of the Palestinian people. Al-Quds Islamic Supreme Institutions cautioned this project. As it aims to bring the Jewish character in the city of Al-Quds and remove the sanctity of the heritage of Muslims there. Route of Sky lift will pass through the gates of the tomb of Al-Asbath, Muslim cemetery, and Umayyad palace relics. All of those are owned by Muslims.

As has been suggested by the Lebanese author, Beshare Merhej in, he said that the Judaization of Al-Quds is very dangerous already. First, through religious and cultural sectors, second, changing the demographic structure in Al-Quds.

From religious and cultural sectors, Israel concentrated to eliminate Masjid Al-Aqsa and replace it with the Solomon’s Temple. While continuing the excavations under the mosque, they also insist to divide Masjid al-Aqsa temporally. Israel ever applied this method against the Masjid Al-Ibrahimi. Unfortunately, Muslims just kept silent about the conditions of Masjid Al-Ibrahimi in Al-Khalil (Hebron), Israel started with the closure of the Mosque and then escalated to control the time. There is a division of time for Muslims and Jews. Israel thought the same way will be applied to Al-Aqsa, as it was success against Masjid Al-Ibrahimi.

The other thing is the Judaization of the historic sites owned by Muslims, including by changing their names. For example Bab Al-Hadid (Iron Gate of Victory) turned into Shaar Barzel and Bab el-Khalil (Gate of the Friend) called Jaffa Gate, and the name of other gates which they replace its real name to the Hebrew term.

Still according to Beshare, in demography sector, Israel is planning to get rid of the Palestinians of Al-Quds. Their targets are the Palestinian people who live in town was no more than 20%. One of the cruel ways is through the occupation, by building many illegal settlements so Al-Quds can resettle many more Jews.

We need to be concerned with the Judaization of Al-Quds. As exposure of Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno L.P Marsudi in an interview with in March 2016 and she explained that the condition in Al-Quds is even more alarming. From the total population, now the Palestinians who live in Al-Quds just 36.8%. Education just 41%, and the number of Palestinians in Al-Quds live under the poverty reached 75%.

The other way according Beshareh is to remove ID Card of Palestinians in Al-Quds and replace it with a blue ID card signifying his status as a resident and not citizens. Since 1967 to 2013, Israeli authorities have been implemented 14,306 blue ID card, thus forcing them to live without identity and live in refugee camps.

Furthermore, Israeli government expels Palestinians by demolishing houses. The target is only 14% Palestinian houses in Al-Quds. Israel does not grant a building permit to the Palestinians, so they have reason to demolish Palestinian homes arbitrarily. Since 1967 to 2013, more than 1,700 Palestinian homes were demolished, causing 8,382 people became refugees.

The data presented in this paper is not much. Because of Al-Quds Judaization is happening in the midst of the Muslims busy with their own affairs. Residents of Al-Quds must survive by themselves to maintain the heritage of Muslims, holy land and the holy Masjid Al-Aqsa. We must do something massive again to save Al-Quds. Make people aware to their current condition, so that it can provide assistance. If these people kept silent, then do not blame anyone if when we wake up in the morning, and there is news about Al-Aqsa demolition.

Muhammad Syarief

ASPAC for Palestine – Studies Division


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