Palestine condemns the settlers’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Ramallah-Gaza/Awad Rajoub, Nour Abu Aisha/Anatolia

On Sunday, Palestinian official and party bodies denounced the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by hundreds of Israeli settlers and emptying it of worshipers.

This came in statements issued by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Endowments and Religious Affairs, and Palestinian factions, copies of which were received by Anatolia.

In its statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned “the violations and crimes of the occupation forces and settlers, especially the ongoing provocative incursions of dozens of settlers, with the army protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque, and their performance of Talmudic rituals and blowing of trumpets in its courtyards and in a number of neighborhoods and streets of the Old City of Jerusalem.”

She said: “These violations and crimes, especially targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahimi Mosque, are carried out by an official government policy by using religious events and holidays to serve substitutionary colonial purposes.”

The Ministry considered that “these violations fall within the framework of the crimes of the ongoing gradual annexation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and flooding it with settlers, which leads to eliminating any opportunity to materialize the Palestinian state, and thwarting regional and international efforts aimed at reviving the peace process in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.”

It indicated that it is following up “the daily violations of the occupation and settlers with all international bodies and courts in order to hold their perpetrators accountable and prosecuted.”

For his part, Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs Hatem Al-Bakri denounced “the repeated incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque by hundreds of settlers coinciding with the start of the Jewish holidays.”

He added in a statement, “The continuation of these crimes from time to time, with the public and public blessing of the Israeli political level, requires the world to stand up to its responsibilities and intervene seriously to put an end to these violations.”

Al-Bakri considered “the recent escalation of attacks by the terrorist occupation and its settlers in Jerusalem, under false pretexts, aiming to achieve a temporal and spatial division and to gradually and systematically empty the Holy City.”

He called for the necessity of an “exceptional, urgent Arab and Islamic role and movement to protect Al-Aqsa and confront these illegal and illegal racist practices.”

In turn, the Palestinian Hamas movement said, “The repetition of the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque can in no way become a normal habit.”

The movement’s spokesman for the city of Jerusalem, Muhammad Hamadeh, added in a statement: “The settlers’ incursions into Al-Aqsa represent a continuation of the aggression and encroachment on Al-Aqsa, and they are tantamount to acts of desecration through which the occupation wants to extract an image of its victory in Jerusalem.”

He added: “The Palestinian people are united in defending Al-Aqsa and confronting the aggression, and the enemy cannot succeed in breaking the equation.”

For its part, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said in its statement that “the continued targeting of the city of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa will lead to serious repercussions for the occupation.”

She added: “The storming of Al-Aqsa courtyards is being carried out with the support and green light of the occupation government, which seeks to turn the conflict into a religious battle.”

These incursions were considered “crossing red lines capable of triggering forms of responses that the enemy will not expect.”

303 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, on Sunday, on the occasion of the so-called “Hebrew New Year” and after the Israeli police emptied it of worshipers, according to what the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem announced in a brief statement, a copy of which was received by Anatolia.

The Jewish holiday period began on Friday evening, with Rosh Hashanah, and continues until October 8.

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