Hamas Calls on Palestinians to Protect Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israeli Settlement Attacks
Jewish settlers gesture as Israeli security forces are at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo/Ammar Awad/REUTERS
GAZA PATH – The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas called on Palestinians to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque from attacks by Jewish settlers.
Hamas Spokesperson for Jerusalem Affairs Mohammad Hamada made the call after Israeli settler groups announced plans to attack Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish Purim holiday today (7/3/2023) and tomorrow (8/3/2023).
“The Israeli occupation authorities are paying a heavy price for the previous attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque, and will pay an even higher price if new attacks take place,” he warned.
He stressed, “The settlers’ recent move, apart from the threat of right-wing extremist Itamar Ben-Gvir, will not go unpunished.”
Hamada accused the Israeli government and its ministers of being “fascists” and of deliberately leading the area to an “unprecedented escalation”.
He pointed out Ben-Gvir had threatened to increase settler attacks in Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan.
“Ramadan is a special month for Muslims,” explained the spokesman for Hamas.
He added, “It is better for Ben-Gvir and the settlers not to provoke us and other Muslims if they don’t want to see the Palestinians escalate their resistance attacks.”