The violations committed by the Israeli Occupation against the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, including the brutal attack on worshippers, the closure of al-Aqsa gates, especially Bab al-Rahma, are new crimes added to its abysmal record filled with violence and terrorism.
Hamas holds the Israeli Occupation responsible for the repercussions of any escalation in Jerusalem if it continues providing a cover for Israeli extremists, adopting apartheid policies and taunting the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims.
We reiterate that the Palestinian people enjoy the right to preserve their lands, defend their holy sites, and stand up for their rights using all means possible.
Hamas hails the Palestinian people in Jerusalem for defending al-Aqsa Mosque and standing steadfast in the face of the Israeli occupation forces and settlers, reiterating the necessity for a popular action in the West Bank, Jerusalem, the 1948 occupied territories to defend Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque, no matter what it costs, as its part of their national and religious duty.
We call on all Arab and Islamic peoples along with the free people of the world to assume their responsibilities towards the Palestinian people who are subjected to systematic state-sponsored terrorism, violations, and oppression that spur the need for supporting them and piling pressure on the decision makers in the region to fulfill their duties and responsibilities towards the Israeli Occupation and put an end to any form of normalisation with the occupation. In addition, they should isolate the Israeli occupation and expose its crimes against the Palestinian people to the whole world.
February 20, 2019