Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qasem said Thursday that Israeli interior minister Gilad Erdan’s statements on al-Aqsa Mosque reflected a disdain for Arab nations at popular and official levels.
In a press release, Qasem added that Erdan’s remarks showed his complete disrespect for all Arabs and Muslims, along with the free people of the world.
“The status quo [at al-Aqsa Mosque] must be changed so that the Jews could pray there,” Erdan told Israeli Radio 90 on Tuesday.
Qasem stressed that Erdan’s comments are a part of an Israeli campaign targeting occupied Jerusalem, which is a core issue in the Palestinian cause.
The Hamas spokesperson explained that the Palestinian people would change the status quo in Jerusalem by ending the Israeli occupation and persevering the Palestinian Arab identity of the holy city.
Israeli occupation forces allowed more than 1,300 extremist Israeli settlers to break into al-Aqsa Mosque last Sunday, which was the first day of Eid al-Adha.