Press release by Ismail Haniyeh regarding developments in Al-Aqsa Mosque

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Press Statement Issued by Ismail Haniyeh

Head of Hamas’s Political Bureau

Al-Aqsa is an open battle and the title of an issue without which the blood and the lives are sacrificed.

The recent closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque and preventing   Muslims from practing their faith in complete freedom for the first time in half a century,  is a dangerous escalation of the Zionists’ plans to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque and seize full control of it.  The Zionists, while believing that the Arab and Islamic nations are preoccupied in their conflicts, are vying harder than ever to cunningly seize the third holiest site for Muslims and Judaize the Holy City.

The Palestinian people and their resistance will not allow these schemes to pass, for the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is the Muslim’s identity and the compass of the Palestinian cause.

We salute the martyrs of Al Aqsa Mosque, Al-Jabbarin family, who proudly sacrificed themselves in the wake of the continuous incursions and provocations being practised by the Israeli Occupation in the perimeters of the Mosque. We also salute the scholars and the people of Jerusalem who refused to enter the Mosque through the newly installed electronic gates.  We salute the Mufti of Jerusalem and say to our great nation:  We are in the same battle and Hamas will not let you down in liberating Palestine.

In this regard, we call upon the people of Arab and Islamic nations, whose history has long considered Palestine as its central cause, to counter all attempts aiming to seize Al-Aqsa Mosque.

We also acknowledge  the official standpoints of nations who have expressed their rejection to what is happening at Al-Aqsa. We call on all relevant institutions, especially the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the League of Arab States, to take urgent action and put an end to the crimes of the Israeli Occupation.

I call upon the scholars of the Ummah to move for the sake of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and to work on mobilizing official and popular efforts to thwart the Judaization plans that have begun to come into force.

We also call upon political forces, elites, intellectuals and media to organize solidarity stands and rallies in support of Al-Aqsa.

17 July 2017