Hamas condemns provocative Aqsa break-ins

[ 08/06/2011 – 09:04 PM ]

DAMASCUS, (PIC)– Hamas has condemned provocative steps by Jewish extremists who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday and drank alcohol and broke bottles of liquor on the holy site’s courtyards.

The group said in a fresh statement that the break-in was done under protection of the Israel army, which threatened to arrest provoked Muslim worshipers who responded to the attack.

”These marches and break-ins are a link in a chain of conspiracies against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque and they will be disappointed by Allah’s will and support, and by the steadfastness of our people stationed [there] and with the support of their brothers from the Arab and Muslim world.”

Hamas said it has observed a serious hike in attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and warned of the consequences Israel would be responsible for if it continued its policy of Judaizing the holy city.

The group called on the Palestinians to stand united against Israeli projects to Judaize Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

For their part, Jerusalem officials seeking asylum at the Red Cross said they were not surprised that the incidents coincided with the arson of a mosque in Al-Mughayyir village near Ramallah by armed Jewish settlers.

The men, who have threatened to be banished from Jerusalem, held that the frequent attacks implied the approval of the Israeli government.

Palestinian legislator Hamid al-Beitawi said the attack was designed to provoke the feelings of a billion and a half Muslims and was in violation of both divine and man-made laws.

Israel recently admitted to digging under Al-Aqsa Mosque to create an underground Jewish city. A new law has also been enforced to close the mosque’s doors to anyone under age 45.

Beitawi warned that Israel should have drawn lessons from the second intifada that was triggered from then Prime Minister Sharon’s desecration of the mosque.

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