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Zionist storming of Al-Aqsa crosses all red lines



Hamas leader Muhammad Abu-Teir said in a Press Release Tuesday that the Israeli occupation is ‘crossing all red lines’ in its attempts to impose a new reality on the ground in Jerusalem by exploiting current conditions.

Abu-Teir said that the increasing number of extremist Zionists breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque is indicative of how alarming the situation has become, and called on the Palestinian people to fight off the occupation’s attempts to take over the holy site.

“These acts will not change history, nor negate the fact that Al-Aqsa is a holy site for Muslims,” Abu-Teir added.

Abu Teir stressed that all such endeavors to completely judaize the holy site are doomed to failure.

“They may trigger an uprising against the Israeli occupation,” he concluded.

History of Al Aqsa

– Al Aqsa is the third-holiest site in Islam – it was the first Qibla (direction for praying) for Muslims, before changing to Mecca in 624.

– While Al-Aqsa is often thought of as a single building, the site actually consists of several mosques, including the Buraq and Marwani Mosques. The wider compound in which Al-Aqsa is located is referred to as Al-Haram Ash-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary).

– The legendary golden Dome of the Rock is believed to be the first dome ever used in Islamic architecture.

– Al Aqsa is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site list, thus is considered of enormous importance to both Islamic and world history and culture.

Haniyeh sends message to Arab and Islamic leaders concerning Al Aqsa



The head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement “ Hamas”, Ismail Haniyeh, sent a message to the Arab and Islamic leaders on the Israeli attacks on Al Aqsa Mosque.

Haniyeh stressed that these attacks are unprecedented and nothing like this has happened since its occupation 50 years ago. He assured that the Israeli Occupation aims to implement its schemes to take full control over Al Aqsa Mosque and to imposea new reality by dividing the mosquein terms of time and place between Muslim and Jews, and to curtail the historical role of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf which is the only authority concerned with the management of the Mosque. Read more »

Hamas denounces IOF arrest campaign in West Bank



Hazem Qasem , the spokesperson of Hamas , issued the following:

The brutal campaign of arrests carried out by the Israeli Occupation Forces against the leaders and the members of Hamas in the West Bank is a desperate attempt to restrain the Intifada ( uprising) of our people in confronting the Israeli plots and its claimed religious war against Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque.

We, in Hamas, and all the Palestinian people will continue in supporting Al Intifada and the freedom fighters who are staying in the yards and at the gates of Al Aqsa Mosque to protect it. We assure that all Zionist campaigns will not succeed in breaking the will of the Palestinian youth rebellion.

The policy of arrest by IOF which came after the failure of IOF to confront our people will ensure we remain strong adherents to the path of resistance and defending our people’s rights and holy places.

Hazem Qasem
Spokesperson for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”
23 July, 2017

NZ Muslims strongly condemn Israeli aggression in Al Aqsa

Federation of Islamic Associations in New Zealand


Haniyeh calls for urgent meeting to counter Israeli Occupation at Al Aqsa



Chairman of Hamas’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, called upon Palestinian factions to hold an urgent meeting to agree on a strategy to confront the Israeli Occupation.

“I call on all National and Islamic factions in Beirut and Cairo to address and formulate policies to confront the crimes of the Israeli Occupation aimed at seizing Al-Aqsa Mosque”, Haniyeh said during a Friday sermon.

Haniyeh went on to warn Arab countries on normalizing their ties with the Israeli Occupation, describing such actions as a betrayal to the Palestinian people. He also voiced his rejection of Trump’s “deal of the century” and the recognition of the Zionist state.

In the same context, the chairman of the movement called on the Islamic Conference Organization, which was established after the burning of Al-Aqsa in 1969 to address this issue, while calling on Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to fulfill its responsibility and develop an Islamic plan countering the Occupation.

Haniyeh also called upon King Abdullah II of Jordan, in his role as president of the Arab summit, to take responsibility for what is happening in Jerusalem. Read more »

Changing the ‘status quo’ of Al-Aqsa?

Afro-Middle East Centre

Israeli forces occupying the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli forces occupying the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque

The recent uprising in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank points to a clear disillusionment among Palestinian youth, largely caused by Israel’s occupation, its Judaisation of Jerusalem, and the complicity of certain Palestinian political parties.

The intensification of the conflict since the beginning of October, which has caused the deaths of over sixty Palestinians and ten Israelis, was ignited by increased Israeli government sanctioning of visits of nationalist, religious Jews to the Aqsa Mosque, many of whom seek the compound’s destruction. Israel has also severely restricted Muslims access to Al-Aqsa, and increased its monitoring of Muslim groups operating at the compound. In late August and September, Israeli police prevented Palestinian women and men under fifty from visiting the mosque before noon, and in September the Murabitun and Murabitat, informal groups of men and women who offer religious classes and attempt to ensure the ban on Jewish prayer is observed, were declared illegal.

These measures have contravened the ‘status quo’, a situation that has been in place since the eighteenth century, Read more »

Factions call for escalating intifada, resistance

Source: Palestinian Information Centre

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Palestinian resistance factions on Monday called for escalating the Palestinian intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation.

The factions hailed resistance operations in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem and called for escalating resistance operations as a strategic option to defend Muslims’ holy places. They also urged Palestinians to unify their efforts to confront Israeli aggressive practices.

In a press conference held in Gaza City, the Palestinian factions asked the Palestinian Authority (PA) to halt its security coordination with Israel and to stop chasing Palestinian resistance activists.

The factions stressed the right of Muslims and Arabs to the Aqsa Mosque, and said Israelis have no right in the Palestinian land.

They also hailed Palestinians in the 1948 Occupied Palestine and Occupied Jerusalem for defending the Aqsa Mosque and for siting-in at its plazas for the confrontation of settlers’ repeated incursions.

The factions called on Palestinians to take part in the pro-Aqsa march after Maghreb prayer on Monday night in Gaza City.

Abu Marzouk: What is happening in Jerusalem is only the beginning


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Vice chairman of Hamas Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk stated that what is happening currently in Jerusalem is only the beginning, and a message to the Israeli occupation that Jerusalem is a red line which cannot be crossed.

In a Facebook statement on Sunday, Abu Marzouk saluted and praised those who he called the heroes of our time, those who resist the Israeli occupation, saying “you will be pleased with the safeness of your mosque and Jerusalem, God willing.”

“Jerusalem is [part of] our faith and religion, and the title of our struggle. We will defend it against the forces of evil that have, since the 1920s, been trying to Judaize it, desecrate the holy places, change the city’s identity, and insist on pursuing worshipers, students and prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Abu Marzouk continued.

Abu Marzouk called on all forces to unite in Jerusalem and for Jerusalem, stressing that the power of truth will ultimately prevail.

Benjamin Netanyahu wants bloodshed: A new, deliberately provocative right-wing incursion into sacred ground

Nur Arafeh
Source: Salon

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As Netanyahu and Abbas prepare to speak at UN, this is the Jerusalem story the media won’t tell you

World leaders converging on the UN General Assembly will soon be hearing from Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. They should focus on Jerusalem, which is again at a boiling point and has the potential to be a global flashpoint if international leaders and diplomats fail to address increasingly reckless rhetoric from Israeli government leaders and the provocative actions of Israeli settlers.

In recent days, right-wing Israeli Jews escorted by Israeli police have been making incursions inside the Al-Aqsa compound, also known as the Noble Sanctuary and Temple Mount to Jews. They are calling for more access to the compound with the ultimate goal of building a third temple in place of Al-Aqsa, which is revered by Muslims worldwide and is based in East Jerusalem – Palestinian territory that Israel occupied and illegally annexed in 1967.

Israeli authorities have abetted these right-wing extremists by effectively imposing a physical and temporal partition of the Al-Aqsa compound. We have been here before: It was Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative visit to Al-Aqsa as opposition leader 15 years ago this month that triggered the Second Intifada and years of bloodshed. Read more »

Jerusalem Is Bigger Than Palestine

By Dr. Fayez Abushamala

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The deliberate Israeli escalation in Jerusalem in recent days is not haphazard, but is part of an Israeli strategy to forcibly impose facts on the ground to take over the holy city from the hands of Arab “occupiers.”

The Israeli aggression will not be limited to the division of Al-Aqsa physically and temporally. The Israeli aggression will continue until Israel acquires the city fully, so that Arabs and Muslims look for another place to perform their religious rituals.

Netanyahu held a special meeting last night with some of his ministers who are concerned with the Jerusalem issue, including security chiefs, and the domestic front commander. They discussed what would happen after Al-Aqsa Mosque is divided. Netanyahu said that the Israeli Occupation Forces would not allow any Palestinian to prevent Jews from getting into Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Talmudic rituals. Read more »

No to temporal division of Al-Aqsa Mosque

By Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk

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The Israeli occupation forces closed the gates of Al-Aqsa mosque from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and prevented prayers and Murabiteen (worshipers staying at the mosque) from entering or staying in Al-Aqsa mosque during that period, while the Arabs remain silent and the Palestinian leadership is busy with projects that divide and separate the Palestinian people.

The Israeli occupation closed the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and it now attempts through legal pretexts to eliminate Al-Rabat (presence for prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque) and hurt the worshipers and endowment staff. Read more »

Malaysian NGO: Stop Israeli Raids at Al Aqsa

Al-Quds Foundation, Malaysia

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On Sunday July 26, 2015 300+ Zionist settlers accompanied by the Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel stormed Masjidul-Aqsa Compound under the protection of heavily armed Israeli occupation forces, to mark the so called the destruction of the Temple Mount.

Masjid Al- Aqsa, the third-most holy site in Islam, is located in Palestinian territory and subject to persistent and illegal Israeli annexation attempts.

Sunday’s raid followed several measures taken by the Israeli occupation army to ease their storming and desecrating of the holy site, including:

• Imposing restrictions on entry to those over 50, preventing younger Muslims from performing their prayers in this hallowed place;

• Erecting additional barriers and checkpoints to prevent worshipers from reaching Al-Aqsa Mosque. Read more »

Hamas: Israeli storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque is a dangerous escalation


Hamas’s spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated on Sunday that the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by occupation forces and settlers constitutes a dangerous escalation, and reflects the accelerated Judaization of Jerusalem.

Abu Zuhri said that the Palestinian people and factions will not stand idly by while the Israeli assaults on sanctities continue.

Abu Zuhri called for the resumption and intensification of Muslim worshipper presence in Al-Aqsa Mosque, and for activating the resistance, stressing the need for the PA to lift its grip on the Palestinian resistance so it can defend the Palestinian people and protect the sanctities.

July 26, 2015

PFLP: Time for action to confront occupation crimes in Jerusalem

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urges all friends of Palestine and progressive, justice-oriented and revolutionary forces around the world to mobilize the widest possible solidarity actions with the Palestinian people in Jerusalem who are under attack and under siege, daily confronting cultural genocide, ethnic cleansing and Israeli war crimes. The Front also urges Palestinian and Arab communities around the world to mobilize in defense of their sisters and brothers in Jerusalem and the entire Palestinian people.

In particular, the leadership of the Front urged its supporters, friends and allies to condemn the occupation actions against the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, and to organize demonstrations, rallies, and political and direct actions at all levels to confront racist Israeli policies and attempts to isolate the Palestinian people in Jerusalem from the rest of Palestine.

Comrade Abu Ahmad Fuad, Deputy General Secretary of the PFLP, said that “our people will not be suppressed, not in Gaza, nor in the West Bank, not in occupied Palestine ’48, nor in the diaspora, nor in Jerusalem, where there a great popular uprising has been ignited.” Read more »

PFLP calls for resistance to occupation attacks on Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

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The Popular Front for the Liberation called upon the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, in the 1948 occupied areas, the occupied West Bank, and in all locations, to take immediate and urgent action to confront the attacks of hundreds of colonial settlers and occupation soldiers since early Monday, October 13. They are attempting to impose “facts on the ground” as a step toward controlling Al-Aqsa, dividing it, and allegedly “rebuilding the Temple” in its place.

This is all part of a Zionist plan to obtain full control of Jerusalem and attempt to undermine the status of the city as the eternal capital of the Palestinian people. The PFLP said that these ongoing events are a dangerous development and escalation in the ongoing and long-time policy of the occupation forces, who stormed al-Aqsa in the hundreds, closing the area, preventing Palestinians from entering or leaving, in order to ensure a clear course for settlers to enter under the banner of the “revival of the temple.” Read more »

Christians, Muslims everywhere called to unite and defend Jerusalem

Dr Halabiya (centre) addresses Press Conference in Gaza City

Dr Halabiya (centre) addresses Press Conference in Gaza City

By Julie Webb-Pullman

The multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-lingual multi-factional Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) this year promises to be the biggest yet. On June 6, the 46th anniversary of Israel’s illegal occupation of Jerusalem, people in more than 45 countries will peacefully march on Israeli embassies, or as near to Jerusalem as they can safely get, to demand an end to Israeli destruction of world heritage sites and breaches of international law in Jerusalem.

At the first GMJ 2014 press conference on Saturday at the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza, Dr.Ahmad Abo Halabiya, member of the GMJ International Committee and coordinator of GMJ-Gaza Strip, stood with co-member and Christian Dr Attallah Tarazi to call on Christians and Muslims alike to join the march, saying that Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque are important historical and religious sites for everyone.

“Jerusalem is facing sustained attacks by Israel, which is trying to Judaize Jerusalem and extinguish the Muslim and Christian identities,” Halabiya said. “There are ongoing attacks against both Muslim and Christian worshippers, preventing them from freely practising their religions.” Read more »

Palestinians forced to pray on Jerusalem streets as invasion threats loom

Palestinians praying in Jerusalem street

Palestinians praying in Jerusalem street

Hundreds of Palestinians under the age of 50 were forced to perform the dawn prayer on the streets of the old city in occupied Jerusalem today after being prevented from entering al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli occupation forces.

A tight blockade has been in place since Monday night, forcing many to pray the evening prayers on the roads near al-Aqsa gates, and preventing Palestinian youth from entering the mosque to thwart a planned invasion by Zionist group the ‘Temple Mount Mob.’ Read more »