Gaza, 12 Shawwal 1436/28 July 2015 (MINA) – Hamas stressed that the resistance factions in the West Bank know how to respond to the violation of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s sanctity after hundreds of Israeli soldiers and settlers stormed mosque complex to mark the Tisha B’Av holiday, a Jewish holiday commemorating what Jews believe to be the destruction of the First and Second Temples.
In a statement issued yesterday Hamas said that the Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel, who was at the forefront of the settlers. It reminded Ariel of the resistance and its operations that rocked Israel after then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Hamas noted that the new Israeli incursion into Al-Aqsa, which comes in light of Israel’s ongoing attacks on Palestinians, is a shame for those who engage in security coordination with the Israeli occupation, Middle East Monitor (Memo) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
It demanded that the Palestinian Authority and Fatah refrain from restricting the resistance’s activities in the West Bank, and release all resistance fighters detained in the Palestinian Authority’s jails.
Hamas called on the Palestinians of the West Bank and Arab-Israelis to rise up against the aggression witnessed at Al-Aqsa, praising the role played by those who stayed in Al-Aqsa and bravely stood up to the settlers.
The statement added that the settlers threw copies of the Quran which were in the mosque and attacked female worshippers, saying the Israeli occupation has crossed a “redline” following which they will face dire consequences. (T/P002/R04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)