Palestinian activists have announced that they reject any Jewish use of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement inside Israel (the part of Palestine occupied in 1948, as the locals call it), said that the occupation authorities will not be allowed to impose a division of access times to Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews.
He added that the people of Jerusalem and the 20 per cent of Israel's population who are Palestinians would remain fast on this issue. "The Israeli authorities do not own even one minute of Al-Aqsa's hours," insisted the leading campaigner for Palestinian rights in occupied Jerusalem and the defence of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"In its black dreams," he continued, "the occupation wants to allocate an hour or two for the extremists' violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque." Palestinians, he stressed, will struggle against Israel's plans until the end of the occupation.
"Despite all of the Israelis' official, popular, religious and military efforts," added Sheikh Raed, "the people of Palestine, with reliance on God Almighty, continue to thwart their efforts to split access times between Muslims and Jews."