The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), has warned the Israelis not to provoke Arabs and Muslims by distorting the facts about Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. A spokesman for Hamas also called on the Palestinian resistance to defend the Islamic sites in the occupied territories.
The call was made in response to radio statements by Israel's Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, who said that Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings are "an integral part of the territory of Israel". Weinstein claimed that Israeli law applies to Al-Aqsa, in particular the antiquities law and the law of planning and building.
Hamas leader Dr. Ismail Radwan told the local Palestinian media, "Weinstein's comments demonstrate Israel's aggressive intentions against Al-Aqsa Mosque and attempts to provoke the feelings of Muslims." He added that the Attorney General "is distorting the facts, falsifying history and trying to obliterate the Islamic landmarks and Islamic civilisation in Jerusalem."
Warning the Israeli occupation about the consequences of provoking the feelings of Muslims, Dr Radwan called on the Palestinian people and the resistance to defend the holy sites. "We also call on the Arab and Islamic countries to play their role to block Israel's devious intentions against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque."
The leader of Hamas considers that the visits of some Arabs and Muslims to the Holy City gives the occupation cover and legitimacy to continue with its aggression against the Palestinian people.