Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki warned on Thursday that Israeli plans to impose a temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to religious war in the region.
Maliki made his remarks during a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps in Ramallah attended by Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Husseini and Jerusalem Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Husseini.
Maliki said that the Israeli authorities have closed the doors to Al-Aqsa Mosque from 7.30am to 11.30am, during which time they prevent Muslim worshippers from entering the mosque and allowed entrance to Jewish settlers who call to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their Temple on its site.
Muslims are only allowed to spend less than an hour for prayers and those who violate the new policy will be questioned by the police, he said.
Maliki said that Zionist gangs who call on settlers to break into Al-Aqsa mosque are the same ones who attack the Palestinians in their towns and villages under the protection of the Israeli forces.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein said that Israel has been besieging Al-Aqsa mosque since 24 August, using temporal division in violation of Muslims’ freedom to perform their prayers.