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Hamas: Israel's gift to US Ambassador is incitement

May 24, 2018 at 2:11 am

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman poses with a picture of the ‘Third Temple’ which Zionists wish to build on the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on 22 May 2018 [Twitter]

The Hamas movement has criticised the reaction of the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, when he received a picture of the city of Jerusalem. The picture depicts a temp on the ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hamas called the gift a blatant incitement to demolish the mosque.

Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the movement, said in a statement that Anadolu got a copy of, “This is  racist behaviour that reflects the seriousness of the American partnership with the Israeli occupation in the aggression and the religious war against the sanctities of the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nation as a whole.”

Barhoum asserted that “this requires serious Arab and Islamic response and steps to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque and strengthen the steadfastness of our people in Jerusalem.”He called for “the need to work on adopting a strong and effective strategy against all American and Israeli plans that target our people, their rights and their sanctities.”

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This came in response to a picture of Friedman, shot yesterday, which shows him smiling when he received a gift consisting of a large picture of the city of Jerusalem but without Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was replaced by the Jewish temple.The picture was taken during a visit by Friedman to the city of Bnei Brak (central Israel).

The US embassy in Tel Aviv said in a press statement, that Ambassador Friedman “was not aware of the content of the picture that was in front of him when the picture was taken.”

It added: “US policy is clear: we support the status quo in the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount.”