The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement warned the Israeli occupation authorities on Tuesday not to attack Al-Aqsa Mosque. The statement from Hamas stressed that this issue could â€śtrigger a warâ€ť.
Hamas released its statement in the wake of the decision by an Israeli court decision to close Bab Al-Rahma Mosque, which is located at one of the gates within the compound of the Noble Sanctuary of Al Aqsa. The movement believes that the decision has to be seen as part of the efforts made by the occupation state to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque and its compound spatially and temporally between Muslims and Jews.
â€śAny attack on Al Aqsa Mosque or its status could trigger a war,â€ť said Hamas. â€śIf the Israeli occupation feels that it is appropriate to carry out its plans, the situation will not continue forever and it must pay the price for its attacks.â€ť
Describing the court decision to close Bab Al-Rahma (â€śDoor of Mercyâ€ť) Mosque as â€ścrazyâ€ť, Hamas claimed that Israelâ€™s objective is to turn it into a synagogue.
According to the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the Israeli courtâ€™s ruling is â€śnot bindingâ€ť on the Palestinians and Muslims. â€śThe mosque will stay open,â€ť he insisted. â€śWe will never allow its closure.â€ť
Sheikh Sabri reiterated that all Israeli decisions and court rulings related to Al-Aqsa Mosque are invalid. â€śIsraeli courts do not have jurisdiction here and cannot take decisions related to any spot inside Al Aqsa Mosque.â€ť
He added that the Israeli occupation authorities have been trying to take over the management of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Islamic Waqf (Religious Endowment) Department and impose its own sovereignty.