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Palestinian priest calls on Christians to help defend Al-Aqsa

Senior Christian Priest in Ramallah Father Manuel Musallam [Syrian news 1/Facebook]

Father Manuel Musallam, head of the World Popular Organisation for Jerusalem Justice and Peace, yesterday called on Palestinian Christians to "donate to support Al-Aqsa Mosque" in Occupied Jerusalem.

"I repeat my call to the honourable clergy, the patriarchs, bishops, and priests to shoulder their responsibilities and strongly stand in the face of the occupation and its crimes," Musallam said in a statement.

He added that the Jerusalemites were fighting a battle for "their dignity, their holy sites, their homes, their land, their people and their religion."

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"We will win our battle against the occupation because we have morals while the enemy and its settlers are immoral. Throughout history, the invaders who came to Jerusalem were defeated by its people's valour," the priest reiterated.

Israeli settlers threatened to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on the last days of Ramadan to mark Jerusalem Day, when in 1967 Israel illegally occupied and later annexed East Jerusalem.

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