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PA condemns court ruling for Jewish settlers to pray in Al Aqsa Mosque

Israeli settlers march from Damascus Gate to the Western Wall, which is the southwest wall of Masjid al-Aqsa, on the day of mourning, which they called "Tisha BeAv", in Jerusalem on 17 July 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli settlers march from Damascus Gate to the Western Wall, which is the southwest wall of Masjid al-Aqsa, on the day of mourning, which they called "Tisha BeAv", in Jerusalem on 17 July 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian Authority condemned on Wednesday an Israeli court ruling that allows Jewish settlers to perform their prayers in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, Wafa has reported. The PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates described the ruling as "unprecedented".

According to the ministry, "This flagrant aggression against Al Aqsa Mosque… constitutes a declaration of war against the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, as well as an open call to a religious war in the region."

Officials warned that such a decision is a prelude to the spatial division of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. "This has dangerous consequences for Al-Aqsa Mosque and its historic and legal status."

The ministry stressed that it is exerting every effort on the political and diplomatic fronts to challenge the court's ruling. It is coordinating action with the Jordanian government — which has legal custodianship over the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem — as well as the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

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