Palestinian factions yesterday warned the Israeli occupation against the planned desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque by right-wing Jewish extremist during the Passover holiday this weekend.
Calling for “popular mobilisation”, they said they would be on standby to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque and the city of Jerusalem.
In a press conference held at the Hamas headquarters in Gaza, the Palestinian factions announced their joint statement on the issue.
This came following a declaration made by extremist Jewish groups about plans to carry out Jewish sacrifices inside Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish Passover holiday, which starts tomorrow.
Adverts seen online have called on Jews to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and offer animal sacrifices. “Join the attempts to make the Passover sacrifice and receive a financial reward!” the poster says.
“Arrested? NIS 400. Arrested with a goat/lamb? NIS 800. Managed to sacrifice? NIS 10,000,” the post from a social media account by a Jewish group calling itself Returning to the Mount read.
Palestinian factions called on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and living in Israel “to perform Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque and protect it from the desecration of the Jewish settlers.”
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday denied reports that far-right settler groups were being allowed to make sacrifices at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Allegations that there are Jews intending to slaughter sacrifices on Haram al Sharif are completely false and have been promoted by Palestinian terror organizations and others in order to incite,” Ofir Gendelman, Bennett’s spokesman for Arab media, wrote on Twitter.
“We will preserve the status quo in the holy places and will not allow any disturbance to security and public order in Jerusalem or anywhere else,” he added.