Islamic-Christian Committee Warns Against Outlawing Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque

JERUSALEM, August 25, 2015 (WAFA) – Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Committee to Support Occupied Jerusalem and Holy Sites, Hanna Issa Tuesday warned against the recent Israeli proposed move to outlaw Muslim Palestinian guards and worshippers who are present at al-Aqsa Mosque compound around the clock to prevent Israeli settlers’ entry.

Israeli media sources, namely Haaretz daily, reported that Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is considering a bill, which if passed, would outlaw the Mourabitoun; female and male worshipers and guards who stay at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, because of their activity against Israeli right-wing settlers groups, which seek to allow Jewish presence at the Islamic compound.

The move comes amid rising calls by Jewish right-wing groups to facilitate settlers’ entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and allow them to perform religious prayers there.

According to Haaretz, both the internal security agency Shin Bet and Israeli police support Erdan’s proposed move.

In a related topic, Issa condemned an upcoming beer festival, which will be held on a historical Islamic cemetery in Jerusalem. He described the festival as a blatant violation of all international charters and conventions that guarantee protection of worship sites and religious and historical places.  Israeli media reported that Haifa and Jerusalem are both holding beer festivals on August 26 and 27, in what is known as the independence park, which was built on Jerusalem’s Maman Allah cemetery (Mamilla).

Issa said the Israeli occupation continues to escalate its violations against the city of Jerusalem in an attempt to turn it into an exclusively Jewish city. Israel attempts to obliterate Islamic and Christian holy sites and support the Jewish narrative.

He concluded his statement by saying that, Palestinians have continuously warned against the grave consequences of the Israeli systematic incitement and reoccurring attacks against the Palestinians of Jerusalem. Such actions would ultimately drag the area into a circle of violence and direct confrontations, Issa affirmed.

 

 

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