The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has warned Israel of the consequences of its further encroachment on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds.
Hamas made the remarks in an official statement on Thursday that marks Arafah Day, a major occasion on the Islamic calendar. It called on Palestinians to rally in mass towards the al-Aqsa Mosque.
The statement stressed that al-Aqsa is holy for the Palestinian people, and that they will not remain silent on Israeli violations against the site. Hamas said Israel should pay a heavy price if it keeps on such violations.
“Bab al-Rahma, the Marwani prayer hall, the Omar prayer hall, the Buraq prayer hall and the Buraq Wall are all part and parcel of our beloved Mosque,” Hamas said.
The movement condemned Israel for continued persecution of the people of Jerusalem al-Quds, demolishing their homes and imposing exorbitant taxes on them to force them to leave the holy city.
The Palestinian movement also called on the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to prevent Israel from destroying the homes of Palestinians and Judaizing Jerusalem al-Quds.
Extremist Israeli settlers have frequently stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds under the protection of regime forces.
Many of the Knesset members are right-wing extremists, who support the demolition of the Islamic site in order to build a Jewish temple instead.
Last year in October, Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, said the Israeli regime’s Judaization plans in Jerusalem al-Quds would never succeed.