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Israeli prime minister desperately trying to legitimize division of al-Aqsa: PA official

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Palestinians stand up against Israeli forces at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, April 15, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has desperately attempted in his latest remarks to legitimize the temporal and spatial division of the al-Aqsa Mosque, says a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Sunday any plot of temporal division of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds would be a flagrant violation of international law and doomed to failure. “The Palestinians will not accept, at all costs, this temporal and spatial division. The mosque, as decided by international legitimacy, including recent UNESCO resolutions, is a mosque for Muslims.”

He urged the Palestinian people to head to the mosque and to thwart the Israeli onslaught on the holy site. “Our Palestinian people will not allow this conspiracy to pass, whatever the price and whatever the sacrifices.”

Abu Rudeineh said the recent Israeli raids on the mosque served as “a dangerous escalation, the repercussions of which are to be borne by the Israeli regime alone.”

The spokesman held Israel fully and directly responsible for the recent violent episode in al-Quds. He called on Washington, the great benefactor of the regime, to speak out and stop the aggression, which would destabilize the entire region. “We hold the Israeli regime responsible for this escalation, and we call on the US administration to break its silence.”

Abu Rudeineh also called on the international community to intervene to end the Israeli atrocities at the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli regime has stepped up its deadly acts of aggression across the Palestinian territories since the beginning of Ramadan, as a result of which the Palestinians have put up stronger resistance.

The most recent episode of violence began at dawn on Friday, when the occupying forces raided the mosque through the Moroccan Gate, also known as the Mughrabi Gate, firing sound bombs and rubber bullets at the worshipers randomly. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRSC) reported that 152 fasting Palestinians had been transferred to hospitals.

And about 20 Palestinians were injured as Israeli settlers entered the compound on Sunday morning amid a heavy military deployment of troops to mark the Passover holiday and perform Talmudic prayers.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 22. Bennett has already given Israeli forces a free hand to “defeat” what he called “terror” in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has condemned the recent killings across the West Bank. It says the appalling nature of the Tel Aviv regime has once again come to the fore.

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