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Hamas urges mass mobilization to confront Judaization scheme in al-Quds

In this file picture, the Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Israeli forces guard after brief clashes erupted between troops and Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque over visits by Jewish settlers to the mosque compound in the Old City of al-Quds. (Photo by Reuters)

The Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement has called for mass mobilization and stronger presence of Palestinians from all walks of life in the occupied Old City of al-Quds as well as the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in order to thwart the regime’s Judaization scheme.

Ezzat al-Resheq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, on Saturday stressed the need for a strong position against the Israeli ban on reconstruction and restoration work at the Aqsa Mosque.

“We need urgent and decisive positions to stop the settlers' seizure of Palestinian homes in occupied al-Quds,” he said.

He pointed to a new settlement project in the holy city that would cut off its neighborhoods, in addition to the continued demolition policy.

The senior Hamas official said Israeli authorities are planning to construct a large settlement in Beit Safafa town, located southeast of al-Quds, and also build thousands of settler units in Gilo and Pisgat Ze’ev settlements.

Resheq underscored that a unified Palestinian position is required to thwart such settlement projects, demanding support for Palestinian resistance fighters and the spirited steadfastness being shown by local people in al-Quds.

He finally called upon Arab and Muslim countries to offer stronger support for al-Quds and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in light of Israel’s Judaization scheme.

Palestinians demand control over the occupied West Bank as part of their future independent state and regard the eastern sector of al-Quds as the capital of their future sovereign state.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to an agreement signed between the regime and the Jordanian government following Israel’s seizure of East al-Quds in 1967, non-Muslim worship at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound is prohibited.

Many of the Israeli Knesset members are individuals that support the demolition of the Islamic holy site in order to build a Jewish temple instead.

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