The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, says the anti-Israel struggle will continue until the full liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque from the grips of the “Zionist enemy.”
In a statement on Sunday, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, praised the “legendary steadfastness” of his fellow Palestinians in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds, saying the true inhabitants of the city are “facing Israel’s extreme racist plans and violations.”
He added that the regime’s repression machine is constantly working against Palestinians in the occupied city, targeting their “existence, rights, identity and sanctities.”
“While we hail such valiant resistance and great steadfastness by all people of [Jerusalem] al Quds, be at the gates of al-Aqsa or on the streets of [Jerusalem] al Quds, and their confrontation with the measures and violations of the Zionist enemy, we also affirm that we all defend our fellow Palestinians in al-Quds and their right to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque, the territory and the sanctities there,” Barhoum stressed.
The Hamas spokesman further called on all Palestinians to foil any attack launched by Zionists against inhabitants of Jerusalem al-Quds and their rights by being present in a constant battle against the enemy “until their full rights, particularly their right of political participation and voting, secured.”
Barhoum also urged all Palestinians, particularly those who live in the occupied West Bank, to travel to the al-Aqsa Mosque to defend and protect the holy sites there, and also to support Palestinians in the occupied city.
“The battle for al-Aqsa continues, and will not end until its liberation from the usurping Zionists,” the Hamas official stressed.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosques.
Israel lays claim to the entire Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory and Palestinians consider it the capital of their future state.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
Palestinian sources said 70,000 worshipers performed Friday prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds on the first Friday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Israeli troops barred many more from entering al-Quds.