Arab and international silence is encouraging the Israeli occupation authorities to organize daily storming of the Aqsa mosque, independent MP Jamal Al-Khudari said on Tuesday. Dr. Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, has charged in a press release that such silence had expanded the IOA targeting of the holy mosque.
He said that the storming turned into organized marches in which ministers and senior figures take part unlike in the past when storming operations were organized on individual basis.
The MP called for an Arab, Islamic, and international protection of occupied Jerusalem, the Old City, the Aqsa mosque, and the Jerusalemites in the face of the ferocious campaign against them. A Likud member of the Israeli Knesset broke into the Aqsa mosque on Tuesday morning in the company of a group of fanatic Jews under heavy Israeli police escort.
The internal Likud poster calling on its members to ascend:
which the Al-Aqsa Foundation interpreted as
their intention to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, 05.07.2013 morning, recalling scenes of moments of historical importance when the occupation of Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1967 occured, in order to promote the concept of Israeli control over the "Temple Mount" where the most sacred of the Jewish people...In a related development called a number of "rabbis and leaders of the Jewish religious fatwa" to Israeli decision-makers must arrange formal Jewish prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as soon as possible.
and there's this, too:
The Al-Aqsa compound is venerated by Jews as the site where King Herod’s temple once stood. Israelis have made repeated threats to demolish the Aqsa mosque, considered the third holiest site in Islam, in order to build a Jewish temple in its stead. The move would accelerate redemption, according to Jewish religious authorities.
The Palestinian government in Gaza warned of the repercussions of the raid into Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers on Tuesday, noting that it “aims to ignite a religious war in the region.”
Israeli soldiers, Likud party affiliates and 40 Jewish settlers, guarded by Israeli police, stormed on Tuesday Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Asbat Gate and the Mughrabi Gate, and attacked Palestinian female students there, wounding a number of them.
Dr. Ismail Radwan, Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza, has strongly condemned in a statement to Quds Press agency the raid into Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards and the attack on worshipers, that aim to “Judaize Jerusalem and impose a fait accompli”.
He warned of the seriousness of such attack, which provokes the Muslim feelings, and held the occupation fully responsible for the consequences of these events that “aim to ignite a religious war in the region”, as he said.
“Al-Aqsa Mosque is in real danger, especially in light of the Arab and Islamic silence regarding the occupation crimes.”
Director of the Islamic Waqf in occupied Jerusalem, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, denounced the Israeli actions in turning the yards of the Mosque into a military site, urging to keep Al-Aqsa away from all problems as a place for praying and worshiping.
President Abbas on Wednesday slammed Israel's arrest of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a statement said. Abbas "condemned the occupying Israeli authorities' detention of Jerusalem mufti Mohammed Hussein," his office said in a statement. The president "demanded the Israeli government release the mufti immediately," and said "the arrest represents an audacious challenge to freedom of worship."
..."At 8.10 a.m. two vehicles from Israeli intelligence arrived at our house and detained my father, taking him to the Russian Compound detention center for interrogation," one of Sheikh Hussein's sons told Ma'an.
An Israeli police spokesman told AFP that the Mufti was being questioned on suspicion of involvement in a "disturbance" at the Al-Aqsa compound on Tuesday. "Some chairs were thrown at a group of Jews on the Temple Mount," which Muslims refer to as Al-Haram Al-Sharif, Mickey Rosenfeld told AFP of the previous day's incident. The Grand Mufti is in charge of Jerusalem's Islamic holy sites, including the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Over 100 settlers then entered the Al-Aqsa compound at 7 a.m., entering through the Moroccan gate accompanied by Israeli forces.^