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Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Tuesday, Palestine denounces Israeli permission

Monday August 28, 2017 7:40 PM, Agencies

Al Aqsa Mosque

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Israel's provocative decision to allow Jewish Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, saying that the Israeli government will bear full responsibility for the decision’s repercussions and consequences.

In a statement, issued on Monday, the ministry called on countries seeking to re-launch the peace process to abandon their silence and take urgent action to put an end to Israeli attempts that aim to thwart negotiation-resuming efforts.

The ministry pointed out that the Israeli government have proven itself to be a settler government by showing hostility to negotiation-resuming and peace-achieving efforts.

It said that the Israeli government is adhering to a dark right-wing ideology that aims to Judaize the Palestinian territories in general and occupied Jerusalem in particular.

Israel’s Channel 2 had earlier reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave authorisation for Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday August 29.

Netanyahu had issued an order prohibiting members of the Knesset from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in October 2015, since the outbreak of the uprising in Jerusalem. In July he temporarily lifted the ban following a legal petition by far-right Knesset member Yehuda Glick.

This decision was made after security considerations determined that the storming of Al-Aqsa by Israeli groups, including ministers and MKs, are a major factor in provoking Palestinians. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam.


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