Deputy head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib said the Israeli municipal council in Jerusalem issued a decision to turn the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards into public gardens and squares and allow Jewish settlers to visit them anytime.
Khatib warned on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) carried out during the holy month of Ramadan unprecedented Judaization measures targeting the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.
He stated that the IOA allowed for the first time its Jewish settlers and extremist groups to enter the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards with no regard to the feeling of Muslims who were inside the mosque.
He also said the Israeli occupation forces stormed last Friday at dawn the Aqsa Mosque and rounded up the imam while he was praying in a prostration position and leading the congregation and prevented other Muslim worshipers behind him from completing the dawn prayer.
For its part, the Palestinian ministry of religious affairs condemned the Israeli decision to classify the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards as public squares and gardens and described it as a serious measure and a blatant violation of the sanctity of one of the holiest Islamic holy sites in the world.
The ministry urged the leaders of the Muslim world to urgently move to hold an Islamic summit to discuss this serious Israeli decision and take action to protect the Aqsa Mosque.