AL-QUDS (Dispatches) – The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, says that what happened in the city of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque “will not be forgiven.”
The remarks came after, tens of thousands of Zionist settlers organized a so-called flags march in Al-Quds, to celebrate the anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of the city.
The march sparked confrontations that resulted in the injury of hundreds of Palestinians, and the arrest of others.
The march was preceded by hundreds of settlers storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where they performed religious prayers, during which they lay on the ground in prostration and others raised the occupying regime’s flags.
Statements released by Haniyeh’s media adviser Taher Al-Nono said, “Some parties began contacting the movement’s leader in order to work to contain the situation, and so as not to deteriorate matters further, according to them.”
“The movement’s leader assured these parties that what happened in Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque will not be forgiven, and that the resistance will continue its path until the occupation is uprooted from our land and our Al-Quds.”
The march by right-wing Zionists through occupied Al-Quds has been condemned by many Muslim and Arab governments.
The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has called on the Muslim nations and their leaders to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque after the Zionist settlers’ incursions into the flashpoint area.
In a statement issued late on Sunday, the IUMS Secretary-General, Ali Al-Qaradaghi, said the Muslim Scholars “strongly condemn these provocative attempts”.
He called on the Islamic nations’ leaders and peoples to defend their “first direction to praying (qibla) direction”.
The Union also called for “doing everything possible to put an end to the occupiers’ attacks on Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds”.
Al-Qaradaghi appealed to “the free people in the world and the international humanitarian organizations to stand with the Palestinian people and defend their Arab and Islamic right to Al-Aqsa.”
Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh warned of the “dangerous consequences” of the Zionist troops allowing sellers to pray in the Al-Aqsa. He demanded urgent international intervention to stop Zionist violations of holy sites in the city.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry renewed its call for the regime to take measures to preserve the status quo of the holy sites in Al-Quds and not to allow any provocative actions. What happened, it said, was a flagrant violation of the status quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Egypt also condemned what happened in Al-Aqsa. The foreign ministry warned against “the consequences of these developments and provocative practices on the stability of the situation in the [occupied] Palestinian territories.”
According to Qatar, the settlers’ storming of Al-Aqsa reflected “the occupation’s desire to direct the conflict towards a religious war.” The foreign ministry in Doha called for urgent international action to deter the occupying regime.
A Palestinian Authority official said Al-Quds will remain an eternal capital of the state of Palestine and sovereignty over holy sites there belongs to the Palestinians.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Sunday the occupied East Al-Quds will remain the integral part of Palestine. “Islamic and Christian sanctities are a red line, and their desecration can never be accepted. Al-Quds, with its sanctities, is not for sale. Peace will not be at any price.”
He made the remarks in response to recent comments by Israeli premier Naftali Bennett, who claimed that “Al-Quds will remain a united city that will never be divided again.”
In this year’s march, around 25,000 settlers, who were being accompanied and protected by Zionist troops, took part.
The settlers were heard chanting Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian slogans such as “Death to Arabs” and “Shireen is dead,” referring to veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was assassinated by the Zionist military earlier this month.