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Abbas: “The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line, we will not allow it to be violated [by Israel]”

Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line; we will not allow it to be violated.”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized the need to stop the violations at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and emphasized that it is a red line, and that it is impossible to remain silent in light of the daily attacks and violations befalling it from the occupation and its settlers. These statements were said during a reception that the president held yesterday evening [June 12, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah for guards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque who were distanced by the occupation forces, attended by Fatah Secretary in Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith. The president addressed the importance of the great role of the guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in defending our holy sites, and emphasized the importance of the firm stand on our land against the occupation, no matter what arbitrary steps and violations it makes. The president clarified that our people is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and defending Jerusalem and the holy sites, and [said] that: ‘The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line, we will not allow it to be violated.’”
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Note: Published in official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on June 13, 2016; on the official Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on June 13, 2016 and on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission, on June 14, 2016.

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