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Fatah official: Israel has a “Zionist scheme” to gradually take control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, “in order to divide it, and… to destroy it so as to build the alleged Temple”

Headline: “Mattour warns: The occupation’s scheme is being carried out in gradual steps for the purpose of dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and taking complete control of it”
“Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Movement in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour said that the steps of the occupation forces at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the arrests of its employees, and the stopping of the restoration activities at the Dome of the Rock constitute a Zionist scheme to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to take control of it through gradual daily steps.
Mattour said today, Thursday [Aug. 4, 2016], in an interview with Radio Mawtini, as he warned of the occupation’s scheme to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque and take control of it: ‘The occupation authorities are taking gradual steps to carry out their Zionist scheme.’ He warned the Islamic and Arab states of the danger of these gradual steps, as after them will come complete Zionist control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to divide it, and afterwards to destroy it so as to build the alleged Temple in its place.”
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"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.

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