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Fatah in Lebanon: Terror attack at the Al-Aqsa Mosque was a “self-sacrificing operation”

Headline: "Mass events in Lebanon for the Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque victory celebrations"
      "In order to celebrate our people’s victory in Jerusalem over the Zionist occupation and forcing it to revoke the racist steps that it took in Jerusalem and at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., security measures taken after a lethal terror attack; see note below), including the placing of metal detectors and smart cameras at the entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque following a self-sacrificing operation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) that was carried out within the Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 14, 2017, and as a sign of appreciation for this achievement that was accomplished thanks to the efforts and unity of our people and its political and religious leadership, mass events were organized in Sidon and Beqaa [in Lebanon], during which flags of Palestine and the Fatah Movement were raised."

The article appears in the August 2017 edition of the magazine of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Al-Quds, and was posted on the commission’s website Falestinona on Aug. 31, 2017.

The mention of "racist steps in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque" refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances (for all people entering, not only Muslins), following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.

Muhammad Lafi (18), Muhammad Hassan Abu Ghannam (in his 20s), and Muhammad Sharaf (17) - three Arab rioters who were killed by Israeli soldiers on July 21, 2017, while participating in separate confrontations with the Israeli army in Jerusalem and around it. The riots were held in protest of Israel placing metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered.

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