PLO official: “Herds of settlers are escalating the invasions and desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s pure plazas”
Headline: “Qurei: The escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead only to more extremism, violence, and instability”
“PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei warned against the dangers and consequences of the fact that groups of the herds of extremist settlers are invading the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas from the Mughrabi Gate…
Qurei said: ‘This is a most sensitive and dangerous matter. The fact that the herds of settlers are escalating the invasions and desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s pure plazas – under the protection and umbrella of the Israeli occupation government, which is doing all it can to facilitate their entry into the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, walking around in them, doing as they please with them, and holding Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in them – constitutes a provocation of the Muslim worshippers’ sensibilities.’”
The PA and its leaders misrepresent all of the Temple Mount as an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they vilify any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion” or a "break-in." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.