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Fatah calls closing Al-Aqsa Mosque following stabbing attempt there a “crime,” Islamic official: Israel is “plotting against the Al-Aqsa Mosque,“ which only Muslims have a right to

“The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah called on its members worldwide and those who can to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and in its gates, as resistance to the new Israeli crime that was expressed in the closing [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque] to its owners and believers (refers to temporary closure of Temple Mount during s earch for accomplices after an attempted stabbing attack; see note below –Ed.)… Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ambassador and Representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruweidi said that the occupation is plotting against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and is waiting for any incident in order to close it and prevent the Muslims – who have the exclusive right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque – from praying there freely. He added: ‘We recognize one authority over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that is the authority of the Islamic Waqf. It is our right to pray there freely without the occupation and its security forces preventing us from that.’”

Ahmed Muhammad Mahamid – 24-year-old Israeli Arab terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City on Aug. 17, 2018. The officer shot and killed him. After the attack, Mahamid’s family claimed he was mentally ill and not a terrorist.

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