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Israel is going to build “the alleged Temple” on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, says Fatah leader

Headline: “Mattour: The Jerusalem residents’ active participation in the approaching [PA] elections is a response to the plot to erase their national identity”

“Fatah Movement Jerusalem Branch Secretary Shadi Mattour emphasized the desire to survive, stand firm, protect the holy sites, and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the danger of Judaization

In an interview with Radio Mawtini, Mattour spoke about how he views the Israeli election results. He warned against the rise of the extremist right-wing and against the composition of the government by saying: ‘They will target the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas with greater vigor, and they will act to prevent the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem from participating in the PA Parliament (Legislative Council) elections.’

He added: ‘Here, on every inch of the land of Jerusalem, a battle is taking place between us and the occupation and the racist settlement enterprise, but our willpower is stronger, and we have sworn that we will remain on our land and in our homes, and that we will protect our holy sites. We will defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque against Judaization, and we will prevent the construction of their alleged Temple. Jerusalem will remain Arab with all its holy components, such as the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.’

He warned against the Israeli occupation’s plot to build the Temple at the expense of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and all the neighborhoods that are adjacent to the mosque. He also said: ‘Then the plan to Judaize and erase our identity will be completed, and we will not allow this as long as we are alive.’ Mattour added: ‘We understand that we are in an existential struggle in the holy city [of Jerusalem].’”