PA religious official: Israel conspires to destroy Al-Aqsa; the attack on the mosque is imminent
“Secretary of the Supreme Islamic Council [and former PA Chief Justice of Religious Court,] Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, warned of the [possibility of] Israeli occupation authorities implementing their criminal scheme of destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and construction of the alleged Temple in its place.
His Eminence [Al-Tamimi] emphasized that an analysis of the declarations of Israeli politicians and rabbis lately; a monitoring of the steps of the Israeli occupation authorities in the holy city; their dissemination of a rumor that a UFO which puzzled scientists had passed over the Al-Aqsa Mosque a few days ago; the involvement of the peoples of the [Muslim] nation, its governments and its parties in the popular revolutions taking place in Egypt and Tunisia and in the internal problems of several Arab and Muslim countries; in addition to the fact that the Israeli government and the extremist Jewish groups and parties are exploiting all of these developments – all of this proves that we are talking about preparations for an imminent attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Tamimi said that he believes that the steps adopted by the Israeli occupation– Judaization of the holy city; a blurring of its Arab and Muslim landmarks through destruction of its residents’ homes and its historical and archaeological structures; confiscation of its land and establishment of settlements upon it; construction of synagogues around it and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque; continued excavations beneath its foundations; prevention of worshippers from praying inside it; isolation of the city from its Palestinian surroundings by means of the racist separation fence; and prevention of entry to it – [all of these] are plots aimed at changing its identity and transforming it [Jerusalem] into a Jewish city, and destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple in its place. Al-Tamimi called upon the Arab nation and the Islamic nation to be alert and to adopt cautionary measures towards what is happening in Jerusalem and towards the attack which the Israeli government is seeking to carry out at this difficult time in the history of the nation. He placed responsibility for any attack whatsoever on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and its ramifications, upon the Israeli government and the international community.”