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Columnist calls for “continued armed resistance” to defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque

From an article by Najib al-Qaddumi entitled “On the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada”:
     “This year the anniversary of the [outbreak] of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (PA terror campaign)… occurs when the threat to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque is most severe…
What is odd about this is that the Palestinian people has been abandoned and left alone to combat the Judaizing policy in the holy city and the openly declared intent of the Israeli authorities to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the area beneath and around it having become completely hollowed out as a result of excavations…
[The area of Al-Aqsa] is the place that connects earth to heaven, and yet the Arabs and Muslims have forgotten it, or pretend to have forgotten it, as if they are waiting for the mosque to be destroyed, and then – after it is all over – [they] will begin condemnations and demonstrations and sit-down strikes. This reaction will soon be forgotten, and we will then be left to weep over Al-Aqsa as we wept so much over the rest of Palestine, the Golan, the Alexandretta district, and Andalucía.
Why are the Arabs and Muslims waiting around at a time when [non-Palestinian Muslims] are prohibited from even praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque? The rescue of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the resistance to the Judaization of the city require an official as well as a popular collective stand; they require financial and moral support; they require honest intent, far from slogans and empty declarations; they require international relations that will compel the Israeli entity to implement international resolutions; and they require a continuation of and support for popular resistance; they require the isolation of this entity (i.e., Israel) [to be brought about by] influencing the states that have influence over it, even via economic pressure including an oil [embargo]; and [they require] continued armed resistance in the face of Israeli obstinacy and targeting of [Palestinian] citizens.”
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