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Fatah official calls for Palestinians to carry out Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque

     “The Fatah movement called yesterday [Oct. 10, 2013] for the Palestinian people to enlist en-masse and protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque in light of the ongoing invasions (the mere presence of Jews on the Temple Mount is considered an "invasion." However, all visitors are subject to rigorous security checks on the Israeli side before being granted access to the Temple Mount. – Ed.) and acts of desecration it is subject to by gangs of settlers and Jewish rabbis, [who are] protected by Israeli occupation soldiers.
In an announcement released by [Fatah’s] Information and Culture Commission, spokesman Ahmad Assaf said: ‘We urge our Palestinian people in Jerusalem and the Interior (i.e., Israel), as well as all West Bank residents capable of coming, to carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the Mosque and to protect it from the despicable plans directed against this holy place by what is called, ‘physical division and [division] according to time,’ until it is completely taken over.’”

Note: The “physical division and [division] according to time” refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.

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