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Al-Aqsa and surroundings (i.e., the Temple Mount) belong exclusively to Muslims

     “Islamic dignitaries in Jerusalem warned of the Israeli occupation’s schemes regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that the suggestion to divide the Mosque between Muslims and Jews is playing with fire. This [was said] at a press conference held yesterday [Nov. 6, 2013] by the Supreme Muslim Council of Jerusalem in order to emphasize that what has happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron will not be repeated at Al-Aqsa.
Chairman of the Islamic Waqf Council Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab said that the conference is being held in the shadow of powerful settlement attacks against the city of Jerusalem. He stressed that Al-Aqsa and its surroundings, around it and beneath it, belong to Muslims exclusively, and Jews have no rights to it… He went on to say, ‘We, in the Islamic Waqf Department, together with masses of our people who can get to Al-Aqsa, stand before this racist attack, raising our voices and calling out as loudly as we can that Al-Aqsa is in danger, and the great Arab and Muslim Ummah (nation) must relate to these dangers… [We] must unify efforts in order to save the blessed Mosque…’
Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein stressed that Al-Aqsa is an Islamic mosque [and is] for Muslims only, and no one will share it with them. He described the occupation’s and radicals’ intrusion into the Mosque as aggression and a direct blow to it… The Mufti added, ‘Enough playing with fire, if they want peace. Enough dragging the region to a blaze that no one can guess how it will end, for attacks on faiths, on religions and on ritual is an attack on security, on peace and on all religious and moral values of this world.’
Chairman of the Supreme Muslim Council Sheikh Ikrima Sabri … stressed that the radicals want to anchor these invasions in law, and want the law to protect them. He said that the radicals are frightened when they invade [the Mosque area] and are frightened when they leave, deluded by their fantasies that Israeli Parliament (Knesset) law will protect them. He stressed that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is too exalted to be subject to debates in the Israeli Parliament, in government cabinets, or in courts of law… On behalf of the speakers, Sabri expressed appreciation of the efforts made by Arab Members of Israeli Parliament to obstruct the meeting of the Parliament’s Internal Affairs Committee.”
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