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PA Minister of Religious Affairs to Palestinians: "Feel good about the honor [of carrying] Ribat”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is on PA TV program Today's Topic: "The Israeli occupation’s goal is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque using rabbis and groups of extremist Jews, and to establish the alleged Temple in its place... Israel challenges and provokes the feelings of Arabs and Muslims. When Israel attacks the places holy to Islam and Christianity - and even trees, stones, or the dead are not safe from these attacks - it essentially wants to incite a religious war in the entire Middle East region. It strives for religious war, and it is the one adding fuel to the flames. As everyone knows, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a matter that involves the faith of a billion Muslims everywhere. I say to the patient and resolute Palestinian people, and to the people of Jerusalem who are protecting the holy places: Feel good about the honor [of carrying] Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic)." The tradition of the Prophet is enough for you: ‘Groups of people from among my faithful will remain faithful and will overcome their enemies...’
The crowds that flocked to the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan are a message to the Israeli occupation that we will sacrifice everything we have to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy city. If the Israeli occupation deludes itself and imagines that what happened (i.e., the physical division and division according to time) in the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) will happen at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, it is not possible. The scream of the Palestinian woman, and the screams of children on the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza truly express that this child will sacrifice himself to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to protect a part of his faith and the holy city which Allah sanctified.’”

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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