2/15/2017 11:30:39 PM
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Shabestan news agency reported with the refernc eof press TV that the leader said in an interview with the Palestinian al-Watan news website on Thursday that the Israelis should be prevented “at all costs” and “by any means” from visiting the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, also known as Haram al-Sharif.
“Our people have the right to the mosque, and we must protect it with all of our power. The Palestinian nation is the guardian of the mosque,” said the member of Israel’s Knesset (parliament).
His remarks came ahead of the Passover holiday beginning on April 22, in which Israelis pay visits to holy sites in al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Zahalka stressed that the increase in visits by the Israelis to Haram al-Sharif would lead to the outbreak of a third intifada in the West Bank and al-Quds (Jerusalem).
He said that the Palestinians “paid a price of 4,000 dead during the al-Aqsa intifada in 2000.”
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the holy Muslim site.