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Hamas threatens violence over contested Jerusalem holy website



JERUSALEM — The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Thursday threatened hostile actions towards Israel over what it referred to as “violations towards Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque” forward of the upcoming Jewish Excessive Holidays.

Hamas’s threats got here simply forward of Sunday’s Jewish new yr, and a day after a bunch of Jewish spiritual extremists visited a contested holy website revered by each Jews and Muslims and blew the shofar — a ram’s horn that’s trumpeted within the run-up to and throughout the Jewish Excessive Holidays.

The Jewish new yr, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sunset on Sunday, and within the succeeding weeks hundreds of Israelis are anticipated to go to Jerusalem.

Omer Barlev, Israel’s minister answerable for police, advised Kan public radio on Wednesday that Israeli authorities wouldn’t restrict Jewish visits to the contested Jerusalem holy website identified to Jews because the Temple Mount and to Muslims because the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Visitations and prayers by hard-line Jewish radicals on the website have triggered earlier rounds of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

For Jews, the positioning is the holiest on earth, the placement of two historic Temples. For Muslims, it’s the dwelling of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the third holiest place after Mecca and Medina. The shrine is the emotional epicenter of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian battle.

Formally, below a free algorithm referred to as the “established order,” Jews are allowed to go to, however not pray on the website, which is managed by a Jordanian-run belief. However lately, the variety of Jewish guests to the positioning has steadily grown, and a few maintain Jewish prayer on the website below police safety.

Addressing reporters within the metropolis of Gaza, Hamas chief Mahmoud al-Zahar decried what he referred to as a “blatant assault on the spiritual and Islamic standing of the town and the mosque,” saying Israel bore full duty for “the potential of dragging your entire area into an open spiritual battle.”

He mentioned the militant group, which guidelines the Gaza Strip, would “defend the rights and sanctities of our individuals by all potential means.”

Israel and Hamas have fought 4 wars within the Gaza Strip because the Islamist militant group seized energy in 2007.

The newest battle, in Might 2021, started when Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem as Israeli nationalists deliberate to march by Jerusalem’s historic Previous Metropolis, which is dwelling to holy websites to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, together with the Previous Metropolis and its holy websites, within the 1967 Mideast battle and later annexed it in a transfer unrecognized by many of the worldwide neighborhood. The Palestinians search it as capital of a future impartial state.

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