GAZA, (PIC)-- Hamas stated on Sunday that the battle of Jerusalem has started and it is time for every Muslim to shoulder his share of responsibility in defense of his dignity by all means possible.
“We in the Islamic Resistance Movement of Hamas will do everything in our power to support the victorious group that will win the battle of Jerusalem concentrating on mobilizing the potential of our people and nation and directing them against their main opponent, which is the Zionist enemy," Hamas said in a statement read by one of its leaders Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil.
The Movement stressed that the Israeli frenzied military attack on the Aqsa Mosque today was a process of testing the will and reaction of the Palestinian people and the Muslim nation in order to accustom them to such attempts as part of a repeated scene until their anger gradually fades away so they (Israelis) can eventually demolish the holy Mosque and wipe it off the religious map of Muslims.
Hamas held the Palestinian Authority (PA), which it described as the authority of Oslo, and some Arab countries responsible for what is happening against the Aqsa Mosque, asserting at the same time that the battle of Jerusalem is decisive and the inevitable victory will be for the Palestinian people and their resistance.
For his part, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the repeated Zionist attempts to storm the Aqsa Mosque and the blockade imposed on it comes in the context of a scheme aimed to impose Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Mosque as a prelude to building the alleged temple.
Spokesman Barhoum told Al-Bayan media center that this attack on the holy Mosque would have not happened if the US had not given the Israeli occupation a green light to commit such crimes and violations and the PA had not persisted in its negotiations that encouraged the occupation to escalate its violations against the Palestinian land and holy places.
The spokesman added that no one is exempted from defending and protecting the Aqsa Mosque, calling for unleashing the hand of the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank to get the real battle started.
For his part, Sheikh Hamed Al-Beitawi, a representative of Hamas in the Palestinian legislative council (PLC), warned the Israeli occupation of persisting in its violations against the occupied city of Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque, stressing that Israel opened the gates of hell when it dared to attack the Aqsa Mosque.
“One billion and a half Muslims will not condone that the Zionists turn the Aqsa Mosque into a synagogue or an alleged temple,” Sheikh Beitawi underscored.
The lawmaker called on PA officials, Arab and Muslim leaders to stop all forms of normalization with the Israeli occupation and stop any security coordination with it.
In the same context, Dr. Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the PLC, called on the Muslim nation to uprise urgently and immediately in defense of the Aqsa Mosque under attack.
“It is time for the nation to restore its dignity and prestige because it must not stay passive more than that or else it will be chased by shame and disgrace for ever,” Dr. Dweik said.
The Hamas change and reform parliamentary bloc, for its part, warned in a press release that Israel’s repeated violations against the Aqsa Mosque would trigger the situation in the whole region and called for immediate action to curb Israel.
For his part, Dr. Yahya Moussa, a member of Hamas parliamentary bloc, said in a statement to the PIC that the Palestinian people is facing today another Israeli crime committed against their land and their historical and Islamic legacy.
Hamas spokesman in central Gaza Yousuf Farhat, for his part, stated that the weakness of the Arab position encouraged Israel to carry out its repeated attacks on the Aqsa Mosque, calling on Muslim scholars and intellectuals to urgently move and assume their religious and national role towards the Mosque.
In a press release in Damascus, the Movement of Hamas also called on the Palestinian people and all Arab and Muslim peoples all over the world to organize angry marches in protest at the ongoing wanton aggression on the Aqsa Mosque.