World Bulletin/News Desk
A Palestinian Authority presidential aide warned of the consequences of Israel tampering with holy sites in the occupied Palestinian lands and Al-Quds, saying that the self-proclaimed Jewish state is playing with fire by desecrating the Islamic and Christian sanctities.
"Israel knows that the impact of desecrating the holy sites in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) would extend beyond Palestinian territories," Ahmed al-Rubaidi, an aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told Anadolu Agency Sunday. "They are playing with fire."
Al-Rubaidi's warning came days ahead of an upcoming Israeli parliament session to discuss listing Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, home to the world's third holiest site for Muslims, under Israeli administration.
In September 2000, a visit to the site by deceased Israeli politician Ariel Sharon triggered what later became known as the "Second Intifada" – a popular uprising in which thousands of Palestinians were killed and injured.
Al-Rubaidi said that the Palestinian Authority leadership is communicating daily with the Jordanian government, which currently supervises the mosque's complex under a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, as well as neighboring Egypt and other Arab governments to "defend and protect" the holy sites in the occupied Palestinian lands.
The Israeli Knesset is scheduled to hold a Tuesday plenary to discuss a proposal by Israeli MP Moshi Viglen to place the mosque complex under Israeli supervision, according to an earlier announcement by Israeli authorities.
Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
The proposal comes amid rising Jewish settlers' incursions into the mosque by Jewish settlers, backed by Israeli troops.
"The Jewish right wing is testing Palestinians and Arabs," al-Rubaidi said.
He went on to assert that the Palestinian Authority leadership will resist what he described as Israel's attempt to "impose a new reality" in the occupied territories.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.Last Mod: 16 Şubat 2014, 14:18