Jerusalem archbishop slams Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa

Archbishop Atallah Hanna called on Palestinians and Arabs in general to stand united against Israeli attempts to Judaize the city of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem archbishop slams Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem accused Israel of committing aggressions against both Muslims and Christians by raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam.

Archbishop Atallah Hanna on Tuesday addressed an audience in Jordan's Al-Zarqa city where people had gathered to celebrate Gaza's "victory" over Israel in a recorded speech, saying that he had planned to attend the festivities but was prevented by Israeli occupation forces.

Jordanian newspaper Addustour reported that the Archbishop said "Targeting the Gaza Strip means targeting Jerusalem and all the Palestinian lands."

The Archbishop also called on Palestinians and Arabs in general to stand united against Israeli attempts to Judaize the city of Jerusalem, Middle-East Monitor stated.

"All wounds are the same and all suffering is the same as long as the aim is the same," he said.

For the last year, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem 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 – a move never recognized by the international community.

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