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Hamas threatens violence over contested Jerusalem holy web site


JERUSALEM — The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Thursday threatened hostile actions in opposition to Israel over what it known as “violations in opposition to 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 gaggle of Jewish non secular extremists visited a contested holy web site revered by each Jews and Muslims and blew the shofar — a ram’s horn that’s trumpeted within the run-up to and through 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 accountable for police, instructed Kan public radio on Wednesday that Israeli authorities wouldn’t restrict Jewish visits to the contested Jerusalem holy web site 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 web site have triggered earlier rounds of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

For Jews, the location is the holiest on earth, the situation of two historic Temples. For Muslims, it’s the residence 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, beneath a free algorithm generally known as the “establishment,” Jews are allowed to go to, however not pray on the web site, which is managed by a Jordanian-run belief. However lately, the variety of Jewish guests to the location has steadily grown, and a few maintain Jewish prayer on the web site beneath police safety.

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

He stated 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 Could 2021, started when Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem as Israeli nationalists deliberate to march by Jerusalem’s historic Previous Metropolis, which is residence 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 unbiased state.

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