Settler provocations threaten al-Quds security: PLO

File photo shows Israeli forces clashing with Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds.

A senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) has warned against the provocative actions of Israeli settlers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In reaction to reports that a group of Israeli settlers recently drank wine on the grounds of the holy mosque, Ahmed Qurei warned that such provocative acts threaten the security of al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The senior PLO member expressed concern over Israel’s plans for the Judaization of the city and called on Islamic countries to take action to halt the trend.

On September 17, a series of fierce clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank after at least 750 of settlers stormed the holy shrine of Prophet Joseph in the city of Nablus.

Israeli security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the angry Palestinian protesters.

This comes as Israeli authorities are also systematically acting to change the identity and character of several Palestinian cities.

A report published by the al-Aqsa Foundation in October 2013, said the Israeli regime is planning to build a synagogue at al-Aqsa Mosque compound as part of its efforts to further Judaize the occupied Palestinian territories.

Over the past decades, Israel has tried to change demographic makeup of al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites, and expelling the local Palestinian population.

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds. The international community considers the settlements as illegal.

By Press TV


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