Palestine President Abbas warns Israel of Intifada

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned Israel of another Intifada (Palestinian uprising) over the intensification of clashes in al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Abbas made the remarks after a meeting with French leader Francois Hollande in the French capital, Paris, on Tuesday

“What is happening is very dangerous,” Abbas said, urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “stop” the Israeli raids on Palestinian worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The continuation of Israeli raids on Palestinians in the holy site can lead to “an Intifada (uprising) which we don’t want.”

Abbas had previously condemned the incursions by Israeli forces and settlers into the holy al-Aqsa Mosque complex, saying, “Muslim and Christian holy places in East Jerusalem are a red line.”

Abbas added, “We will not stand idly by before these assaults.”

The secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat also said in a statement on Sunday that the Israeli regime is “enthusiastically trying to turn the question of Palestine into a religious war.”

He said that the recent surge in attacks on Palestinians praying at the mosque in the occupied East al-Quds would not be tolerated, calling on the international community “to assume responsibility to protect the Palestinian people and their holy sites.”

In recent days, Israeli soldiers have attacked and injured dozens of Palestinian youths in rallies held against Tel Aviv’s military assaults on the mosque, which started on September 13.

Israeli forces stand guard inside the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the al-Quds Old City during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces on September 15, 2015. (AFP photo)

 

The recent wave of violence has seen Israeli settlers and soldiers attacking Palestinian worshipers following the deployment of Israeli troops to the area for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah New Year Holiday.

Last month, Israel imposed harsh restrictions on entries into the al-Aqsa Mosque, which limits the entry of Palestinians into the compound.

The al-Aqsa Mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Its compound is also highly respected by Jews and Christians.

By Press TV