Israeli Al Aqsa breaches: Abbas warns of new Intifada| MENAFN.COM

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 09:13 GMT

Israeli Al Aqsa breaches: Abbas warns of new Intifada

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Tuesday of the potential outbreak of a third Intifada following the continued Israeli violations and attacks against the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian leader spoke at a joint press conference in Paris with his French counterpart Francois Hollande.

"What is happening is very serious" said Abbas urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put a end to these "practices" warning of "chaos" and the outbreak of an " Intifada [uprising] that we do not want."

"We already expressed our commitment not to change anything with regards to the Al-Aqsa Mosque" added Hollande in reference to the situation of Al-Aqsa Mosque since 1967

Tensions have been running high in the West Bank and Jerusalem in the past week with a number of clashes erupting after groups of Jewish settlers forced their way into Muslim holy sites including East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

For Muslims the mosque represents the third holiest site in the world. In the Jewish faith the area is referred to as the Temple Mount the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Certain Jewish groups have called for the demolition of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order for a Jewish temple to be built in its place.

In September of 2000 a visit to Al-Aqsa by controversial Israeli politician Ariel Sharon sparked what later became known as the Second Intifada -- a popular uprising against the Israeli occupation in which thousands of Palestinians were killed.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem -- in which Al-Aqsa is located -- during the 1967 Middle East War. It was later annexed to the city in 1980 claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move never recognized by the international community.

During his visit to the French capital Abbas received the Grand Medaille de Vermeil highest honor of the City of Paris by Anne Hidalgo the mayor of Paris" in recognition of his work for peace".

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