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  3/28/2013, Nisan 17, 5773

PA, Egyptian Groups Criticize Jews on Temple Mount


The Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Aqsa Committee of the Palestinian Authority parliament criticized, Thursday, what it called the break-in of settlers to the plaza of the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount "as part of an ongoing and dangerous arousing of the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world by the occupation forces," according to a committee statement. The statement said the action was part of a deliberate Israeli act of subversion to Judaize Jerusalem, destroy Al-Aqsa and build the Third Temple. The committee used the word contamination to describe the visits of Jews to the holy site in conjunction with the Passover holiday. Similar language was used by Egypt's Al-Azhar Foundation.

Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, a consultant on Jerusalem issues to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, warned of Israeli attempts to divide the mosque facility for Muslim and Jewish use. He said the Israel Police has already started implementing this policy by giving what he called a green light to settler groups to come to the facility, escorted by large forces of police, while restricting Arab movement at the site.