Kamal Hatib
Kamal HatibFlash 90

Islamic Movement in Israel deputy head Kamal al-Khatib, whose organization was outlawed in 2015, says there is a reasonable possibility the al-Aqsa Mosque will be attacked with a missile or a bomb.

In an interview with the Hamas newspaper Felesteen yesterday, Khatib said an attack could be carried out against the Al-Aqsa mosque by a suicide pilot or launching missiles from "occupation ammunition stockpiles". According to him, the probability of such a scenario increases because of political and religious support for extremist groups in Israel.

He accuses Israel of increasing the number of "Jewish intrusions" to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, warning that continuation of this trend will lead to a response similar to that following installation of magnetometers in July 2017.

In an article published in February 2018 in the Hamas newspaper Felesteen, Khatib wrote "the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the capital of the Islamic Caliphate State, which goes in the straight way," and that it will be realized "soon with the help of Allah."