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About fifty thousand Muslims participated in the traditional Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the plaza around it, including residents of Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, and Israeli Arabs, the Al-Risala website reports.

The crowd offered a mass prayer in memory of the 12 "martyrs" (at least 8 of them terrorists) who were killed in an IDF operation in Jenin this week, and on the Temple Mount's plaza, posters of the al-Qassam Brigades, a picture of Hamas operatives armed with guns, and the organization's supreme commander, Muhammad Daf, were displayed, which read: Jenin - "The flag did not fall".

Sheikh Ichrama Sabri, head of the Supreme Muslim Council, delivered the Friday sermon, in which he praised the residents of Jenin for their firm stand and non-submission to Israel, and the Palestinian public for extending aid to them, and condemned the IDF for destroying civilian infrastructure, damaging mosques and demolishing houses.

Sabri warned against the plan to encourage cultural pluralism funded by Western countries, which is designed to inculcate foreign values among Palestinian society, and called on parents to exercise extra caution regarding this "destructive" education program, to avoid integrating their children into it, and to preserve their Islamic identity.

In the religious-national context, Sabri said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, meaning the entire area of the Temple Mount according to the Islamic concept, is not subject to division with non-Muslims, stressing that the holding of Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount does not give the Jews any right there.

At the direction of National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, the man who hung the Hamas sign was arrested and the sign was removed. Ben-Gvir himself praised the police for the quick action, "My policy is a war against instigators of terrorism and people who put up posters supporting them. I praise the police for the quick action and expect this to happen in every such incident."