Kamal Al-Khatib, deputy leader of the outlawed northern branch of the Islamic Movement, claimed on Sunday that Israel had placed dangerous chemicals in the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in the days in which the compound was closed to worshippers.
Speaking with the Hamas-affiliated newspaper Al-Risala, Khatib demanded that a technical committee be established to conduct an inspection of the entire area of the mosque in order to identify signs of Israeli activity there.
He said Israel would be fully responsible for all damage caused to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings.
“The occupation aims to Judaize Al-Aqsa, and it makes plans to implement this goal day and night. It is possible that the break-in into the mosque and its closing during the first days of the clashes were a means to realize this," Khatib claimed.
Khatib is the deputy to Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement who served a jail sentence for incitement.
Like Salah, Khatib was slapped with a travel ban by Israeli authorities, as law enforcement agencies mull criminal charges over the role the pair and their organization have played in stoking ongoing Arab violence against Jews.
Also like Salah, Khatib is no stranger to incitement against Israel. Shortly after Salah was sentenced to jail, his deputy continued to urge Muslims to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel, calling for Israeli Arabs to take part in the "intifada" against Israel.