Al-Aqsa Mosque
Al-Aqsa MosqueSuleiman Kader/Flash 90

The Arab leadership in Israel and the leadership of the Hamas terrorist organization are encouraging Muslims in Israel to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan.

Mahmoud Mawasi, a member of the High Follow‑Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, called on Israeli Arabs to come to the mosque and stop what he defined as "settler invasions of the Temple Mount".

The Hamas television channel Al-Aqsa reported that Mawasi stressed the importance of being present at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, conducting prayers there, and working to "thwart Israel's Judaization plans."

"The Zionist occupation strives to increase the number of invasions into the territory of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the coming days of the month of Ramadan. It is the duty of every Palestinian to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Zionist occupation," Mawasi was quoted as having said.

Mohammed Hamada, a Hamas spokesman in Jerusalem who is currently in the Gaza Strip, condemned "the settlers' invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the extension of their daily invasion hours by occupying the holy site."

"We call on our people in the West Bank and in Palestine which has been occupied since 1948 to come in greater numbers (to the Al-Aqsa Mosque) and hold prayers there in order to revive the Islamic tradition and as an expression of resistance to the occupation and the Zionist falsification machine (of history)," claimed Hamada.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has frequently denied any Jewish connection to Jerusalem or the Jewish holy sites in the city, including the Western Wall and Temple Mount. Jews who visit the Temple Mount are forbidden by police from praying and are frequently accused of "storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque" and performing "Talmudic rituals" in the Arabic press.

Arabs continuously accuse Israel of "Judaizing" the Temple Mount, sometimes resorting to ridiculous propaganda such as accusing Israel of using chemicals to erode the foundations of the mosque in order to cause it to collapse.

In 2020, the official PA television aired a program claiming that the Western Wall is exclusively Muslim and that "not even one rock" from the site is Jewish.