The Hamas terrorist organization called on Arabs to converge on the Al Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning to combat Israel's Jerusalem Day celebrations, including the annual Flag March to the Western Wall, while threatening violence in response to the march.
Ali Baraka, Hamas' representative in Lebanon warned that "any violation of our red lines will mean that the resistance will have a say."
Baraka called the Flag March a “provocation against the Palestinian people and a violation of the sanctity of Al Aqsa.”
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem further stated that "the so-called Zionist flag march is part of the religious war waged by the Israeli occupation against the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem's Arab identity."
Qasem added: "The Israeli occupation's policy of Judaising occupied Jerusalem will not alter its Arab character. The Palestinian people will continue their legitimate right to resistance against the Israeli occupation's malicious schemes."
Yesterday (Monday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the Flag March would be held in its usual route, which includes passing through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Thousands of Jews will participate in the celebratory march, which will end at the Western Wall on Thursday evening.
Hamas has issued threats against the Flag March in the years since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021 the terrorist organization launched six rockets at Jerusalem during the Flag March, triggering Operation Guardian of the Walls.
Last year, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said ahead of the Flag March: “I want to clearly warn the enemy against committing these crimes and these steps. The Palestinian people, led by the resistance — especially those in the West Bank and Jerusalem — will not permit this Jewish, Talmudic rubbish to go unanswered."
"We will resist with all our capabilities and we will not permit the violation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or thuggery in the streets of Jerusalem."