Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the mufti of “Palestine” and a preacher at the al-Aqsa Mosque, has condemned what he called the “extremist settler” visit to the Temple Mount earlier this week.
The event was organized by Hallel Yaffa Ariel’s in her memory, and was accompanied by close police protection.
Sheikh Hussein described the visit as a step towards the escalation of “attacks” on the mosque. He added that it crossed a “red line” for Muslims around the world.
According to Hussein, the event exposed Israel’s aggressive intentions towards the al-Aqsa Mosque, and proves the “falsity” in its claims that it maintains the status quo at the holy site.
“This criminal attack against the al-Aqsa Mosque’s holiness is an additional stage in the series of escalations aimed at laying the groundwork for the enforced division of the mosque according to location and time. It was carried out as part of an effort to change the historic and present situation.”
According to the 1949 Armistice Agreement between Israel and Jordan, Jews are required to have access to the Temple Mount. However, Jordan, which occupied the Mount, refused to honor its promise and forbade Jews from visiting their holiest site.
After Israel liberated all of Jerusalem in 1967, it allowed Muslims to continue preventing Jews from entering the Temple Mount.