Palestinians will seek legal measures to protect the holy mosque of Al-Aqsa in occupied East Jerusalem (Al-Quds) from repeated attacks by Jewish settlers, says Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.
“The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque,” Abbas said.
The Palestinian leader did not mention what legal measures he would take to prevent Jewish settlers from attacking the holy mosque. However, he asserted: “We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque.”
The Al-Aqsa compound is the scene of frequent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police.
Recently, a new wave of clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli police after Jewish settlers visited the Al-Aqsa mosque complex, which is the third holiest site for Muslims.
Israeli police put more curbs on the entry of Palestinians to the mosque and allowed Jews to enter the site but not to pray.
Abbas has said Jews should not enter the al-Aqsa compound, adding: “[Jews] have no right to enter it and desecrate it.”
Many Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan – the only Arab countries that have peace deals with Israel, have denounced Israeli restrictions on the compound.
In early October, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affaris called on Israel to halt its “unacceptable practices that run counter to all international norms and hinder peace talks” between the Palestinians and Israel.