Hamas: Confrontation against Israel to last until al-Aqsa Mosque’s liberation
Hamas vows that the Palestinian movement and its fellow resistance groups will keep up their confrontation against the Israeli regime until the complete liberation of the al-Aqsa Mosque from Tel Aviv's occupation.
Ali al-Amoudi, head of Hamas’ media department in the Gaza Strip, where the movement is headquartered, made the remarks on Friday, the Palestinian Information Center news agency reported.
Amoudi was addressing a huge demonstration that was being held in support of resistance fighters, in the holy occupied city of al-Quds and the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli regime claimed existence in 1948 after occupying huge swathes of Palestinian territories, including the western part of al-Quds, during a Western-backed war. It occupied more land, namely the West Bank, which includes East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip in another such war in 1967. The regime withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but has been keeping the enclave under an all-out crippling blockade and regular deadly strikes.
The al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound, Islam’s third holiest site, is located in al-Quds’ Old City.
Ultra-Orthodox Israeli legislators and extremist settlers regularly storm the compound in the occupied city under strict protection provided by the Israeli military.
Hamas and other Palestinian groups denounce the raids as the regime’s means of trying to tamper with the holy compound’s status quo.
Pointing to the Israeli regime and its settlers’ provocations, al-Amoudi likewise said the Israeli occupation was waging a religious war against the Palestinian holy sites in al-Quds.
He, however, affirmed that the Palestinian people all over occupied territories would always be united while confronting the Israeli occupation until there would be no place for the invaders.
“All [various Palestinian] fronts are united throughout Palestine,” Amoudi said, describing Gaza as the “arrowhead” of the ongoing struggle against the occupying regime.
“We will not stop [our] struggle until we can pray freely in al-Aqsa Mosque,” he concluded.