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The reasons for the unprecedented violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the presence of green Hamas flags on the Temple Mount should be sought from the Islamic Movement in Israel, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in general, said a senior Jordanian official in East Jerusalem. in an interview with TPS.
“This is a fifth column, occupying the Temple Mount more and more, taking advantage of the Jordanian weakness here and the Israeli government weakness here,” he warned.
Since the beginning of Ramadan, there has been a massive presence of militants from the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel in the mosque square, as well as great activity by the women of Morabitat, an organization created by the Northern Branch to s seize the Temple Mount and which has been banned by Israel.
An Israeli security source told TPS on Sunday that with the release from prison of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic movement in Israel, there is a lot of activity to return women from the Morabitat to the compound of the Temple Mount as part of Salah activities to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount. According to the source, the militants have been restricted and their presence inside the mountain compound has been banned, but in recent days they have returned to the area.
The security source said that “although Sheikh Salah places a high priority on funding the Morabitat, security forces in Israel have until recently refrained from acting against them to prevent unrest, but intend to act now, at the end of Ramadan, and get the women out.” of the mountain.
Morabitat women who have been removed from mosques continue to hold prayers at the entrance gates of the Temple Mount and help organize convoys of Muslim worshipers from the Galilee.
“Several dozen buses came from the Galilee to Al-Aqsa Mosque on the initiative of the Northern Movement and gave impetus to Hamas’ calls to mobilize for Al-Aqsa,” a Fatah activist from East Jerusalem, adding that “these worshipers themselves have become the setting for a play staged by dozens of Hamas supporters about the conquest of the mountain by Israel and the Jordanian Waqf.
Dozens of videos shot around al-Aqsa since the start of Ramadan show hundreds of youths playing football and basketball matches, setting up barricades, or picking up piles of stones to use against the police, and especially carrying huge posters of Hamas’ armed wing and green flags, highlighting widespread efforts by Islamic organizations to cling to the holy site.
Sources in East Jerusalem say even extremist ‘Tahrir’ militants have been very active in recent weeks in the mosque square alongside Hamas supporters, many of whom have rallied in support of the organization even though they don’t have no affiliation with the organization.
Meanwhile, security coordination between Israel and Jordan continues around the Temple Mount. However, alongside the security coordination, the tensions and expressions of Jordanian concern over the situation can be found in an article by former foreign minister and former Jordanian ambassador to Israel Marwan Maasher to the newspaper Al- Quds, entitled “The Future of Jordanian-Israeli Relations”. .”
“These days, Jerusalem is witnessing a dangerous Israeli escalation, in the form of daily invasions by the occupation forces into the al-Aqsa compound, with a clear disregard not only of the Palestinian side, but also of the role of Jordan in the defense of the holy places. of Islam in Jerusalem,” he wrote.
“Jordan anticipated these moves from Israel and tried to prevent them through a number of meetings between King Abdullah and his senior officials and senior Israeli officials before the start of Ramadan. However, it is clear that Israel has other goals and it is clear that protecting Israeli extremists is only one step on the way to controlling the mosque compound,” he alleged.
In East Jerusalem, it is claimed that most activists do not belong to any of the established Palestinian organizations. “Many of the rioters are members of the Palestinian ‘new generation’ and not necessarily religious, but Hamas manages to recruit them easily,” a Palestinian source said.
“Hamas has managed to operate a well-oiled propaganda system and broadcast dozens of videos that give the impression that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was occupied by it and turned the dozens of buses that brought Muslims from the Lower Galilee and the Triangle into a theatrical setting.
Samer Sanjalawi, a Fatah activist from the east of the city, told TPS that “the Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership have proven their failure in recent events and have not been able to manage the crisis. Abu Mazen is busy with the survival of the PA and Bennett is busy with domestic politics and the biggest beneficiary is Hamas.