Raed Salah predicts outbreak of third intifada

Prominent Islamic figure in Palestinian society, Raed Salah, says that he expects outbreak of third intifada if abuses of Al Asqa mosque continue

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One of the most prominent Islamic leaders in Palestine, Raed Salah

One of the most prominent figures in Palestine standing against Israel's settlement policy and its policies relating to the Al Aqsa Mosque, Raed Salah, who is the leader of the 1948 Islamic movement has said that he expects the outbreak of a third intifada (Palestinian uprising) in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem if abuses of Al Aqsa mosque - which is the third holiest site in Islam - by Israeli settlers and police continue.

“If the Israeli violations continue against Al Aqsa mosque, that might lead to a 3rd Intifada in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem,” Salah said.

“The response on the Arabic and Islamic level lies in putting pressure on the Israeli occupation to stop its arbitrary actions against Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem," he said during a meeting organised by a Turkish NGO with some opinion leaders in Turkey.

“We will keep knocking on all doors, to raise the voice of Jerusalem.” 

Salah also said he appreciated the position of Jordan which has condemned the latest Israeli actions, although urging the country to ‘’take actions beyond condemnation and denunciation.’’

According to international law, Jordan is the official supervisor of Al Waqf in East Jarusalem, because it was last local authority to oversee the holy sites before Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967.

Salah criticised Israel’s approach the current crises in the Middle East.

He said the Israeli government has taken advantage of current events in the Arab world - especially in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Egypt.

He also praised the positions of some Arab and Islamic countries, led by Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, which have condemned Israel's actions regarding Al Aqsa.

During a visit to Turkey on Saturday, he said to the Turkish Yeni Safak newspaper that the foundation of a reaction by international society against Israel has been laid by the Turks.

He said, "I am certain that [Turkish President] Mr. Erdogan sees Al-Aqsa as part of his country."

"The Palesitinian people see Erdogan as wise and brave leader."

Dozens of Israeli police forces broke into the Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem on September 13, leading to violent clashes between Palestinian worshippers and protesters on one side, and fully armed Israeli police forces on another.

The clashes came hours before the start of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Witnesses told local Palestinian sources that the Israeli forces stormed the compound through the Chain and Moroccan gates, shortly after dawn prayer.

TRTWorld and agencies