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Hamas calls on Arab, Muslim countries to expel Israeli ambassadors
Published Wednesday 16/04/2014 (updated) 20/04/2014 14:48
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Spokesman for the Hamas movement Fawzi Barhoum on Wednesday called on all Arab and Muslim leaders to expel Israeli ambassadors in their countries in order to pressure Israel to end its attacks and violations on Palestinians.

Barhoum said in a statement that recurring Israeli raids on Jerusalem and al-Aqsa mosque are "a dangerous Zionist approach," and part of a "religious war."

The statement come amid daily clashes around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, as the Passover holiday has brought raids by Israeli police as well as right-wing Jewish groups that call for the construction of a Jewish temple in the mosque's place.

Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area. Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.

It is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Paul / Kenya
16/04/2014 23:39
Dont see why other religions cant pray there as well.

2 ) Outlier / USA
17/04/2014 02:00
Hamas, trying to be relevant. Considering how badly it runs its own affairs, Arab and Muslim countries should listen to its calls for action and do exactly the opposite.

3 ) Rami / Palestine
17/04/2014 13:31
By "Arab/Muslim Countries" they mean Jordan and Egypt. Are there any others that have diplomatic relationships with Israel? Nope.

4 ) Thayer / France
17/04/2014 14:25
#2 Hamas is being relevant, it shows that they are thinking of political rather than military options for resolving issues. There are many forms of resistance and diplomacy. Of course it is up to individual Arab countries to decide how to deal with that request. #1 I believe the issue is the extreme provocation by Zionist forces, not prayer, that is the issue pertaining to Al Aqsa and Muslims.

5 ) Mel / USA
17/04/2014 18:43
#2:You forget,Hamas was elected,freely/fairly by the majority of MILLIONS of Palestinians who're SICK of PLO/Fatah &Israel's new proxy,PA,kowtowing passively to Zionist occupation!Ergo,Hamas actually remains VERY RELEVANT & has(relatively)done a better job than PA/Fatah in RESISTING Israel's illegal occupation.Hamas's done a BETTER job even,than most Arab 'rulers' i.e.Saudi,Jordan,Egypt,Gulf States who're ALL subservient to colonial economic/miltary 'aid',TOTALLY ignoring Jerusalem&Palestine!

6 ) Outlier / USA
21/04/2014 04:36
5, Mel, yes Hamas was elected. See how the Gazans have benefited from that election - they are worse off than ever.
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