JNS.org – Arab Member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi (Ra’am Ta’al) said in a televised interview with Arab media that Jews will not be allowed to “contaminate” the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a place of prayer for Muslims alone. Period! Not for others,” said Tibi, a member of the Ra’am Ta’al party, Israel National News reported.
“We repeat: the occupation of Al-Aqsa by the Crusaders was long, but it ended, the same was true of the British Mandate, and the same will be true of the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Aqsa,” he said.
Tibi’s comments come after Arab riots in and around the Temple Mount throughout the Jewish holiday period this month. Israeli police were attacked Sept. 18 during a patrol of the Temple Mount before Sukkot, following the arrest of about 30 Arabs for violence at the holy site before and during Rosh Hashanah weekend, on Sept. 4 and Sept. 6.
“The police think [Arabs] defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque is ‘disturbing the peace.’ We think it is sacrifice and defending the most holy places to us, which are under attack from the right and from Jewish extremists who want to take away our rights,” Tibi said.