ERUSALEM (Christian Examiner) – A spokesman for the Palestinian terror group Hamas, which claims in its charter its desire to annihilate Israel, said Hamas militants are ready to commit “martyrdom” operations to defend the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, the Iranian News Agency has reported.
Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri said the mosque needed to be defended from the “occupiers,” or the Jews, after Israeli police and soldiers raided the Temple Mount Sunday, Sept. 13, while Muslim worshippers were inside the mosque.
The police took action after Palestinian youths tried to disrupt the visit to the Temple Mount of both Jews and foreign tourists on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, which began at sunset. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.]
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