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PA minister: Israel is “striving to harm the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… in order to establish its alleged Temple on its ruins”

Headline: "A Palestinian minister: The Israeli occupation is striving for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the situation in the holy city [of Jerusalem] and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque has become very dangerous in light of the fact that the Israeli occupation authorities are continuing their racist acts and Judaization operations against the mosque and the city.

Ida'is added in exclusive statements to the [United Arab Emirates news website] 24: 'The Israeli government is striving to harm the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, to carry out the plan for the division [of the mosque] according to areas, and afterwards to destroy it, in order to establish its alleged Temple on its ruins.' He emphasized that Israel is attempting to create facts on the ground.

Ida'is clarified that the racist acts of the Israeli occupation are meant to erase the historical Arab and Islamic presence in occupied Jerusalem, ahead of implementing all of its settlement and colonialist plans against occupied Jerusalem."

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.