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Mar 03, 2013
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Islamist Palestinian Leaders Warn Obama Not to Visit Al-Aqsa Mosque: He Will Be Pelted with Shoes and Stones

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Source: Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar)Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza)

Following are excerpts from statements by various Islamist Palestinian leaders prior to U.S. President Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The statements were made on Al-Aqsa TV on March 8, 2013, and on the Al-Jazeera network on March 8, 2013:

Al-Aqsa TV, March 8, 2013:

Khaled Al-Batsh, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader: I call upon our people in Jerusalem... If Obama enters [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] with Israeli guards, they should confront him and prevent him from entering. They should pelt him with shoes and with the sacred stones of Jerusalem. You must not allow him to legitimize the occupation, by entering under the protection of the Zionists.


Hamas spokesman Mushir Al-Masri: We warn against the politicization of US President Obama’s visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We stress that a visit by Obama to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the authority and influence of the occupation, will constitute a declaration of war on our Arab and Islamic nation. This will be a provocation against the sensibilities of the Islamic nation. We call upon Obama to refrain from visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the influence and authority of the occupation, because this mosque, and Jerusalem, are owned by the Palestinian people alone.


Al-Jazeera Network, March 11, 2013:

Raed Sallah, Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel: When Obama enters occupied Jerusalem, the message is clear: a false legitimization of the sovereignty of the Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, and if Obama takes the more heinous act of entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, he will be giving false legitimacy to Israeli sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque.


Such a visit is extremely dangerous. If it takes place, we will consider it a declaration of hostility against the Muslim nation, the Arab world, and the Palestinian people.


We expect a show of anger and support for our right over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which will emphasize to Obama and the White House that such a visit will cross all the red lines, and will constitute a declaration of hostility, which will affect every Muslim, Arab, and Palestinian worldwide.


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