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Abbas aide condemns Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa Institution and Islamic Movement

Aug. 24, 2008 10:56 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2008 10:56 P.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Hatem Abdel Qader, the Palestinian President's advisor on Jerusalem affairs condemned the Israeli government's shutdown of the Al-Aqsa institution in the Israeli town of Umm Al-Fahm a "racist and stupid" action.

The organization's headquarters were raided by Israeli forces on Sunday morning after the Israeli government accused the group of ties to Hamas.

Abdel Qader praised the group's role in exposing Israel's plans to "Judaize the Al-Aqsa mosque." The organization was founded to defend the iconic Jerusalem mosque in from nearby construction and excavation.

Abdel Qader extended his support to Sheikh Ra'ed Salah, the head of Islamic Movement in Israel and to staff of the institution for their work in defending institutions. The Islamic Movement's own offices were also raided on Sunday morning.

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