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Hamas official calls on Palestinians to 'take up arms'

Oct. 3, 2015 9:49 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2015 10:23 A.M.)
Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters, who were prevented from entering Al-Aqsa to attend Friday prayers, on October 2, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- A senior Hamas official Saturday called on Palestinians to take up arms to "defend" the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem after a rise in Jewish visitors to the flashpoint site.

"The only solution to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque and to prevent Israelis from carrying out their plans there is for West Bank and Jerusalem residents to take up arms," Mahmud Zahar said in an interview posted on the Islamist movement's website.

Tensions have soared in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem recently, with Palestinians and Israeli police clashing at the site, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews.

Zahar's call comes after numerous attacks on Palestinians were reported in the West Bank Friday as Israeli troops searched for the suspected Palestinian killers of a Jewish settler couple shot in front of their young children.

"Until now weapons have only served to protect the settlers and the occupiers," added Zahar, whose movement rules the Gaza Strip. "But we should not forget the West Bank has great human resources that can be mobilized at any moment."

"The image of Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem throwing stones and Molotov cocktails has dealt a blow to the occupier," he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month vowed "war" on stone-throwers.

His security cabinet broadened the rules under which they can be targeted by live fire, while setting minimum sentences and authorizing larger fines for stone-throwing minors and their parents.
Comments
Tibi / Tubas
Hamas militants are hiding in tunnels, while they call for "taking up arms",
because they know that In a gun fight Israel will win big !!
03/10/2015 23:27
Outlier / USA
If Hamas urges anything, the appropriate move is to do the opposite. Hamas has an impressive record for urging and making wrong actions.
04/10/2015 01:05
Brian Cohen / Israel
Glad to see the true face of our "partners for peace". Wonder what Dianna Buttu the Pallywood propaganda whore has to say about this one.
04/10/2015 09:16
HALLEVAY / then every Israeli citizen will have arms too
and we will see who will die faster!
04/10/2015 09:37
Phil / USA
Israel may or may not be up to mischief on the Temple Mount, but who believes that another intifada is the solution to that?
04/10/2015 13:41
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