Israel Moves Forth with Judaization of Palestinian Territory
Israel is constructing 50 more synagogues and dozens of security centers near al-Aqsa Mosque in a move viewed as an attempt to judaize Jerusalem (al-Quds).
The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage revealed that Israel was encircling al-Aqsa Mosque with fifty more synagogues, adding to the already-constructed synagogues surrounding the mosque.
The Foundation presented a documentary showing testimonies of a number of citizens and researchers disclosing information about the scheme. According to the Foundation, the 40-million-dollar plan aims to construct the largest synagogue in the Tankeziya School — one of the buildings in the al-Aqsa complex.
The leader of the Islamic movement in the occupied territories, Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, warned against the expansion of the synagogues and called on Arab and Muslim countries to stand against the plan.
Salah urged Muslim countries to mark the seventh of June as an occasion to support the occupied city and the mosque. This was the date Jerusalem (al-Quds) and the al-Aqsa mosque fell into the hands of Israel.
The Archbishop of the Orthodox Church in al-Quds, Atallah Hanna, also condemned the plan, calling it a violation of rights of followers of other religions including Muslims as well as Christians.
The Archbishop said the building of synagogues aimed to provoke anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim sentiments, calling it in line with Israel’s indirect campaign to force Palestinians out of the region.
Tel Aviv has already ordered the evacuation of a large number of Palestinians living in Eastern Jerusalem in a bid to provide for more Israeli settlements despite vowing to halt the expansion of the settlement activities in the Annapolis confab.
Israel rejects any political motives behind the construction of synagogues, arguing they are only built for religious reasons.
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