Tensions in the Holy Land have heated up in the past week, with Israel deploying IDF troops and additional security measures to the Temple Mount after last Friday's terror attack on Israeli police. Now, Ynet News' Liad Osmo reports that Hamas is looking to incite further violence, calling for large-scale protests at the holy site:
Hamas has distributed a video on social media urging Palestinians to march toward friction points against the IDF in the West Bank and on the Gaza border.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called on Palestinians leaving Friday prayers to join in widespread protests against security forces in support of the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Speaking Thursday night, Haniyeh said, "Tomorrow is an important turning point in the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and we will leave the victors. The Israeli plans for Al-Aqsa will not be carried out.
"This is a red line, you are stoking the fire. We are calling for a day of rage and general mobilization of the Palestinian society and the entire Arab nation in the framework of the campaign to defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa."
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum published a photo statement in which he claimed that Al Aqsa was under Israeli attack and that worshippers were being prevented from praying there...