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Abbas warns of a new ‘intifada‘ on Paris visit

By Cath And - September 23, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [al-Aqsa]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned of the "risk of an intifada" if clashes over Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem continue.


After a meeting with French President François Hollande in Paris yesterday, Abbas warned that “what is happening is very dangerous,” referring to the violence which has swept across East Jerusalem and the West Bank in recent weeks.


Clashes began last Sunday in East Jerusalem after Israeli forces raided Al Aqsa after reports emerged that a group of Palestinians had blockaded themselves inside the mosque and were planning to disrupt Jewish visits to the site.  


The area is holy to Islam and Judaism, and for years a status quo has existed in which Muslims may pray at Al Aqsa, and Jews at the Western Wall.


Israeli forces were stationed in high numbers across the Old City last week, and were seen allowing Jewish groups to to tour Al Aqsa compound, whilst denying many Muslims, in particular men under 40, from entering.


Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians across the Old City last week as a result of these entry restrictions.


Many have seen these moves as an attempt by Israel to alter the status quo at the compound and to gain control over the whole site, which is currently under the governing authority of the Jordanian government.


United Nation’s Middle East Envoy Nikolay Mladenov warned Sept. 15 that clashes at Al Aqsa could spark, “a vicious tide of terror and extremism,” in the region.


Rallies have taken place across the West Bank in solidarity with those being denied entry to the mosque.


Protests in Bethlehem have been ongoing since footage emerged last Friday of a Bethlehem rally in solidarity with Al Aqsa mosque in which Palestinian Authority (PA) forces could be seen attacking a young Palestinian boy.


Protesters there have been calling for the resignation of PA President Mahmoud Abbas as well as that of Bethlehem’s city governor.


Protests in Bethlehem began in front of Dheisha Refugee Camp. From there, protesters marched to the headquarters of the PA’s security forces in Bethlehem. The protesters could be heard chanting anti-PA slogans, Middle East Eye reported.  


These protests have coincided with a report released Monday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research which found that only 48 per cent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza currently support a Two-State Solution. The report also found that 65 percent of the public would like to see Abbas resign.


Following his visit to France, Abbas will visit the United Nations (UN) in New York next week to witness the raising of the Palestinian flag at the UN headquarters.  


Abbas will also speak in front of the UN General Assembly during his visit. He has said he is going to “drop a bombshell” during the speech, but has stated that this announcement does not concern the dissolution of the PA, nor a revoking of the Oslo Accords, Haaretz reports.  





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