Palestinians to launch ‘third intifada’ to defend Jerusalem
Aqsa Mosque - AFP

GAZA:  The Palestinian people are about to launch a “third intifada” to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque and respond to Israeli bids to Judaize Jerusalem, said Salah Bardawil, senior Hamas leader.

“If the Zionist enemy is preparing to establish the third temple, we are about to launch a third intifada,” Bardawil said in a keynote speech Monday during a rally in the Gaza Strip.

Bardawil called on the Arab nation to seek to liberate the Palestinian lands.

Several extremist Jewish groups have urged followers to mark the upcoming Jewish Passover holiday by storming the mosque complex next Monday.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslims’ third holiest shrine, is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

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