RAMALLAH - Defending Islam's third holiest shrine, a coalition of Palestinian activists has announced week-long activities to protest the increasing Israeli attacks targeting Al-Aqsa mosque in Al-Quds (Occupied East Jerusalem).
Backing Al Aqsaâ¦ Deterring settlersâ¦ Inflaming Intifada, the slogan of week-long activities read in the flyer posted by the Intifada Youth Coalition (IYC-PAL) on its Facebook page on Saturday, September 28.
"Your stones would oust settlers" IYC statement said.
The Intifada Youth Coalition (IYC-PAL) has called for "Day of Anger" on Next Monday, September 30, against the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as a part of the week-long activities.
IYC urged all the Palestinian youths and students to mass at Al-Aqsa mosque to prevent the occupation army and settlers from desecrating the holy site.
To guarantee a wider impact, the coalition asked all student unions in the West Bank universities to halt the study on Monday.
The week-long activities included an invitation by cyber-activists to all Palestinian youths and university and school students to block all the roads leading up to the Israeli settlements and protest in front of "humiliating" Israeli barricades.
Al-Quds is home to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which includes Islam's third holiest shrine Al-Aqsa Mosque, and represents the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Jews claim that their alleged Temple of Solomon exists underneath the Muslim holy place and want to destroy it to build their temple.
Al-Aqsa complex is controlled by the Islamic authority known as the Waqf, which allows Jews' entry to the site only through one portal, the Mughrabi Gate, where Israeli police monitor visitors.
Over the past few weeks, a growing number of Israeli politicians and rabbis have been leading visits to Muslim controlled Al-Aqsa mosque.
Developing into bloody confrontations, at least 75 Palestinians have been injured when the Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa mosque and fired a barrage of pepper gas canisters towards Muslim worshippers inside the mosque earlier this month.
Earlier attacks occurred when Israeli police forces stormed Al-Aqsa mosque, firing tear gas and arresting scores of Palestinian worshippers over the Temple mount clashes.
Israel Police statistics show visits by people identified as Jews rose to 8,247 in 2011 from 5,792 in 2010, then dipped slightly last year.
The figure is on track to top 2011's total this year, with 5,609 Israelis coming through July.
In 2000, a visit by Ariel Sharon, then Israel's opposition leader, accompanied by 1,000 police officers, set off the second intifada which lasted for years.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net