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‘Unmask the occupation’: MJC

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As clashes escalated in the Al Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem for its third day, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) called an urgent press conference to express their protest against the “Zionist attack”. MJC president Maulana Igsaan Hendricks told journalists that the main concern within the ulema is that the continuous attempts by the Israelioccupation should be seen as an effort to ethnically cleanse Jerusalem.

“It is important for us to begin to unmask the occupation. When we say that occupation is a crime and a violation, then it is time we place it on record until the occupation ends,” Hendricks stated.

“The cry for the preservation of Al Aqsa is not exclusively from the Muslim community. I have expressed that Masjid Al Aqsa is not the only victim of the Israeli Occupation. The Church of the Holy Nativity is also a victim. During Christmas, the Israeli police intensify their military checkpoints to make it difficult for the Christian community to get to Bethlehem,” Hendricks added.

The MJC has now embarked on a twitter campaign with the tag #AlAqsaUnderAttack. The tweets provide short, concise information on the Zionist Divisions plan for Al Aqsa compound. A process which MJC believes has recently intensified.

The MJC constructed around thirty-five tweets to shed light on that particular plan. The plan entails “Area and Time Divisions of the Al-Aqsa Compound.

“Time division refers to the set times for Jews and Muslims to enter Al-Masjidul Aqsa. Muslims will as a result of this be forced to vacate the compound for it to be used by Jews,” a tweet read.

“Area division refers to the control of certain areas of the compound and transforming it to synagogues in preparation for erecting the ostensible temple of Solomon.”
Meanwhile, Hendricks says South Africa has seen good initiatives in solidarity with the Palestinians in defence at Al Aqsa.

“It is unacceptable that in a place where people are supposed to enjoy freedom of worshipping, we continue to witness the brutality at the hands of the Israeli occupation.”

This comes after clashes erupted at the compound on Sunday which has seen the Israeli police disperse stun grenades and arrest Palestinian worshippers.
Hendricks furthermore expressed grave concern for the fact that no Arab country has shown support and public condemnation of the crimes committed against the Palestinian community.

“The access that Muslims still continue to have around Masjid Al Aqsa is nothing more than symbolic. Over a period of more than fourty-five years the Zionist had enough time to bolster their grip of Zionist Occupation on the holy city of Jerusalem, the Holy places of the Muslims, particularly Al Aqsa as well as Holy places of the Christian community,” Hendricks said.

The MJC has now expressed their support for the BDS Boycott Woolworths Campaign and will spearhead numerous efforts at local high schools to educate and inform the youth. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)

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