Aug 07, 2020 07:12 UTC
  • Hamas calls for formation of national committee to defend al-Quds

Hamas has called for the establishment of a national committee composed of all Palestinian factions and political forces to handle the file of al-Quds and defend it from Israeli regime aggression.

According to Press TV, in a statement, Maher Obeid, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, said the illegal Zionist entity’s campaign of demolition in Silwan district of al-Quds is part of the regime’s move to Judaize the holy city and carry out its annexation schemes.

The Hamas official, whose remarks were carried by the Palestinian Information Center, further said that Israel’s persisting policy in demolishing Palestinians’ homes and buildings in al-Quds necessitated an all-out national campaign to deter the regime from exerting pressure on true residents to leave their own city. 

Obeid also emphasized the need to protect the presence of Palestinians in Silwan and prevent the illegal Zionist settlers from encroaching on it, describing the district as “the Aqsa Mosque’s southern portal.”

Silwan is a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood on the outskirts of al Quds. The city’s municipality usually issues orders to demolish Palestinian homes in the district under the pretext that they lack the necessary construction license, which is almost impossible to obtain.

Israeli regime authorities sometimes order the Palestinian owners to demolish their own homes or have the municipality fine them for demolition costs.

The member of the political bureau of Hamas further called on Arabs and Muslims to support the Palestinian population of al-Quds and to safeguard the Islamic identity of the city by all possible means.