Ra’am secretary-general: Western Wall, Temple Mount are Muslim

December 24, 2021 by JNS
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The secretary-general of Israel’s Ra’am (United Arab List) Party on Monday praised “security prisoners” for fighting the “occupation,” asserted that the Temple Mount and Western Wall belong exclusively to Muslims and called for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria to be erased.

Crowds of people celebrate “Jerusalem Day” at the Western Wall in the Old City. June, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90

Ibrahim Hijazi made the remarks during an interview that aired on the Nazareth-based Kul al-Arab news station, just one day prior to Ra’am head Mansour Abbas’s declaration that Israel will remain a Jewish state. The interview was translated and first reported on by the Arab desk of Israeli NGO Im Tirtzu.

Hijazi stated that “the one who makes a decision on large matters, nationalistic and ideological, is not Ibrahim [Hijazi] or Mansour [Abbas]—it’s the Ra’am platform.”

“Our position is firm,” continued Hijazi. “The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and every grain of dirt in it, its plazas, its domes, its walls and the Buraq Wall [Western Wall] all belong to Islam and no one can step foot there.”

Regarding terrorists imprisoned in Israel, he said: “Why are the security prisoners in an Israeli prison? They defended their land. The security prisoner has a problem with the state, or with a police officer, a prison guard or the army. He has a problem with the state that is occupying its land. In every matter regarding the prisoners—by the way, there are old prisoners, sick prisoners, child prisoners, sick prisoners [sic] and women. What’s with them? What are they still doing in prison? I know how to do my job in order to make a serious contribution regarding this matter. This is a serious matter in which a security prisoner fought and sacrificed.”

It is the Jews living in Judea and Samaria, he said, who are “perpetrating terrorism against our Palestinian brethren,” adding, “Our stance on this is clear: The settlements will be erased, either sooner or later.”

Hijazi also asserted that the Arabs, not Jews, are indigenous to the land.

“The difference between us and them [Jews] is that we are the natives here. I didn’t come from anywhere else. Palestinian Arabs didn’t fall here from the sky,” he said.



2 Responses to “Ra’am secretary-general: Western Wall, Temple Mount are Muslim”
  1. Victor Berger says:

    I have difficulty with how far the Israeli government and people think they need to go to be congratulated for being democratic. Surely the line is drawn at sedition and even less the promoting of violence against Israelis
    Why can the Ra’am party promote views and encourage actions that do not have the support of a majority of the Knesset
    What other country would allow it and perhaps not prose cute the offender/s
    How do you think any injured Israeli or family of a deceased Israeli feel

  2. John Bernard McCormick says:

    Well when it was first built it was a Christian Church Then converted to a Mosque.
    Merry Christmas To Ra’am

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