Hamas warned the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) of persisting in its attempts to storm the Al-Aqsa mosque and protecting Jewish settlers, describing Al-Aqsa as a “red line”. The movement said in a statement on Sunday that any tampering with the Al-Aqsa Mosque would be tantamount to declaring war on all Arabs and Muslims. Hamas hailed the Palestinians in 1948 occupied Palestine and in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) who stood up to the Israeli storming attempt, urging the Palestinian people to stand united to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hamas asked the Arab and Muslim masses to assume their responsibilities and to back the steadfastness of the Al-Quds citizens (the Jerusalemites). The Israeli occupation forces have been encircling the Old City of Al-Quds since Saturday morning to pave the way for Jewish fanatics to storm the holy site on Sunday, an attempt which was foiled by Palestinians stationing in the holy compound.Meanwhile, the league of Palestine scholars appealed to the Islamic Umma to hurry to the rescue of the holy site, the third holiest shrine in Islam. Dr. Salem Salama, the head of the league, told a press conference on Sunday that the Muslims worldwide should not remain arms folded in face of Israeli desecration of the holy site. He urged Al-Quds citizens and Palestinians in 1948 occupied Palestine not to let the Al-Aqsa Mosque empty at any time by day or night and to remain stationed there 24 hours a day. “
A post from 2010 discussed a Hamas TV puppet show in which the characters accused “Zionists” of attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Accusations that Israeli archaeological work near the mosque are intended to destroy it are commonplace in the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
The Hamas charter states that it is ” is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and an Israeli TV station has reported that in 2008, Muslim Brotherhood “representatives” traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the open border to meet with Hamas. An earlier media report indicated that shortly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives were present to review Hamas military formations. Last June, a Hamas journalist acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons.