REPORT: King Abdullah of Jordan urged Abbas in a phone conversation Wednesday, to seek calm amid Israel’s reversal on the Temple Mount, and to stop calling for West Bank anti-Israel demonstrations along with Hamas.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for mass protests on Friday, ordering leaders of Fatah’s militia to organize public demonstrations in response to conflict over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reported.
Not long after Abbas’ call, Jordan’s King Abdullah spoke on the phone to Abbas and urged him to calm tensions on the Mount, known to Muslims as Haram Al-Sharif, various Hebrew media outlets reported.
A meeting of top Palestinian leaders called for massive collective prayer outside mosques as an act of defiance ahead of Friday, the Times of Israel reported.
Palestinian Islamist group Hamas issued on Wednesday a call for a “Day of Rage” this upcoming Friday in the West Bank amid the Temple Mount crisis, Al-Watan Voice reported.
“The call comes amid an Israeli reversal on the Temple Mount, with the government taking down the metal detectors which sparked riots.
Hamas, which has been designated a terrorist group by Israel, the United States, and the European Union, is helping to organize the planned mass rallies.
Friday, the Muslim holy day, has seen a number of disturbances and protests in recent weeks.
In response to a July 14 terror attack that left two Israeli policemen dead, Israel installed metal detectors on the Temple Mount.
Known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, the holy site has been at the center of a political firestorm. After a week and a half of bloodshed, the Israeli government changed course and removed the detectors.
“The movement stressed in a statement the need for broad participation by all segments of our people and its national and sectarian components in a day of steadfastness and challenge, rejecting the dictates of the new occupation in Al-Aqsa, represented by cameras and manual inspection which the occupation is trying to impose as a fait accompli,” Hamas said in a press release, according to Al-Watan Voice.
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