Abbas Supports ‘Brothers who Defend the Temple Mount’

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday expressed support for Arab rioters on the Temple Mount who, he claimed, are “protecting the Al-Aqsa Mosque”.

At the same time, Abbas claimed he is against violence and that the Palestinians do not wish to harm anyone.

“We are strengthening the hands of our brothers who are defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and despite all that is happening around us, we are clinging to the homeland … and believe this is our homeland and we will not abandon it,” Abbas said.

“We do not attack anyone, but we do not want others to attack us. We want them (the Jews) not to enter the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque … We say to the Israeli government – stay away from the holy places of Islam and Christianity,” he continued

“We said this in the United Nations, and we repeat it, that if Israel will fulfill its obligations we will fulfill ours, but if they do not perform their obligations, then they are responsible for the chaos that is happening here,” said Abbas.

“We will not use violence or force. We believe in peace and in a peaceful popular struggle, and that is our right. We will continue in this way as long as there is aggression,” he concluded.