The Israeli Authorities decided to ban Fateh official, Hatem Abdul-Qader, from the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for six months. The official said he will not respect the decision as ‘it facilitates the settlers’ attacks against the mosque’.Abdul-Qader is Jerusalem affairs adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The decision was signed by Israeli army Home Front Command leader, Yair Golan.
Abdul-Qader told the Israeli Ynet news that this order is an Israeli declaration of Jerusalem as an occupied city as the police is utilizing the army to enforce illegal orders.
The Palestinian official has two weeks to appeal the decision. He said that he would appeal it but will not respect it if it is meant to facilitate settlers violations against the Al Aqsa mosque.
Abdul-Qader was initially detained in October and the Israeli police accused him of incitement. He was then banned from entering the Old City of Jerusalem for three weeks.