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Jewish settlers threaten attack on Al Aqsa

 

2/22/2005 3:42:00 PM GMT

 

The leader of a Jewish terrorist group has threatened to attack Al Aqsa Masjid, one of Islam's holiest sites, in a bid to thwart israeli plans to dismantle the illegal Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip.

 

Regarding the Jewish extremists plan, one of the leaders of the group Kach Noam Federman said he had heard people discussing the possibility of cutting off the country's main water carrier and of bringing the train system to a halt by demolishing train tracks across the country.

 

Federman, was quoted in a right wing israeli newspaper on Tuesday as saying there was a desire on the part of Jewish groups to attack the Haram al Sharif walkway.

 

"No one wants the Masjids there, but people are torn between the desire to bring them down and the fear the Muslims will build a more beautiful Masjid after the destruction."

 

Federman is a former colleague of Baruch Goldstein, the American Jew who in 1994 murdered 29 Palestinian worshipers at the Ibrahimi Masjid in Hebron.

 

Earlier, settler and terrorist leaders threatened to "turn israel upside down" in order to stop the dismantling and evacuation of illegal Jewish settlements from Gaza.

 

"We will fight with all the power we have," Kach activist Itamar Ben-Gvir declared. "This country will bear witness to an unprecedented uprising and the public will finally begin to understand what is really going on."

 

Kach is classified by the United States as a terrorist group.

 

The threats from Federman come in the wake of the israeli Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra who was quoted by israel Radio on Tuesday as saying that the police and the Shin Bet internal security service had information about "dangerous settler", and that plans were in place to confiscate their weapons ahead of the pullout.

 

One senior israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the government is considering seizing the weapons of extremists among the settlers.

 

Virtually all the illegal settlers are armed, carrying army-issue weapons. There is fear that some of the more extreme settlers could open fire on security forces assigned to evacuate them.

 

The Council of Jewish Communities announced Monday it had established a committee made up of former high-ranking military officers who would formulate an operational plan to oppose the Gaza evacuation.

 

Ben-Gvir said it would be difficult to infiltrate the Gaza Strip during the evacuation, but said the Right's current focus was on the struggle within the Green Line.

 

"People forget the resistance does not need to be in (Gaza)," he said.

 

"The real struggle will take place in Jerusalem and other places across the country, and that has the possibility to ultimately thwart the plan."

 

Also several Likud MP's including Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Limor Livnat, Health Minister Danny Naveh and minister without portfolio Tzahi Hanegbi signed a petition demanding the Gaza pull out be put to a referendum.

 

A total of 26 of the right-wing Likud's 40 MPs attached their names to the petition. Other prominent signatories included the speaker of parliament Reuven Rivlin, head of the foreign affairs and defence committee Yuval Steinitz and the head of the Likud's parliamentary faction Gideon Saar.

 

"Only a referendum can prevent a fracture at the heart of society," said the signatories while emphasising that some of them supported the pullout from Gaza and four settlements in the northern West Bank which will start in July.

 

AlJazeera

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