Islamic Movement official Kamal Khatib on Monday
claimed police staged the discovery of rock-filled wheelbarrows in the Aksa Mosque, on the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem.
"It is no wonder that the police put together those rocks and then claimed the worshipers had prepared them," said the prominent Palestinian official.
Khatib also responded to Jerusalem police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco's claim that the capital's Muslim residents were being "ungrateful". Franco explained on Monday that while police had ensured quiet in the city during Ramadan, the city's Muslim residents were now causing disquiet during Jewish holidays.
"It is as though he [Franco] is doing us a favor by allowing us into our own mosque," said the Palestinian leader, adding that Franco "would do well to remember that this is the Al-Aksa Mosque, it is not the Western Wall, it is not the Temple."
Khatib, leader of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of fanning the riots which occurred on the Temple Mount throughout the day and was banished on Monday from the Old City area for a period of 15 days.
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