This is how they operate in good times and bad, their modus operandi…
PA daily slams Israel for closing mosques, Hamas for not closing mosques
The PA Religious Affairs Ministry has recommended that Palestinians should avoid mosques and instead pray at home due to the risk of contracting COVID-19.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
MARCH 23, 2020 21:47
The official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida slamming Israel on Sunday for closing mosques during the coronavirus outbreak – while simultaneously slamming Hamas for keeping mosques open.
The lead article adorning Al-Hayat Al-Jadida‘s front page detailed the Islamic Wakf Council’s criticism of Israel for fining the council’s chairman Abdul Azim Salhab NIS 5,000 for not closing the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount on Friday. According to the article, Salhab claimed that Israel was simply taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak, exploiting it as a means to harm Muslims by closing the mosque. He added that the Wakf opposed the closure and will keep it open for worshipers “so that they will pray in the optimal manner that protects their health and welfare,” Palestinian Media Watch reported.
The Wakf later agreed to close the mosques, but not for individual Wakf members, who continue to pray at the site, though keeping a distance from one another.
It should be noted that the PA Religious Affairs Ministry has recommended that Palestinians should avoid mosques and instead pray at home due to the risk of contracting COVID-19.
However, the accompanying editorial criticised Hamas for refusing to close mosques and not follow the PA’s steps to contain the coronavirus outbreak.