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PA religious minister calls on “the Arabs and Muslims to act to save Jerusalem and the holy sites… ‘We... are still warning about the real dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque’” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2019
      “Israeli occupation government Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday (Tuesday) [Feb. 26, 2019] (sic., Feb. 24, 2019) through the Mughrabi Gate at the head of a group of settlers…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the occupation government minister of agriculture and group of settlers’ invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas. He demanded to put an end to this arrogance, which will lead the region to a bad and bitter end.
Ida’is again called on the Arabs and Muslims to act to save Jerusalem and the holy sites. He said: ‘We have warned and are still warning about the real dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This obligates the Arab and Islamic peoples and the Arab and Islamic governments to place the issue of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque at the top of their priorities.’"

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PA minister criticizes Israel for searching in mosque for murderer as “cowardly attack against a religious and sacred place of worship… [which] constitutes part of a series of daily attacks against our... holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2019
      "A special Israeli force of undercover soldiers raided the Jamal Abd Al-Nasser Mosque in the heart of El-Bireh yesterday evening [Feb. 8, 2019] and took the film from its security cameras (in order to find the suspect in the brutal murder of an Israeli woman; see note below –Ed.)…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is condemned the attack against the sanctity of the Jamal Abd Al-Nasser Mosque under baseless and unacceptable pretexts. Ida'is said in a press statement that this cowardly attack against a religious and sacred place of worship, without any consideration for its sanctity and its religious and spiritual value, constitutes part of a series of daily attacks against our Islamic and Christian holy sites, and particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the pearl of Palestine, by the occupation forces and unbridled settlers and under political cover of the right-wing occupation government. Ida'is demanded that the international community defend the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Palestine from these attacks, which have become systematic."
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PA minister calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Cave of the Patriarchs to “prevent the occupation and its settlers from taking control of it”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2019
Headline: “Ida’is: Employing 17 additional guards at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is yesterday [Feb. 7, 2019] announced the employment of 17 additional guards at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs)… Ida’is also urged the citizens to come and carry out continuous Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the holy Ibrahimi Mosque and to increase their presence there in order to prevent the occupation and its settlers from taking control of it.”
PA Religious Minister refers to Israeli settlements as a “cancer” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2019
Headline: "Ida'is dedicated the mosque in Dir Balut and honored those who study the Quran"
      "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is yesterday [Jan. 24, 2019] inaugurated the Al-Salam Mosque in the village of Dir Balut in the Salfit district. Ida'is emphasized the importance of the mosque’s construction and its natural role in conveying the message of peace and its importance in the people's daily lives. Ida'is said: 'The mosque's message is the message of Islam, monotheism, guidance on the straight path, and adherence to Allah's covenant. Also, the preachers' pulpits are a means of our national unity and our resolve against the occupation's policy and the cancer of its settlement, and not of separation and division."
PLO officials “denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to [Al-Aqsa Mosque]” 
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 27, 2018
Headline: “Al-Husseini and Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian consul and the previous [consul] regarding the situation in Jerusalem and the developments at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs, [PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, [and PLO Executive Committee member] Adnan Al-Husseini and [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian Consul in Palestine Mustafa Al-Shahat and the previous [Egyptian] Consul Khaled Sami yesterday [Sept. 26, 2018] on the situation in Jerusalem…
Al-Husseini gave the consul a detailed explanation regarding the history of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, its connection to the Muslims, and this city’s religious significance. He also denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to this mosque, and noted that only the Muslims have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
PA religious minister: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf, and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2018
Headline: "Ida'is: Sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an exclusive right of the Muslims"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is said that… the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way…
In a statement that he published yesterday [Aug. 27, 2018], Ida'is condemned the attempts to turn the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a place in which ceremonies that are not Islamic are carried out… something which will push for turning the Al-Aqsa Mosque into an arena of religious conflict, and not just political [conflict]."
PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Cave of the Patriarchs  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2018
Headline: “Ida’is called for mass Friday prayers at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called on our people everywhere it is located to go on Friday [Aug. 10, 2018] to pray at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to defend it from the plans of the occupation that is striving to take control of it.”
PA Religious Affairs Minister: Israel is planning “the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their [Jews’] alleged Temple;” PA Mufti: Israel wants to “Judaize” Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2018
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the occupation’s actions in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are a dangerous violation… the last of which being the excavations that the occupation institutions are conducting underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below –Ed.). He added that these excavations threaten its structures, plazas, and the lives of the members of our people who visit it… Ida’is emphasized the severity of the recent developments in the Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He noted that this requires a Palestinian, Islamic, and international position appropriate to the violations, which are advancing in a systematic and planned manner up to the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their alleged Temple… On the same matter, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Muhammad Hussein warned that the excavations that the occupation authorities are conducting in the region of the Umayyad palaces… are disastrous. He predicted that all of the Islamic structures in the region would be undermined, and afterwards would be destroyed in order to change the holy city’s identity and completely Judaize it.”
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Palestinian officials condemn Israeli minister’s visit to the Temple Mount as an “invasion,” a “provocative tour” that calls for the establishment of the “alleged Temple,” that beats the “drums of religious war” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2018
     "[Israeli] Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in the occupation government Uri Ariel yesterday morning [July 8, 2018] invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) at the head of a group of settlers, from the direction of the Dung Gate [of Jerusalem’s Old City].
Together with the settlers, the Israeli minister held provocative tours at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in traditional Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) garb… Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that the Israeli minister of agriculture's invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the holiest site to the Arabs and Muslims, and his racist and occupation statements, go too far, create tension in our land, the region, and the world, and destroy all hope for peace... Al-Mahmoud added that the statements by Ariel – who from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Jews who visit the Temple Mount do not enter the mosque itself) made an occupation c all with destructive Orientalist-colonialist roots to establish the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is also condemned the Israeli minister of agriculture and Israeli Parliament Member [Sharren Haskel’s] invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.  Ida'is said that the renewal of these invasions is a dangerous escalation and an offense to the sensibilities of millions of Muslims, not only in Palestine but throughout the world… Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash also condemned the recurring invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremist Jews, which are being led by the so-called 'Israeli minister of agriculture,' Uri Ariel...."

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PA Religious Minister: “Jerusalem and all of the Islamic sites belong only to the Muslims” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 11, 2017
Headline: “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs: Our people will stand against all of Israel’s attempts to impose facts on the ground at our holy sites”
        “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is emphasized that Jerusalem and all of the Islamic sites belong only to the Muslims, and that the Palestinian people will stand against all of the Israeli attempts seeking to establish facts on the ground at the holy sites, with the support and help of all the members of the Arab and Islamic world and the decent people of the world.”
PA Minister of Religion: US President Trump “declared and incited a religious war” when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel`s capital  
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “I say that when the hostile one [US President Donald Trump] signed this criminal decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], he declared and incited a religious war.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “second Balfour Promise… given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: The American administration has given that which does not belong to it to one who has no right to it”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the American administration’s decision against the holy city [of Jerusalem] constitutes a blatant provocation towards the Arabs and Muslims, and described it as the second Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which was given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right. He emphasized that Jerusalem is Arab, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque by virtue of a divine decision, and is not subject to any decision such as this or another.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs instructs mosque preachers to encourage participation in activities condemning “ominous” Balfour Declaration 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is calls on the Friday preachers to urge the civilians to participate in the activities condemning the Balfour Promise”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called on all of the mosque preachers to urge the civilians to participate in the activities condemning the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) during the Friday sermons tomorrow [Oct. 27, 2017].
Ida’is said in a press release today (Thursday) [Oct. 26, 2017]: ‘The Arabs and Muslims must act immediately to provide political, media, and financial support to the Palestinian cause, as a religious duty, and as a message of support for the Palestinians, because Jerusalem and the Palestinian holy sites do not belong only to the Palestinians, but rather to all of the Arabs and Muslims.’”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: “Every day the Al-Aqsa Mosque is attacked and desecrated,” calls on Palestinians to come defend it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2017
       “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the fact that the occupation government allowed Israeli parliament members and settler extremists to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a large step of escalation…
He explained that this decision was made while the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being desecrated daily… and the attacks against the peaceful worshippers within it continue, and while the serious Israeli attempts to divide it according to times and areas are continuing, in preparation for its destruction and the building of the alleged Temple in its place… The minister of religious affairs explained that every day the Al-Aqsa Mosque is attacked and desecrated, the archeological artifacts within it are stolen, and excavations damage its foundations…
He added that the Israeli government’s decision to allow Israeli Parliament members to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque today [Aug. 29, 2017] heralds disastrous consequences, and indicates that the occupation is striving to create tension. He also called on the members of our people in Jerusalem and whoever can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and stay in it unceasingly in order to thwart the intentions of the occupation and the herds of settlers, and to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque against desecration and attacks.”

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs encourages Palestinian students to join Islamic religious schools  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls on students to join the Shari’ah schools"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is noted the great effort that the ministry has invested since the approval of the Shari'ah track as one of the high school tracks in the framework of Government Decision No. 21 of Oct. 19, 2009. He explained that the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs is advancing the Shari'ah high school track in measured steps, and that through joint efforts with the [PA] Ministry of Education, the Palestinian Shari'ah curricula for grades 11 and 12 in the Shari'ah track have been approved. [He said that] these curricula are excellent curricula that strengthen the Islamic morals, develop religious knowledge, strengthen the culture and affiliation with the homeland, and open the prospects to the world of creativity and thought, far from stagnation, petrification, factionalism, and partisanship. He explained that the ministry did not stop at just composing this curriculum, and after establishing the religious and national education and culture with Shari'ah curricula, the ministry has invested all of its efforts in opening university prospects that will allow the students a university education in different fields. The ministry turned to the universities, colleges, and institutes and organized meetings to establish the idea and draw conclusions. Ida'is called on the students to join the 11th grade Shari'ah track at the Shari’ah schools for the religious and national benefits and the university study prospects their students receive."
PA Religious Affairs Minister tells Palestinians to continue “popular resistance” after metal detectors removed by Israel, “Al-Aqsa belongs only to Muslims” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow, Friday"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is called on citizens to go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in greater numbers tomorrow (Friday) [July 28, 2017] and all of the coming days, despite the Israeli occupation's steps and restrictions that divide [the citizens] from their worship. This is because the next stage is the stage of strengthening the achievements (i.e., Israel’s removal of metal detectors and security cameras that Israel placed at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below) that the residents of Jerusalem obtained thanks to their resolve and popular resistance ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ to the occupation's steps…
He emphasized that the members of the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine have conveyed a clear and unequivocal message to the government of Israel: Our holy sites, and primarily the diamond in the crown, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are not places [that belong to] anybody but the Muslims, who will not be lax in defending them."
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PA minister of Religious Affairs: "The Al-Aqsa Mosque… belongs only to the Muslims" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs calls to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
       "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheik Yusuf Ida'is called on the citizens to increase their mass arrival to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday [July 28, 2017] and the rest of the coming days despite the occupation's steps and limitations that prevent them from carrying out their worship… Ida'is emphasized that the residents of Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine have conveyed a clear unequivocal message to the Israeli government that our holy sites, and primarily the diamond in the crown, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are a site (sic) that belongs only to the Muslims, who will not be negligent in defending them."
PA Minister of Religious Affairs repeats PA libel: Israel “plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is about Israel’s removal of the metal detectors from the Temple Mount, where they were placed following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered - see note below

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is: "Israel divided [the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Jews and Muslims] regarding [prayer] time, when it admitted the herds of settlers in the morning hours and allowed them to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, and after it began to place metal detectors [at the entrances] it wants to divide it [the Mosque] according to place. It wants to reach what is beyond that, as it has plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place."
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PA and Fatah officials participate in “day of rage” processions, call for “escalations” after Israeli security measures at Temple Mount following terror atttack  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2017
      "The cities of Ramallah and El-Bireh and the Qalandiya refugee camp yesterday [July 19, 2017] were witness to processions and [solidarity] vigils for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and demonstrations of protest over the occupation placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, amid cries to hold a day of rage on Friday and to generally be on high alert. The Fatah Movement called for a procession in Ramallah and an additional evening procession in the Qalandiya refugee camp, south of the city, and it also held an Islamic-Christian [solidarity] vigil in front of the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs in El-Bireh, in conjunction with similar processions in Tubas, Jenin, and the West Bank, and processions of other forces in Gaza. Fatah and the religious, popular, and young forces and figures yesterday declared a day of rage for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which included mobilization for the holy city, a continuation of the sit-in strike before the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and processions throughout the occupied territories. In Ramallah, Fatah held a procession of 'rage' against the occupation's steps at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that began yesterday afternoon from Marytr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat Square towards Al-Manara Square and the main roads."

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PA officials: Jews have “no connection” to Temple Mount, continued Israeli “crimes in Jerusalem” will lead to “more violence and spilling of blood in the entire region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2017
Headline: "Sources of authority in Jerusalem call to boycott the metal detectors, and Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"The Islamic sources of authority in Jerusalem… called on residents of Jerusalem and Palestine to resist all of the Israeli occupation's cruel steps, which are being expressed by a change in the historical status quo, and include placing metal detectors at the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates. They called not to use [the metal detectors] under any circumstances and not to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque through them.
In a joint statement, Islamic sources of authority yesterday [July 17, 2017] called on citizens to go up to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray and serve Allah. They said: 'If they continue to require entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by passing through metal detectors, we call on the members of our people to pray and devote themselves to serving Allah before the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the streets of Jerusalem, and its alleys.'
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is called on citizens to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to pray at the places they can reach, and to support the members of our people in Jerusalem, who are living these days under the swords of the right-wing [Israeli] government…
Ida'is also issued instructions to focus on the occupation government’s unprecedented attacks and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the next Friday sermon…

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Israel plans “religious war,” only Muslims have the right to Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 17, 2017
Headline: "The occupation has placed the Al-Aqsa Mosque under siege with metal detectors, and the residents of Jerusalem refuse to pass through them"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is emphasized that the occupation's steps at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to temporary closure and placement of metal detectors after a terror attack there on July 14, 2017; see note below –Ed.) are clear proof that the extremist right-wing government plans to ignite a religious war in the region that will have disastrous consequences for the entire region…
Ida'is said that the Israeli government’s actions express a clear rejection of the entire international community and of the decisions it has made about Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which have confirmed the Muslims' absolute right to them."

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode during his Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "the farthest mosque" (Quran, Sura 17), and there tied his miraculous flying steed named Al-Buraq to a "stone" or a "rock." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Book 47, Hadith 3424). In the 1920's, Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini decided to identify the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem as that "rock" or "stone," and since then Muslims refer to the Western Wall as the "Al-Buraq Wall."
PA officials blame Israel for terror attack on the Temple Mount, following Israeli “policies against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem," including "securing the settlers’ daily invasions” of the Mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 16, 2017
      “Today, Sunday [July 16, 2017], popular bodies and figures and Jerusalem institutions opposed all of the recent Israeli steps that the occupation forces are attempting to force [through] within the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the plazas of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), and the Old City in occupied Jerusalem (refers to how Israel stationed metal detectors at the entrance to the site in response to a terror attack on the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017 –Ed.). This came as part of a meeting that was described as significant...
In the meeting the following matters were emphasized:
1. The occupation authorities are the ones responsible for the events and actions that have taken place since last Friday (July 14, 2017), which are a product of the occupation’s policies against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, including securing the settlers’ daily invasions of the Noble Sanctuary, continuing the settlement policy, destroying homes, and imposing exorbitant taxes on the [Arab] civilians of Jerusalem.
2. The Israeli occupation is the one responsible for transferring the confrontation that took place outside the Noble Sanctuary to within it last Friday (i.e., Israel temporarily closed the Temple Mount for two days in response to the attack), which confirms the occupation’s intent to exploit what occurred (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) in order to carry out its plans, whose goal is to change the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel pretends to look for “alleged antiquities” but seeks to change the status quo 
Source: Al-Ayyam, June 29, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Mufti warned against an escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is and [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against an increased escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the [Muslim fasting] month of Ramadan.
The Minister of Religious Affairs and the Mufti emphasized during their meeting yesterday [June 28, 2017] at the headquarters of the Ministry of Religious Affairs that the escalating and severe Israeli plans against Jerusalem, which are expressed in the continuation of their attempts to interfere in matters of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), the increased excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of searching for alleged antiquities, and the increased settlement plans in Jerusalem, are an attempt to change the status quo at the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

The Israeli daily Haaretz has stated that the excavations do not reach beneath the mosque:
"The diggers are painstaking to respect the dignity of the Temple Mount. Despite complaints from the Islamic Movement and Palestinian groups, not a single dig penetrates beneath the mount." [Haaretz, May 24, 2016] http://www.haaretz.com/st/c/prod/eng/2016/05/jeruz/01/

PA Minister of Religious Affairs compares thwarted terror plot in Mecca to alleged Israeli “terrorist acts” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is: The terrorist act at the Holy Mosque [in Mecca] targets all of the Muslims in the world"
      "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the cowardly terrorist act that was planned to be carried out two days ago [June 23, 2017] at the Holy Mosque (i.e., Mecca’s Grand Mosque) in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia…
He added: 'Every respectable person in this world must condemn these cowardly terrorist acts and their ilk in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Israel’s alleged “terror,” a PA libel often repeated by PA leaders –Ed.).’"

On June 23, 2017, Saudi Arabian security forces thwarted a terror attack that was planned to take place at Mecca’s Grand Mosque.
PA minister calls people to come to Al-Aqsa for “constant Ribat” – continued religious conflict 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 4, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: Over 100 Israeli violations against the places of worship in May 2017”

“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said… ‘The facts on the ground show that the occupation and its settlers are making concentrated attempts to empty the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people, in light of the attacks and arrests of the men and women carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic).’ He again emphasized his call to ‘come and carry out constant Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs), which suffers exactly like the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as the occupation has forbidden the sounding of the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) there 61 times.’”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “attack.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls for permanent conflict with Israel 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 19, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is called for unity and Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is called for unity, tightening the ranks, and permanent Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs), particularly in light of the fact that the prisoners have been continuing their hunger strike since April 17, 2017.
During the inauguration of the Umm Salamah Mosque in Izbat Al-Jarad, east of the city of Tulkarem, he added that ‘Our people will continue to stand firm and be rooted in its land, and the occupation will not succeed in harming it, no matter how much its evil and tyranny increases.’”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Cave of the Patriarchs is "only ours, Palestinians' and Muslims', and the Jews have no right to it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 25, 2017
Headline: “Thousands marked the Anniversary of the Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “The plazas and passageways of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) were filled yesterday [April 24, 2017] with thousands of civilians and visitors from various districts of the homeland and outside of it for the purpose of holding religious ceremonies and participating in the central ceremony held by the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs to mark the Anniversary of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces are sowing fear in the hearts of the [Palestinian] civilians and [condemned ] their racist acts, and said: ‘This mosque will remain the beating heart of Hebron, one of the most important and prominent symbols of our Islamic nation. It will be only ours, Palestinians’ and Muslims’, and the Jews have no right to it.’
[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… praised those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and at the Ibrahimi Mosque, and mentioned the attack against the buildings and plazas of the destination of the Night Journey of [Allah’s] Messenger (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), blessings and peace be upon him, as well as against those visiting it. [He said that] this necessitates the maximum efforts to defend it, liberate it, carry out Ribat there, and visit it in order to defend it from the occupation’s ongoing plots of Judaization.”

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs warns of “dangers” and “Judaization” against Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls on the Arab and Muslim preachers to talk about the topic of Jerusalem in the Friday sermons"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is today (Tuesday) [March 14, 2017] called on the mosque preachers in the Arab and Islamic world to talk about the dangers surrounding Jerusalem in their Friday sermons in order to assist the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially following the approval of the [first reading of] the law that bans sounding the call to prayer in the mosques by the occupation authorities.
Ida'is said that the Israeli aggression that is escalating in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque obligates the preachers and guides in the Arab and Islamic world to increase the awareness of the congregation of worshippers to the aggression, attacks, and invasions that are taking place in Jerusalem…
He emphasized that all of the Israeli Judaization initiatives will not dissuade the Palestinians from continuing to defend their holy sites."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Proposed Israeli law regulating noise is “racist” which will lead to “religious war for the entire region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 9, 2017
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the approval of the law to ban sounding the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) by what is called the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Israeli government (sic., the law, which does not specify any religion, was approved in its first reading by the Israeli Parliament on March 8, 2017; the Ministerial Committee authorized it on Feb. 12, 2017). He said that this law expresses racism that has strays beyond the political dimensions into religious dimensions, which herald a religious war for the entire region due to a blow to the freedom of belief.”

On Feb. 12, 2017, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was authorized by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is now pending parliamentary approval. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution and is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.

PA Minister of Religious Affairs warns that Muezzin Law is "liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: "The grand mufti condemned the limiting of sounding the Muezzin"
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned what is called the Muezzin Law, which was approved by the Israeli occupation authorities in a first reading [in the Israeli Parliament].
He said in a statement from the Dar Al-Ifta (lit. house of religious ruling – the Jerusalem Mufti’s office –Ed.) today, Thursday [March 9, 2017], that the attack against the mosques comes as part of a planned policy. He explained that the mosques in all of Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, are being subjected to a fierce attack by the occupation authorities as part of the extremism they use to harm the holy sites. This is so, whether by ongoing attacks against them or by burning them, destroying them, or closing them with false excuses…
[PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf] Ida’is demanded that the international community, with its states, governments, bodies, and relative organizations, intervene to stop these attacks against the mosques, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… He also described this decision as racist and held the occupation authorities responsible for the consequences that are liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region."

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PA minister: Temple Mount is “completely Islamic,” is under “strongest attack history has known” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: More than 95 Israeli attacks and violations against the holy sites and places of worship during February”

“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that… the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016] regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque is most important, particularly at this difficult stage in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque is subject to the strongest attack history has known. Therefore, [he said] it is necessary to implement the resolution on the ground immediately, and the Arabs and Muslims must have a practical plan for the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He explained that in February [2017] the mosque was subject to a strong attack of invasions, lies, and media statements that completely contradict reality. The latest of them was the occupied Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruling, which determined that the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) is holy to Jews and they have a right to pray there, and that no one can prevent them from entering its plazas and going up to what is termed ‘the Temple Mount’ (for the actual ruling see note below –Ed.). This is alongside the claim of the occupation police’s Minister of Public Security [Gilad Erdan] that ‘the Temple Mount’ is the holiest site to the Jewish people, and only to the Jewish people (sic., Erdan did not specify that the site is holy only to the Jewish people -Ed).
Ida’is again emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its plazas, is completely Islamic, and no decision of a court, whatever its name may be, or of any person, will change the irrefutable truth regarding the Islamicness of the site.”

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israeli court’s ruling that Jews are allowed to pray at Temple Mount pushes “religious war” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is: The Israeli court rulings regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque are pushing towards a religious war"

"[PA] Minster of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the statement of the Magistrate Court, of occupied Jerusalem according to which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) is a holy site for the Jews and they have a right to pray there, is nothing but a vigorous push in the direction of a religious war, which will bring disaster to the entire region…
Sheikh Ida'is said in a statement he gave yesterday evening [Feb. 28, 2017] that this dangerous development in the Israeli occupation's policy regarding the sites holy to Islam, and primarily the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the pearl of Palestine, is nothing but part of a method that has now become clear, and that its goal is to establish the 'legality' of these violations and to protect them under Israeli 'law.' [He noted that this law] ignores all of the international decisions, which have determined that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an exclusively Muslim site, and that nobody but them has the right to revoke this [Muslim] sovereignty by any excuse."

The reference to a Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruling apparently refers to how on Feb. 26, 2017, the court convicted Sahar Natsheh, a 48-year-old Palestinian woman, for assaulting Israeli Parliament member Shuli Moalem-Refaeli at the Temple Mount two years prior. Natsheh pushed Moalem-Refaeli and shouted at her to leave the Temple Mount, in an attempt to block her access.
PA Ministry of Religious Affairs on UN Sec-Gen statement's reagarding Jewish Temple: "The entire holy site of Jerusalem is a purely Islamic site, to which nobody else has any right" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2017
     “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs and the national action factions condemned in the strongest language the statements of new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the matter of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the alleged Temple in occupied Jerusalem…
Guterres said earlier in his statements to Voice of Israel radio that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is ‘a Jewish Temple and belongs to the Jews,’ and in doing so contradicted dozens of resolutions passed by his organization [the UN], its institutions, and its committees that are concerned with the matter, which have emphasized that the entire holy site of Jerusalem is a purely Islamic site, to which nobody else has any right…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned Guterres’ statements. He said that they misconstrue the historical facts and constitute an attempt to return the crisis to the starting point, ignoring the UNESCO resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016], which clearly determined the legal and historical status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as the exclusive right of Muslims and a sacred property belonging only to them. [He added that] it is forbidden to change this status under any circumstances...”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem "is liable to push the region towards a religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is demands that the sources of religious authority in Egypt speak about the danger of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is yesterday [Jan. 15, 2017], during his meeting with Egyptian Ambassador Sami Murad, demanded that the sources of religious authority in Egypt, and particularly Al-Azhar and Dar Al-Ifta (i.e., Muslim religious institutions), speak about the danger of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem due to the consequences it will have for international peace and security…
He emphasized that the decision to transfer the embassy means the destruction of the region and strife, and that this is liable to push the region towards a religious war.”
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PA Minister voices libel that Israel seeks to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build "alleged Temple" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2016

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is:
“All that Israel wants is to Judaize the Holy City, take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple. Under Jerusalem there is a city of tunnels belonging to Israel. Yesterday, I was told that Israel has an underground market beneath the Jaffa Gate, which draws many [Palestinian]residents who shop there.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: The role of the Palestinian woman in the “national struggle” is the “symbol of the Ribat and resolve in Palestine, and she is the defender of the holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 4, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: The Palestinian woman is ‘the symbol of the Palestinian Ribat and resolve’”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Honorable Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the important role of the Palestinian woman in the path of the national struggle and liberation constitutes the symbol of the Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and resolve in Palestine, and she is the defender of the holy sites, particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque, next to her brother the Palestinian fighter. These statements were made during his (i.e., Ida’is’) participation in the evaluation meeting of a workshop on Health and Reproductive Rights, and Gender Equality, which was held by the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy Miftah for three days, together with 20 Imams, preachers, and social leaders in the Nablus District, as part of the Support for the Protection of Women project funded by the UN Population Fund, UNFPA.”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a completely Islamic site, a Muslim waqf, and no one shares their right to it.” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is at the heart of the Palestinian and Jordanian leaderships' interest"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a completely Islamic site, a Muslim waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and no one shares their right to it.
Ida'is said that this standpoint regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the standpoint of the Palestinian and Jordanian political leaderships…
During his meeting yesterday [Aug. 16, 2016] with the Imams, preachers, and muezzins (i.e., the people who sound the Muslim call to prayer) of the Jericho and Jordan Valley district mosques, in the village of Nu'eima in the presence of the Director of the Jericho Waqfs Sheikh Muayyad Al-Helo and Director of Investments in the Sheik's office Mahmoud Hamad, Ida'is emphasized that the ministry is taking care to support the mosques and their employees, to appoint capable and talented Imams and preachers… and to prevent incapable preachers from approaching the pulpit and teaching religious matters.
Ida'is said: ‘On the shoulders of the Imams and preachers is the large task of raising the morale, pushing away despair, and strengthening the resolve of the citizens, especially in these difficult times our people is going through, in addition to their calls to maintain the people's unity and its cohesion, and to battle any sign of separation or rupture.'"
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel’s ultimate purpose is “clearing the Al-Aqsa Mosque, imposing the Jewish presence there, and allowing the settlers to desecrate it freely"  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is condemned the arrest of the Waqf’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Restoration Committee director”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces arrested the [Jordanian] Waqf’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Restoration Committee Director [Bassam Al-Hallaq] and three employees of the committee, as well as the continuation of the policy of distancing employees and guards [from the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and their arrest as an advanced step for the purpose of clearing the Al-Aqsa Mosque, imposing the Jewish presence there, and allowing the settlers to desecrate it freely.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: "[Israel`s] goal is to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is misleading the world on everything concerning the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is described the policy of the occupation government and its steps at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque as ‘malicious .’ He warned that its [Israel’s] goal is to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place. Ida’is said yesterday (Tuesday) [Aug. 2, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The Israeli occupation authorities and its institutions are trying to create facts on the ground at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for falsifying the nature of the site and establishing the alleged Temple in its place.’”
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PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs “demands” Arab world act to stop “daily attacks” against Jerusalem and other holy sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 2, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: The occupation perpetrated 87 violations and attacks against the holy sites in July”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is demanded of the Arab and Islamic world and the international community to act immediately to stop the daily attacks that are perpetrated by gangs of settlers against the occupied city of Jerusalem and the holy sites… Ida’is clarified that in Hebron, and particularly in the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs), the occupation authorities have highlighted the level of their arrogance and continued to defile the mosque with a tour held by the one called the deputy director of the civil administration (i.e., Deputy Director of the Israeli Civil Administration Col. Uri Mendes) and another officer from his department.”
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The PA and its leaders consider the Cave of the Patriarchs to be a Muslim religious site with no connection to Jews. Therefore they view any presence of Jews there as an “attack.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Palestinians will “continue to carry out unceasing Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… until the occupation passes" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is condemned the Israeli attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its guards"
      "The honorable [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is condemned the fact that the occupation authorities yesterday [July 28, 2016] distanced a number of [Jordanian Waqf] guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and demanded that the Arab and Islamic world act seriously and responsibly to end the violations that are being carried out against them, against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and against the holy city... Likewise, he noted that as is its habit, the occupation is intentionally working to clear the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas and [remove] those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) within it, and to prevent them from entering it, and it is punishing them by all possible means. He emphasized that our people will continue to carry out unceasing Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque... and will continue to be rooted in its Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of its land until the occupation passes."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs attacks alleged Israeli “policy of expulsion and Judaization” at the Cave of the Patriarchs, which “will remain an entirely Islamic mosque… and the Jews have no connection to it“  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 18, 2016
Headline: “The Ministry of Religious Affairs held a ceremony to support the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs organized a ceremony today, Monday [July 18, 2016], at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) called ‘Loyalty to and Affiliation with the Ibrahimi Mosque.’ […] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that… we do not accept what the occupation has imposed on the Ibrahimi Mosque, and we do not recognize its division into sections. This division will not erase its sanctity, and the policy of expulsion and Judaization being carried out by the occupation will also not succeed, as our honorable messenger [Muhammad] taught us how to adhere to our rights and protect them by preparation and great resolve… Likewise, he emphasized that the Ibrahimi Mosque will remain an entirely Islamic mosque, including all its plazas and sections, and the Jews have no connection to it, and all the measures the occupation is taking against it are invalid.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs, PA Mufti warn of “invasions” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and “Israeli plots”, including excavations under the Mosque searching for “alleged remains” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 29, 2016
     Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs"
"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the danger in the sharp rise in the rate of invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza during the blessed month of Ramadan.
These statements were made during the meeting of the minister of religious affairs with the mufti in the Ministry of Religious Affairs' headquarters.
The two emphasized that the dangerous Israeli plots against Jerusalem – that are increasing and are expressed in the continuation of their attempts to interfere in the matters of Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount), with intensive excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of searching for alleged remains, and in the widespread settlement plans in Jerusalem – are nothing but an attempt to change the status quo at Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary."
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is carrying out “daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… to storm the Mosque and completely take control of it” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 26, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is condemned the occupation's policy at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces (i.e., Israeli forces) invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Ida'is added that the occupation is attempting – through daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, blockading it, searching everyone that enters it, limiting the entrance of worshippers according to a certain age, interfering in its matters, carrying out a policy of deception, forging the Arab and Islamic heritage, and the new-old excavations under and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza – to storm the Mosque and completely take control of it. Ida'is said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza is a completely Islamic site, and it is our right to pray at it and to enter and exit it any time we wish, and that the occupation has no ties to it."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Minister of Religion: Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Temple Mount) “belongs only to Muslims” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 11, 2016
Headline: “Tens of thousands of civilians held the first Friday prayers of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza”

“Around 100,000 worshippers held the first Friday prayers of the blessed month of Ramadan yesterday [June 10, 2016] in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, amid increased restrictions around the walls of the Old City and the streets of occupied Jerusalem…
[PA Minister of Religious Affairs and] blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said in his sermon: ‘The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims, and no one else has a right to rule or control it.’”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls settlements “cancer” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 6, 2016
     Headline: “Ida’is consecrated the Al-Sahabah Mosque”
“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is consecrated the Al-Sahabah Mosque yesterday [June 5, 2016] in the village of Farkha in the Salfit district…
He said: ‘The mosque’s message is really the message of Islam, monotheism, guidance on the straight path, and a request for shelter in Allah’s religion. The preachers’ pulpits are a means of uniting, to achieve our national unity, and to resist the policy of the occupation and the cancer of its settlement.’”
PA Minister of Religion rejects term “Temple Mount” and claims Israel “attacks Palestinian antiquities, especially in Jerusalem” and tries to “steal” Palestinian antiquities and “customs, traditions, and food” 
Source: Al-Quds, May 18, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: UNESCO’s use of the term ‘Al-Aqsa’ is a victory for religious and historical legitimacy”
      “Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the United Nations Educational Scientific, Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) decision to use the term ‘Al-Aqsa’ and reject [the term] ‘Temple Mount’ constitutes a victory for religious and historical legitimacy… He added that there is not a city in Palestine that is exempt from the Israeli attacks against Palestinian antiquities, and especially Jerusalem, which is the cradle of the prophets and Palestian Arab Islamic territory. This is because the occupation is trying to change the demographic signs and the Palestinian signs of the land by daily raids and invasions and an increase in settlement, and it is not satisfied with this, but also tries to steal the heritage of our antiquities… Minister Ida’is said that Palestine is present in all areas and places, as it is an ancient state, and it has antiquities and historical cities that verify its ‘Arabness’… However, Allah wanted it to be under Israeli occupation, which always acts to falsify and change its [Palestine’s] signs and history and to steal its heritage and antiquities, ‘and not only them, but also our Palestinian customs, traditions, and food, which the occupation displays in international exhibitions as Israeli food.’”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger from “Israeli plots” to destroy, divide, or replace it with the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 1, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is: More than 109 attacks and violations against the holy sites during the months of January and February"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is stated… ‘The occupation has turned the occupied city of Jerusalem into a military base through widespread and increased deployment of its forces around the holy sites, in various streets, and around the city, as part of a series of intensified Israeli measures.' Likewise, he said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and immediate danger today, which is increasing from day to day, which necessitates the determination of a mechanism of action on the Islamic, Arab, and international level, to deal with the Israeli plots in order to save the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque from destruction, division, and the building of the alleged Temple."

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Al-Aqsa Mosque is in “grave and immediate danger” from Israeli plans to divide it or build the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: 109 Israeli violations…”
    “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is stated… that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and immediate danger, and that this danger increases with every passing day. He noted that this requires the consolidation of a method of action on the Islamic, Arab, and international levels in order to fight against the Israeli plans and save the mosque from the threats of demolition, division, or the building of the alleged Temple.”

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
PA Minister of Religion warns of “Judaization” and plan to “turn it [Jerusalem] into a Jewish city through falsification of its history and the uprooting of its original inhabitants” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 1, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is warns of the occupation’s allocation of a mixed prayer plaza for Jews (i.e., Jewish men and women) south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is, warned against the fact that the Israeli government approved the opening of a plaza intended for mixed prayer of Jewish men and women in the southwest part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… Ida’is warned in a press release today (Monday) [Feb. 1, 2016] that the dangerous Israeli plans against Jerusalem, which are gaining momentum, are nothing but an attempt to change the reality in Jerusalem’s holy site and are a continuation of the Judaization of Jerusalem, its complete isolation from its geographic surroundings, and the building of a racist separation fence. He noted that the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza is part of the faith of the Muslims’, and that all of its buildings, plazas, walls, and gates belong only to the Muslims. He also said that the Jews have no connection to it, from near or far, and noted that this offensive against Jerusalem and its holy sites is meant to perpetuate the occupation of it and turn it into a Jewish city through falsification of its history and the uprooting of its original inhabitants."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron “is a pure, Arab and Islamic mosque, and the Israeli occupation is not entitled to use it and defile it” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 4, 2016
Headline: “Ida'is called on the Arabs and Muslims to hold a special meeting on the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is called on the Arab and Islamic nations to hold an urgent and immediate meeting in order to stop the blunt attacks by the occupation and its settlers against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, and to pressure the occupation to stop the Judaization of the mosque.
The Minister of Religious Affairs stressed that the Ibrahimi Mosque is a pure, Arab and Islamic mosque, and the Israeli occupation is not entitled to use it and defile it. The minister called for international human rights organizations to intervene rapidly in order to stop the violations against the mosque and to allow the citizens freedom of worship.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Cave of the Patriarchs is purely Islamic 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 31, 2015
Headline: "Ida'is: The Ibrahimi Mosque is an Islamic Waqf, and the Israeli presence will not change that"
      "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the Ibrahimi Mosques (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) is a pure Islamic Waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and the Israeli presence in it will not change that. He stated in a press release: 'Despite attempted coercion that the mosque has been experiencing for the last 21 years, through its illegal division a short time after the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, it will remain a symbol of the Arab and Islamic presence in Palestine.'"

Cave of the Patriarchs massacre - On Feb. 25, 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a member of an Israeli far-right movement, opened fire on Muslims praying inside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, known to Muslims as the "Ibrahimi Mosque," killing 29 and wounding 125. Following the attack, which was widely condemned by Israeli leaders and Jewish communities abroad, the Israeli government took concrete steps to prevent similar attacks from occurring by dividing the area of worship into Muslim and Jewish sections and designating several extremist movements, including Goldstein’s, as illegal terrorist groups.
PA Minister of Religion spreads libel that Israel is taking steps to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 19, 2015
Official PA TV program The Palestinian Situation
Topic: Freedom of religion
Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is, says that Israel wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and that it sent Denis Rohan in 1969 to burn down the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “Ever since Israel occupied the eastern part of the holy city [Jersualem], it has been trying to take over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and destroy it in order to establish its alleged Temple in its place. It [Israel] sent, I repeat sent, either knowingly or according to its plans, the criminal who set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire in 1969, the damage of which to Al-Aqsa is evident until now, as the walls on the holy plaza in Jerusalem are cracked and heavily damaged, and signs of the fire are visible to the eye until today.”

Michael Denis William Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
PA Minister of Religion: Israel has “evil plot” to build “alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “every Palestinian will forego his right to life to protect the holy sites” 
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 10, 2015
Headline: "Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is to Al-Quds: 'The Arab countries must make strong decisions to save the Al-Aqsa Mosque'"
      “Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is, Minister of Religious Affairs in Palestine, called on the Arab countries to make strong active decisions to save Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the occupation…
Below is the content of the interview:

[Interviewer
:] 'What about the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the threats it is experiencing?' 
[Ida’is:] 'Jerusalem needs a lot and is in danger, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger. I attest before you that every Palestinian will forego his right to life in order to protect the holy sites and the honor of the Arab and Islamic nation...'
[Interviewer:] 'What about your visit to Egypt, and what did you conclude with the religious authorities?'
[Ida’is:] 'I visited some of the religious authorities in Al-Azhar, Dar Alaftaa, (i.e., the central authority for Fatwahs), and the seat of the head of the Sharifs (i.e., descendants of the Prophet Muhammad), and they all agreed unanimously that there will be practical, real, serious actions in the field in order to aid Jerusalem and its residents in their resolve and their resistance to the occupation, and in preventing the evil plot to Judaize the holy city and establish the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.'”

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PA Minister of Religion: Cave of the Patriarchs is only Islamic  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2015
Headline: “The occupation prohibited the sounding of the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) 51 times during the past month”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is… stressed that the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) is purely an Islamic mosque, with all its parts, and no one else is connected to it. Likewise, he emphasized that all measures taken against it are null and inacceptable…
Ida’is stated that the occupation is striving to forcibly impose an Israeli hegemony on the mosque and convert it into a Jewish synagogue, and called to visit it, to carry out continuous Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, and to prevent the occupation and its arms from harming it."
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is trying to “Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “attack the Ribat fighters,” Jews have nothing to do with the Temple Mount 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2015
Headline: “Ida’is: ‘The daily actions of the occupation at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] are preparing the ground for its takeover”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called attention to the danger of the recurring calls by extremist Jews to carry out extensive invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… in order to give it, and all its parts, a Jewish Talmudic character. He stated that the occupation no longer hides its policy and daily activities to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, so that public opinion will get used to their [the Jews’] presence on the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and inside it [the Mosque], as if they are an authentic part of the place. This is in order to lessen the shock and pain of what the future holds … Ida’is stated that in a new step in the Judaization [process], the occupation will ask its Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organize visits for high-ranking officials to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), accompanied by a series of media and propagandist deceptions and lies, which it will distribute worldwide, in order to attack the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ribat fighters (Murabitin - those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic -Ed). One [deception] is that Al-Aqsa stands on the Jewish Temple, which needs to be rebuilt, and [another goal is to] mislead world opinion [with the claim] that the Muslims enjoy freedom of worship while the Jews do not.”

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel’s goal is destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, building the alleged Temple, and inciting religious war in the Middle East 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 26, 2015

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is:
"The Israeli occupation’s goal is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque using rabbis and groups of extremist Jews, and to establish the alleged Temple in its place... Israel challenges and provokes the feelings of Arabs and Muslims. When Israel attacks the places holy to Islam and Christianity - and even trees, stones, or the dead are not safe from these attacks - it essentially wants to incite a religious war in the entire Middle East region. It strives for religious war, and it is the one adding fuel to the flames... I say to the patient and resolute Palestinian people, and to the people of Jerusalem who are protecting the holy places: Feel good about the honor [of carrying] Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic)."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is carrying out “evil plan to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 8, 2015
 
 
Official PA TV program
Palestine this Morning hosted PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is.
Topic: The restrictions Israel places on the entry of Muslims from the West Bank into Jerusalem
PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is: ”Indeed, the Israeli establishment insists on carrying out its evil plan to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple. This is [done] by establishing facts on the ground, for the Muslims, so they will accept the inevitability of the situation. Every month there are invasions. Last month, there were more than 184 invasions into places of worship, and especially into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., the Temple Mount), as the Israeli establishment allows the herds of settlers to enter the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] daily - which provokes the feelings of Muslims - under protection of the Israeli occupation police.”
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Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." However, all visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.

 
PA Minister: Israel is trying to "seize" and "distort… the Islamic character" of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2015
Headline: “Ida’is condemned the pit dug by the occupation at the Ibrahimi ‘Haram’”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is condemned the fact that the occupation dug a pit in ‘Bab Al-Ghar’ near the Saladin Al-Ayyubi’s pulpit at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron. In an announcement to the press yesterday [April 9, 2015] Ida’is said that this step came as part of explicit violations and acts of aggression against the Ibrahimi Mosque, and increasing and intensive attempts to seize it and to distort the conclusive facts of the Islamic character of the place.”
The goal of Israel’s "Judaization policy" is the "rebuilding of the so-called alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 27, 2015
     “Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa said that Israel had allocated 17 billion dollars for the Judaization of the Holy City [Jerusalem], and noted that the occupation had succeeded in building an entire city beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which includes seven tunnels and halls that can hold 5,000 people. In addition, he stressed that the occupation does as it pleases in the Holy City, without any consideration for the Arab and Islamic world. Issa spoke during a political conference organized by the [PA] Ministry of Information under the title, ‘Jerusalem and the Judaization Policy,’ held in the presence of and with the patronage of Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr, Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is, Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa and Deputy Minister of Communications Mahmoud Khalifa… [Minister] Ida'is addressed the suffering of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the attempts to eradicate their Arab and Islamic identity and the Judaization policy that began in 1967 with the aim of rebuilding the so-called ‘alleged Temple.’”
PA minister calls kidnappers and murderers of 3 Israeli teens "Martyrs" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 23, 2014
Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh were Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
The PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is also called the murderers "Martyrs" who were "assassinated" by Israel:

     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is denounced the heinous 'Israeli' crime committed by the occupation forces in Hebron when they assassinated several of our people this morning. [The crime] took the lives of Martyrs (Shahids) Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh."
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Israel is preparing to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build “alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 23, 2012
Headline: "Ida'is calls for the convening of an Arab-Islamic summit to address the Israeli plans against [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and the Ministry of Information calls to maintain the Arabness of Jerusalem"
     "President of the Supreme Islamic Court and Chairman of the Supreme Council of Islamic Law, Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is, published a press release with the 43rd anniversary of the arson in the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its subject…
Ida'is stressed that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all its plazas, domes, walls, gates, open areas and foundations, belongs only and solely to all Muslims throughout the world, and that Jews have no right to it.
He added that this painful anniversary comes in the shadow of an unprecedented attack by the Israeli occupation authorities, aimed at creating biblical parks in the plazas of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for its division that in turn will be followed by its [the mosque’s] destruction and the building of the alleged Temple in its stead."
PA daily quotes Sheikh: Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, the Jews have no right to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2012
Headline: "Calls to head for Al-Aqsa [Mosque] in order to thwart the attempt to invade it; the occupation turns Jerusalem into barracks"
     "Occupation forces reinforced their military and police presence in the city of Jerusalem last night… in the wake of an announcement by members of the Likud extremist right-wing party as to [their intention to] break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, and a call to its supporters to invade it in order to build the alleged Temple upon the ruins of the mosque… In this regard, the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Islamic Law, Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is, called upon the Palestinian people, and especially the residents of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948, to head for the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to thwart the attempt to invade it… He noted that Jerusalem is the capital of the independent Palestinian state, and that the Jews have no rights to it.
Ida'is stated that the dangers facing the city of Jerusalem are real dangers. He called upon the Arab League, the Jerusalem Conference, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the UN, to do what they must to prevent these criminal and provocative acts, and to help the city of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
PA Chairman of Council for Shari'ah law defends PA Mufti hate speech following PMW exposure 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2012
Palestinian Media Watch exposed a speech by the PA Mufti citing the Islamic tradition (Hadith) that anticipates the killing of Jews by Muslims. The Mufti faced international condemnation for the speech. In response, PA Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Law, Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is, defended the PA Mufti, in the following article in the PA daily:
     "Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Law, Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is, emphasized that the decision by the occupation Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to open an investigation against the Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and speaker at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, is an insult to Muslims, an escalation of Israeli measures against our people, and an attempt to silence and intimidate the voice that defends Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Ida'is emphasized that our people will not agree to insults to its religious authorities and symbols. He described Netanyahu's call as a political step designed to strengthen the occupation with its discriminatory laws, and as a dangerous precedent that joins the occupation's [other] precedents and repeated violations. He declared the occupation fully responsible for [protecting] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein's life. Idai's called for restraint of the official and unofficial Israeli mouthpieces which incite against Palestinian religious and national leaders. He demanded of the Islamic and Christian sources of authority around the world, legal institutions, and international human rights organizations to denounce the brutal attack against Sheikh Hussein, since it runs contrary to international law."
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Mufti of Jerusalem: Israel built Hurva synagogue as prelude to building "the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2011
Headline: “Our people’s religious leaders are calling for help in order to save Jerusalem”
     “The office of the Chief Religious Justice of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice held a press conference yesterday at the governmental information center at the Ministry of Information in Ramallah, in which speakers addressed the Israeli violations against the city of Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and to Christianity. [...] Attending the press conference were Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice, Sheikh Yusuf Iddais; Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein; and Deputy Minister of Christian Religious Affairs, Hanna Issa, and representatives of the local, Arab, and world media...
Sheikh Hussein […] noted that in recent years Israel has built 65 synagogues inside the holy city, the latest being the “Hurva” synagogue. The Israelis were optimistic that this would be a prelude to the establishment of the alleged Temple…
Sheikh Hussein noted that several things must be done to stop the Israeli attacks and Judaization, including visiting the holy city, carrying out Ribat within it, and exposing Israeli actions."

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