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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.”
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