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Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa
PA Council for Jerusalem head warns of “Judaization” in Jerusalem, impending collapse of Al-Aqsa Mosque
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “Dr. Issa warns of the Judaization policy against Jerusalem”
     “Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa warned today (Monday) [Oct. 10, 2016] against the policy of Judaization being carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities against the holy city [of Jerusalem], and particularly against what is happening at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
This was said during a lecture given by Secretary-General Issa about Jerusalem and the Israeli violations in it at the Al-Fajr Al-Jadid Girls’ Model School in the village of Akav in northern occupied Jerusalem…
The secretary-general clarified that the situation of the city is most grave, and that the real dangers surrounding the sites holy to Islam and Christianity are changing the reality in the city…
He said that one of the attacks that the Israeli occupation authorities are perpetrating against the holy sites is the excavation of a network of tunnels under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, such that its foundations are liable to collapse at any moment.”

Note: 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]
PA Islamic-Christian Council denounces terror as a severe problem rooted in sin
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council: Terror is a global ideology that has no religion”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that terror is one of the most severe problems of the current century, alongside the wars and starvation in the world.
The council emphasized the opposition of the three monotheistic religions to terror in all its types, colors, and forms, because it is directed against innocent men, women, and children, and is based on sin, aggression, and intimidation of calm people…
These statements were made as part of a workshop under the headline 'The Monotheistic Religions and the Denunciation of Terror,' which the council organized yesterday [Sept. 28, 2016] in the [PLO] Popular National Conference of Jerusalem building in El-Bireh, with the participation of Head of the Islamic-Christian Council Patriarch Michel Sabbah, its (i.e., the council’s) Secretary-General Dr. Hanna Issa, Director-General of the Directorate of Religion (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Religious Affairs) in the Ramallah and El-Bireh District Sheikh Wafiq Alawi, and Secretary of the Samaritan Community Ishaq Al-Samiri.”
PA Islamic Council: Israeli goal is “Judaizing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and turning it into a synagogue, ahead of the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2016
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council: The distancing of guards and employees of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [from the mosque] is a racist policy whose goal is to empty it”
      “The [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said yesterday [July 31, 2016] that the barbaric attack by the occupation authorities on the [Jordanian Waqf ] guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Waqf employees who are there constitutes a clear blow to the Waqf and its employees, and an attempt to disrupt them in their work at the mosque in order to implement additional Judaization plans… Secretary-General of the Council Hanna Issa addressed the Israeli extremism, which is expressed in determining facts on the ground by Judaizing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and turning it into a synagogue, ahead of the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins. He noted that the Judaization plan and steps at the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) are gaining momentum, as if the Israeli occupation state – with the help of its settlers and extremists – is in a race against time to realize the Jewish dream: the establishment of the Temple as soon as possible.”
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PA asks Arab League to help sue Britain for issuing Balfour Declaration, Britain should apologize for the Balfour Declaration like Germany did for the Holocaust
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 25, 2016


Official PA TV newsreader: "In a speech given in the name of President Mahmoud Abbas, [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki... asked the General Secretariat of the Arab League to help the [PA] leadership prepare a legal case..."
PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki in speech at the Arab League Summit representing PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We ask the General Secretariat of the Arab League to assist us in preparing a legal case in order to file a lawsuit against the British government for its issuing the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) and for its (i.e., the Declaration’s) implementation afterwards, as a mandatory authority, which caused the Nakba of the Palestinian people and its expulsion..."
Expert on International Law and Secretary General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa: "It is the right of the Palestinian Arab people to sue Britain... If they refuse to accept it [the lawsuit] in the International Criminal Court, we can turn to the UN [General] Assembly... and [demand] the establishment of an international criminal court with the jurisdiction to place sanctions on Britain… I present as an example the Nazis’ Jewish Holocaust against the Jews in World War II. Germany even apologized and until now it has expressed political, economic, social, and cultural apologies. It even has funded the Israeli entity with billions of dollars until now, and therefore it is similar to the holocaust carried out against the Palestinian Arab people."
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Head of PA Jerusalem council: Palestinian heritage is "being stolen" by Israel
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 17, 2016
"Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa stated… 'the Israeli occupation has stolen a large part of our cultural heritage and worked to Judaize it and change the names of the holy sites in order to find a place for itself on this land and to prove to the world that it [the land] has belonged to its forefathers for thousands of years, especially since it has media outlets working to forge history. We are not afraid of our heritage being eroded, but rather of it being stolen by the Israeli occupation.'"
Head of PA Jerusalem council: Israel "Judaize[s]" holy sites "to prove to the world" that the land is theirs
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 17, 2016
"Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa stated… 'The Israeli occupation has stolen a large part of our cultural heritage and worked to Judaize it and change the names of the holy sites in order to find a place for itself on this land and to prove to the world that it [the land] has belonged to its forefathers for thousands of years, especially since it has media outlets working to forge history. We are not afraid of our heritage being eroded, but rather of it being stolen by the Israeli occupation.'"
Islamic Council Sec-Gen: “Israel is trying to “prove to the world that [the land] has belonged to its forefathers for thousands of years”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 17, 2016
     Headline: Issa: “The Palestinian national culture is a field day for international greed"
"Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa stated…
‘The Israeli occupation has stolen a large part of our cultural heritage and worked to Judaize it and change the names of the holy sites in order to find a place for itself on this land and to prove to the world that it [the land] has belonged to its forefathers for thousands of years, especially since it has media outlets working to forge history. We are not afraid of our heritage being eroded, but rather of it being stolen by the Israeli occupation.’"
PA Council: Israeli plan to build synagogue at Islamic site is “Judaization” and “desecration” of the the Al-Aqsa Mosque, first step to “establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2016
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Thursday [Feb. 11, 2016] that the Israeli plan to build a large synagogue under the waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) Hammam Al-Ayn [Cultural Center], a few meters below the western part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitute Israeli intransigence to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate its sanctity. In a notice, the council described the new plan for the synagogue as ‘a real threat that is added to all the horrors and dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, its Islamic history, and its Arab culture’… Secretary General of the council Hanna Issa said that [the building of] a synagogue and the hundreds of Judaization plans, which target the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything Arab in occupied Jerusalem, are ‘Israeli methods, by which the occupation state strives to Judaize the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque, by coordinated efforts for excavating tunnels underneath it, taking over its Islamic landmarks… and turning them into synagogues and Judaization centers, and opening the gates of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque to extremists and settlers in order to desecrate it, and eventually completely take it over, in preparation for turning it into a synagogue and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.’ It should be noted that the synagogue will be stablished in place of a waqf, which has ancient Islamic archeological remnants, at the site of the waqf the Hammam Al-Ayn, under the ground and very close to the western part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Hammam Al-Ayn Cultural Center is a site with public baths dating from the 1300s and which were in use as such until the early 1970s. In 1998 it was renovated by Al-Quds University and it now serves as a cultural center. The site is considered a waqf by Palestinians/Muslims - an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law.
Sec-Gen of Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem: Israel has plan to build mega-capital in Jerusalem, destroying mosques and churches, and moving Israeli capital from “Tel Aviv to Jerusalem”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 4, 2015
Official PA TV Good Morning Jerusalem, interview with Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa about limiting the entry of Muslims to the Temple Mount

Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa: “Israel has a plan for an entire city modeled after London, with clearly drawn maps, in which there are 1,000 square kilometers of the lands of Bethlehem and Ramallah, which it plans to take over, and thus it will build a capital, modeled after London, with 3.5 million residents, including the destruction of the mosques and churches leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, based on it being the heart of Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel according to them, and moving the capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is Israel’s final plan.”
PA official: Israel behind 1969 Al-Aqsa Mosque arson
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 19, 2015
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council: 46 years since the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson, and the crime continues”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places emphasized today [Aug. 19, 2015], on the 46th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson, that the systematic crime continues against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity in occupied Jerusalem…
Secretary-General of the [Islamic-Christian] Council Hanna Issa said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson on August 21, 1969 is part of a large Judaization plan directed against Jerusalem as a whole, with no consideration for the sanctity of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity that are within it.”

The Al-Aqsa Mosque was set on fire in 1969 by Michael Rohan – a deranged Australian Christian. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
PA official: Israel attempts to "empty Jerusalem of its original residents" and is "excavating tunnels under the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 13, 2015
Headline: “Issa: Israel is in a race against time to empty Jerusalem of its original residents”
     “Secretary-General of [the PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places [Hanna Issa]… emphasized that ‘Israel’ is carrying out ongoing attempts to erase the historic Islamic Arab identity from occupied Jerusalem, and to impose on it an invented and new Jewish character. Likewise, he noted that this is the goal of the Zionist project – to turn Jerusalem into the capital of their Jewish state, and to build the Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
The Secretary-General of the Jerusalem Council for the Defense of the Holy Places [Hanna Issa] said that the occupation authorities are excavating tunnels under the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which threatens the mosque as there is a chance it will collapse if there is an earthquake or if they concoct explosions under it.”
PA official: Israel is "making efforts to build the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 12, 2015
Headline: “Issa: Israel is dragging the region into a cycle of violence”
     “Secretary-General of [the PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa stated that… ‘Israeli Army Minister (sic., Defense Minister) Moshe Ya'alon’s invasion of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) yesterday [Aug. 11, 2015], and his declaration of the mosque as a closed military area in time for what is called the ’new month,’ in other words the end of the lunar month (i.e., the Jewish new month festival of Rosh Chodesh), which they are marking with road closings and by breaking out in parades in which they wave Israeli flags, are nothing but a certificate granting legitimization for settlers to invade the houses of worship, under security provided by the occupation government. This is also true regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as Israel is very close to turning the Ibrahimi Mosque into a Jewish synagogue, and simultaneously it is making efforts to build the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’”

The PA and its leaders consider the Cave of the Patriarchs to be an exclusively Islamic holy site. Therefore they view any presence of Jews there as an "invasion."
PA Jerusalem council: Israel “plant[s] forged antiquities” for its “plans to Judaize Jerusalem”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 30, 2015
Headline: “Dr. Issa emphasized that Israel is planting antiquities in Jerusalem”
      “Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa stressed today [July 30, 2015] that the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, under cover-up by the occupation government, has been making efforts since 1967 to plant forged antiquities in Jerusalem and distort a whole culture by its continuous excavations and searches under the city, which are taking place far from the eyes of the world…
Dr. Issa stated: ‘Israel and the institutions authorized by it, are carrying out searches, mainly in Jerusalem, in a desperate attempt to obtain Jewish antiquities which will give the occupation the “legitimacy” it still lacks. But truth be told, it has no presence [in Jerusalem]. At times, we see them attempting to obtain a type of religious legitimacy, in order to cover up their feverish activities and their plans to Judaize Jerusalem, even if by means of forgery or creating facts on the ground.’”
PA official: Israel has plans to "destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple on its ruins"
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), July 21, 2015
Headline: “Hanna Issa calls for Ribat at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] on the ‘anniversary of the destruction of the Temple’”
     “Secretary-General of the [Palestinian Authority’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, Dr. Hanna Issa, stated that Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and presence in it, are not limited to the month of Ramadan alone, and called on Palestinians to carry out Ribat in the coming days in order to thwart the settlers’ plots to invade [the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound]… Issa noted the words of the extremist Yehuda Glick regarding his plans and efforts regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque: ‘The Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) is a place of worship for all the religions, where all pray to God. Because the Dome of the Rock cannot hold all of them, we need a larger building,” [and Issa said] this is a clear, allusion to the plans striving to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

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.

PMW has been unable to verify the statements attributed to Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
PA daily: Islamic-Christian Council claims "Israel is tightening the strangulation of the Jerusalem residents"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2015
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council: Israel is tightening the strangulation of the Jerusalem residents through two police headquarters”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated that the fact that the Israeli occupation authorities opened two new occupation police stations, next to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) and on Mount Zion (the prophet David) [parentheses in source], reflects their clear insistence on Judaizing every part of occupied Jerusalem.
Secretary-General of the Council Dr. Hanna Issa noted that… ‘”Israel” intentionally harms the area of the holy [Al-Aqsa Mosque] plaza and the Al-Buraq plaza by continuing its Judaization plans and projects. This reflects the extent of the extremism of the occupation state, as these areas are holy religious sites which it is forbidden to harm.’ Likewise, Issa called on the international community and institutions involved in the issue to fulfill their responsibility and defend the center of the religions from destruction and Judaization.”
PA official: Israel is forging and stealing antiquities in Hebron
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2015
Headline: “Warning of Judaization activities against the Cave of the Patriarchs (Ibrahimi Haram)”
     “The [PA's] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places has warned against widespread excavations being carried out by groups of extremist settlers in the Building of Rest (Al-Istiraha) south of the Cave of the Patriarchs in the city of Hebron… Secretary General of the Council Dr. Hanna Issa said that the excavations in the Cave of the Patriarchs and the simultaneous extremist calls to invade the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] constitute Israeli insistence, at all levels, on desecrating the sanctity of the holy places. Likewise, he noted that mostly, the excavations are accompanied by theft and the forgery of antiquities, especially in light of the fact that the ancient city of Hebron is an archeological site rich in antiquities.”

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 Council: Israel has taken first step toward "full takeover" of Al-Aqsa Mosque "and the realization of the Jewish dream to rebuild the alleged Temple"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2015
     “Secretary-General of the [Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places] Hanna Issa… noted that the Jewish invasions of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] have become a daily occurrence. He also emphasized that the plan to divide the Mosque between Muslims and Jews was [merely] the first step on the path to a full takeover of [the Mosque] and the realization of the Jewish dream to rebuild the alleged Temple.”

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.
Israel “attempts to eradicate Arab and Islamic identity” in Jerusalem
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 council: Israel has taken first step toward “realizing the Jewish dream to erect the alleged Temple” over Al-Aqsa Mosque
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2015
Headline: “[PA] Foreign Ministry condemns Israeli Foreign Ministry group’s invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
     “Secretary-General of the [Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places] Dr. Hanna Issa said that the fact that a group from the [Israeli] Foreign Ministry had invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes an open and clear admission of the systematic plans of the occupation government against the Mosque. Issa called on the international community and its organizations that deal with the holy places to direct their attention to the danger being posed to the Mosque, and noted that there was now a daily Jewish presence inside it. He also emphasized that the plan to divide up the mosque between Muslims and Jews constituted the first step toward taking full control of it and realizing the Jewish dream to erect the alleged Temple.”

From WAFA, official PA news agency
Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem: Jesus was “the first Palestinian Martyr”‎
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2014
     ‎"Yesterday's [Dec. 2, 2014] Ministry of Tourism and Archeology [newspaper column] ‎centered on the products being sold in the oriental antiques stores, and criticized the ‎Ministry's faulty supervision of these stores, which sell symbols that have nothing to do ‎with the Palestinian heritage, such as the Israeli Star of David and menorah (i.e., ‎candelabrum used in Jewish worship), especially in Bethlehem and Jericho... ‎Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places ‎Hanna Issa explained... the difference between the six-pointed Star of David and the ‎Christian star, which is five-pointed. This star appeared to the Shepherds in Beit ‎Sahur, [symbolizing] the birth of our lord Jesus, who was Palestinian in origin, and ‎who was the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid)." ‎
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