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Jerusalem's Temple/Jewish history denied
Denial of the Jewish history in Jerusalem and the existence of the Jewish Temple is a central component PA political ideology. This denial started with Yasser Arafat and continues to be reiterated by academics, politicians and religious leaders. The PA systematically distorts the ancient history of Jerusalem, ignoring the vast historical documentation and thousands of archeological finds related to Jewish history that have been found in Jerusalem.

This music video, broadcast regularly on PA TV through 2008 and 2009, denies any historical connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem, repeats the libel that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and calls on Allah to protect the mosque. “Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… [Allah protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.”

Full text: “Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, Oh Muslims, Al-Aqsa is ours, our Al-Aqsa screams and shouts, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Arabs and Muslims, no, no, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… My land, my Jerusalem, my blood and my honor will not be scorned. Al-Aqsa is ours, how you suffer! How you have bleed for years! How you scream! How you call out to the millions! What are you hoping for, what are you crying for? Saladin [Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem in 1187] ! Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Allah, protect Al-Aqsa, Oh Allah, Al-Aqsa is ours, [protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.” [PA TV (Fatah) Sept. 23, 2008 – Oct. 25, 2009]
PLO accuses Israel of “invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and attempts to impose the occupation’s falsified reality and falsify the history and culture of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Executive Committee decided to immediately implement decisions of the [PLO] Central Council to limit the relations with the occupation”
     “The PLO Executive Committee welcomed the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decision to refuse attempts to falsify history and to emphasize the true and natural Arab Islamic character of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (UNESCO referred to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Buraq Wall in their decision, and mentioned their sanctity to the Muslims, ignoring the names “Temple Mount” and “Western Wall,” and the sanctity of these places to the Jews –Ed.). Likewise, the committee called on the international organization to act to end the daily violations of the holy sites, expressed by invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and attempts to impose the occupation’s falsified reality and falsify the history and culture of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Palestinian state and its people.”
Op-ed in PA daily denies Jewish history: “I challenge… daily to bring me one Jewish archeological remnant from Jerusalem, or to show us a rock from the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 26, 2016
Headline: “Those who pass between fleeting words”
Op-ed by Jihad Al-Khazen, originally published in the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper
     “The terrorist [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu promises not to give up the Golan. I say to him (through a third party because I cannot speak with him) [parentheses in source] that Tel Aviv is not his. The Golan is part of Syria, and all of Israel is occupied Palestine… What I say is that the occupation of Palestine is an evil thing that will end with the return of the occupiers to the place from where they came. I do not expect that the justice will include putting the members of the Israeli government on trial as the Nazis were put on trial after the fall of the Nazis, but just that they will leave, as Mahmoud Darwish requested when he said to them that they ‘pass between fleeting words’ and that they should take their names and get out from on us. All of their news is a crime or lies. The Jewish holiday of Passover falls on the 22nd of this month, and it marks the anniversary of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. According to information I have received from two university professors, which was verified by my friend, the archeologist Zahi Hawass, this whole story is a biblical myth. I challenge them to bring me one archeological remnant from Egypt or Sinai, as I challenge them daily to bring me one Jewish archeological remnant from Jerusalem, or to show us a rock from the alleged Temple.”
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PA government: “Alleged [Jewish] temple groups” want to carry out “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and to organize “Talmudic activities” there (i.e., prayers) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2016
     “During its weekly meeting in Ramallah yesterday [April 21, 2016]… the [PA] government warned of the dangerous calls of the alleged [Jewish] Temple extremist groups and organizations for mass participation in increased invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza as the Jewish holiday season begins, and to organize Talmudic activities on the mosque’s plaza. This is part of the aggressive schemes of the Israeli occupation government, meant to completely take over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaize them. The [PA] government called on its people in the interior (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to Jerusalem to do so, and said to be constantly present in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to retaliate to every possible attack against 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 Islamic-Christian Council: Jews/Israel's "main objective is to reinforce the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza]… in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council: The settler wedding at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is dangerous Judaization”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Wednesday [April 13, 2016], that the fact that extremist settlers held their wedding ceremony within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is a very dangerous step, whose main objective is to reinforce the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] and Jewish rights to it… It noted that the Jews are trying to turn the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a synagogue, in order to hold their religious ceremonies, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
PA bodies protest Israeli Ministry of Tourism maps of Jerusalem that use Jewish names for Jewish religious sites and not the Arabic names 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "The presidential committee and the Foreign Ministry condemned the fact that Israel has forged tourist maps"
     “The [PA’s] Higher Presidential Committee of Churches’ Affairs in Palestine and the [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the fact that the Israeli Ministry of Tourism has left important Islamic and Christian sites off the latest version of a guidance pamphlet, which includes a map of Jerusalem and is meant especially for foreign tourists… Likewise, the committee condemned the fact that the names of ancient sites in the Old City [of Jerusalem] have been changed in a way that serves the Israeli historical narrative, such as the use of 'Wailing Wall' instead of the Al-Buraq Wall, and 'Temple Mount' instead of the holy Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary."
Fatah official claims Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza are "an Islamic Mosque and nothing else" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "Al-Qawasmi: The settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque are an Israeli crime that we will not ignore"
     "Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi stated that the invasions by the extremist settlers, led by the extremist [Yehuda] Glick, of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitute a crime against the Islamic holy sites and the Palestinian people's rights, a scandalous violation of international law, a gross offense against Muslim sensibilities and harming of their rights to their blessed mosque, and an Israeli attempt to establish facts on the ground and turn the settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a routine matter – which will not happen under any circumstances. In a press statement, Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the Palestinian people will come out against Israeli attempts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and establish facts on the ground under different slogans. Likewise, he emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza will remain an Islamic mosque and nothing else, and that it is a red line [that cannot be crossed]. He also added that any attempt to change the status quo before and after the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 will lead to a complete explosion of the situation in the occupied territories."

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."

Archaeologist on PA TV: Israel is "trying to enlist all the archaeological sites in Jerusalem in support of the alleged Jewish history in Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2016
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital on Israel harming tourism in Jerusalem

Archeologist at the Israeli Arab Al-Aqsa Institute for Islamic Trusts and Heritage Abir Zayyad: "They are trying to enlist all of the archeological sites in Jerusalem in support of the alleged Jewish history in Jerusalem. We have a number of examples of this. The most conspicuous example is the city of Jebus, in the village of Silwan, where Jerusalem developed 10,000 years ago, becoming a real city 4,000 years ago. The occupation is always trying to present it to tourists as a city built by David (i.e., King David), or that David lived in, but David has no connection to the antiquities there, as the antiquities are completely Palestinian Arab."
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: Cave of Patriarchs and "historic holy sites in Palestine are Islamic and belong only to Muslims" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2016
Headline: “The occupation’s attacks against the noble cave in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron”
     “The Department of Religious Endowments and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) revealed yesterday [March 3, 2016] the grave offensive being carried out by the occupation authorities against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in the city, through excavations within the noble cave, where the graves of the prophets and their wives, peace be upon them, are located…
Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the attacks against the Ibrahimi Mosque, and clarified that no place of religious worship is safe in light of the attacks and crimes being perpetrated against them by the Israeli occupation and its settlers.
He continued: ‘Israel is attempting to completely take over the holy sites through this malicious policy,’ and emphasized that the mosque and historic holy sites in Palestine are Islamic and belong only to the Muslims.”
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 TV host: Woman who carry out Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque ”thwart… dozens of invasion and defilement attempts by the herds of settlers, [and the] plans to take over the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and build the alleged Temple in its place” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 29, 2016
Official PA TV program From Jerusalem, about the Murabitat (woman carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) of Jerusalem and schools of Quranic studies

Official PA TV host: “Despite the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s place in the hearts of Jerusalem’s [Arab] residents was the first source of inspiration for the thought of Ribat, it has grown stronger due to the Masatib Al-Alam [project] that has drawn many women and men who wished to receive lessons in religious law and memorization of the Quran in the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque plaza. Women who challenge the occupation using their voices to call over and over ‘Allah is great!’ along with slogans demanding their basic rights to freedom of worship and prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They believe that Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the Palestinian women’s role against the occupation.
The Murabitat phenomenon expresses Palestinian society’s awareness of what the occupation intends to do at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. There was and still is a critical role [for the Murabitat] in thwarting the dozens of invasion and defilement attempts by the herds of settlers, [and the] plans to take over the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and build the alleged Temple in its place.”

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.
Fatah: “The Israeli aspirations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque continue, due to its attempts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2016
Headline: "Mattour: The occupation's actions will not harm our resolve"
      "Deputy Secretary of Fatah's Jerusalem branch Shadi Mattour emphasized that the occupation state's actions will not lessen the Palestinian people's determination to protect the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and in particular the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In an interview yesterday [Jan. 12, 2016] with Radio Mawtini, Mattour added: 'The Israeli aspirations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque continue, due to its attempts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple."
Fatah official: "When a state is established and we take Jerusalem, the Zionist idea which inspired their hearts will collapse and they will leave, defeated" because of "myth" that Jerusalem is the Promised Land 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Jan. 4, 2016
Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki: "Yasser Arafat has been reborn and the crusade continues. The blood, the sweat, and the tears will be a minor matter when the hope for the return and the establishment of a [Palestinian] state with Jerusalem as its capital is realized. When a state is established and we take Jerusalem, the Zionist idea which inspired their hearts will collapse and they will leave, defeated, because they created the myth according to which Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria are The Promised Land, and they are Allah’s chosen people. They will not be Allah’s chosen people, Ursalim (i.e., infrequently used Arabic name for Jerusalem, parallel to Hebrew name) will be nothing but Al-Quds (i.e., more common Arabic name for Jerusalem), Samaria will be nothing but the Mountain of Fire (i.e., nickname for Nablus), and Hebron will be nothing but the capital of rage, until liberation.”
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PA daily op-ed: The Jewish people never existed 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2016
[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s claim, according to which he has history of 4,000 years in [Hebron,] is nothing but a big lie, because never in history did there exist a so-called Jewish people.”
Fatah official: “The current Zionist strategy… is based on the effort to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Dec. 16, 2015
     "Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki said that Jordan is considered the present refuge for all oppressed, and emphasized that Jordan's stability is a real strength for Palestine. During the mass rally in the [Jordanian town] Zarka at the compound for professional unions, organized two nights ago [Dec. 14, 2015] by the popular committee for the support of the popular uprising [in Palestine], to mark the anniversary of the Palestinian Stone Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993), he added that the current Jerusalem Intifada is the fruit of the renewed willpower in Palestine, and is an undirected intifada, arising as a result of the inability to coexist with the Zionist occupation… He noted that the Zionist entity carries out organized terror against the Palestinian people, as they are assembling Zionist organizations, like the Zionist Irgun and Haganah (i.e., Jewish defense forces in the pre-state period) gangs, which carry out terror and intimidate. He stated that the right of return of the Palestinian people who was exiled from its land will be guaranteed if Jerusalem is returned, and added that the liberation of Jerusalem can blow up the current Zionist strategy, which is based on the effort to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Op-ed in official PA daily: “Religious, historical, and even biblical facts deny any connection between the Jews and Jerusalem” or to “historic Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 13, 2015
Headline: “Ziedan’s irrational teleology”
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily
     “[Egyptian author] Dr. Youssef Ziedan dropped a heavy bomb with his rational approach to the status of Jerusalem when he rejected its Arab identity, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the First Direction of Prayer and the third ‘Sanctuary’ , its Islamic value, and considered it a ‘myth’ with no connection to reality. He relied on the history of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was built by Abd Al-Malik Ibn Marwan (the 5th Umayyad caliph. –Ed.) in 65 AH, in other words after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, thus giving the Jews the right to Palestine...First, the religious, historical, and even biblical facts deny any connection between the Jews and Jerusalem. Anyone turning to Jewish historians and archaeologists will understand this truth, as some of them, such as Israel Finkelstein, Neil Asher Silberman (i.e., Israeli archeologists), and Shlomo Sand (i.e., a history professor at Tel Aviv University), have confirmed that there is no such connection. In addition, Israel is already in existence for seven long decades in historic Palestine, and its archeologists are searching for any evidence that will connect them to Jerusalem or the Palestinian land, but they have not found even a small piece of evidence to confirm the Zionist assumption. Second, a large number of Arab and foreign historians have confirmed that the locations noted in the bible have no connection to Palestine, and they are all to be found in Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. Third, the fact that the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque was not built in its present form does not rule out its presence there in its original form and the fact that Caliph Abd Al-Malik Ibn Marwan built it here, where it stands until today, only reinforces the words of the Quran. Fourth, Dr. Youssef knows well that the Zionist narrative is a fundamentall
Op-ed in PA daily: Jerusalem was never the Hebrew name of a Jewish city, and the Hebrew language never existed 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2015
Headline: "The Blathering Intellectual"
Op-ed by Editor-in-Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Hija
     "Those who founded Jerusalem were the Jebusite and Canaanite Palestinians, and they inhabited it in the fifth millennium BC. First, it was called Jebus, and then 'Ur salem' after its Canaanite king, and 'Ur Salem' is a completely Arab name. After the Islamic conquest, it was renamed 'Aelia [Capitolina]' (Roman colony built on the ruins of Jerusalem in 136 AD following the Bar Kochba Revolt, conquered by the Persians in 614 AD –Ed.) and this name appeared in the Pact of Umar (i.e., pact signed between the Muslims and Christians of Syria after the Muslim conquest of 637). Later on, during the Abbasid period (i.e., third of the Islamic caliphates to succeed the Islamic Prophet Muhammad), it was called Bait Al-Maqdis, and this name appeared in the poems of Abu-Nuwas (i.e., classical Arabic poet born in the 8thcentury BC). The holy city did not carry any Hebrew name in history, and the Hebrew language did not exist there or anywhere else, it was Aramaic.”
Op-ed in official PA daily: Hebrew did ‎not exist in the past 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular ‎columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     ‎“Egyptian author Youssef Ziedan said ‎something that no one before him had ‎said – that Al-Quds (i.e., the Arabic name ‎for Jerusalem) is a Hebrew word, and that ‎the present Al-Aqsa Mosque was built by ‎Abd Al-Malik Ibn Marwan (the 5th ‎Umayyad caliph. –Ed.), and the original ‎mosque is on the road to Ta'if (city in ‎Saudi Arabia –Ed.), and raised doubts ‎about [Prophet] Muhammad’s Night ‎Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ‎Ascent to Heaven. ‎
Of course we are not interested in getting ‎into a religious or linguistic debate with ‎the author, but he knows better than ‎others that a Hebrew language did not ‎exist, and that the language of the Jews ‎was Aramaic, and to this very day it ‎‎[Hebrew] is a mixture of Canaanite, ‎Aramaic, and Arabic…‎
Moreover, the word ‘Quds’ does not exist ‎in today’s Jewish language, but was ‎employed in Arabic later on as a reference ‎to the holy places within it‏ ‏‎[Jerusalem].‎
‎[Jerusalem] was called Aelia [Capitolina] ‎‎(Roman colony built on the ruins of ‎Jerusalem in 136 AD following the Bar ‎Kochba Revolt, and it was conquered by ‎the Persians in 614 AD –Ed.) at the time of ‎the Prophet [Muhammad], peace and ‎blessing be upon him, and before that ‎Ursalim, and the Jews called it Jerusalem, ‎and before that – Jebus.” ‎
Abbas denies again existence of Temple; says Jewish extremists plan to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2015
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Israel’s policy will ignite a religious war from which no one will be saved”
Abbas: ‘What we and the brothers in Jordan agreed on with Secretary John Kerry, is to keep the status quo in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque as a place of Muslim worship, under the custody of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and under the administration of the Islamic Waqf (i.e., Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Foundation). This has been the situation since the occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967. However, this started to change later on, after the ominous visit of [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon [to the Temple Mount] in 2000, under Israeli security forces’ protection, which led to the second Intifada, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign, 2000-2005). Since 2000, Israeli governments have been trying to change the situation, and the Israeli police and army forces began entering the plaza of the Sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) wearing uniforms and carrying weapons.  This is also the case with the extremist Jews, who wish, and declare so, to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their alleged Temple in its place. This is while restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshippers, such as the prohibition [of entry] of people under the age of 50, and allocation of specific hours, during which only Jewish presence is allowed. This was a serious warning bell that the Israeli government wants to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times...'"

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PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs emphasize that Temple Mount is “purely Islamic” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2015
Headline: “Al-Husseini rejected Netanyahu’s claims”
     “Governor of Jerusalem district and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini rejected the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Likewise, he warned against the deception and lies he uses when he speaks of his commitment to maintaining the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and not allowing non-Muslims to pray in it, but rather only Muslims.

Likewise, he [Al-Husseini] emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including all its mosques, domes, buildings, and plaza, which stands on 144 dunams (approximately 35.6 acres -Ed.), is a purely Islamic site, where it is forbidden for non-Muslims to pray or worship, and its management is under the exclusive authority of the [Jerusalem] Islamic Waqf [Foundation] of the Jordanian Ministry of religion and Islamic matters.”
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