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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]
Official PA daily: "Judaization" of Jerusalem based on "myths and fables" continues 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2014
Op-ed by Baha Rahal
     “The series of Judaization actions in Jerusalem has been going on since the beginning of the occupation of the city and since the Arab armies were defeated and fled the battlefield in June 1967, abandoning the land of the Mi'raj (Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven) and the Resurrection of the Dead to the occupation, which has tightened its grip on the city and begun to put forth mendacious and absurd claims and to invent [things] based on myths and fables…
Alone, Jerusalem counts the time [remaining]; alone, it stands in confronting a merciless enemy, who doesn’t hesitate to implement its plans and policy against the Holy City. This policy is not confined to isolating the city with the racist wall or driving out the residents of Jerusalem, and does not stop with the demolishing of homes, but aims for the destruction of the Islamic and Christian holy places in order to construct their alleged Temple on the ruins of the houses of Allah and the places of worship. This is the real challenge undermining the stability of Jerusalem these days – at a time when we are hearing a few hesitant voices that condemn or denounce. We do not hear the voice of the majority in the Arab and Islamic world, or the world at large – a fact which the occupation state sees as a golden opportunity, especially in the wake of the so-called ‘Arab Spring,’ the fighting going on in several countries, the explosions and violence in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and other places. These days, the Arabs are split and divided… O brothers, o friends: There is no time to wait when [one is confronted] with an enemy racing against time. The time has come for you to desist from your old habit of condemning the occupation, which understands only the language of power.”
Israeli Arab MP falsely claims that neutral British commission found "Jews had no right" to Western Wall 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2014
     “The statements made by [Israeli-Arab] Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Member Taleb Abu Arar in his speech before the parliament plenum two days ago [March 5, 2014] on the subject of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), enraged the extreme right.
This [occurred] because, in his speech, Abu Arar explained that a neutral commission of inquiry (the 1930 Wailing Wall Commission) established by the British Mandate – which, at the time, supported the Zionist movement – to investigate the Jews’ right to the Al-Buraq Wall, had concluded that the Al-Buraq Wall was an inseparable part of the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the Jews had no right to it.”

Note: The 1930 Wailing Wall Commission was appointed by the British government, with the approval of the League of Nations, to settle the matter of the Jews’ and Muslims’ rights and claims to the Western Wall. The commission concluded that the Western Wall had served as a Jewish holy site long before it became a Muslim Waqf (an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and that it had never served the Muslims for religious purposes. The commission’s final conclusion was that the Western Wall was holy only to the Jews and therefore they should be granted free access to worship at the site.
PA minister denies Jewish history and complains of “Judaization” of Jerusalem  
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the continuing settlement and Judaization of the holy city [Jerusalem], the attacks on its holy sites, the escalating Israeli aggression against Jerusalem, the falsifying of its history with the aim of erasing its cultural, human and historical heritage, and the demographic and geographic changes in the city are all moves that are null and void according to international law, the decisions of the international institutions, and the Geneva and Hague Conventions for the Protection of Cultural Property.
In addition, he warned again of the danger of the racist Israeli violations being planned against [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque], the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs), and the rest of our people’s holy sites, all of which confirm that Israel’s aim is to tighten its control over [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque], in preparation for destroying it and building their alleged Temple.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA minister accuses Israel of goal to rule over Al-Aqsa; refuses to recognize Israel's "existence in Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 28, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound. The sermon was delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “In the occupation state (i.e., Israel), they are talking about a tale, about a lie and [the] insane [idea] of extending Israeli sovereignty to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. What sovereignty is this? Whoever told you we even recognize your existence in Jerusalem? Whoever said we recognize your right to even a single millimeter of the land of Jerusalem? Who said this? You even talk about [having] sovereignty over our hearts, over our faith, over our religion. Who said this? Who can imagine such insanity? This insanity will not end well. It will not end well; it will not lead to anything good. They must understand that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not a red line. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a line of fire that will burn any hand that may be extended towards it to harm it.”
PLO Executive Committee member mocks Jewish tours that teach about the "alleged Temple" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2014
     “Ahmed Qurei, ‘Abu Alaa’, PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs… said that Jerusalem is in a very difficult situation, which manifests itself in [the fact] that the occupation government has intensified its racist Judaization measures against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and increased the settlers’ invasions of its plazas, as well as the discovery and instruction tours they conduct inside it, during which they give lessons on the ‘alleged Temple’…
In addition, the head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs rejected the criminal actions being perpetrated by the Israeli occupation authorities, which contradict all norms and international conventions: the ongoing excavations beneath the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He emphasized that these excavations, deep underground, which target the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, have been going on non-stop for years, to the point that a gigantic synagogue has been built beneath the Mosque.”
Op-ed in PA daily: Jews were never present in Israel, such claims are nothing more than “fairy tales” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2014
Op-ed by Adli Sadeq, PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist for official PA daily
     “These days, the occupiers have reached the height of their rampage in their parliament, which is populated by a handful of crazy people reinforced by fairy tales and bundles of dreams, not a single letter of which has been proven true by a single stone of Jerusalem…
Each day, they come out with a new refrain that not [even] the first Zionists before them could have imagined, and pretend that their alleged Temple stood exactly at the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Recognizing the ‘Jewishness of the State’ is an implicit confirmation that the refugees have no rights, that we stole ourselves a homeland and have not been [living] on our ancestors’ land for thousands of years. If the Jews were indeed present [here] for a short period in the history of our land, that presence was not along the coast, nor in the north or south of Palestine. In other words, the Jews never passed through or were present in the territories which the peace process firmly defines as being outside the negotiations and [designates] as Israeli territory.”
Fatah official denies Jewish historical connection to Western Wall 
Source: Al-Filistiniya TV (Fatah Party), Feb. 19, 2014
Al-Filistiniya TV program Special Coverage hosted Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen.
Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen:
“We demand that all the lands conquered in [19]67 be under Palestinian control. As I said, the exchange [of territories] will be in the border areas, not in Jerusalem. When you talk about what is known as the ‘Al-Buraq Wall’ (i.e. The Western Wall of the Temple Mount), even the British committee that came to Palestine in the 1930s and examined the issue found that this is the ‘Al-Buraq Wall’ and not the ‘Wailing Wall.’ For this reason, we repeat that any site with a connection to the religious aspect – we believe in freedom of religion and in people’s [right to] visit the religious sites. However, so far, none of the archeologists, not [even] the Israeli ones, have proved the existence of a single remnant of the Israeli side in the places claimed to be theirs. I repeat: we will only agree to all [parts] of Jerusalem conquered in ’67 being a part of the Palestinian state and the capital of the State of Palestine.
Posted on YouTube on Feb. 20, 2014

Note: The 1930 Wailing Wall Commission was appointed by the British government, with the approval of the League of Nations, to settle the matter of the Jews’ and Muslims’ rights and claims to the Western Wall. The commission concluded that the Western Wall had served as a Jewish holy site long before it became a Muslim Waqf (an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and that it had never served the Muslims for religious purposes. The commission’s final conclusion was that the Western Wall was holy only to the Jews and therefore they should be granted free access to worship at the site.
PA religious leader: Jews have no rights to Western Wall of Temple Mount 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2014
     “[Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of PA religious court] warned of tomorrow’s [February 18, 2014] discussion in the Israeli Parliament on the subject of the bill to extend the sovereignty of the Israeli occupation to include the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [noting that] if this bill, which is contrary to the law of God and to international treaties and laws, is passed, it will lead to a religious war…
Al-Tamimi added that ‘Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, decreed that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic and belongs to Muslims alone… It is part of the religious belief of a billion and a half Muslims, and the Jews have no right to it. No party, no matter how much power and international support it has, can change this established fact by giving the Jews any right to it, or the right to pray in any part of it. The Al-Aqsa Mosque includes all its courtyards, foundations, skies, gates, domes, walls, and specifically, its western wall (Al-Buraq Wall), [parentheses in source], which is, after all, a part of it...’
Al-Tamimi said: ‘It is with great pride that we remember the attitude of President Martyr Yasser Arafat, of blessed memory… who refused to give the Jews any right to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’”
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Note: Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of PA religious court, is currently Secretary General of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem.
PA minister: Jews are "employing techniques of falsification and fabrication to turn the historical and religious facts upside down" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Jerusalem District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini received the new British Consul General, Dr. Alastair McPhail, in his office in the [Jerusalem] neighborhood of Al-Barid yesterday afternoon [Feb. 10, 2014], and briefed him on the latest incidents that have befallen Jerusalem and its residents.
He [Al-Husseini] explained that the arbitrary measures being implemented by the occupation authorities in the various areas – economic, social, political and legal – in addition to the racist separation fence, the support of the settlers’ provocations and rampages, as well as other factors, have paralyzed life in the Holy City. In addition, he noted that the occupation authorities are desecrating the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and are employing techniques of falsification and fabrication to turn the historical and religious facts upside down, in order to realize their false claims regarding the extension of Jewish character [over the city] and erecting the alleged Temple on the ruins of [the] Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Palestinian delegation warns of Israel’s plan to “destroy” Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the “alleged Temple in its place” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2014
     “A delegation from Jerusalem, headed by Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher and Chairman of the Supreme Muslim Council, had a meeting yesterday [Jan. 30, 2014] -- attended by Ambassador of the State of Palestine [to Qatar] Munir Ghannam -- with [Qatari] Minister of Religious Affairs Dr. Ghaith Bin Mubarak Al-Kuwari. The delegation updated him on recent events in Jerusalem, specifically on the frantic efforts to assault the Al-Aqsa Mosque and make it difficult for Palestinians to reach it, as well as [updated him] on plans -- both disclosed and undisclosed -- to destroy it and build the alleged Temple in its place.”

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "assault." All visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
PA Mufti accuses Israel of acting to build “the alleged Temple” over Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2014
     “The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the occupation authorities’ intention to allow settlers and foreign tourists to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Cotton Merchants’ Gate… The Mufti said that this attack is an integral part of the series of daily attacks whose purpose is to tighten control on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple in its place.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "attack." All visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.

Abbas spokesman accuses Israel of “falsifying history” and erasing Palestinian memory 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2014
     “Official spokesperson for the President [Abbas], Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the campaign of lies, which was carried out by the Israeli government at its meeting two days ago [Jan. 5, 2014], against our people, its National Authority and institutions, is dangerous and unacceptable. He demanded that the American government activate the Palestinian-American-Israeli tripartite [anti-incitement] committee to respond to these claims.
Abu Rudeina said: ‘The campaign [of lies] that the Israeli Prime Minister and [Israeli] ministers have joined, of accusing our people and its leadership of incitement, exposes the [Israeli] intentions to renounce the peace process and maintain the unchanging policy that cannot survive outside the swamp of occupation, settlement, ongoing abuse of our people, putting thousands of its sons in prisons and detention centers, seizing its property, demolishing its homes and displacing it.’
He added: ‘The Israeli government is not satisfied with falsifying history but [also] asks the Palestinian people, its leadership and institutions to succumb to one of the greatest acts of falsification in history, to conceal the truth, to falsify its national awareness and erase its memory, that memory, which we inherited and which we will bequeath to our children, generation after generation.’”
PA daily calls ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem a “myth” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2013
     “Groups of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Dec. 29, 2013] through the Mughrabi gate, under heavy security provided by personnel from special units from the occupation’s police.
Extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick led one of these groups and told a story from the Talmud about the myth of the [existence of] the alleged Temple in the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s location.”

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.
Rabbi Yehuda Glick is the Chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation that works to increase awareness of the central place the Temple Mount and the Temple hold in Jewish heritage through educational activities and by encouraging people to visit the Temple Mount. He is also active in the Temple Mount Faithful movement whose goal is to build the Third Temple on the Temple Mount. In addition he is the coordinator of the LIBA initiative - The Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount initiative whose goal is to obtain freedom and civil rights for Jews on the Temple Mount. The Israel Police has banned Glick from entering the Temple Mount and has detained him on several occasions for acting in a way that could disrupt order.
PA daily derides Jewish Temple as “myth” and “legend” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2013
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.
Headline:
“Settler invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque continue”
     “Gangs of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Dec. 22, 2013] through the Mughrabi Gate, heavily guarded by members of special occupation police units.
Our correspondent in Jerusalem said that the invasions are carried out in small groups that come one after the other, which include ‘rabbis,’ in order to explain the Talmudic story about the alleged Temple myth and legend.”
PLO official: We must “face the Israeli claims that Jerusalem is a Jewish city” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2013
     “PLO Executive Committee member Hanna Amira… explained that the unified position of the churches in Palestine strengthens the Palestinian positions at a political level, as well as the Palestinian position in the occupied city of Jerusalem, which is subject to different kinds of Israeli steps aimed against Palestinian presence, both Islamic and Christian [in the city]. In addition, he stressed that the current situation requires unity to face the Israeli claims that Jerusalem is a Jewish city.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA minister: Western Wall is part of Al-Aqsa Mosque and belongs to Muslims by right 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2013
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Jerusalem is religion's trust and history's trust in the hands of all Muslims, in the hands of this Ummah (Islamic Nation). We are Muhammad's heirs. It is we who inherited Jerusalem, by its being conquered religiously through the Prophet [Muhammad]'s will, and later by [Islam] actually conquering it [in 683]. We are its inheritors and it belongs to us and to no one else. Visit Jerusalem. We, as Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, must visit the Al-Buraq Wall. The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an authentic part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque only... It [the Wall] is our right, it is our permanent right. It is part of our Al-Aqsa [Mosque], without intending to harm the rights of others in any way, and without harming the rights of others. Freedom of worship in our Jerusalem is guaranteed to all... We do not dispute anyone's traditions, and we do not dispute anyone's religion. Nonetheless, we have rights, principles and positions that cannot possibly be altered."
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PA daily refers to Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as “alleged” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2013
     “Eye witnesses said that the Jewish groups carried out suspicious tours in the Al-Aqsa plazas, led by one of the Jewish rabbis who told stories there about the alleged Temple.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA official: Jews have no historical rights in the region 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2013
     “Mayor of Bruqin, attorney Nafez Barakat, said that… the name of the settlement [called] ‘Brukhin’ was taken from the [Arab] village of Bruqin in a disgraceful act of falsification and name-manipulation by settlers. [This is done] for the purpose of deluding themselves [into believing] that they have historical rights in the region, just as they claim that the Temple Mount was located where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is.”
Al-Aqsa and surroundings (i.e., the Temple Mount) belong exclusively to Muslims 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 7, 2013
     “Islamic dignitaries in Jerusalem warned of the Israeli occupation’s schemes regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that the suggestion to divide the Mosque between Muslims and Jews is playing with fire. This [was said] at a press conference held yesterday [Nov. 6, 2013] by the Supreme Muslim Council of Jerusalem in order to emphasize that what has happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron will not be repeated at Al-Aqsa.
Chairman of the Islamic Waqf Council Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab said that the conference is being held in the shadow of powerful settlement attacks against the city of Jerusalem. He stressed that Al-Aqsa and its surroundings, around it and beneath it, belong to Muslims exclusively, and Jews have no rights to it… He went on to say, ‘We, in the Islamic Waqf Department, together with masses of our people who can get to Al-Aqsa, stand before this racist attack, raising our voices and calling out as loudly as we can that Al-Aqsa is in danger, and the great Arab and Muslim Ummah (nation) must relate to these dangers… [We] must unify efforts in order to save the blessed Mosque…’
Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein stressed that Al-Aqsa is an Islamic mosque [and is] for Muslims only, and no one will share it with them. He described the occupation’s and radicals’ intrusion into the Mosque as aggression and a direct blow to it… The Mufti added, ‘Enough playing with fire, if they want peace. Enough dragging the region to a blaze that no one can guess how it will end, for attacks on faiths, on religions and on ritual is an attack on security, on peace and on all religious and moral values of this world.’"

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PA council: Israel’s goal is to build “alleged Temple” on ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2013
     “The [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites warned yesterday [Oct. 31, 2013] about marathon consultations and meetings held by the Israeli government in order to authorize the expansion of the Al-Buraq plaza (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount plaza) and turn it into a very large synagogue. It said that this plan constitutes a very great and real danger to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in general and the Islamic Al-Buraq plaza in particular. It also noted that Israel continues to desecrate holy sites and harm their sanctity through Judaization and demolition.
The Council’s Secretary-General Hanna Issa said that the Israeli government’s recent meetings about Judaizing the Al-Buraq plaza – after announcing an additional plan to turn an Islamic archeological site near the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a ritual bath to serve the Jewish women who have been invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque recently – are an obvious declaration of harm [aimed at] all sections of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and [the Israeli government’s] insistence on continuing with plans and initiatives to Judaize the holy city. [This will be done] until the goal is achieved and the Jewish dream is fulfilled: Building the alleged Temple on the ruins of Al-Aqsa, gaining complete control of the occupied city and making it a Jewish city for Jews only.”

Note: In October 2013, Israeli Parliament Member Aliza Lavie announced she will work to make one of the ancient ritual baths, which was discovered near the Temple Mount, functional so that it will serve women ascending the Temple Mount and female residents of the Jewish Quarter [in the Old City of Jerusalem].

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