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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]
PA Mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Temple Mount) is "the exclusive right of Muslims" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 12, 2015
Headline: "Grand Mufti warns of the naming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque 'Temple Mount'"
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned about the placement of a sign by the occupation [Jerusalem] municipality near the Council Gate ( i.e., entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount), with the inscription, 'Temple Mount.' The Mufti said this step came as part of the attempts to divide the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews, extend their influence over it and establish facts on the ground inside it, like what happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, in order to realize their aspirations to build the alleged Temple on the ruins of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Mufti explained that with the elections of the occupation authorities approaching, all the parties are trying to draw the votes of the extreme right by increasing the attack on the Palestinian people and its holy places. He emphasized that the Israeli plan to Judaize Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to lay hands on them, is an illusion, because the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque with its courtyards, porticoes and all [other] parts, both those above ground and those below - is the exclusive right of Muslims. He also noted that Jerusalem would retain its Islamic character and Arab identity, and that the occupation would not steal its character and identity, no matter how long it continues its crimes and its falsification of facts."
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PA Minister of Religion: Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Temple Mount) "is an exclusively Islamic and Muslim right 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 5, 2015
Headline: "Ida'is: The occupation opened the new year with over a hundred attacks and incidents of desecration of the holy places"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is said that the occupation had opened the first month of the new year with over a hundred attacks and incidents of desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs)... He explained that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and direct danger, and that with every sunrise, this danger grows - [a fact that] requires the consolidation of a mode of operation on the Islamic, Arab and international levels, in order to save it [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] from destruction, division or [from] the building of the alleged Temple. He stressed that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all its territories, plazas (i.e., including the Temple Mount), buildings, porticoes and foundations both above and below ground, is an exclusively Islamic and Muslim right."
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PA Mufti: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Temple Mount) is for Muslims alone” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2014
     “Over 55,000 [Palestinian] citizens, including 200 elderly worshippers from the Gaza Strip, held the Friday prayer in the plazas of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, emphasized during the Friday sermon that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is for Muslims alone, and condemned the policies of targeting the Mosque that are being implemented by the occupation authorities and the extremist Jewish groups. In addition, he urged the citizens to visit it [the Mosque] more often and to do more to protect it, and held the occupation authorities responsible for the consequences of their policy against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

From WAFA, independent Palestinian news agency
PA Mufti uses term “the so-called ‘coalition of Temple organizations’” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2014
     “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Preacher of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the severe consequences for the entire region of the intensification of the attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the increasing invasions of its premises. In addition, he noted that the most recent invasion had been carried out by a group of settlers, archeologists, and senior officials in the Israeli Security Forces and the so-called ‘coalition of Temple organizations,’ under the increased protection of the occupation authorities. The Mufti condemned the threats to carry out large-scale invasions of [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque] at the beginning of next week on false pretexts that do not fool anyone. He explained that these invasions were taking place parallel to the preparations for elections in Israel, for Al-Aqsa has apparently become a target to be profited from in the elections, with which to satisfy the Israeli public, in which extreme right-wing tendencies have increased. Hussein called on the worshippers from Jerusalem and the Palestinian interior (i.e., Israel) and all those who can come to Al-Aqsa, to increase their presence and [frequency of] their visits there, in order to defend it from the continuous and increasing attacks and violations. In addition, he emphasized that our people must stubbornly adhere to their Mosque, whatever the price and the sacrifice, until Allah inherits the land and all it contains.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." Note that all visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
PA daily: Israelis “have no historic connection to this land” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 27, 2014
     “The Jewish State did not actually exist in the long historic sense as the Kingdom of Judah, the location of which I do not know; and if it did exist, it was [only] for a limited period. The Jewish Khazars had a state, which was the accidental result of the encounter between two cultures – Byzantine Christianity and the Islamic Abbasids. After a consultation between their elders, the Khazar tribes decided to adopt a different religion, in order to be able to live peacefully with their Muslim and Christian neighbors – for had they adopted Islam, this would have meant war with Christianity, while had they converted to Christianity, it would have spelt war with Islam. Thus, the Khazar state was created out of a conflict between two religions, and it quickly collapsed, while the Khazar Jews scattered throughout Central Asia. The majority of the Jews of Israel are their descendants, and they have no historic connection to this land [Palestine/Israel].”
Jewish Temple never existed and Jews never had any connection with the land of Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 24, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA dail
      “If we as Palestinians, Arab and Muslims, do not disown the historic myths [prevalent] among us that is, the false Biblical stories about Jerusalem – what they call the ‘People of Israel,’ the house of worship or the Temple, and about their [past] presence on our Arab land in Palestine – then what can we expect the result to be? The myths about the redeeming prophet (and there is no prophet after Muhammad, peace be upon Him) [all parenthesis in source] will naturally prevail, as will the myths that the Israelis (the Jews living in the State of ‘Israel’ today, whose origins can be traced to the Khazars, Russians, Ukrainians and Europeans, and who borrowed their name from an extinct Yemenite tribe) have a ‘country’ and that they were a ‘nation,’ and that the Temple – which actually never existed anywhere in the area – was situated at the site of Al-Aqsa, surrounding it or at a distance of 20 to 200 kilometers from it.
The political, diplomatic, legal, or even the military struggle or the [struggle] on the ground, are not sufficient to refute the narrative that has been perfectly constructed since the 19th century by imperialism and its ambitions, in cooperation with the Zionist mentality of darkness, extremism and racism… and we are the first to have been convinced by them, while we merely argue over tiny details! For example: ‘Yes, they have been here (in Palestine) – but not for long’ or ‘Yes, they had princedoms or kingdoms, but not like these!’ And the evident truth now is that they were never here, and that even those who are here now, who are different, and the ancient ones, whose stories are documented in books, were never [present] in this Arab and Islamic land.”
PA daily op-ed: “Palestine was never… the setting for any Temple or the other Biblical myths” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for the official PA daily:
     “Should we strive for the militant way of thinking, according to which we cannot relinquish even a single grain of [our] demands or of Palestinian land, on which no non-Arab race has ever tread without being driven out? Palestine was never the cradle of any of the prophets of Israel (the extinct Yemenite Arab tribe, to which the Jews living in Palestine today bear no relation) [parenthesis in source], nor did it ever serve as the setting for any temple or the other Biblical myths. How will we correct history and turn it [Palestine] into clear fact? Will we bear on our shoulders today the trust of the Arab, Islamic and Christian [character] of Palestine through the power of thought, history, facts and the true scientific narrative versus the false Israeli narrative, which is full of fairy tales? ... We are at the beginning of the path started by the founder of the Palestinian state in the 18th century, Daher Al-Omar Al-Zaidani, followed by Yasser Arafat, and the Arab Canaanites and purely Arab and Islamic history that preceded them.”

Note: Daher Al-Omar Al-Zaidani, an Arab native of Ottoman-controlled Galilee, was the independent ruler of Northern Palestine in the mid-18th century. Al-Omar founded the modern city of Haifa and fortified numerous cities, creating – with foreign assistance – an autonomous territory that was legitimized by the Ottoman authorities, who awarded him the title of “Sheikh of the Galilee”. Remembered for his relatively enlightened economic policies and tolerance toward Jews and Christians, Al-Omar is often cited as a pioneer of Arab liberation from foreign occupation and – by some contemporary authors – as a forerunner of Palestinian nationalism.
Abbas’ advisor: Jewish Jerusalem is a “fairy tale” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Nov. 23, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that Arabs and Muslims around the globe, especially those with foreign citizenship, must go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and come together to Jerusalem to support the resolve of its residents. During a political forum held at the embassy of the State of Palestine in Algeria, Al-Habbash said: ‘Our people is now in the last stage of a war of existence and self-coercion against the occupation, which is seeking in any way possible to eradicate our identity, force a Caesarian birth of a Jewish entity and clone an illegal entity at our expense.’… In addition, he emphasized that the occupation – which thinks it has succeeded in winning the geographic war with [its] racist fences and roadblocks and that it will have the last word in the fairy tale of Jewish Jerusalem by taking over the Al-Aqsa Mosque – must be opposed.”
Israel’s claim that a Temple stood on the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque is false 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2014
This article was published during a period of high tension in Jerusalem. On Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, 2014, two separate terror attacks took place in which ‎Palestinians ‎drove their cars into pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing 4 and injuring dozens. In addition, on Oct. 29, 2014, Islamic Jihad member Mutaz Hijazi attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount.
     “Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf said that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas had been leading a fierce battle to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the [Israeli] attempts to Judaize and take control of it, and to realize [Palestinian] freedom and independence and obtain a decision on setting a timetable for ending the occupation… Assaf added that the occupation government has lost its senses and is trying to change the existing situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In addition, he warned of its actions aimed at dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to place and time, and of its old claims that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was built over the ruins of the ‘Temple Mount’ – a claim they have not succeeded in proving over all these years.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time 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 implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
PA daily continues to refer to Jews’ ancient Temple as "the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2014
     “The settlers invaded Al-Aqsa in small, consecutive groups, and held tours throughout the Mosque’s plazas, accompanied by several guides who told false stories about the alleged Temple [that had stood] on the site of Al-Aqsa.”

From WAFA, official PA news agency
Supreme Muslim Council: “Jews have no connection” to the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2014
     “The Supreme Muslim Council and the Council for Holy Places and Islamic Affairs in Occupied Jerusalem emphasized yesterday [Nov. 12, 2014] that the media reports, according to which the so-called Israeli ‘Minister of Internal Security’ would act together with the Israeli police to install electronic gates at the outer entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, signal the takeover, in practice, of Al-Aqsa. The Council emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque, and by divine decree intended for Muslims alone… and [that] its [ownership] is not shared with anyone. Furthermore, [it noted that] the Jews have no connection to it, and that their arrogant power will not buy them any right to it.”
PA daily: “The alleged ‘Temple’” is “myths and lies” and “no proof [of its existence] has ever been found” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2014
     “Fourteen years ago, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) erupted – to be more precise, on Sept. 28, 2000, after the Palestinian masses in general, and in Jerusalem in particular, took to the streets to challenge the criminal [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, who had attempted to desecrate the Al-Aqsa Mosque with a group from among the herds of settlers and extremists – those who even today live in illusions of the myths and lies about the alleged ‘Temple,’ of which no proof has ever been found, neither below or around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or even in all of Palestine. This has been confirmed by scholars and researchers, including Jewish scholars, who have used all possible means [to find proof of the Temple’s existence] – to no avail.”
Abbas' advisor: Western Wall "is ours and will remain ours" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 7, 2014


Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"All of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas, stone benches, prayer niches and walls, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), including the blessed Al-Buraq Wall - all these are waqf to us (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law). All this is waqf and kharaj land (i.e., land belonging to Muslims) and no one is permitted to sell it or negotiate over it or forfeit it. It is ours and will remain ours. The occupation is the one that will leave."
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Note: Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have ridden 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."
Israeli Arab MP: “The Temple is a myth. Take your myths and get out of here.” 
Source: Facebook page of Jamal Zahalka, Israeli Arab Member of Parliament, Nov. 5, 2014


Image and text published on the Facebook page of Israeli Arab MP Jamal Zahalka:

Text: “Clashes in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque break-in. We will defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa at any price. Al-Aqsa is a fact and the Temple is a myth. Take your myths and get out of here. ”

Abbas advisor: Israel plans to Judaize Al-Aqsa Mosque and build “alleged Temple over the ruins” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that the complete closing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first time [since 1967] was planned by the official establishment of the occupation state. In addition, he said that ‘the claim of the attempted murder of the extremist Yehuda Glick, who engineered the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s plazas and calls for the construction of the alleged Temple over the ruins of the Mosque, was the excuse needed to carry out this premeditated plan to divide Al-Aqsa and permit the Jews to pray in it just like the Muslims. This constitutes the first step toward the complete Judaization [of the Mosque] and toward the banning of Muslims from going to it.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PLO official: "The Jerusalem Intifada" will continue because of Jews visiting Temple Mount 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2014
PLO Executive Committee member and member of Political Bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Tayseer Khaled said that "the Jerusalem Intifada" will continue because of the visits of Jews to the Temple Mount, which he called "the Al-Aqsa square."
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Note: This statement was made during a period of high tension in Jerusalem. On Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, 2014, two separate terror attacks took place in which ‎Palestinians ‎drove their cars into pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing 4 and injuring dozens. In addition, on Oct. 29, 2014, Islamic Jihad member Mutaz Hijazi attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount.
Abbas’ advisor: Palestinians are descendants of Jebusite Canaanites, who built Jebus, Jerusalem, 5,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs:
Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Our forefathers and historical lineage, the Jebusite Canaanites, built Jebus, Jerusalem, the City of Peace – the Canaanites called it the City of Peace – 5,000 years ago. Our presence in Jerusalem has not ceased for 5,000 years. Nations and occupations have passed through, and colonialism, whether brief or long. It came and left, but the people of Jerusalem stayed. These transients will move on, while the people of Jerusalem will stay. They have no place in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is ours, not theirs.”
Proposed bill allowing Jews to pray on Temple Mount is part of “scheme” to “destroy” Al-Aqsa and build the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2014
     “[During its weekly meeting] the [PA] government warned of the Israeli Parliament’s decision to vote on a bill to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times, by equating the Jews’ right to worship in the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) to that of the Muslims and assigning fixed areas and times for prayers and religious ceremonies. This bill bars the Palestinians from demonstrating and protesting against [the division] by employing [the threat of] punishment. If it passes in the Israeli Parliament and is ratified, the Al-Aqsa Mosque will enter a new phase of Judaization, more dangerous than previous ones. [This] will pave the way for strengthening [Israeli] control over it and for realizing the scheme to destroy it and construct the ‘alleged Temple’ in its place.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time 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 implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
PA daily op-ed: “The ‘Jews’” have no right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily:
     “Since the start of the occupation of the territories of the Palestinian state on June 4, 1967, East Jerusalem in general, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, have played a central role in [Israel’s] Judaization and destruction scheme. The fire [in the Al-Aqsa Mosque] on August 21, 1968 (sic., the fire was in 1969), was nothing other than the beginning of a long, multi-stage process aimed toward arriving at what is being prepared at the present political moment. The Netanyahu government, the 19th Knesset (Israeli Parliament), the Judaizing Zionist organizations and the herds of settlers are systematically acting to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to time and place. in addition, they are acting to lead world public opinion astray [by claiming] that the ‘Jews’ have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the so-called Third Temple is ‘located’ in the same place – the site of one of the most important holy places in Islam. Furthermore, they are also acting to prepare world public opinion for the complete destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the annexation of all of East Jerusalem by the Israeli ethnic cleansing state, the advancement of the option of transferring the Palestinians and the derailing of the two-state solution according to the June 4, 1967 borders.”

Notes:
The fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque – In 1969, Michael Rohan, a deranged Australian Christian, set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.

The physical division and division according to time 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 implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Abbas: Israel’s claim to the Temple ‎Mount is “empty and false… a ‎falsification of the history we all know”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 8, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast PA Chairman ‎Mahmoud Abbas’ speech on Israeli ‎aggression on the Temple Mount:‎
     “Every ‎day, we find these [settlers and extremists] ‎trying to enter the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque by ‎any means, in order to establish facts on ‎the ground as they wish. The fact Israel is ‎trying to establish on the ground is the ‎division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque according ‎to time and place, with the empty excuse ‎that it [Israel] has a claim to it. These are ‎empty and false claims, and a falsification ‎of the history we all know.”‎

Note: The physical division and division ‎according to time 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 implement separate ‎prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the ‎site.‎
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