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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]
Official PA daily: Jewish history at the Temple Mount described as “the lie of the alleged Temple,” heard by “invading” Jews  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2018
Headline: “70 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Approximately 70 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate yesterday [Oct. 18, 2018], under increased protection from the Israeli occupation forces. The settlers listened to explanations regarding the lie of the alleged Temple, and some of them tried to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies at the mosque.”

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.
Jewish students “invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “listened to explanations about the Temple lie,” according to the official PA daily 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2018
Headline: “64 settlers and Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) students invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“Sixty-four settlers, including 12 students from Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) institutes, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning, Thursday [Oct. 4, 2018], from the Mughrabi Gate, while under reinforced protection from the occupation’s special forces.
The settlers carried out provocative tours in the mosque and the Talmudic students listened to explanations about the Temple lie.”

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.
PLO officials “denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to [Al-Aqsa Mosque]” 
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 27, 2018
Headline: “Al-Husseini and Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian consul and the previous [consul] regarding the situation in Jerusalem and the developments at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs, [PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, [and PLO Executive Committee member] Adnan Al-Husseini and [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian Consul in Palestine Mustafa Al-Shahat and the previous [Egyptian] Consul Khaled Sami yesterday [Sept. 26, 2018] on the situation in Jerusalem…
Al-Husseini gave the consul a detailed explanation regarding the history of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, its connection to the Muslims, and this city’s religious significance. He also denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to this mosque, and noted that only the Muslims have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
PA Mufti calls on Palestinians to “stop the occupation and its settlers who are doing as they please at the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” warns of “outbreak of a religious war” and states “the Mosque is the sole right of the Muslims” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2018
     “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called on all who can come to holy Jerusalem to head toward it, in order to stop the occupation and its settlers who are doing as they please at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… He warned against the results of these violations, which herald the outbreak of a religious war that is liable to annihilate the entire region. He also emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the sole right of the Muslims, and that the occupation authorities have no right to interfere in its affairs or to act to empty it of visitors.”
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Palestinian university president's falsification: Jerusalem “is not connected at all to the Jewish religion” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 15, 2018
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Official PA TV News, on a Jordanian-Palestinian academic conference on Jerusalem titled “Jerusalem: Between History and Religions,” held in Amman, Jordan

Al-Quds Open University President Younes Amr: "I decided to present the Arab-Islamic-Christian version [of history] – against the invalid and false Jewish version – that this city [Jerusalem], which is considered the gate to Heaven, is connected only to the Islamic religion and to the Christian religion, and is not connected at all to the Jewish religion."
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Abbas spokesman says Jared Kushner made “an attempt at deception and a forgery of the history of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 15, 2018
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: There will be no peace without the two-state solution and East Jerusalem as the State of Palestine’s capital”

“Official [PA] Presidential Office Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that [US Senior Presidential Advisor] Jared Kushner’s statements to the newspaper The New York Times show ignorance regarding the reality of the conflict, and constitute an attempt at deception and a forgery of the history of Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites…
He also said: ‘The American understanding of the matters expresses an irresponsible policy that will lead to a destructive vacuum, and constitutes a true danger to the international legal system.’”
PA religious minister: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf, and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2018
Headline: "Ida'is: Sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an exclusive right of the Muslims"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is said that… the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way…
In a statement that he published yesterday [Aug. 27, 2018], Ida'is condemned the attempts to turn the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a place in which ceremonies that are not Islamic are carried out… something which will push for turning the Al-Aqsa Mosque into an arena of religious conflict, and not just political [conflict]."
Abbas’ Fatah: “Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” has no right to Jerusalem or the Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“The Fatah Movement emphasized that Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and began to carry it out a long time ago, and this is through the ongoing excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below -Ed.) and harming its foundations and weakening them, in order to make its collapse a matter of time, and to make it look as if it is a natural thing and a chance event.
Official Fatah Movement Spokesperson [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Osama Al-Qawasmi said yesterday [July 26, 2018] in a press release that the rock that fell from the Islamic Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) two days ago (sic., it fell on July 23, 2018) is a dangerous sign of the situation that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings have reached. We emphasize that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, aboveground and below it, and also its surroundings are completely Islamic and the Jews have no right to them…
Al-Qawasmi also emphasized that Jerusalem, with everything within it, is completely Palestinian and Arab
, and that there will be no peace or stability without the end of its occupation by Israel.”
Fatah libel: Israel destroys the Al-Aqsa Mosque, “it is a completely Islamic site to which the Jews have no right” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 26, 2018

Official PA TV newsreader 1:
“The Fatah Movement emphasized that Israel has prepared a plan – and began carrying it out a while ago – to destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the ongoing excavations underneath the mosque (sic.)”
Official PA TV newsreader 2: “Official [Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press release… that the Al-Aqsa Mosque – [and everything] aboveground, under it, and around it – is a completely Islamic site to which the Jews have no right.”

· The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
· Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount.
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Abbas condemns Jewish Nation-State law, says Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and “there will be no peace, security, or stability for anyone without it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2018
Headline: "Palestinian, Arab, and international condemnations of the ratification of the racist 'nation-state law' in the Israeli Parliament"

"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, that there will be no peace, security, or stability for anyone without it, and that no one can abandon it or ignore it.
These statements were made in a statement published by the [PA] presidential office, in which it condemned the fact that the Israeli Parliament ratified what is called 'the Jewish nation-state law' (see note below –Ed.), and 'its consideration of Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel.'

The presidential office also emphasized that the Palestinian people’s right to return to its country is a sacred and firm right that is anchored in international decisions, and primarily [UN] Resolution 194, which established the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the lands and property from which they were expelled and to receive compensation. The presidential office added that this racist law will not nullify this sacred right."

Jewish Nation-State Law – law passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 19, 2018, which codifies in Israel's Basic Law that Israel is the home of the Jewish nation with Jerusalem its capital, and the Hebrew calendar its official calendar. It establishes Hebrew as the sole official language and grants Arabic a special status, and it recognizes Jewish and Israeli holidays, memorial days, and the Jewish Sabbath as national holidays and days of rest - while guaranteeing the right of all Israeli citizens and residents to celebrate their holidays and days of rest.

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PA Religious Affairs Minister: Israel is planning “the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their [Jews’] alleged Temple;” PA Mufti: Israel wants to “Judaize” Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2018
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the occupation’s actions in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are a dangerous violation… the last of which being the excavations that the occupation institutions are conducting underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below –Ed.). He added that these excavations threaten its structures, plazas, and the lives of the members of our people who visit it… Ida’is emphasized the severity of the recent developments in the Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He noted that this requires a Palestinian, Islamic, and international position appropriate to the violations, which are advancing in a systematic and planned manner up to the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their alleged Temple… On the same matter, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Muhammad Hussein warned that the excavations that the occupation authorities are conducting in the region of the Umayyad palaces… are disastrous. He predicted that all of the Islamic structures in the region would be undermined, and afterwards would be destroyed in order to change the holy city’s identity and completely Judaize it.”
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Palestinian officials condemn Israeli minister’s visit to the Temple Mount as an “invasion,” a “provocative tour” that calls for the establishment of the “alleged Temple,” that beats the “drums of religious war” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2018
     "[Israeli] Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in the occupation government Uri Ariel yesterday morning [July 8, 2018] invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) at the head of a group of settlers, from the direction of the Dung Gate [of Jerusalem’s Old City].
Together with the settlers, the Israeli minister held provocative tours at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in traditional Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) garb… Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that the Israeli minister of agriculture's invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the holiest site to the Arabs and Muslims, and his racist and occupation statements, go too far, create tension in our land, the region, and the world, and destroy all hope for peace... Al-Mahmoud added that the statements by Ariel – who from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Jews who visit the Temple Mount do not enter the mosque itself) made an occupation c all with destructive Orientalist-colonialist roots to establish the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is also condemned the Israeli minister of agriculture and Israeli Parliament Member [Sharren Haskel’s] invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.  Ida'is said that the renewal of these invasions is a dangerous escalation and an offense to the sensibilities of millions of Muslims, not only in Palestine but throughout the world… Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash also condemned the recurring invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremist Jews, which are being led by the so-called 'Israeli minister of agriculture,' Uri Ariel...."

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Palestinian officials: “Judaizing” Festival of Lights in Jerusalem’s Old City is part of a “plan to erase its Arab, Islamic, and Christian nature, and to give an impression that the city is Jewish” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
     “Jerusalem sank into the darkness of the Judaizing Festival of ‘Lights’ (i.e., the Jerusalem Festival of Light) that the Jerusalem Municipality organized over the past week… Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representative Attorney Ahmed Al-Ruweidi said that ‘What is happening in Jerusalem comes as part of a plan to erase its Arab, Islamic, and Christian nature, and to give an impression that the city is Jewish. The “Judaizing” Festival of “Lights” in Jerusalem, which the occupation municipality is holding for the 10th consecutive year (s ic., 9th year), comes as part of a number of Israeli projects… [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh, and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein considered the ‘Judaizing’ Festival of ‘Lights’ as ‘a historical, cultural, and heritage injustice [against] the sites and residents of Jerusalem, and particularly as the festival is taking place at the most important gate of the Old City.’”

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PA government: Light Festival in Jerusalem is "Judaization;" Jerusalem has been Arab "since the dawn of history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2018
      "The [PA] national unity government yesterday [July 1, 2018] condemned the Judaizing festival called the International Festival of Light, which the occupation authorities are holding in occupied Jerusalem. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: 'What the occupation authorities call the International Festival of Light in our occupied capital is nothing but one of the means of Judaization, which the occupation authorities are attempting to impose.' He added: 'The reality requires that the festival be called the Blackout Festival and not the Festival of Light as they call it, as the occupation is attempting to use all means for its dark goals, and this includes the light and its beauty, in order to guarantee that an additional blackout will be imposed on the history and present of the most holy and ancient Arab city…' Al-Mahmoud said that the entire world agrees that East Jerusalem is an occupied Palestinian city, and more than 138 states recognize it as the capital of the State of Palestine. He added that most of the historians, Arabs and foreigners, and among them Israelis too, recognize the Arabness of Jerusalem since the dawn of history (sic., the first Arab conquest of Jerusalem was in 638 CE)."

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Fatah glorifies terrorists who participated in 1929 Hebron Massacre: “They resisted the Judaization, the taking control, and the attempts to forge history”, “these three heroes were and will remain a symbol of pride, honor, and greatness” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 17, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: Hijazi, Al-Zir, and Jamjoum are an example for the people that does not kneel”
      “On the 88th anniversary of the execution of the three heroes Muhammad Jamjoum, Ataa Al-Zir, and Fuad Hijazi (i.e., they murdered Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre and accompanying riots) by the British occupation forces in Acre, the Fatah Movement said that they are heroes who rejected humiliation. It added that they defended the Arab identity of Palestine, and specifically of Jerusalem and the Islamic Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), and they resisted the Judaization, the taking control, and the attempts to forge history.
Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council member and Official [Fatah] Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi emphasized that these three heroes were and will remain a symbol of pride, honor, and greatness, and will remain an example for the Palestinian people that only kneels before the One and Only [Allah].”

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Head of Palestinian Football Association accuses Israel of “politicizing” sport, while calling on Argentina to avoid match against Israel in “occupied Jerusalem”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 28, 2018
    “Chairman of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub called on Argentina to avoid participating in the friendly football match [with Israel] that is expected to take place on June 9 [2018] in occupied Jerusalem, as part of the Argentinian national team’s preparations for the World Cup. Rajoub expressed his opposition and condemnation of the Israeli occupation government’s decision to hold the match. He emphasized that Israel is politicizing the sport… This was said in an official protest letter that Rajoub sent to the Argentine Football Association, the South American Football Confederation [CONMEBOL], and also to FIFA and UEFA – both of which Israel belongs to, to the Union of Arab Football Associations, and the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation… Rajoub expressed deep concern over the match being held in occupied Jerusalem, which constitutes clear submission ‘to the heavy political pressures that the government of Israel and its ministers have exerted, as Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev openly boasted.’ He added: ‘Israel, the occupying power, has politicized the sport in a way that contradicts the moral standards and international values that determine the principles of the sport.’”
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Abbas advisor denies existance of Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, calls US ambassador to Israel an "imbecile," and calls all of Jerusalem an "Islamic waqf" until Judgement Day 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 25, 2018
Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "The so-called American Ambassador [David Friedman] in the so-called Israel, in Israel - you saw him and the world saw him standing ostentatiously and arrogantly, in a nauseating way, before a picture of Jerusalem, of the area of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. A picture that expresses the sick dreams of the colonialists, the occupiers - which expresses myths that never existed, a picture of Jerusalem in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) has been removed, and something symbolizing that which is called ‘the Temple' has replaced it (Friedman has clarified that he was unaware of the image in the picture thrust in front of him, and has called it unacceptable; see note below –Ed.)... The ambassador - or it could be said the American 'imbecile' (a play on words in Arabic; the words for ambassador and imbecile are very similar –Ed.) - the American imbecile called Friedman stands ostentatiously before a picture in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) does not appear - it is removed [...] We say clearly and unequivocally: All of Jerusalem, with all of its elements, especially with the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, with every millimeter of it, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which they claim is part of that which is called ‘the Temple' – this is the Al-Buraq Wall – all of this is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) of this nation, until the time [of the Day of Judgment] comes... [W]hoever agrees that control of a millimeter of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, be given to those who are not Muslims or Palestinians – such a person has not been born and will never be born..."

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Abbas’ advisor on religious affairs calls US Ambassador David Friedman a “terrorist settler,” says he is “disparaging” Islam 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2018
“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash called on the Arab and Islamic governments, organizations, and peoples to respond to US Ambassador to the occupation state [Israel] David Friedman’s disparaging of the Islamic faith.
Al-Habbash said in a statement that Friedman’s appearance next to a large picture of the Jerusalem sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), where the Dome of the Rock is removed from it and a picture of the alleged Temple is inserted in its place, is a provocative step that constitutes a racist insinuation and criminal incitement for the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (Friedman has clarified he was unaware of the image that was presented to him and called it unacceptable; see note below –Ed.)…
He [Al-Habbash] said: ‘The removal of the sites that are holy to Islam in Jerusalem is a racist goal of the extremists and the extreme right-wing that rules in the occupation state. The awaited goal of these criminals, and among them settler terrorist David Friedman, is to make the Palestinians disappear from Jerusalem and cause them to migrate from it’…
Al-Habbash said: ‘We expect a historic Arab and Islamic response to this racist provocation by the American ambassador. We must not agree to less than an explicit apology from him personally and from the American administration, his final return [to the US], the cancelation of the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the closing of the American settlement that was inaugurated in Jerusalem and falsely called an ‘embassy.’”
Abbas’ top advisor: “Every state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem is committing a crime against international law” and the PA will “take steps against the states that commit this crime” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2018
Headline: “Widespread Palestinian rage and condemnation of the transfer of the Paraguayan embassy to occupied Jerusalem”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and that the Israeli occupation state’s attempts to impose a false and imagined legitimacy on the city will fail.
Al-Habbash emphasized in a statement that every state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem is committing a crime against international law and participating in aggression against the Palestinian, Islamic, and Christian rights in the holy city. He added that these states have disgraced themselves, and history will remember them as aggressive states that committed crimes against the Palestinian people.
He said that the leadership will take steps against the states that commit this crime, and will demand that the international community punish those who have violated the sanctity of the international decisions and strayed from the international consensus that has repeatedly emphasized that Jerusalem has been Arab Palestinian from time immemorial.”
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Paraguay transferred its embassy to Jerusalem on May 21, 2018, after the US and Guatemala did so on May 14 and May 16 respectively.
Abbas’ advisor in sermon: Balfour Declaration was “despicable act of oppression;” denies Jewish connection to land or to Jerusalem, which was founded by “us, the Jebusite Canaanite Arabs;” attacks the US 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 18, 2018
Official PA TV and YouTube channel of the Office of the PA Supreme Shari'ah Judge, Ramadan Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque at the PA headquarters in Ramallah.

Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "More than 100 years ago a despicable act of oppression befell the Palestinian people, in which one who has no [right] gave a promise to one who does not deserve it, (i.e., the Balfour Declaration) about land to which they have no connection – land that they acknowledged was not theirs, and that they have no right to… except for a sentimental connection… But the oppression occurred, and the world conspired against the Palestinian people, and this people was uprooted 70 years ago, at the time of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel).... We and the world have seen the completion of the sins, the completion of the sin of Palestine’s Nakba, in that America came to transfer its embassy [to Jerusalem] and to falsely say… that it is the eternal capital of the Jewish people. This is what they are saying about Jerusalem! As if Jerusalem has no people, and has no owners, and as if it has no people, and as if they are the ones who built it; even though the facts of history determine that those who built Jerusalem are us, the Jebusite Canaanite Arabs, and they gave it its name, and they set it as their capital (sic., archaeological finds have proven a Jewish role in building and developing Jerusalem; the Jebusites and Canaanites were not Arabs)… The one responsible for all of this is first of all the USA. Our blood is on their neck and on their hands. They are responsible.”

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