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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 daily describes visit of Jews to the Temple Mount who “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and heard “explanations about the myth of the alleged ‘Temple’ during their provocative tours”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2019
Headline: “Over 50 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupation closed the Damascus Gate”
       “Fifty-six settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [March 28, 2019] from the Mughrabi Gate… and listened to explanations about the myth of the alleged ‘Temple’ during their provocative tours, before leaving the blessed mosque.”
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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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Palestinian Fatwa Council: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque... is entirely Islamic, and any interference in its affairs by non-Muslims is illegitimate”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 15, 2019
Headline: “The [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council emphasized the Islamicness of every part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque”
       “The Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council emphasized that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its mosques, domes, plazas, and courtyards, aboveground and underground, is entirely Islamic, and any interference in its affairs by non-Muslims is illegitimate. The council emphasized yesterday [March 14, 2019] during its meeting, led by [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, that the Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain an Islamic mosque in spite of the haters and the aspirations of the greedy, and that neither the occupation nor any power in the world can change the description of this mosque that belongs solely to the Muslims.”
Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs solely to Muslims”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2019
      "More than 30,000 worshippers held Friday prayers at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Gate of Mercy Mosque within it, amid an increased presence of the occupation forces. Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Muhammad Salim condemned the occupation authorities’ escalation through decisions to distance guards, security personnel, sheikhs, clergy, and Jerusalem citizens from the blessed mosque, and emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs solely to Muslims."
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Abbas’ Advisor: The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, including the Western Wall, belongs only to Muslims
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 22, 2019

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, and Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“They [Israelis] want to find or make a foothold for themselves in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. And this will not happen as long as we are alive… Because whoever thinks that they can forsake one millimeter of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is also liable to forsake the noble Kaaba [in Mecca] or the Quran… Let them search elsewhere for the realization of their fairy tales. But here, this mosque is ours and it will remain ours as long as the world exists… Al-Aqsa is not up for bargaining, and every inch of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the Gate of Mercy and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Plaza – all of it is an Islamic waqf (i.e., inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), the nation's waqf.”
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PA governmental spokesman: The Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything in the area “is an Islamic mosque that belongs to the Muslims only”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 19, 2019
Headline: “The [PA] Presidential Office and government condemned the occupation’s steps at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Jordan sent Israel a letter of protest”
     “The [PA] Presidential Office and transitional government yesterday [Feb. 18, 2019] strongly condemned the occupation’s steps at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its gates... Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said yesterday evening… that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – which sits on 144 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres) that are surrounded by walls, and includes 200 structures – includes the Southern Mosque (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself), the Dome of the Rock Mosque, the madrassas (i.e., Islamic religious schools), the dome structures, the stone platforms, and others, and everything that is connected to the walls from the outside; it is an Islamic mosque that belongs to the Muslims only.”
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Cartoon in PA daily depict Jews painting over woman’s face representing Jerusalem
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2019

Cartoon published in the official PA daily

Headline: “Jerusalem”

The cartoon shows the head of an Arab woman wearing a head covering, apparently representing Jerusalem, and in the background are the silhouettes of mosques and churches. Three small Jews wearing kippahs (Jewish skullcaps) and standing in cranes with Stars of David on them and on a platform are painting the woman’s face and head covering. Around the woman’s neck is a security wall.
PA daily refers to Jews that “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and heard about the “lie of the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2019
Headline: “Dozens of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Fifty-five settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Feb. 10, 2019] from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate, with heightened protection from the occupation forces. The settlers walked around in separate groups in the blessed mosque [compound] and listened to explanations about the lie of the alleged Temple.”

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
PA daily claims Jews visiting the Temple Mount “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and heard about “the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2019
Headline: “Over 40 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Over 42 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Feb. 7, 2019] from the Mughrabi Gate, under heightened protection by the occupation forces. The settlers carried out provocative tours at the mosque and listened to explanations regarding the place of worship and the alleged Temple.”

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Fatah official: US is leading “plots” against the Palestinians, including recognizing Jerusalem as “the capital of the Zionist entity”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2019
Headline: “Zaki welcomes the chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki welcomed Chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe Ali Al-Qadi yesterday [Jan. 1, 2019]… Zaki welcomed Al-Qadi’s visit to Palestine… and briefed him on the difficult and dangerous situation of the Palestinian cause as a result of the plots that the US, led by [US President Donald] Trump, is leading against the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights – which began with his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist entity and transfer of his embassy to it… Zaki emphasized that the situation necessitates Palestinian unity… in order to deal with the Zionist lobby, which is working to harm the image of the Palestinian national struggle.”

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Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque: “Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are subject to renewed danger… by erasing the characteristics of the holy city and changing its Islamic Arab identity, falsifying its history”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2019
Headline: “50,000 civilians prayed on Friday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Israeli occupation flew gliders over the blessed mosque”
      “Fifty-thousand civilians held Friday prayers yesterday [Feb. 2, 2019] at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, in the shadow of steps that the occupation took at the gates of the blessed mosque and within the streets of the occupied Old City [of Jerusalem]. Friday preacher Sheikh Ismail Nawahda said that ‘Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are going through a cultural, historical, humanitarian, and geographic nakba (catastrophe).’ He added that ‘Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are subject to renewed danger these days, and we are witness to dangerous steps by the occupation that cannot be taken lightly, amid an exploitation of the situation in the region. This is by erasing the characteristics of the holy city [Jerusalem] and changing its Islamic Arab identity, falsifying its history, and reducing the Palestinian presence in it.’”
PA daily calls Israelis visiting the Temple Mount “invaders [who] carried out suspicious provocative tours at the mosque and listened to explanations regarding an alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2019
Headline: “Settlers, members of the police, and Talmud students invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Twenty-four settlers, 40 members of the Israeli police, and 20 students of Talmudic institutes (i.e., Jewish religious studies academies) invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Jan. 31, 2019] from the Mughrabi Gate, under increased protection by the occupation’s special forces. The invaders carried out suspicious provocative tours at the mosque and listened to explanations regarding an alleged Temple before they left 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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Fatah official: Cable car in Jerusalem is part of “Judaization” plot to change the city’s nature “through excavations, the theft of history and antiquities”… and creating “facilities for the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2019
      “The so-called Israeli ‘Infrastructure Committee’ ratified the plan for the cable car in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem that will connect the Mount of Olives to the Al-Buraq [Wall] (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza (sic., the cable car project is to go up to the Dung Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City... whose goal is to connect East Jerusalem to West [Jerusalem]… The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the ratification constitutes clear insistence on Judaizing Jerusalem and its landmarks, and making it foreign to its sacred Arab-Islamic-Christian reality.  Secretary-General of the [Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Hanna Issa noted that this plan is most dangerous, as it has a role in the Judaization of the holy city [Jerusalem], as it completes the Judaization plots that are being carried out on the ground through excavations, the theft of history and antiquities, the construction of settlements, the construction of synagogues, and the establishment of Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) parks. Issa added: ‘The cable car that they intend to establish will lead to the destruction of the holy city’s image, and will make Judaizing changes to it that will overshadow its Arabness.’ He emphasized that these new [Jewish] landmarks and parks are nothing but facilities for the alleged Temple.”

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PA media supervisor: “Zionism [is] acting to seize exclusive ownership of Jerusalem through a false narrative that is not supported by history and is also not supported by the [archeological] excavations”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2019
   “General Supervisor of the [PA] Official Media [with the rank of] minister [and General Supervisor of Fatah-run Awdah TV] Ahmad Assaf said that ‘The focus on Jerusalem and what takes place in it is at the heart of our national priorities and at the heart of our defense of the national enterprise.’ During a speech that he gave on behalf of [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas at the Media in the Eyes of Jerusalem Summit…
He said: ‘Jerusalem, with its historical, cultural, and religious status, is the core of the struggle over the narrative; Zionism, its branches, and the occupation governments throughout the generations have acted and are still acting to seize exclusive ownership of Jerusalem through a false narrative that is not supported by history and is also not supported by the excavations – even those they have carried out themselves (sic., historical records and archeological findings confirm the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and Israel). The established fact remains unchanged; Jerusalem – with its past, present, and future – will remain Palestinian-Arab-Islamic-Christian.’”

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PA daily: Israeli Culture Minister called for “the establishment of the alleged 'Third Temple' in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 28, 2019
Headline: "Settlers renewed their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Regev invaded the Old City"
    "Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport extremist Miri Regev invaded the Old City of occupied Jerusalem yesterday [Jan. 27, 2019] and carried out a provocative tour under increased security protection. Regev is known for her racist and extremist viewpoints against our people, and is considered one of the leaders in calling for the establishment of the alleged 'Third Temple' in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

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PA daily claims visiting Israelis “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, refers to the “alleged Temple”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 25, 2019
Headline: "The occupation police chief and several ‘veterans’ invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
      "Dozens of Jewish rabbis and alleged 'Temple' organizations called to build the alleged 'Temple' at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during their celebrations in occupied Jerusalem two days ago [Jan. 23, 2019] over the publication of a new book entitled The Temple Mount in Jewish Law…
In conjunction, the occupation government's [Israeli] Minister of Public Security extremist Gilad Erdan sent a letter to the alleged Temple groups in which he congratulated them on the publication of a religious book that permits invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

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Op-ed by PA daily editor-in-chief denies Jewish history in Israel and Jerusalem; compares Palestinians to Jesus
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2019
Excerpt of an op-ed by official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija

      “From the Damascus Gate Plaza – whose name became the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) Plaza following the last uprising in Jerusalem (apparently refers to several months of deadly Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 –Ed.) – you reach a stone staircase… that descends into history… Most of the Israeli occupation soldiers here are from the Falash Mura (i.e., descendants of Ethiopian Jews; see note below) who say they are Hebrews! They tremble inside the guard posts, and sometimes some of them are close to the gate checking ID cards. They are afraid and avoid looking in the eyes of the owners [of the ID cards], the residents of the city. Around them is a purely Arab hubbub: the voices of the Arab farm girls selling vegetables in wicker baskets and youth ridiculing the occupation soldiers among themselves and laughing at them. The soldiers understand nothing of what is happening, which causes them to grip their automatic rifles tighter… The Falash Mura soldiers and the rest of the Zionist occupiers, who never in their history crossed the Euphrates River and who arrived from across the Atlantic Ocean, are a foreign sight (sic., the majority of Jews did not immigrate to Israel from across the Atlantic Ocean, and the Jewish people originated in Israel).”

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Official PA daily reports on a so-called invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by “35 settlers,” who attended “provocative” tours and “listened to explanations about the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2018
Headline: "35 settlers invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"Settlers carried out provocative rapid tours at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and listened to explanations about the alleged Temple."

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Op-ed in official PA daily says Jesus is a symbol of a national struggle against those who falsified the Old Testament, and which have not “ceased committing their crimes to this very day”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

“Jesus, peace be upon him, was the first symbol of a national struggle for liberation and escape from the claws of those who pretend to belong to Judaism, who falsified the Old Testament and its intentions, fought their prophets, and did an injustice to the Jews, Christians, and others in Jesus’ times. They have not ceased committing their crimes to this very day, after Judaism was hijacked by the Zionist movement that imposed its colonialist project on it. This was with unconditional agreement and support from the colonialist West in order to achieve its colonialist goals.”
PA district governor: Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as “a capital for the Jews” was “the most dangerous thing in history”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2018
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, special episode for Christmas at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, hosting Bethlehem District Governor Kamel Hamid

Bethlehem District Governor Kamel Hamid: “The plot against our people has not ended. That is to say, the most dangerous [plot] - that has served as a precedent - when American President [Donald Trump] announced the transfer of the [US] embassy [to Jerusalem]. He did not [just] transfer the embassy; he [also] announced that [Jerusalem] is a capital for the Jews – and this is the most dangerous thing in history.”

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PA daily cartoon against Australian recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital depicts an Israeli soldier in a kangaroo’s pouch
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2018

The cartoon shows a kangaroo with an Israeli soldier – depicted by a Star of David on his helmet – in its pouch.

Arabic text on cartoon: “Australia”
English text on cartoon: “Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”

Australia recognized “West Jerusalem” as Israel’s capital on Dec. 15, 2018. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the move in a speech, saying: “The Australian government has decided that Australia now recognizes [that] West Jerusalem, as the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel.” Morrison also said Australia will recognize “East Jerusalem” as the capital of a future state of “Palestine” following a peace deal.
PLO official responding to Australian recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “No part of [Jerusalem] can be recognized as Israel’s capital"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 15, 2018
Official PA TV, on Australia’s decision to recognize “West Jerusalem” as Israel’s capital, telephone interview with PLO Executive Committee member and head of the PLO Department of Diplomacy and Public Policy Hanan Ashrawi

PLO Executive Committee member and head of the PLO Department of Diplomacy and Public Policy Hanan Ashrawi: “[Australian Prime Minister Scott] Morrison wanted to say that there’s a compromise. This compromise is completely unacceptable. We do not want the acceptance or recognition of West Jerusalem as he said – and as Russia did [on April 6, 2017] – [as] Israel’s capital, because all of Jerusalem is subject to the illegal Israeli annexation, and no part of it can be recognized as Israel’s capital… We ask Morrison to take it back. Actually, there was a sharp response to this maneuver through which he attempted to appease his extremist right-wing voters, and particularly the Zionist Christian voters and the Israeli lobby in Australia.”

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Jewish holiday of Hanukkah called in PA daily "the holiday most identified with the myth of the alleged Temple"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2018
Headline: “Ida’is warned against the settlers’ attempts to organize a procession next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is warned against the settlers’ attempts to organize a mass procession next to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque gates for what is called ‘the Hanukkah holiday,’ which is considered the holiday most identified with the myth of the alleged Temple.”
Temple Mount described by PA daily as being “invaded” by visiting Israelis; Jewish history at site called “the legend and myth of the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2018
Headline: “Dozens of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
   “One hundred and thirty-five settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning hours yesterday [Dec. 6, 2018]… and listened to explanations about the legend and myth of the alleged Temple from extremist guides.”

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
PA daily describes Jewish celebrations of Hanukkah and visits to the Temple Mount as “invasions” and “riots;” Jewish history at site called “lie of the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2018
Headline: "Dozens of settlers invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and riot before its gates"
    "Dozens of settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Dec. 4, 2018] in small groups… The settlers listened to the guides' explanations about the lie of the alleged Temple, and a few settlers tried to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies. The settlers from the alleged Temple gangs rioted last night and held Talmudic ceremonies for what is called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, in front of the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Groups of settlers lit a Hanukkah menorah (i.e. Jewish candelabra) a few meters from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the direction of the Lion's Gate. They drank wine at the pure threshold of the mosque, while dancing and singing for the alleged Temple."

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PA daily describes Israeli MP’s visit to the Temple Mount as an “extensive invasion,” calls Jewish holiday of Hanukkah “one of the holidays most connected to ‘the alleged Temple’”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2018
Headline: “The extremist Glick leads extensive invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
    “Israeli Member of Parliament extremist Rabbi Yehuda Glick led an extensive invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Dec. 3, 2018]… These invasions were held on the anniversary of the Hebrew Festival of Lights, or what is called ‘Hanukkah’… This Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) holiday is one of the holidays most connected to ‘the alleged Temple.’”

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Islamic official on “invasions” of the Temple Mount by "alleged Temple organizations": "The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is… an Islamic mosque and the Jews have no connection to it"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 1, 2018
Official PA TV News, on the Islamic Endowments Department warning against increased Jewish visits to the Temple Mount during Hanukkah

Official PA TV reporter: “[There have been] numerous calls and pamphlets from the alleged Temple organizations through their websites to increase the invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque on what is called ‘the Jewish Festival of Lights’ [Hanukkah] that begins next week, which led the Islamic Endowments Department to warn against the consequences of these calls that indicate the continuation of the occupation’s attempts to ignite the fuse of religious war.”
Head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Endowments Sheikh Abd Al-Azim Salhab: “We say that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is our mosque. It is an Islamic mosque and the Jews have no connection to it. These invasions are an attack on the sanctity of this mosque, on the Muslims, and on the freedom of worship at their blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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PA daily: Jews “invaded” the Temple Mount, heard explanations about the “alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2018
Headline: "More than 50 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
    "Fifty-four settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Nov. 22, 2018] from the Mughrabi Gate, under increased protection by the Israeli occupation forces. The settlers wandered around the mosque and listened to explanations regarding the alleged Temple before leaving the mosque through the Chain Gate."

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
PA Government Spokesman: “The crime of aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is expressed by it being invaded and harmed, is a hellish crime”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2018
     “Extremist Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel led a new provocative invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Nov. 18, 2018], at the head of a group of extremist settlers and under heavy security from the occupation’s special forces… The settlers began touring the mosque and listened to explanations about the alleged Temple… Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement yesterday that the so-called ‘Israeli minister of agriculture’ who invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque today is no different from the members of the groups of foreign and disturbed settlers, who carry out the occupation government’s orders by invading the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque every day. He added: ‘The crime of aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is expressed by it being invaded and harmed, is a hellish crime…’ The official spokesman added that the occupation’s attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque remind the Palestinian Arab people and the members of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation of the history stories about the shocking, dark, and bloody period of the European [Crusader] occupation of Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.”

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PA daily describes visits of Jews to the Temple Mount as "invasions," visitors heard about "the lie of the alleged Temple"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 14, 2018
Headline: “Settlers renew their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy security” 
       “Extremist Jewish groups renewed their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Nov. 13, 2018] …  The settlers held suspicious and provocative tours at the mosque, and listened to explanations about the lie of the alleged Temple.”

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount?because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Fatah thanks boycotters of Jerusalem municipal elections; Jerusalemite Palestinians are "the Canaanite owners of the land" whose history, holy places, and heritage are being "erased"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2018
     “The Fatah Movement saluted with honor and appreciation ‘the members of our people and our heroes, the residents of Jerusalem, who have proven for the 1,001st time that Jerusalem, with its residents, alleys, mosques, and churches, is purely Arab-Palestinian – thus it was and thus it will remain.’ [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member and [Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press release last night [Oct. 30, 2018] in response to the Jerusalem residents’ complete boycott what is called ‘the Jerusalem municipal elections’: ‘The iron commitment of the Canaanite owners of the land, the residents of Jerusalem, to boycott the elections conveys a strong and clear message: Despite all the attempts to forge history… the members of our splendid people in Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, have proven through their national awareness that they are unified against the plans that target their history, their present, their future, their holy sites, and all the elements of their cultural heritage, and that the national memory is much stronger than their failed attempts to erase it.’"
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PA daily: "Alleged 'Temple organizations'" call on Jews to “invade” the Al-Aqsa Mosque
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2018
Headline: “Calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque in conjunction with the Jerusalem municipal elections”
     “The alleged ‘Temple organizations’ called on their supporters and the settler public to participate in their masses in invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning [Oct. 30, 2018], in conjunction with the elections for the occupation’s municipality and the city councils of the settlements.”

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.

"Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including the Temple Mount Institute, the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, The Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount and Students for the Temple Mount, which spread awareness of the importance of the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage people to visit the site.
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.
PA Foreign Ministry warns against "Israeli Judaization steps," claims Israel is "preparing the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged 'Temple' in its place"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 3, 2018
    "In another statement, the [PA] Ministry [of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates] warned the international community in general, and the Arab world and the Islamic world in particular, about the catastrophic results of the Israeli Judaization steps and about their implications for the Al-Aqsa Mosque, its plazas, and its surroundings. The ministry saw in these steps of Judaization significant advancement towards the great upheaval for which the right-wing that rules Israel is preparing: the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged 'Temple' in its place."
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]."
Fatah calls closing Al-Aqsa Mosque following stabbing attempt there a “crime,” Islamic official: Israel is “plotting against the Al-Aqsa Mosque,“ which only Muslims have a right to
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2018
     “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah called on its members worldwide and those who can to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and in its gates, as resistance to the new Israeli crime that was expressed in the closing [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque] to its owners and believers (refers to temporary closure of Temple Mount during s earch for accomplices after an attempted stabbing attack; see note below –Ed.)… Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ambassador and Representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruweidi said that the occupation is plotting against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and is waiting for any incident in order to close it and prevent the Muslims – who have the exclusive right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque – from praying there freely. He added: ‘We recognize one authority over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that is the authority of the Islamic Waqf. It is our right to pray there freely without the occupation and its security forces preventing us from that.’”

Ahmed Muhammad Mahamid – 24-year-old Israeli Arab terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City on Aug. 17, 2018. The officer shot and killed him. After the attack, Mahamid’s family claimed he was mentally ill and not a terrorist.
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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Israel wants to “destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple,” says PA official
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 19, 2018
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Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Hanna Issa:
“They [the Israelis] want to… erase the Via Dolorosa from the Lion’s Gate [of Jerusalem’s Old City] to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to establish the alleged Temple of Solomon.”
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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Op-ed in PA daily: Trump is “stupid;” “This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Donald Trump plants a settlement in our Jerusalem”
     “[US President] Donald Trump, who issued the ominous Jerusalem declaration (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) and talks about ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., Trump’s as yet unrevealed Middle East peace plan), continues in his unparalleled stupidity to talk about peace.
We are continuing our just struggle. The US has no place in the Middle East peace. It has lost its position, qualification, and credibility. Donald Trump, who transformed it [the US] from a mediator into an enemy, is leading the hostility…
This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted, and what will remain is the face of free Palestine.”
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Fatah: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows US President Donald Trump planting rows of houses with red roofs, characteristic of Israeli towns in the West Bank. Trump is holding a spade and has a watering can next to him, and next to it is a box with more houses in it.

Text on image in Arabic and English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
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“The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Image on Fatah’s Facebook page, protesting US embassy move to Jerusalem, depicts Israel as a shark
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a shark with its mouth open, and instead of teeth it has rows of houses with red roofs, characteristic of Jewish towns in the West Bank. The sparkle in the shark’s eye is in the shape of a Star of David.

Text on image in English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
Posted text: “The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Fatah Facebook post calls the new US embassy in Jerusalem “a new outpost in the occupied capital”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows US President Donald Trump, who is wearing an American flag tie, letting a man with a Star of David on the back of his shirt stand on his back. The man is laying red roof tiles, characteristic of Jewish towns in the West Bank, on a house that he is building. More bricks and a bucket of cement are also on Trump’s back.

Text on image in English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
Posted text:
“The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Op-ed in PA daily calls opening of US embassy a “war crime,” accuses Israel of carrying out “massacres, wars, terror” for 100 years against Palestinians, and claims Trump belongs in a “mental hospital”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily

      “[US President Donald] Trump’s country may be the strongest country in the world, but it is the poorest country in terms of justice, the richest in terms of injustice, and the lowest on the ladder of human values…
How can it be that Israel’s future will be full of shining promises of peace, as [US Presidential Advisor Jared] Kushner said while representing his President Trump at the inauguration of an American military base (sic., the US embassy) in occupied Jerusalem? Those who were present at the inauguration ceremony of Trump’s embassy in Jerusalem are partners in a war crime…
Trump believes in the ability of the leaders of Israel to put an end to the Palestinian existence, as his ancestors did to the Indians, but did they tell him that 100 years of massacres, wars, terror, expulsion, and organized attacks against the Palestinian people have only strengthened the Palestinians’ connection to their eternal homeland... This man needs rehabilitation in a mental hospital or to be hospitalized in an asylum, because if he remains free, the world will see how he enjoys and takes pleasure like no other while the world goes up in the flames of his sadism and naivety!”
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Editorial in PA daily condemning US embassy move to Jerusalem demonizes the US as racist and violent
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of an editorial of the official PA daily

Headline: “Again the ugly American”
    “The US, in its various administrations, has never known a thing about qualities of chivalry or empathy, tolerance and human understanding. For a long time it has abused – and is still abusing – the poor and small peoples! […]
The reality is that it would be hard for us to tell all the stories of ‘the ugly American,’ which are full of blood, systematic violence, and a violence of abuse and bullying towards small peoples. This is currently being expressed in a most ugly fashion by its abuse of our people… It is going wild in its aggression towards [our people], which is being expressed by the American administration’s responsiveness to all of the Zionist activity’s demands. What is more, this administration – while transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem in contradiction to all the decisions of the international institutions, after it declared it the capital of the occupation state (!!) [parentheses in source] – has turned into a completely Zionist administration.”
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Op-ed in PA daily on Gazan riots and attacking US embassy move to Jerusalem: Israel is "satanic Zionist plant," Trump is a "moron"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, a regular columnist for the official PA daily

    "Gaza, O the flag of nationalism and its symbol; Gaza, O the glory of the people and the nation; Gaza, O the pride of the men, women, and children; Gaza, O the symbol of giving and sacrifice…
Your enemies and the robbers of the land and the homeland are vampires who are shepherded by a rebellious cowboy (i.e., US President Donald Trump). On behalf of the Zionist-like Crusaders, they are attempting to execute you, Palestine, Jerusalem, and peace…
O sister of Jericho, Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, and Jerusalem - the proud capital as history is slaughtered, the facts are turned upside down in the name of the wretched promise of the moron Trump and his staff who are obsessed with Armageddon – sprinkle your pure blood over their putrid heads that are contaminated with the conduct of capitalists, that are mired in the bog of robbing the peoples and planting the satanic Zionist plant in the inhabited home and homeland… A curse on all the cowards from among the [Muslim] Brotherhood (i.e., Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood), the infidels, and the murderous children of Zion."
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US and Israel will drown in the ocean, because "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine" – animation by Abbas’ Fatah
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 14, 2018

Text and video posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Jerusalem. is an Arabic & Islamic city, what ever you claim Mr. #Trump !!”

The video shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump floating on a white raft in the middle of the sea, with a sign on which is written in Hebrew, Arabic, and English: "US Embassy," and Israeli and American flags. He is holding a paper on which is written in English: “Jerusalem capital of Israel,” and is heard saying “and Jerusalem is Israel's capital.” Immediately after his declaration, the raft breaks in two, and Trump drowns together with the Israeli flag. Netanyahu jumps into the water as well and disappears. The sign flips, and the reverse side of it reads in English and Arabic: "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine." A ship flying the UN flag and the flags of a number of countries including Ireland, Turkey, Lebanon, and other Arab countries then pulls up to stop by the raft. On the ship an elderly woman wearing a Palestinian flag and a younger woman dressed in black, meant to represent Ahed Tamimi, are seen waving.

This video was posted by Abbas’ Fatah Movement on Facebook on the day the US embassy opened in Jerusalem.
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Fatah photoshops Reuters’s photo to say US embassy in Jerusalem is an "illegal settlement," "Trump makes Israel more racist"
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 14, 2018

Picture and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The photoshopped picture shows American and Israeli flags and a sign pointing to the new American embassy in Jerusalem, on which the original text (see below) is replaced with the following text in Hebrew, Arabic, and English: "US settlement" - with a spelling mistake in the Hebrew. To the sign's right is a poster on which the original text (see below) is replaced with: "Trump makes Israel more racist"

Posted text: "The American settlement"
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Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page shows rioters using slingshots over the Dome of the Rock with the caption: “Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 13, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “ #Jerusalem_is_the_capital_of_the_State_of_Palestine”

The image shows a woman wearing a hijab (religious headscarf), the lower part of which extends to form a wall. Above the wall are buildings and the Dome of the Rock. To the left of the Dome of the Rock are two masked Palestinian rioters wearing keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) and using slingshots, and to the right birds are seen flying. A keffiyeh pattern and Palestinian flag are seen in the background. At the bottom is the outline of masses of people demonstrating and waving Palestinian flags.
Text on image: “Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.

 
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Trump arrested by soldiers of “Palestine” in photoshopped image by Abbas’ Fatah
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 13, 2018
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The photoshopped image shows US President Donald Trump being arrested on the Temple Mount by three masked men who are wearing military uniforms with a Palestinian flag shoulder badge. "Palestine" is written on their bulletproof vests in English. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background.
 
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Note: Fatah photoshopped Trump's image into the above photo of the arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera in 2014. Original photo credited to Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images.
PA Minister of Culture present at signing of book which denies any Jewish connection to Jerusalem, claiming “[The Jews’] only connection is a connection of military occupation”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 13, 2018
Headline: "Signing of the English translation of the book Jerusalem, Allah's City, by researcher Dr. Younes Amr"

"The author of the book, Dr. Amr, said… that the main reason that led him to write this book is the occupation's lie. He noted that he studied the Israeli sources, which falsify everything and fabricate the historical and geographical facts…
He added: 'The talk about the connection of the Jews to Jerusalem is a big lie, as they have no [true] connection to Jerusalem, and as their only connection is a connection of military occupation. For the Jews David is a king, but for us he is a prophet and his burial place is unknown. Jerusalem was conquered by a king, and not by a prophet…'
Dr. Amr said that the only place that Allah chose to serve as a gate from earth to Heaven for Jesus and Muhammad, peace be upon them, is Jerusalem… which proves the religious connection between Christianity and Islam and this city, and the enormity of the fraud and falsehood in the claim that it is a holy city for the Jews.’"

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PA PM: “Israel… is still attempting to falsify and fabricate history" through actions whose goal is to "strengthen its hold on the sites holy to Islam and Christianity” in Jerusalem
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2018
      "[PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah said: 'We have already emphasized and continue to emphasize that Jerusalem is a red line that we will not allow anyone to cross. This city is the cradle of the monotheistic religions, the focus of revelation and divine spirit, the place to which the gazes of all Muslims and Christians are drawn. Israel has and is still attempting to falsify and fabricate history through violations and actions whose goal is to steal the land from its legal owners, and to strengthen its hold on the sites holy to Islam and Christianity.'
Hamdallah added: ‘The fact that the international community continues its thundering silence in the face of what is happening in Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, feeds these Israeli aspirations and enlarges them, and will lead to the conflict becoming a religious conflict, whose outcome no one can predict.' [...] Hamdallah said this in a speech before the International Forum on Jerusalem Endowments held yesterday, Monday [May 8, 2017], in Istanbul, Turkey, in the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."

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Palestinian National Council condemns the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, says agreements between Israel and the PA no longer valid
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2018
Headline: "The [Palestinian] National Council: The transitional period and all of the obligations it included are no longer valid"

"The Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative council) at the end of its regular session, the Jerusalem and Defense of the Palestinian Legitimacy Session, this morning, Friday [May 4, 2018], emphasized its condemnation and rejection of American President Donald Trump's illegal declaration that considers Jerusalem Israel's capital, and of the transfer of his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and also emphasized that it will act to cancel this decision.
The council emphasized in a statement that was published after the conclusion of the session that… in consideration of the fact that the State of Israel has shirked all of the obligations that were included in the agreements that were signed, and also put an end to them in practice, the transitional period determined in the agreements signed in Oslo, Cairo, and Washington, and the obligations it includes within it, are no longer valid."
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PA daily calls visits of Jews to the Temple Mount “invasions” of “settlers,” refers to “alleged ‘Temple organizations’”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2018
Headline: "Dozens of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and calls to invade it on Nakba Day"
       "The alleged ‘Temple organizations’ increased their calls through their websites and social media to their supporters and the settler public to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque on our Palestinian people's Nakba Day (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel)."

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PA daily describes visits of Jews to the Temple Mount as an “invasion” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, describes visits as “provocative” tours with explanations about “the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2018
Headline: “Over 160 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Over 160 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate with reinforced protection from the occupation forces yesterday [April 19, 2018]. The settlers wore traditional Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) clothing and held provocative tours at the mosque while listening to explanations about ‘the alleged Temple.’”

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Fatah official says US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “part of the American-Zionist plot to destroy the Arab states,” refers to Israel as “the Nazi enemy"
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Apr. 18, 2018
"[Q:] ‘How do you assess the Arab and international positions regarding the American decision on Jerusalem (i.e., to recognize it as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy to it)?’
[Fatah Central Committee Member Jamal Muhaisen:] ‘…The problem does not lie in the UN and in “Israel,” but rather in the Arab governments who until now are still dealing with the American-Israeli plot with words and not with actions, while the US is intensifying its steps against the central cause of the Arab nation and continuing to deepen the internal conflict in the Arab states in order to eliminate their capabilities, as part of the American-Zionist plot to destroy the Arab states so that “Israel” will remain the only state in the region. This is all in order to turn attention from the central conflict, which is the conflict with the Nazi enemy with tendencies of expansion that is occupying all of the lands of Palestine and much of the Arab lands in the Golan and Lebanon.’”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.

Jamal Muhaisen also holds the following positions: Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member
PA Mufti: Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Palestine are "an Islamic waqf until Judgment Day," and forbids selling or relinquishing it to "enemies"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2018
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has forbidden easing the transfer of ownership of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine to enemies.
The mufti stated yesterday [April 12, 2018]: 'Palestine, that includes within it Jerusalem, is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) land [and] it is forbidden by Shari’ah law to relinquish it or ease the transfer of ownership of it to enemies, because it is part of the Islamic public property. Granting ownership over Islamic territory or part of it to enemies is invalid and constitutes treason.'
He added: 'Whoever sells his land to his enemies or takes compensation for it sins, as in doing so he aids in the removal of Muslims from their homes. Almighty Allah connected those who remove Muslims from their homes and those who aid in doing so to those who fight against Muslims because of their religion.' He [the Mufti] also emphasized that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine, and that the American declaration regarding Jerusalem and considering it the occupation's capital is an invalid and illegitimate decision, as one who has no ownership cannot transfer something that belongs to someone else."
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We’ll take Jerusalem “if not peacefully then by force… Allah, drive out the Jews” - PA TV preacher
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 13, 2018

Friday sermon broadcast from the Al-Omari Mosque in El-Bireh by one of the mosque's regular preachers


Al-Omari Mosque preacher: "At the [Ninth International Islamic Jerusalem] Conference they determined that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine... and that it is a religious, Shari’ah, and historical right of the Muslims, and of no one else but them... Its participants... clarified that the Jews are an arrogant and tyrannical enemy that is occupying the land of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine, and that they have no right to arrogance, tyranny, and occupation... Allah willing, we will soon take what was taken from us, if not peacefully then by force... How long did the European Crusaders live in this country? They lived here nearly 100 years, but by Allah's will, they left it humiliated.
They left it humiliated and disgraced, dragging their tails behind them, because Allah inscribed for this [Islamic] nation eternity and victory... Allah, protect our Al-Aqsa Mosque and our Jerusalem for us, and return it to the rule and sovereignty of the Muslims. Allah, drive the Jews out of it, humiliated and disgraced , by means of those [the Muslims] who are monotheists, humble, and purified."
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Abbas: "More than 5,000 years ago, our Canaanite Jebusite ancestors built Jerusalem so that it would be their capital"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 11, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the opening of the Ninth International Islamic Jerusalem Conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Ladies and gentlemen, when we say that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine, we are saying nothing new. On the contrary, this is the right and the history over which there is no disagreement. More than 5,000 years ago, our Canaanite Jebusite ancestors built Jerusalem so that it would be their capital. They gave it the name ‘Jebus’ as a sign of appreciation and taking pride in it. Afterwards they called it ‘Urshalim,’ in other words, ‘the city of peace’ in the ancient Canaanite language. From this [period of] history until the present day, the Arab and Palestinian presence in Jerusalem has been uninterrupted, in light of the fact that we are the grandchildren of the Canaanites…
At this opportunity, brothers and sisters, I confirm before you that these matters appeared in the Bible. The Bible emphasized that the Canaanites were in this country before Abraham, and their presence has been uninterrupted for the past 5,000 years and until today. Afterwards several [Israelis] say: ‘This is ours and this is our country.’ No, this is not their country!"

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PA religious officials: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is "being subjected to an unprecedented attack… and actions to divide it," Israel has "plots to destroy it and build the alleged Temple on its ruins"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2018
        “His Honor the [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, His Honor Acting Jordanian Supreme Shari’ah Judge Dr. Wasef Al-Bakri, Director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, and Deputy District Governor of Jerusalem Abdallah Siyam yesterday [April 2, 2018] in occupied Jerusalem welcomed a Canadian parliamentary delegation, which is currently visiting Palestine…
His honor the mufti… spoke about the dangers surrounding the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque that is being subjected to an unprecedented attack, an increasing rate of change of its Islamic character, and actions to divide it according to areas and times, which will lead to the ignition of a religious war in the region. He also mentioned the plans of settlement and its goals in the Jerusalem area, and explained that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, whose territory is 144 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres), is a purely Islamic site...
Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani briefed the Canadian delegation regarding all of the Israeli violations against the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount)… and mentioned the plots to destroy it and build the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

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PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2018

On Dec. 6, 2017, the day US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, official PA radio and TV started rebroadcasting Abbas' 2014 call for violence and rebroadcast it 41 times in the next 4 weeks.

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine - 28 times between Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."
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Full page of official PA daily shows pictures of Palestinian rioters burning tires and throwing rocks, with the text "Trump's declaration will not pass"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2018
Images published in the official PA daily

Headline: “[US President Donald] Trump’s declaration will not pass”

The text refers to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and decision to move the US embassy there.

A full page of the official PA daily is dedicated to pictures of Palestinian rioters waving Palestinian flags, burning tires, throwing rocks, and using slingshots, and at the bottom right is a picture of Israeli soldiers.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
On Feb. 23, 2018, the US State Department announced that the US embassy will open in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The date is the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.

PA daily: “Alleged ‘Temple’” organizations call on supporters to carry out “many invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate Jewish holiday of Purim
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2018
Headline: “Calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque in large numbers for the Jewish Purim holiday”
       “The alleged ‘Temple’ organizations have called on their supporters to participate in large numbers in many invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the coming two days in order to celebrate the Purim holiday. These extremist organizations have explained that these invasions are important to them and to their supporters. They noted that during the invasions there will be ceremonies and special sweets for the Purim holiday, in addition to special Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) songs and prayers.”

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PA Mufti warns of “disasters of wars, anarchy, and instability” in region following US embassy move to Jerusalem, urges Palestinians and Muslims to “sacrifice all that is dear to them”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2018
         “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the severity of the American administration’s decision on transferring its embassy to occupied Jerusalem, which was set for Nakba Day (see notes, Ed.). He said that this testifies to the insolence that those who are biased in favor of the occupation have reached, while they continue to do an injustice to our people and its holy sites and to blatantly harm the Palestinian cause in an attempt to eliminate it. The mufti emphasized that this arbitrary behavior will have severe consequences that the American administration will bear. He explained that the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, if it is carried out, will not be an attack on the Palestinians alone, but rather a blatant attack on the Arabs and Muslims throughout the world…and that it will not serve peace and security in the region, but rather bring upon it disasters of wars, anarchy, and instability. Sheikh Hussein added that the residents of Jerusalem and all of the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims will not submit to this blatant attack, and will sacrifice all that is dear to them in order to confront the American stubbornness.”
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PA daily: Settlers “broke into” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, heard about “the alleged ‘Temple’ during their provocative and suspicious tours” of the Temple Mount
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2018
Headline: “40 settlers invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Forty settlers broke into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Feb. 21, 2018] through the Mughrabi Gate under heavy security from the occupation forces. Sources said that the settlers listened to explanations about the alleged ‘Temple’ during their provocative and suspicious tours throughout 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” or “break-in.” 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 official, speaking on Abbas' behalf: US embassy move and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be "thwarted;" Zionism "is striving to take over the world's resources by force"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2018
    "In his speech on behalf of the president [Abbas], [Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer his country's embassy to it will be thwarted thanks to the Palestinian resolve, thanks to the resolve of the entire world – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – against this foolish decision, and by imposing international isolation on the US and the occupation… He said: 'Our conflict is not with the Jews, but rather with Zionism, which has no values and principles, and which does not attach importance to rights and laws. It includes people that are not Jews and is striving to take over the world's resources by force… [Zaki] said: 'Our position is strong - we reject that any mosque should constitute an alternative to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One hundred and thirty-eight states in the world recognize the State of Palestine, and we demand that they revoke their recognition of Israel…' He added that the Palestinian leadership has objected to the decision to denounce [Chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau] Ismail Haniyeh as a terrorist (he was added to the US terror list; see note below –Ed.)."
Fatah official: "There is no such thing as the capital city of the Jews;" Israel is "exploiting religion in order to justify its massacres and the terror" against Palestinians
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 5, 2018
Official PA TV program Pulse of the Fields, hosting Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub

Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub: “We think that Jerusalem is a holy city for all of the religions, because all of the monotheistic religions were given in Jerusalem. But we have not agreed, and will not agree, and will not allow there to be sovereignty for the Israeli occupation there or sovereignty for the Jewish religion, which we recognize, because there is no such thing as the capital city of the Jews (previously Rajoub said there would be Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall; see note below –Ed.). There is no religion that has a capital city, other than in the logic of [US President Donald] Trump (sic., one such example is the Vatican; comment refers to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital)…
There will only be security, peace, and stability after the return of Jerusalem to its owners, and when Jerusalem will be open to all of the monotheistic religions for ritual purposes, and not as part of the Zionist colonialist project, which is exploiting religion in order to justify its massacres and the terror that it is committing against the Palestinian people.”

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PLO official “emphasized that it is necessary to escalate the intifada and the resistance in all of its forms” in response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Feb. 5, 2018
Headline: “Wasel Abu Yusuf: The Palestinian people and its leadership are capable of thwarting all of the American attempts”

“Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf… warned against [US President Donald Trump's] deal of the century whose goal is to eliminate the Palestinian cause through American decisions and reduce Washington’s aid to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). He emphasized that the Palestinian people everywhere it is located adheres to the right of return, to the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and that it is necessary to deal with the dangers surrounding the issue – and particularly to all that concerns the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation entity…
Abu Yusuf emphasized that it is necessary to escalate the intifada and the resistance in all of its forms (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror‎) against the occupation, until [US President Donald] Trump’s decision is brought down. He also emphasized that the people and factions will thwart the deal of the century, and that all of the plans to eliminate the Palestinian cause will receive a response.”

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

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President of Al-Quds University on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: The US "must understand that the Palestinian people will resist this decision… whatever the cost of its resistance"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2018
Headline: "The president of Al-Quds Open University speaks at a conference on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena"

"President of Al-Quds Open University and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Prof. Younes Amr spoke at a conference organized yesterday [Jan. 29, 2018] by the [Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement and the student council at the Yatta branch of the university on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena…
He said that [US President Donald] Trump's promise (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and promise to transfer the US embassy to it; see note below) is more dangerous to the Palestinian people than the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), by virtue of which Britain gave Palestine to the Jews, and therefore Trump and his racist administration – which is biased in favor of the occupation – must understand that the Palestinian people will resist this decision with all of its strength and will not let it pass, whatever the cost of its resistance to the decision may be. At the moment we are at the stage of popular resistance to the decision, and it is possible that it will move on to a different stage.
He explained that the Canaanite Palestinian people has been under many occupations, all of which have passed, and that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas spoke correctly when he said: 'We are remaining here and will not leave; the occupation is the one that will leave. Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation is meaningless, and our people and its leadership will continue to defy and stand firm. The Jews have no religious connection to [Jerusalem], and their connection to it is a connection of military occupation (sic., the last sentence in this quote was said by Younes Amr, not Mahmoud Abbas).'

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Palestinian “activists” disrupt American delegation visiting the Bethlehem district following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 30, 2018
Headline: “Following the expulsion of an American delegation from Bethlehem, the American State Department said that it opposes the turn to violence as a means of expressing political positions”

“The American State Department responded in a statement to the expulsion of an American delegation that visited the Bethlehem district Chamber of Commerce and Industry this morning, Tuesday [Jan. 30, 2018], and said that it opposes the turn to violence as a means of expressing political positions.

The American State Department said in a notice from its spokesperson: ‘The program that the American Consulate General in Jerusalem organized in Bethlehem was thwarted by lawless protesters.’
According to the American State Department, this program is part of the long-term American assistance in creating economic opportunities for the Palestinians…
A group of Palestinian activists in Bethlehem this morning, Tuesday, expelled an American delegation that was visiting the Bethlehem district Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The activists broke into the Chamber of Commerce building and one of the halls in which a workshop of a group of senior American officials at the American consulate was being held and drove them out of the room. Afterwards, they threw eggs and tomatoes at the American consulate vehicles and hit the American diplomatic vehicles with their hands and feet while repeating calls condemning the American position…
The Fatah Movement secretary at the Aida refugee camp said that the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by Samir Hazboun, welcomed the American State Department delegation at its building. This decision contradicts the national decision that called not to welcome the Americans, whose President [Donald Trump] declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He added: ‘The Palestinian people will not welcome any American party.’”
Image on Fatah’s Twitter shows group of Palestinians attacking American delegation during visit to Bethlehem in response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Jan. 30, 2018
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text:
“With tomatoes and eggs, the expulsion of an official American delegation from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.”

The images show a confrontation at the Bethlehem chamber of commerce on Jan. 30, 2018, in which Palestinian activists disrupted a workshop held by an American delegation and attacked the delegation’s vehicles as they left. The protest came in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
 
Abbas includes Judaism among Jerusalem’s three religions and envisions that everyone would practice “religious rituals and prayers” there, in contrast to his previous anti-Jewish statements
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The continuation of the peace efforts requires the establishment of a bilateral international body under the umbrella of the UN, and we call for the African Union and its member states to have representatives in this body or in the international summit, which we are calling to organize according to the decisions of the international institutions, the principle of the two-state solution on the 1967 borders, and the end of the Israeli occupation on the land of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the capital of our state, which we want to be open to all believers of the monotheistic religions - Islam, Christianity, and Judaism - who will carry out their religious rituals and prayers there, in security and peace, which will provide an opportunity to everyone who is in Palestine and Israel to live in security, stability, and good neighborliness.”
Fatah official: VP Pence’s visit to Western Wall is an “attack” against the Palestinians, falsely claims Jews have no connection to Wall
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2018
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen said in a phone call with [the official PA news agency] WAFA that Pence's visit to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an attack against the Palestinian people, as he is visiting East Jerusalem – the capital of the State of Palestine – at a time when the Palestinian leadership and people are not welcoming him. [Muhaisen added that] the British committee determined in 1929 that the wall belongs to the Muslims and that the Jews have no connection to it or place there (sic., the 1930 Wailing Wall Commission did not rule out the Jewish connection to the Western Wall; see note below –Ed.)."
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Abbas’ Deputy says now is a good opportunity to disconnect from US, “They have not given us a thing”
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 23, 2018
Headline: “Al-Aloul: The US became a partner of the Israeli occupation after it recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”


Al-Quds magazine met with Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul ‘Abu Jihad’ so that he could brief us on the recent developments in the current issues.

[Q:] ‘How do you assess the Palestinian political situation after [US President Donald] Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as "Israel's" capital?’

[Mahmoud Al-Aloul:] ‘Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a good opportunity for us to disconnect from the US, as we no longer have the least doubt that nothing good will come to the Palestinian people and the Arab nation from the US. After this step that it has taken, it is no longer [just] biased in favor of the Israeli occupation as we knew in the past, but rather it currently constitutes a partner to the occupation. Whoever looks at the relations with the US through all of the American administrations will find that we have nothing to lose, as they have not given us a thing. They have always made promises during elections and the presidential inauguration that have quickly dissipated due to the pressures of the Zionist lobby’…
Fatah mocks US President Trump over Jerusalem decision, posts image calling Trump an “irrelevant clown”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 22, 2018
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account on Dec. 20, 2017. The same images were posted on Fatah's official Facebook page on Jan. 22, 2018.

Posted text: “#Jerusalem_the_eternal_capital_of_Palestine
(The following is in English –Ed.)
[US President Donald] trump is an irrelevant clown #HandsOffJerusalem”

The first image shows a sign showing US President Donald Trump and a red stamp reading “Veto!” over his mouth.


Text on image:

“Trump is an irrelevant clown
#HandsOffJerusalem”
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Speech by Egyptian Imam broadcast on official PA TV: US administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “will feed the violent extremism and cause its spread throughout the world”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 22, 2018
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, a video is shown of a speech by Imam of the Egyptian Al-Azhar Institute Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb at a conference for Jerusalem held in Cairo

Imam of the Egyptian Al-Azhar Institute Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb: “We completely reject the American administration’s recent decisions, which nothing more than [a piece of] paper for the Arab and Islamic world and the free people of the world. Therefore, they are completely rejected… The conference [participants] and all of the Arabs, Muslims, and free people of the world in the east and west are behind them, warning that if those who published this decision (i.e., to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital) do not hurry to take back their decision immediately, it will feed the violent extremism and cause its spread throughout the world from the east to the west.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Fatah spokesman: US VP Pence is “unwanted” for being “racist and extremist,” and for considering Jerusalem to be “the historical and religious capital of the Jewish people”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 20, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: Pence is unwanted; we demand that the Arabs not welcome him”
        “Fatah Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said on behalf of Fatah and the Palestinian people that US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit is unwanted in the region.
Al-Qawasmi added in a statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Ma’an that Pence has made racist and extremist statements against the Palestinian people, and that he considered Jerusalem the historical and religious capital of the Jewish people, amid a clear violation of all the international conventions and agreements… [Al-Qawasmi] emphasized that there is incessant aggression from US President [Donald Trump] and his vice president against the Palestinian refugees, which was expressed in the latest decisions about cutting the aid to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and stopping all of the aid presented to the members of our people… He also called on all of the Arab brothers not to welcome [Pence].”
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Abbas’ advisor: Jerusalem is ours, the land curses them [Israelis] and rejects them, they have no right to it
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 19, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of 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

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: "Is it possible that one of those who claim that they are determining the fates of peoples, and call themselves ‘superpowers’ or ‘the superpower’… – can they change the identity [of Jerusalem] that was determined by Allah (refers to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below –Ed.)? Can they deprive Jerusalem of a title that Allah determined for it? This cannot happen!
Do they [the Israelis] imagine that they can force us to recognize their alleged right to a land that every morning and evening curses them and rejects them? They can obtain legitimacy from the entire world, but not from us, not from us. [Only] we have the ability to grant legitimacy to whoever comes to Jerusalem and its surroundings, because we are its inheritors. We are its owners. We are its builders. We are its people, and we are the inheritors of the heritage of the prophets in it. Jerusalem is ours – sooner or later – with all its borders, landmarks, parts, and every grain of sand in it; including its Al-Aqsa Mosque, its churches, its roads, its homes, its land, and that which is under its land; and with its skies and that which is above them. It is ours and ours alone, and no one can share it with us, and we will not agree to this. It cannot be divided, and it cannot be split. It will only hand over its reins to one whom it loves, one to whom it belongs and who belongs to it..."

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Abbas: “Jerusalem is the gate to peace… only when it will be the capital of the State of Palestine, and …it is, God forbid, the gate to war, fear, and the lack of security and stability if it is not”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 17, 2018
Official PA TV, special broadcast for the Al-Azhar Conference in Cairo, on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After [the US] has stood unequivocally alongside the occupation and imposed a reality upon us that leaves us no choice but to turn to all of the other options available to us to defend our rights, we will turn to all of the options – but we will not turn to terror and violence. Indeed violence and terror are rejected [by] all states of the world and us, but we have our other means through which we will turn to receive our rights, with all of these options – [to turn] back to our nation’s public so they will fulfill their role in defending Jerusalem, in addition to internationalizing the conflict with the occupation, and continuing to join the international organizations and alliances as an authentic right of the State of Palestine…
[US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision does not give Israel any legitimacy in Jerusalem and does not give the occupation a right to its land or its skies. This Jerusalem has always been a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and Christian city. And it is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and without it there cannot be peace in the region nor in the entire world – as long as Jerusalem is not liberated in all of its borders that we want from the Israeli occupation. Jerusalem is the gate to peace for everyone only when it will be the capital of the State of Palestine, and it is also the gate to war if it is not already- it is, God forbid, the gate to war, fear, and the lack of security and stability if it is not [the capital of Palestine]. It is the gate to war and peace and Mr. Trump must decide.”

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Fatah official in Gaza after US recognition of Jerusalem: “All the options for defending and protecting this Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic right [to Jerusalem] are open”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 10, 2018
Official PA TV, program Palestine This Morning, report from official PA TV studio in Gaza on the responses and protests to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to it, interview with Fatah Supreme Leadership Council in the Southern Districts (the Gaza Strip) member Najah Aliwa

Official PA TV host: “Let’s talk about the things that were organized yesterday [Dec. 9, 2017] and before then that stood out: the processions and protests against the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.”
Fatah Supreme Leadership Council in the Southern Districts (the Gaza Strip) member Najah Aliwa: “First of all, I want to direct a blessing of honor to our Palestinian people that is standing firm, our people that [launched] a spontaneous uprising, without orders and instructions – this is Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line. Anything that touches Jerusalem touches the entire Palestinian people. It touches the heart and soul of the Palestinian people…
The Palestinian people is well aware of its rights. It knows well that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Palestinian state, and therefore there is no concession. Jerusalem is a red line, no one can approach it. All of the options stand before the Palestinian people. All the options for defending and protecting this Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic right are open... Fatah will not veer from the wise decision of the Palestinian leadership. All of the options are open, until the American leadership or American administration takes back its irresponsible decision that was made – I think – in a moment in which clear vision was absent in the American administration.”

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Fatah official: “We in the Fatah Movement are continuing in our struggle and resistance to the ominous American announcement on Jerusalem”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: The US and Israel will not be able to force the check of submission on our people and its leadership”

“The Fatah Movement emphasized that for the Palestinian people, the battle of Jerusalem is a battle for existence, national identity, and the state, and [Jerusalem] is the political capital of the State of Palestine and an inseparable part of the occupied territories of the State of Palestine, and there is no solution without Jerusalem as our eternal capital.
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement yesterday [Jan. 7, 2018]: ‘We in the Fatah Movement are continuing in our struggle and resistance to the ominous American announcement on Jerusalem; to all of the racist Israeli decisions and steps that are directed against our existence, our history, and our authentic narrative; and also to their attempts to falsify history and produce facts that are the product of their imagination.’”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Op-ed in official PA daily attacks the US for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, attacks Israel using antisemitic themes
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2018
"The courageous Palestinian leadership is rejecting the American extortion now, and where are you [Hamas]? Where are your views regarding a practical response - and not through exaggerations and talk? Where is your alternative money for the $370 million that are given by the US? Why don't you gather it first and talk only afterwards? Why aren't you raising initiatives in response to the American administration? Have you recalled your ambassadors from [the US]? Have you made threats regarding trade, money, oil, or relations?…
The American administration is now twisting the PA's arm, and the battle of 'who will give way first' has begun. The PA says unanimously: ‘No to the sale of Jerusalem, not for gold and not for billions,’ and it says this while standing on the brink of the abyss.…
Israel is a fascist, colonialist, racist regime – do you understand that? And why aren't you dealing with it face-to-face - before it enters your capital cities and annihilates your people - and also with [the US] the one committing the extortion and who wants Jerusalem in return for the $370 million that he pays to the PA, '[US President Donald] Trump'? Have you not read Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice with the Jewish hero Shylock, and how he wanted to punish a man by removing a pound of flesh from his body because he could not pay him?
They want Jerusalem in return for aid… If [Jerusalem's] people will not defend it, others will defend it, as the other non-Muslim religions and peoples will not allow that it [Jerusalem] fall into the hands of the murderers of the prophets, and the murderers of Jesus in particular…
There is no reason for Mahmoud Abbas' slogan to be 'millions of Martyrs [are marching to Jerusalem],’ and that he will give them as fuel for the new Nazi oven, which Israel inherited from Hitler so that his fire would not go out
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Abbas’ advisor mocks US aid: “What idiocy has taken control of your minds to delude you that Jerusalem is for sale”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 5, 2018


Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"Do what you want, do what you want. This money that you are threatening to cancel and stop - do you imagine that we might bargain over Jerusalem? What idiocy has taken control of your minds to delude you that Jerusalem is for sale, or that one grain of sand from Palestine, all of Palestine, is for sale, or purchase, or bargaining?"
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Op-ed in PA daily: “The historical and religious facts and testimony,” and “international conventions and laws” prove that “Jerusalem… has no symbolism whatsoever from the Jews’ perspective”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

     “For a considerable period – more than a year – Egyptian author Youssef Ziedan has been distorting and changing the facts of history regarding Palestine and its holy sites, and particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque… He is falsely and deceitfully claiming that Jerusalem is a ‘holy’ site for the Jews, and that it is a ‘symbol’ for them (sic., in a local Egyptian ONTV interview on Dec. 24, 2017, Ziedan said Jerusalem is not a holy city and added "neither we [Muslims] nor the [Jews] have anything to do with [the Al-Aqsa Mosque]")…
This is despite all of the historical and religious facts and testimony, in addition to the international conventions and laws, and the resolutions of the UN in general and UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) in particular, proving day after day that Jerusalem is Palestinian-Arab and Islamic-Christian, and that it has no symbolism whatsoever from the Jews’ perspective (sic., Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for 3,000 years), including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which they claim is the Western Wall.”

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Fatah Rev. Council member: Israeli narrative that Jerusalem was a Jewish capital is “false” and a “lie,” which Pres. Trump is "aiding"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi

Official PA TV host: “Mister Osama [Al-Qawasmi,] President [Mahmoud Abbas] said that Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian state...”
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Yes certainly, [that is] the heart of the conflict, and I want to honestly tell you, the Palestinian people, and all those who are listening to us – why are they insisting on Jerusalem [as] the capital of the occupation, [which is] a lie and falsehood? And why is [US President Donald] Trump at this time aiding this false Israeli narrative, which they fabricated from their hearts, when it has no foundation, no [support in] religion, nor in history, and not even in international law. They want to establish the Israeli narrative and the refutation of the Palestinian narrative about this land being ours, because they have promoted a lie for 100 years that this is the Promised Land, that history is with them, and that [Jerusalem] was their capital – and this is not correct at all, not in history, not in religion, and not in international law. And regarding [Israel], this ecstasy that they feel over Trump’s aid about Jerusalem being theirs, it is an attempt to spread that this Israeli narrative is the correct one and that the Palestinian narrative is false. They are also simultaneously demanding that we [recognize] the Jewishness of this state in order to refute the Palestinian narrative about this land being Arab, Canaanite, Jebusite, and Palestinian. They want to say that it is Jewish, [and this is] a lie and falsehood.”

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Trump portrayed as Nazi with swastika covering his face in Bethlehem procession
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“From the procession today [Dec. 29, 2017] in Bethlehem
Continuing for Jerusalem
Freedom for our heroic prisoners”

The image shows the procession, which includes a large poster showing US President Donald Trump with a Nazi swastika over his face and the American flag behind him.
Text on poster in English:
“Zionism = Nazism = fascism
USA = ISIS = Terror”

The post refers to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
 
PLO and Fatah in Nablus invite Palestinians to participate in “the Friday of rage and defiance,” to protest US decision on Jerusalem
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Nablus branch, Dec. 28, 2017

Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

Text on top of logo: “The Palestinian Liberation Organization”
Text on middle of logo: “National unity, national mobilization”
Text at bottom of logo under the PA map: “Liberation”

Text on image:
“Jerusalem is Arab and the capital of the Palestinian state
The PLO factions and institutions and activists of the Nablus district invite you
To say the Friday prayers
The Friday of rage and defiance
As a sign of emphasizing Jerusalem’s Arabness
And as a sign of rejecting the American decision [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital]

Date: Dec. 29, 2017
Place: Al-Shuhada Square

So that we will continue the confrontation and escalation”
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PLO prisoners’ commission head: “Jerusalem will only be the fully sovereign capital of the independent State of Palestine,” not Israel
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 27, 2017
Headline: “Karake: Thanks to the determination of the free people in the world and the members of our people, Jerusalem will only be the capital of Palestine”
        “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that Jerusalem will only be the fully sovereign capital of the independent State of Palestine, thanks to the determination of the free people of the world and the willpower of the members of our people. Karake said this during a series of meetings that he conducted as part of the events in which a delegation from the Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs is participating in the capital of Morocco, Rabat.”
Palestinian archaeologist denies there was a "Jewish presence" in "Jerusalem and all of Palestine" 3000 years ago
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on Jerusalem’s “Arab and Islamic identity” being “changed,” hosting archaeologist and member of Fatah’s Jerusalem branch Abir Zayyad

Archaeologist and member of Fatah’s Jerusalem branch Abir Zayyad: “To this day, the antiquities prove that there was no presence of any sort of [King] Solomon and [King] David or a Jewish presence 3,000 years ago in Jerusalem and all of Palestine (sic., such evidence abounds).”
Op-ed in PA daily calls President Trump “stupid,” following his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The great lie”
     “There is no greater lie in the Israeli media than the lie of ‘unified Jerusalem’… You have Jerusalem and we have Al-Quds. [Former Israeli Presidents and Prime Ministers Levi] Eshkol, [Menachem] Begin, [Yitzhak] Rabin, [Yitzhak] Shamir, [Ehud] Barak, and [Benjamin] ‘Bibi’ [Netanyahu] have not succeeded in unifying it… There is no border strip that separates east and west [Jerusalem], no reinforced cement separation wall, and no trenches . You drive in your car from Sha’ar Hagai, through Abu Ghosh, and enter western Jerusalem. You travel and find yourself in front of a celestial wall that tells you: ‘Here begins Arab Jerusalem.’ The atmosphere changes, a breeze scented with the fragrance of history blows, and then you say: ‘How stupid is this man whose name is [US President Donald] Trump!’
Several years ago I was visited by Dr. Jamal Al-Assadi… who translated my collection of stories A Rose to Hafeeza’s Eyes into English, together with American author Martha Moody and her little son. While we were eating lunch I said: ‘I think that [former US] President George Bush, the son, is the stupidest president that America has known.’ The author’s son stopped eating, looked at me in amazement, and said to his mother: ‘I play a game with my friends in the schoolyard [called] Stupid President Bush!’
What are the children in America playing today?”
Op-ed in PA daily, criticizing US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, compares Trump to Shylock
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

         “With disparaging stubbornness, matters reached the point that Trump stood before the cameras in the White House and announced this foolish and wretched decision, as if Trump premeditatedly – as the jurists say – decided to choose from among the models the model of Shylock - the American Shylock, in the style of the Jewish Shylock, whose character was precisely outlined by the great playwright Shakespeare in his famous play The Merchant of Venice, which is read by millions, and in all languages (in the play, the Jewish character Shylock is a sly moneylender who demands that a debtor repay him with a pound of flesh, before later being defeated and forced to convert to Christianity –Ed.)…
Is a man like this, like Donald Trump, fit to be the US president?”

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Cartoon tweeted by Abbas’ Fatah shows Trump and Netanyahu crushed by the number 128 symbolozing the UN and a woman wearing a Palestinian flag
Source: Official Twitter account of Fatah, Dec. 22, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text in English: “#JerusalemCapitalOfPalestine”

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who is wearing an Israeli flag tie – being crushed by the number “128,” which has “in favour” written on it, together with the UN logo. Trump and Netanyahu are making angry expressions as black smoke rises from their heads indicating their mood. A woman wearing a Palestinian flag and brandishing a cane is sitting on top of the number while saying, “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine!” The cartoon refers to a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on Dec. 21, 2017, condemning Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 128 countries voted in favor of the condemnation.

In the UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on Dec. 21, 2017, condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 128 states voted in favor, 9 voted against, 35 abstained, and 21 did not participate in the vote.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
Cartoon tweeted by Abbas’ Fatah shows Trump holding Israeli flag walking away from a club bearing the UN symbol
Source: Official Twitter account of Fatah, Dec. 22, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text in English: “#HandsOffAlQuds #JerusalemCapitalOfPalestine”

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump holding an Israeli flag and crying while walking away from a big club with the UN logo on it held by two hands above his head. A large bump on Trump’s head indicates that he was just hit by the club. The cartoon refers to a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on Dec. 21, 2017, condemning Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 128 countries voted in favor of condemning Trump’s decision.

In the UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on Dec. 21, 2017, condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 128 states voted in favor, 9 voted against, 35 abstained, and 21 did not participate in the vote.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
Political analyst on PA TV following US decision on Jerusalem: “The day will come when we will buy every Palestinian a rifle”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting political analyst Hani Abu Zaid

Official PA TV host: “How do these sights [of Palestinian protest] affect global public opinion, and particularly – and I want to remind you and the viewers – today [Dec. 22, 2017] French President [Emmanuel Macron] said in a press conference with [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] that the events and bloodshed that came following [US President Donald] Trump’s decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] on Dec. 6 [2017] are unacceptable.” […]
Hani Abu Zaid: “And in the past, on this program, I told you that the day will come when we will buy every Palestinian a rifle. But always, when we agree on something, we do not violate the commitment. We have been agreeing to the continuation of a peace process before the world for 23 years - but what peace process? After all that has happened – let the president say what he will say, and let the political leaders say what they will say, but honestly, turn to the Palestinian and Arab publics – there is no longer any peace process…
On Dec. 6, the Oslo Accords were buried and the talk about that which is called the peace process stopped completely. Today we are in a new struggle, a new struggle of wills, and in a new battle that requires new methods in the political and diplomatic work, in addition to the public movement, public activity, intifada, and confrontations. We need international pressure and international aid from our Arab brothers and our friends in the world, and this is the beginning of the diplomatic action – President [Abbas] visiting President Macron in order to put in place a new mechanism on the international front, so that we will be able firstly to demand a fully sovereign state at the [UN] General Assembly, and secondly to
Dir. of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordanian Waqf: No archaeological proof there was Jewish presence in Jerusalem, Israel ignores Arab Islamic heritage, tries to erase it
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017
Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem, on a new synagogue that opened in the Western Wall tunnels on Dec. 19, 2017, hosting Director of Tourism and Antiquities of the Jordanian Waqf Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh

Official PA TV host: “Underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., it is not under the Al-Aqsa Mosque) a Jewish synagogue was inaugurated after 12 years of excavation and quarrying in the area… Even though the excavations continued for many years, the Hebrew finds or antiquities that they claim were found there were not found at all (sic., numerous Jewish artifacts were discovered at the site).” […]
Director of Tourism and Antiquities of the Jordanian Waqf Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh: “The matter of the antiquities and heritage is a fundamental part of the Israeli narrative... The antiquities constitute a fundamental matter in the Israeli Zionist thinking, because they want to prove to the world and to others… that they are not ‘coming’ to the country but rather ‘returning.’ In other words, that they have roots, and that these antiquities - they are exploiting Western science and the significance of the science of archaeology… and in this way they want to rely on finds that will justify their presence and justify the injustice of the cause of Palestine and the cause of Jerusalem… They are ignoring the other layers and not relating to anything that has a connection to the Arab Islamic heritage, but rather are striving to erase it.” […]
Host: “The occupation authorities have transferred this activity from excavation and search actions to planting the Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) narrative in service of the Zionist narrative in the end, and their religious rights as you noted – that they are ‘returning.’”

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Abbas’ advisor: "Jerusalem is only ours… We were in Jerusalem more than 5,000 years"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017

Official PA TV, excerpt of 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 in the PA headquarters in Ramallah

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"Jerusalem is only ours, only ours. They [the Americans] know it. It is a strange thing that a state that is only a little older than 200 years. takes a stand toward a city that is 5,000 years old. Where was America when Jerusalem was built, that it should decide whose capital it is? And where was Israel when Jerusalem was built? Jerusalem was here before America and before Israel and before Europe and before this entire world. We were in Jerusalem more than 5,000 years ago, and we have not left it... America, which - as they say - was born yesterday, wants to decide the fate of a city whose age is greater than history."
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Abbas’ advisor’s statement came in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017. Trump instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Abbas' advisor attacks US, Israel in sermon on US Jerusalem recognition, denies Jewish history, fabricates ancient Palestinian history there
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2017
Official PA TV, Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the Mausoleum Mosque near former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat’s grave in Ramallah

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Yesterday you saw, brothers, how the world returned a slap to American President [Trump], how the entire world that the American president had threatened, stuck its tongue out at him and said: 'We are not bought with your dollars, and we are not bought with your aid. From the outset, you did not give us aid because of our beautiful eyes. You aid us for your own interest, and out of your own interests and calculations. So stop this aid!"

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Photo posted on Fatah Twitter account shows a building labeled ‘UN,’ presumably the UN headquarters in New York, slapping Trump
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 21, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text:
“#Palestine #United4Quds (the following hashtag is in Arabic –Ed.) #Jerusalem_capital_of_Palestine #JerusalemEmbassy #HandsOffAlQuds”

The cartoon shows an image of the UN headquarters in New York, which is labeled “UN,” slapping US President Donald Trump while saying “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine!” All of the flags in front of the UN building are Palestinian flags. The cartoon refers to a UN vote on Dec. 21, 2017 rejecting Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

 
 
PLO official accuses US of acting like a “mafia” over UN vote on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 20, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast, hosting PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi

Official PA TV host: “In everything related to the [UN General Assembly] meeting tomorrow [Dec. 21, 2017, about US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], according to the media outlets there are threatening messages from Washington to the states that will vote tomorrow at the UN General Assembly.”
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi: “This is cheap and very shameful extortion. Undoubtedly this [US Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley - I don’t know who appointed her as the world’s police officer. She undoubtedly told the states in closed meetings, and afterwards stated in her Twitter account, that ‘We will be following the vote of every state and I will submit a report to the president [Trump], and when you submit a request for aid or any type of special request, we will settle accounts with you over your vote now’ (See note below –Ed.). In other words, this very cheap and shameful extortion, the threat, and the warning are befitting of a state whose nation has declined, whose international level - whose rhetorical, ethical, political, and legal level [has declined] to this level. It acts as if it is a mafia.”

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PA Religious Affairs Ministry: New synagogue near Western Wall is an attempt to "erase Jerusalem history, blot out cultures, and unjustly give a false Talmudic Jewish flavor to the area”
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 20, 2017
Headline: "[PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs: The Jewish synagogue under the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the erasure of Jerusalem history"
       "The Jerusalem unit of the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs condemned the fact that the occupation authorities have opened a new Jewish synagogue in the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) Tunnels under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and emphasized that its goal is to erase Jerusalem history.
The unit noted in a press statement today, Wednesday [Dec. 20, 2017], that the synagogue is surrounded by Jerusalem historical characteristics that belong to the Islamic period, but the occupation claims that these characteristics, property, and assets belong to them.
Director-General of the Jerusalem Unit and of Public Relations in the ministry Amir Abu Al-Amrin said that Israel's plan that was carried out recently is a blatant violation and true provocation of the Muslims’ sensibilities, and a coarse attempt to erase Jerusalem history, blot out cultures, and unjustly give a false Talmudic Jewish flavor to the area."

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode 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."
Image posted on Fatah Twitter account shows Palestinian protester holding a shoe on top of Trump’s head
Source: Official Twitter account of Fatah, Dec. 20, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account
Posted text: “Nablus protests today [Dec. 20, 2017] against [US President Donald] Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”

The image shows a protester holding a shoe over a caricature of US President Donald Trump. In Arab culture throwing shoes at someone is a sign of great disrespect for them.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations
 
 
Cartoon on Fatah website shows Trump as a shark toppling over the earth, on which are seen the Dome of the Rock and a Palestinian flag
Source: Website of Fatah’s Commission of National Relations, Dec. 19, 2017
Cartoon posted on the website of the Fatah Information, Culture, and Indoctrination Commission

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump depicted as a shark with “veto” written in its mouth as it rams into a ship in the shape of the world. On the top of the world appears the Dome of the Rock and other buildings representing Jerusalem, and a Palestinian flag is flying from its masts. The cartoon refers to a US veto on a UN Security Council vote on Dec. 19, 2017, which rejected Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN General Assembly later passed a similar resolution of rejection on Dec. 21, 2017.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
Photo posted on Fatah Facebook page shows woman wearing Palestinian flag hitting Trump with her sandal
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 19, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Israeli occupation state Ambassador [Benny Dagan] calls the editor in chief of the Danish newspaper Politiken and demands that he remove this picture from their website and apologize”

The cartoon shows a woman with a Palestinian flag on her dress spanking US President Donald Trump with a shoe and saying in English: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine!”
This refers to Trump officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

The mention of Israel's Ambassador to Denmark’s complaint to the Danish paper Politiken over a cartoon is mistaken. The Ambassador complained over a cartoon that drew a stereotypically antisemitic image of a Jew. [Politiken (Denmark), Dec. 16, 2017]

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
PA daily reports on Israeli plan to allocate money for archaeological excavations “for the alleged ‘foundations of the Temple’”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2017
Headline: “An Israeli plan to allocate 250 million shekels to searches for the alleged ‘foundations of the Temple’”
        “The [Israeli] newspaper Yediot Aharonot yesterday [Dec. 18, 2017] revealed the details of Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev’s plan to allocate 250 million shekels to excavations and searches for the alleged ‘foundations of the Temple’ (sic., the excavations to restore archaeological sites e xclude the Temple Mount complex, where Israel has not excavated, although they include the immediately surrounding areas).”
Palestinian imam repeats libel: “The criminal Jews… invented a Temple… with the goal of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 19, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, hosting Imam of the Silwad Mosque Sheikh Taleb Al-Silwadi

Official PA TV host: “Honorable Sheikh, at this point especially, and in our talk about the second among mosques, meaning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, no Temple or synagogue was built before it, or any of those mistaken statements.”
Imam of the Silwad Mosque Sheikh Taleb Al-Silwadi: “Correct, the criminal Jews – in other words, they talk about the alleged Temple of Solomon. They invented a temple, planned, and so forth with the goal of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque… and the Al-Aqsa Mosque will never be destroyed, Allah willing, and it will remain exalted and Jerusalem will, Allah willing, be a capital and it will forever remain the capital of the State of Palestine, Allah willing.”
Head of the Supreme Muslim Councilresponds to US official's statement on Western Wall being part of Israel in future: The Western Wall "is an Islamic waqf that will remain as such until Judgment Day"
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 18, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Muslim Council: The Al-Buraq Wall is an Islamic waqf and will remain as such”
        “Head of [the independent organization] the Supreme Muslim Council and [head] preacher in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ikrima Sabri came out with a statement in response to what was reported in the media outlets regarding the claim of senior American officials that ‘The Al-Buraq Wall (sic., the official said “the Western Wall,” see below for actual quote) will be part of Israel in the end !’
He said: ‘This is a false claim and arrogance that has crossed all lines, and these loud ones do not understand that the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is part of the western wall of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that it is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) that will remain as such until Judgment Day.’
He added: ‘No one in the world has a right to do as they please with the Al-Buraq Wall, whether he is a Muslim or not a Muslim, and whether it’s the US or someone else, as all of these are completely invalid acts.’”

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PA Council head: The Western Wall is an Islamic holy site, Jews "have nothing", there are no Jewish archeological remnants on the Temple Mount
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 18, 2017
Headline: "Issa: The Al-Buraq is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and Israeli archeologists have not found any Jewish antiquities under the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
       "Expert on international law, [Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Hanna Issa… said in an interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: 'The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an inseparable part of the area of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque that stands on 144.25 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres).' …
He added: 'In contrast, they [the Jews] have nothing. They cry over the claimed destruction of the Temple, but Israeli archeologists themselves have searched under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and have not found even one Jewish archeological remnant."
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Abbas’ spokesman denies US statement on the Western Wall being part of Israel in a future peace process
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2017
Headline: “In response to a senior American official who said that the Al-Buraq Wall is part of Israel – Abu Rudeina: We will not agree to any change of the borders of occupied East Jerusalem”
          “Official [PA] Presidential Office Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that ‘We will not agree to any change of the borders of East Jerusalem, which was occupied in 1967.’
This was said in response to the statements of a senior American official in the While House who said that the US views the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which the Jews call ‘the Wailing Wall,’ as part of the State of Israel. Abu Rudeina said: ‘This American position again confirms that the present American administration is completely outside of the peace process.’”

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Editor-in-Chief of official PA daily after US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: “Interference with its history or attempt to change its status… will lead to violence and an explosion of the region... this will open the gates of Hell”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the PA media campaign for Jerusalem

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija: “There is a very important slogan and we adhere to it: ‘If the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) passed, the Trump promise [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] will not pass.’ We will act on this basis in the official and private Palestinian media and Arab media… The future of Jerusalem is the future of the peace and stability in the region. Any interference with its history or attempt to change its status in any way other than the negotiation table will lead to violence and an explosion of the region in a way whose end will be bad. Simply, the message is: Jerusalem is the gate to peace in the region and the world; and at the same time, Jerusalem is the gate to war, and to violence and terror, if it does not achieve its freedom and its historical status regarding Palestine as the capital of the State of Palestine, and as a great city of tolerance and peace for the whole world…
It cannot be that we will be dragged into the matter of religious struggle, as this will open the gates of Hell in the region. When faiths clash with each other, there is much bloodshed… It is foolishness to think of changing the history and identity of Jerusalem… Jerusalem is a great city of all of the religions, not only of Islam and Christianity; it is a great city of all of the religions.”

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PA Ministry of Information: US VP Mike Pence’s planned visit to the Western Wall is “a violation of international law,” Jews have no connection to the Temple Mount or Wall, US promotes Israeli "war crimes"
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 16, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information: The Al-Buraq [Wall] is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the US can give Israel the White House”
       “The [PA] Ministry of Information said that US Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to make an official visit to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is a violation of international law, a further step in the provocation of the world, and a continuation of the blind bias in favor of the occupation.  The ministry emphasized that the Al-Buraq Wall was, still is, and will remain Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic as UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) determined when it rejected any historical connection between the Jews and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) and this wall. The ministry said that [US] President [Donald] Trump and his Vice [President] Pence can give Israel the White House in its entirety or give it the capital, Washington. But to do as they please with a land, history, present, and future that do not belong to them is support for terror and encouragement to commit war crimes and ethnic cleansing against the members of our people, particularly in Jerusalem.”

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PA Supreme Fatwa Council rejects US recognition of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the occupied Palestinian land, and there is no legality to the existence of the occupation on any bit of it”
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 14, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Fatwa Council: Jerusalem belongs to us by virtue of an irrefutable divine decree”
      “The [PA Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council adamantly rejected American President [Donald Trump’s] decision to give occupied Jerusalem as a capital to the Israeli occupation entity state. It explained that this decision - which was given by one without ownership to one without a right – is illegal and constitutes a grave threat to the peace and stability in the region and a blatant attack against the rights of the Palestinian people and of the Arab and Islamic nation that are behind it.  This is because Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the occupied Palestinian land, and there is no legality to the existence of the occupation on any bit of it, and it and its holy sites - and the diamond in its crown, the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque - will remain in the souls of the Muslims and Arabs and will not be relinquished or bargained over. Our people, its leadership, and its factions refuse to hand over the keys to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to any foreign party, regardless of the cost and the sacrifices.”

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Fatah officials call for Intifada in the wake of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 14, 2017
“Hundreds of citizens gathered yesterday [Dec. 13, 2017] in the center of Jericho in order to condemn US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state.
Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council Secretary [and] District Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Majed Al-Fatiani and Fatah Secretary [in Hebron] Jihad Abu Al-Asal participated in the mass procession that passed through the streets of the city…
Al-Fatiani said that it is our people’s fate to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) on the land of Palestine, stand firm in it, and protect its Islamic and Christian holy sites. He added that this role was placed in the hands of our fighting Palestinian people and we will defend Jerusalem with our souls and our bodies, and Jerusalem was and will remain the capital of our Palestinian state.
Al-Asal emphasized that our people, with all of its components, is required to carry out intifada and to rise up to defend Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state and the first direction of prayer. He also emphasized: ‘We say to the entire world that Jerusalem is Arab and Palestinian, with the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and the latest American decision does not give anyone [else] the right [to it].’”

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Fatah official against Trump deciison on Jerusalem: Jerusalem must be called Al-Quds, there will be a "volcanic eruption"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast, hosting Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “Since the first day we have said that the role of the US has ended (i.e., following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below.) [PA President] brother Mahmoud Abbas spoke and said [this], right? Regarding the subject of the US and the subject of the American role, the US is the one that distanced itself… We need struggle and resistance that will maintain the flame which contains hope, and it needs to burn this occupation, end it, and sweep it away… However, we will not agree that the US will be the sole mediator on behalf of the world after what it did… I hope that after today none of us will say Jerusalem [in English] or Jerusalem [in Hebrew]. Its name is Al-Quds, and we must assert the word Al-Quds, so that they will say Al-Quds in all the languages and not say Jerusalem… They cannot understand that in every one of us there is a small Arafat. He threw a rock towards water he thought was still, but discovered that there is a volcanic eruption there and a situation in which the sparks blew up in his face.”

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Abbas: Jerusalem is “a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and Christian city”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “A hundred years have passed since this decision [the Balfour Declaration]. Now comes a different promise, which is given by [US President] Donald Trump to the Zionist movement in order to give it Jerusalem as an additional gift, as if he is giving one of the cities of the US as a gift… President Trump’s unilateral steps do not grant any legitimacy to Israel in Jerusalem. It is a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and Christian city, the eternal capital of Palestine. It is impossible to have a state of Palestine without Jerusalem being its capital. We won’t agree to that. There will not be peace in Jerusalem or in the world without it…  We have no doubt that these unilateral and misdirected steps will encourage the extremist and non-extremist groups to turn the struggle from a political struggle into a religious struggle. And then the world will bear the responsibility. As long as they want a religious struggle, it should bear the responsibility. This is what we have always warned it about and taken care to refuse. We ask a simple question: Who is the one that is setting the religious struggle in motion in the world? Who is the one who invented the terror organizations in the world? We are all asking and we all know the answer…"

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PA Ministry of Education Spokesman supports Palestinian students participating in “popular activities” against US Jerusalem recognition, calls to include PA curriculum in Jerusalem schools
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
PA Ministry of Education Spokesman Sadeq Al-Khadour: “Let me say through [official] PA TV: Regarding the issue of regular attendance at school, the public activities complement [school activity] and do not contradict [it]. The support for Jerusalem is likely to be through confrontations at the checkpoints and the areas of friction, and it is also likely to be through activities of expression by the students through drawings, writing, poems, and active participation. We again say the [PA] Ministry of Education will also support the popular activities, without harming the regular [school] activity, particularly when most of the activities are done after 12:00 p.m.” […]
Official PA TV host: “We must mention the attack that is being waged against the curricula of the schools in Jerusalem, and the occupation’s attempt to divert the truth [and] distort the curricula. [How are you] dealing with these difficulties and transferring these efforts to Jerusalem?”
Sadeq Al-Khadour: “Jerusalem has a special status. At the end of last year [2016], we organized the Freedom Carnival with the participation of 30,000 students in Jerusalem, and thousands were at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, wrote inscriptions, and waved flags… We have announced steps to support the religious ruling of his honor [PA] Mufti [Muhammad Hussein] regarding the Palestinian curriculum in Jerusalem (i.e., ruling that called to reject the Israeli curriculum.).”

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Hosts of official PA TV program claim Jerusalem is the 'Eternal capital of the State of Palestine'
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning

Visual:
Throughout the broadcast there is a circle in the upper left corner of the screen with changing pictures of sites in Jerusalem such as the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and under them is the text: "Jerusalem is for us."

Official PA TV host: “Today – Tuesday, Dec. 12 [2017] – is the sixth consecutive day of Palestine This Morning’s special coverage regarding Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.”

Note: the broadcasts follow US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, see note below

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “Jerusalem is being raped by the Israeli occupation”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, report from studio in Gaza, interview with Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza Amal Hamad

Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza Amal Hamad: “(Amal Hamad is asked about the influence of Palestinian women on the issue of Jerusalem –Ed.) Women are a main engine. Women are 50% of the force of society… I view Jerusalem as being raped. Jerusalem is being raped by the Israeli occupation. And the word ‘rape’ for us, as women, has great significance. Therefore women are required to struggle against this rape and for the Palestinian people’s right to liberation and getting rid of the Israeli occupation’s rape of Jerusalem. America now is absolutely not a patron of the peace process, it no longer has a true role, and it is not a mediator. It has already become a partner and ally of the occupation state, and it is a party in the conflict. The Palestinian leadership has clear standpoints: It is not meeting with American Vice President [Mike Pence], and this is a responsible and clear position. Secondly, [the leadership] has said that America has removed itself from the peace process…"

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Fatah Facebook promotes stone throwing “for Jerusalem” following US recognition of the city as Israel's capital
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 12, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “For you, O our Jerusalem
#Jerusalem_the_eternal_capital_of_Palestine”

The statement is a counter statement to the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below)

Text on image: “For you, O our Jerusalem”
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Fatah posts image of stone throwing woman with text protesting US Jerusalem decision: “Jerusalem the capital of Palestine”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 12, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Jerusalem_the_capital_of_Palestine”

The statement is a counter statement to the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below. The image shows a masked Palestinian woman using a slingshot while wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), yellow Fatah headband, yellow Fatah scarf, and a black shirt featuring the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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PLO official: Transfer of US embassy to Jerusalem is a “declaration of war,” the “popular uprising” will become an intifada
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 12, 2017
      “Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf emphasized that the Palestinian leadership firmly refuses any meeting with American Vice President [Mike Pence] or any party from the American administration. He also said that the American administration’s decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem is a sort of declaration of war against our Palestinian people, and a prelude to carrying out the plots that strive to eliminate the Palestinian cause through what is called ‘the deal of the century’ or ‘the regional solution.’
Abu Yusuf said in an interview with the media outlets that the popular uprising in response to [US President Donald] Trump’s decisions will continue and become an intifada of return, freedom, and independence...”
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Fatah Facebook page posts image of masked Palestinian with the words: “Jerusalem is our capital”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
Posted text: “#Jerusalem_is_our_capital”

The image shows a masked Palestinian in the center, and to the right a Palestinian raising his arm and wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress). In the bottom of the image is written “The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission.”

Text on image: “Jerusalem is our capital”
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PA Religious Minister: “Jerusalem and all of the Islamic sites belong only to the Muslims”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 11, 2017
Headline: “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs: Our people will stand against all of Israel’s attempts to impose facts on the ground at our holy sites”
        “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is emphasized that Jerusalem and all of the Islamic sites belong only to the Muslims, and that the Palestinian people will stand against all of the Israeli attempts seeking to establish facts on the ground at the holy sites, with the support and help of all the members of the Arab and Islamic world and the decent people of the world.”
Cartoon in PA daily shows Trump as a caveman dragging an unconscious dove in one hand with a club in the other, accusing Trump of ‘killing’ potential peace
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
Cartoon published in the official PA daily
The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump depicted as a caveman with a club in hand dragging an unconscious dove representing peace, after evidently clubbing it. The cartoon refers to Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and beginning the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem.
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah Facebook page calls for the ‘rage’ to continue, with image of a Palestinian with a rock in his hand
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
Posted text:  “The rage continues
#Jerusalem_is_our_capital”

The image shows a Palestinian with a rock in his hand. He is wearing a mask featuring the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. On his head is a keffiyeh (Arab headdress). In the bottom of the image is written “The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission.”

Text on image: “#The_rage_of_Jerusalem
The rage continues”
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Fatah Facebook page calls for ‘Rage for the Al-Aqsa mosque,’ with image of a Palestinian aiming a slingshot
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

 
Posted text: “Rage for the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

The image shows a masked Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and aiming a slingshot prior to firing it. A Palestinian flag is seen behind him, and an upraised fist is seen next to him. In the bottom of the image is written “The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission.”

Text on image: “#The_rage_of_Jerusalem”
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Fatah Facebook page posts photo of Palestinian carrying a bar with fire in the background, with the words: “Nothing will break us”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
Posted text: “Nothing will break us
#Rage_for_the_Al-Aqsa_Mosque”

The image shows a masked Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and carrying a bar, with flames in the background. In the bottom left corner appears an raised fist. In the bottom of the image is written “The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission.”

Text on image: “Nothing will break us
This morning we will triumph, and we will unite the flags and the sad nations with a Palestinian banner
#The_rage_of_Jerusalem”
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Fatah secretary threatens violence: Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem “is declaration of war… we are prepared for the return to the prisons and arenas of Martyrdom-death”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2017
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital

Secretary of Fatah in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour: “We in the Fatah Movement and in all the echelons of the Movement and the leadership have said that this [American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] is a declaration of war. It’s the collapse of the peace process. This will blow up the street. The Fatah Movement has begun a chain of meetings with all of the leaders on the ground in the regional branches, the [Fatah] Shabiba [Movement], and all of its offices. The issue of Jerusalem is a central issue for all of the Muslims, all of the Arabs, and all of the free people in the world. Whoever wants to play with fire in Jerusalem will bear the consequences of this [American] decision and will deal with the transfer of the American embassy to the holy city [of Jerusalem]. We believed in politics and believed in peace, but we see now that peace is killing our dream of establishing our state, and that the world recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state. [Therefore,] we will deny politics and peace and we will return. We are prepared for the return. The leadership has said that we are prepared for the return to the prisons and arenas of Martyrdom-death (Shahada). This is an honor for us.”

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PLO Official: “Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is worse than the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and that it constitutes a catastrophe”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 10, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The prisoners’ freedom is part of our people’s right to self-determination, and the American position regarding Jerusalem is worse than the Balfour Promise

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said… in his speech at the start of the Fourth European Conference for Support for the Prisoners of Palestine… that Israel, as an occupying power, is carrying out organized crimes against the prisoners and their rights, violating international law, and acting in contradiction of human justice, which places the lives and fate of the prisoners in grave danger
He said that Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is worse than the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and that it constitutes a catastrophe (Nakba) and disaster directed against the international institutions, a just peace, and human justice.”


Op-ed in PA daily: “Israeli archaeologists… have not found a single archaeological remnant related to the third Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist of the official PA daily

Headline: "Refuting the lies [about] reality "
"As part of his excuses that are unfounded and contrary to reality, [US President] Donald Trump claimed that he did nothing but recognize the reality in Jerusalem (i.e., by recognizing it as Israel’s capital)…
He contradicted history when he claimed that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel and the Jews for 3,000 years.
It is not the intention to examine the falsification of history and ignorance [in Trump's claim], or the alignment with the false Zionist narrative, because that is as clear as the sun. If Trump wants to know the truth, he can turn to the Israeli archaeologists who have searched for the last 70 years and have not found a single archaeological remnant related to the third Temple (sic., no third Temple has ever been built, and numerous evidence of the previous two Temples has been found -Ed.), or even other archaeological remnants that are connected to Jews in Palestine in general (sic., such archaeological evidence is abundant –Ed.)"
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Image on Facebook page of PA Presidential Guard presents all of Israel as Palestine, with Dome of the Rock
Source: Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guards, Dec. 9, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guard
The image shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and in it is seen the Dome of the Rock. To the left of the map appears a dove, and standing in front of the map is a Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and carrying a Palestinian flag. This is in response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer the US embassy there.

Posted text:
“Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine
#Jerusalem_is_the_capital_of_the_State_of_Palestine”

Text on image: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of the State of Palestine”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
 
 
Secretary of PLO Executive Committee: “The Palestinians will not speak with the US until US President Donald Trump takes back his decision regarding Jerusalem”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2017
Headline: “Erekat: There are no conversations with the American administration until it takes back its decision regarding Jerusalem”

“The [Qatari] news channel Al-Jazeera quoted Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat, who said yesterday [Dec. 8, 2017] that the Palestinians will not speak with the US until US President Donald Trump takes back his decision regarding Jerusalem. Erekat… added that the [PA] leadership is examining all of the possibilities in order to respond to Trump’s decision.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Mahmoud Abbas welcomes the international condemnation of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president welcomes the international consensus condemning the American decision to consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the large international consensus condemning the American decision to consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel, which happened during a [UN] Security Council meeting held yesterday evening [Dec. 8, 2017] in order to discuss the decision…
The president said: ‘We again express our opposition to the American position regarding Jerusalem.’ He emphasized that with this position, the US is no longer fit to sponsor the peace process.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah Movement Spokesman: “US President Donald Trump’s declaration on his country’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel …is ‘a declaration of war against the Palestinian people.’”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: Trump’s decision is invalid and constitutes a declaration of war against our people

The Fatah Movement said yesterday [Dec. 8, 2017] that US President Donald Trump’s declaration on his country’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and on the transfer of the embassy there is ‘a declaration of war against the Palestinian people.’
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said… that ‘Fatah completely rejects Trump’s decision’…
Al-Qawasmi emphasized that Trump’s decision has put an end to the role of the US as any sort of mediator in the political process, and destroyed the political process by violating international law.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
PA TV newsreader wears black shirt with text: “Jerusalem – the capital of the State of Palestine”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 9, 2017

 
Official PA TV News, on the cancellation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence.
Visual: The official PA TV newsreader is wearing a black shirt with the logo of the official PA TV channel on it and the text: “Jerusalem – the capital of the State of Palestine.”
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Abbas’ advisor incites religious war: US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital is “a crime against humanity... How do Muslims... allow this sin? … It will open the gates of hell”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 8, 2017

Official PA TV, Friday prayers at the mosque at the PA headquarters in Ramallah, sermon by Mahmoud Al-Habbash
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Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "This crime that American President [Trump] committed [by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] is not only against Palestine, but also against all of humanity, against the Muslims, and against the Christians. How does he allow himself to give the keys to Jerusalem to those who are not its people? He wants to repeat the sin and crime of [former British Foreign Secretary] Balfour... How do the Muslims of the world allow this sin? How do the Christians of the world allow handing over the keys to [the Church of] the Holy Sepulchre to those who are not from Jerusalem, to those who are not Palestinians... It could be that everyone knows and everyone assumes that this sin, which the American president committed, will open the gates of hell, as Sheikh Al-Azhar said – not only in the East, but in both the East and the West. Nobody should think, wherever he is in the world, that he will be able to prevent the consequences of this sin... Jerusalem is ours and not yours. It has been ours for 5,000 years and it will remain ours until Allah will inherit the earth and whoever is on it."
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Fatah official: Trump is "crazy," his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is "completely rejected… Jerusalem will never be Jewish"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2017
       "Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen said: ‘From Al-Usoud Square in the heart of Ramallah and El-Bireh, these masses have come to say to America’s crazy man [US President Donald Trump] that his decision is completely rejected, has no legal or practical value, and Jerusalem will never be Jewish and will remain Arab Palestinian and Islamic-Christian.’
Muhaisen called on the American administration and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government to again review history and learn lessons from it, as the occupation’s American arsenal has not succeeded during 70 years of aggression in eliminating the identity, right, and struggle, and these strides will also not break the will of the Palestinian people.”
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Fatah Central Committee member says salaries and payments to terrorists and their families “cannot be neglected under any pressure”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2017
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah), and Fatah Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon] Azzam Al-Ahmad said that American President Donald Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is a type of kindling of a religious conflict and encouraging of terror and violence
Al-Ahmad referred to the fact that this American step comes at the same time as the decision published by Congress regarding reducing the amount of American aid to the PA (i.e., referring to the Taylor Force Act; see note below), in an attempt to apply pressure to stop the aid to the families of the courageous Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, and said: ‘The Martyrs and prisoners are equal in value to the sanctity of the Palestinian land, and taking care of and aiding them cannot be neglected under any pressure.”
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Fatah official: US VP Pence is not welcome in the PA, following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2017
Headline: “Rajoub: The US vice president is not welcome in Palestine”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub said that American Vice President Mike Pence, who is supposed to visit the region this month, is not welcome in Palestine. Rajoub said: ‘I say on behalf of Fatah that we will not welcome [US President Donald] Trump’s vice [president] in the Palestinian territories. He asked to meet with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas on Dec. 19 [2017] in Bethlehem, but this meeting will not take place. We ask the rest of the Arab capitals not to meet with an American leader so long as he says that united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel.’”
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Photo on Fatah’s official Facebook page shows an American flag being burned and an Israeli flag being hung beside it
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Dec. 8, 2017
Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows an American flag being burned, and an Israeli flag being hung next to it by masked men also to be burned. This comes after US President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating his intention to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; see note below.
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Posted text: “#Picture
Fatah Movement activists a short while ago locking up a club in Jericho that was funded by American institutions and burning the flag of the US and of the Israeli occupation”
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Official PA daily headline on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “Blatant American aggression against justice and history”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017

Headline banner published in the official PA daily, following US President Donald Trump’s statement on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem. The headline banner shows the Temple Mount with the western part of Jerusalem seen in the background.

Text on headline banner: “Blatant American aggression against justice and history”
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PA Ministry of Education calls for suspension of studies in order for teachers and students to participate in processions
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
     "The factions of national and Islamic action declared a general strike today [Dec. 7, 2017] throughout the homeland, which will include the schools, as a sign of opposition to US President [Donald] Trump's decisions (i.e., recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transferring the embassy; see note below).
The factions called on the Palestinian public to participate in processions that will take place in the city centers.
The [PA] Ministry of Education announced a suspension of studies in all of the schools in the homeland today (Thursday) [parentheses in source]… The ministry called on its employees, the teachers, and the students of the high schools, universities, and colleges to participate in the processions in their masses… Last night the Ramallah and Bethlehem municipalities turned off [the lights on] the Christmas trees at Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat Square and at the Church of the Nativity plaza in condemnation of the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer its embassy to Jerusalem."
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PLO Executive Committee Secretary: “President Trump distanced the US from playing any role in any peace process”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: "'Slap of the century’ (play on words, rhymes with ‘deal of the century’ –Ed.) – Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel!”
     “US President Donald Trump yesterday [Dec. 6, 2017] declared that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This decision has put an end to a 20-year-old American policy. Trump’s declaration came at a time when the world is talking about what is called the ‘deal of the century,’ which the American administration is formulating in order to establish peace in the Middle East…
The PLO said that Trump’s decision on Jerusalem ‘destroys’ any chance for the two-state solution. PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said: ‘Unfortunately, President Trump has destroyed any chance for the two-state solution.’ He explained: ‘I think that tonight President Trump distanced the US from playing any role in any peace process.’”
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Fatah military wings in Gaza: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “crime,” call for “armed confrontation”
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: “Fatah’s military wings: We call on our people to [wage] an armed confrontation against the occupation”
       “The Fatah Movement’s military wings in the Gaza Strip published a statement in which they condemned what they described as [US President Donald] Trump’s crime in declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Fatah’s military wings said that the American decision is worthless and is a kind of mercy killing of the peace process and agreement, and that the Palestinian people will adhere to what deceased [PA] President Yasser Arafat said: ‘There is not one among us who will concede an inch of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of Palestine.’ Fatah’s wings explained that Trump’s decision is a declaration of war not only against the Palestinians, but also against the Arabs and Muslims throughout the world, and they called on the Fatah members and the masses of the Palestinian people to [wage] an armed confrontation against the occupation in [all] places where it is located.”
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Fatah posts burning picture of Trump with text: "Jerusalem, Palestine's heart is not up for negotiations"
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission‎, Dec. 7, 2017

Text and picture posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission

The image shows a burning picture of US President Donald Trump with a red x over his face and the following text in English below his picture: "Jerusalem, Palestine's heart is not up for negotiations"
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah posts pictures of anti-US and anti-Israel demonstration in Cairo protesting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 7, 2017

Pictures and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The pictures show Israeli flags being burned and signs held at a demonstration in Cairo following US President Donald Trump's speech in which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Posted text: "Pictures of burning the Israeli flag at a demonstration in Cairo that rejects US President [Donald] Trump's statement that Jerusalem is the capital of the occupation."

Text on signs:  "Jerusalem the capital of Palestine – death to Israel!"
The resistance lives, Trump will fall – patron of the Zionists!"
"America will fall!"
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
PA Minister of Religion: US President Trump “declared and incited a religious war” when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel`s capital
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “I say that when the hostile one [US President Donald Trump] signed this criminal decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], he declared and incited a religious war.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Fatah official: US President Trump is an “ignoramus… thinks he can give Jerusalem to Israel as he gave his daughter to Kushner”
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: “We are standing before this ignoramus (i.e., US President Donald Trump), who has attempted to make himself like [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour of 2017 by giving a national home to the Jews in Palestine. He came to place himself over something that does not belong to him, as if it were a business deal. Like he gave his daughter Ivanka to [Jared] Kushner, he thinks he can give Jerusalem to Israel. In other words, a business deal…
I think that now he is not only our enemy, but also his own enemy, the enemy of the international community, the enemy of Europe, of Turkey, and of the Arabs who [just] yesterday were his pawns… [Jerusalem] is [the place of] lord Muhammad’s Night Journey, [and the place of] Jesus’ resurrection. It is the earth’s gate to Heaven. This fool will not be able to change anything. Therefore, now the options are open and no one will blame us… Everyone needs to put a picture of Trump with a donkey on his head – let them burn him and hang him. We need to see [a picture of] Trump on every street and step on it… Now, I declare today that Trump has joined terror. Terror is the highest form of occupation known to man (sic., generally “occupation” and “terror” are reversed in this sentence). This terrorist occupation – currently the American administration is terrorist, it has joined the Likud (i.e., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party). Therefore, the extremists in Israel and Trump are two sides of the same coin.”

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Fatah official: Trump stole from the Arab nation, gave keys to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Jews
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub
: “What [US President Donald] Trump did today [Dec. 6, 2017] is an act of theft [from] the Arab nation in a live and direct broadcast. This is a coup against the historical, legal, and religious place of Jerusalem. Today Trump gave the keys of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and [Church of the] Holy Sepulchre to the Jews.”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
On picture of Trump, Fatah replaces text of US memorandum declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital with "Jerusalem the eternal capital of Palestine"
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 6, 2017

Picture and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows US President Donald Trump holding pages on which are written: "Jerusalem the eternal capital of Palestine"
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
PA government calls on Palestinians to protest against US Jerusalem decision, says those who “stood upright” during previous unrest “will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city" and to "Judaize" it
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
     “During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called on the masses of our people – with all of its groups and wherever it is located – to express their opposition to the dangerous American intentions to transfer the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
The government emphasized that the members of our people – who stood upright during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented a spectacular example of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity. The government emphasized that transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will threaten the peace and security in our region and the world.”
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In anticipation of US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, Fatah official calls on Palestinians “to go out into the streets to express rage”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on US President Donald Trump’s impending decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem

Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen:
“Today, Israel - together with the US - can make the decision it wants as they think [best]. Therefore, we say to our Palestinian people everywhere it is located: There will be activities starting today, but tomorrow all of the Palestinians everywhere they are located must go out into the streets in order to express rage and condemnation of this step. And beyond that I say: If the American president [Trump] gives this speech, it means that he doesn’t care about the Arab response.”
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Jamal Muhaisen also holds the following positions: Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank and PLO Central Council member.
PA Security Forces spokesman on US decision on Jerusalem: The Palestinian people will defend Jerusalem “with all of its capabilities;” "Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat in Jerusalem”
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 6, 2017
      “General Political Commissioner [of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority] and [PA] Security Forces Official Spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri said that if the American administration transfers its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel], this will put the US in a confrontation with all of the peoples of the region and the entire world. This will also turn it from a state that is biased in favor of the occupation into a state that is a partner in the occupation, will endanger its interests in the region, and will disprove its false claims according to which it respects international law and the decisions of international bodies…
He added that everyone must prepare for the next step after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem [as the capital of Israel], and said that the Palestinian people, with all of its components, will not accept this and will come out with all of its capabilities to defend Jerusalem, which is not only Palestinian, but also Arab and Islamic, and Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and its surroundings; we will defend it and protect this precious diamond with all of our force."
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Palestinian National and Islamic Forces call for “days of popular rage” if the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: “The National and Islamic Forces: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – days of popular rage”
      “The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] called to hold ‘days of popular rage’ in protest of a possible American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer the American embassy to it from Tel Aviv.
The forces declared ‘Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as days of popular rage throughout the homeland, gatherings in all the city centers, and sit-down strikes in front of the American embassy and consulates.’”
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Palestinian National and Islamic Forces - an unaffiliated coordinating body comprised of representatives from factions in the PLO and outside the PLO. The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces were established in 2000 shortly after the start of the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), under the authorization of Yasser Arafat and the leadership of terrorist Marwan Barghouti. During the PA terror campaign it played an active role in coordinating political efforts and terror attacks against Israel, but since the end of the campaign it has been less significant and its activity is primarily centered in Gaza.
Image on Fatah facebook page shows Yasser Arafat on a backdrop of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock with the text: “Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 6, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching to Jerusalem #HandsOffAlQuds”

The text is a well-known quote by former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat –Ed.

The image shows Yasser Arafat on the right, with the Dome of the Rock seen behind him and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the left, while Palestinian flags are shown flying in the middle. A keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern is superimposed on the top left of the image.

Text on image: “Good morning
Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem”

This image was posted shortly before US President Trump was to announce US administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Fatah Bethlehem branch Facebook page posts video of Palestinians shouting: “The US – the head of the snake; The US – a terror state”
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 6, 2017
Video posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

 
The video shows a group of protesters in Bethlehem demonstrating against US President Donald Trump’s official announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem. The protesters are trampling on pictures of Trump and chanting.

Protesters: “The US – as usual
The US – the head of the snake;
The US – a terror state;
And we are not afraid of it;
(The next two lines are in English –Ed.)
No good morning, no good night;
O America, we will fight;
The US – as usual;
The US – the head of the snake;
The US – a terror state, and we are not afraid of it;
Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching to Jerusalem”
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Abbas on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “These measures… serve extremist groups attempting to turn the conflict in our region into a religious war”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 6, 2017
     “RAMALLAH, December 6, 2017 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that with US President Donald Trump declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, he has chosen to disregard all international resolutions and bilateral agreements, preferring to ignore and contradict the international consensus expressed by many countries and leaders of the world, its spiritual leaders and regional organizations over the past few days on the issue of Jerusalem.
He said in a speech in response to Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, "These measures are a reward to Israel’s violations of international resolutions and an encouragement for Israel to continue its policy of occupation, settlements, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”
Abbas added, “These measures also serve extremist groups attempting to turn the conflict in our region into a religious war that is dragging the region, which is living critical situations in the midst of international conflicts and endless wars. This is what we have always warned of and we have rejected and fought.”
He said, “These measures, which are denounced and rejected, are a deliberate undermining of all efforts to achieve peace, and is a declaration of the withdrawal of the United States from playing the role which it has played over the past decades as a peace broker.”
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Fatah spokesman on possible US embassy move to Jerusalem: “This blatant American attack will ignite the entire region;” claims move is “deliberate attempt” to spark a “religious conflict”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will turn Washington into a party that is harming the peace process"
      "The Fatah Movement said that the position of the US regarding transferring its embassy to Jerusalem is a serious violation of all of the international decisions and a crossing of all the red lines, which is liable to cause tension in the entire region. Fatah Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said yesterday evening [Dec. 5, 2017] that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is clear aggression against the rights of the Palestinian people, and that it will confirm that Washington cannot remain a party in the peace process, but rather [will become] a party that is harming the peace process in the Middle East. He added that… this blatant American attack will ignite the entire region, as Jerusalem lives in the heart of every Arab, Muslim, and Christian, and the American step constitutes a deliberate attempt to turn the conflict with the occupation into a religious conflict in the region."

PLO Committee Member declares day of rage: “the American administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel… is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nation”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: “The Arab and Palestinian contacts are continuing in order to block the American intentions”

PLO Executive Committee member Zakariya Al-Agha said that the American administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or transfer of its embassy to [Jerusalem] is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nation
He emphasized that our people will not sit by idly in light of this standpoint, which harms the Palestinian rights and principles…
The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced that tomorrow (Wednesday) [Dec. 6, 2017] there will be rage in all of its schools, as a sign of opposition to the American standpoint regarding Jerusalem, and as a sign of opposition to the possible decision of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem or declaring it the capital of the occupation.
The ministry emphasized that activities will be held in condemnation [of this standpoint], with the participation of students, the entire education community, and the national institutions in all of the schools in the homeland
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PA Deputy Prime Minister: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be ‘something unacceptable that encompasses dangers whose end will be bad and bitter’
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: "The PA to the American consul: Any negative decision regarding Jerusalem will release the [PA] leadership from any previous understandings with the American administration"

"The official contacts and proceedings to prevent a declaration by the US on transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel continued on the Islamic, Arab, and Palestinian level.

Regarding this, the PA yesterday [Dec. 4, 2017] officially announced its opposition to any decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. [PA] Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr conveyed an official message from the PA to the American administration during his meeting yesterday in his office in Ramallah with American Consul General Donald Blome.
In an official statement, it was said that Abu Amr notified the American consul of ‘the PA's objection to any step or decision the American administration takes to harm the status quo in Jerusalem.' He noted: 'If the American administration takes such a step, this will be considered a matter deserving condemnation, which contradicts the role of the American administration as a mediator and patron of the peace process. This will remove it from this role and close any opening for the continuation of a serious peace process.'
Abu Amr added that the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem or recognition by the American administration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is ‘something unacceptable that encompasses dangers whose end will be bad and bitter.’ He warned that 'this would increase the tension and instability in the entire region.’

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Cartoon on official Fatah Facebook page shows Palestinian cutting off arm of Jewish man in front of the Al-Aqsa mosque
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The cartoon shows an arm – with the end of a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) trailing along it - coming down from above and using a cleaver to chop off the hand of a Jew reaching towards the Dome of the Rock and leaving scratch marks on it with his long fingernails. The Jew is caricaturized by a large nose, the brim of a black hat, and a Star of David on his sleeve.

Posted text: "We will cut off any hand extended towards you with malicious intent
#Jerusalem_capital_of_Palestine
#HandsOffAlQuds"

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Editorial in official PA daily: If Trump “illegally recognizes Jerusalem as the occupation state’s capital” it will “be the opening of the gates of hell in the region”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
H eadline: “Jerusalem is a red line – and more than that”

Excerpt of editorial of the official PA daily

“US President Donald Trump will not achieve any deal to implement peace in the Middle East if he follows the path of the extremist Israeli right-wing and illegally recognizes Jerusalem as the occupation state’s capital…
The only significance of destroying the chances for peace will be the opening of the gates of hell in the region, which will spread the terror in it even more than the current situation. This will not serve the interests of anyone, and particularly [not] the US. Under no circumstances is there a threat towards any side in this warning against the severe danger; this warning is simply a statement of human and cultural responsibility, a statement that the State of Palestine… thinks must be spread at this time, and be examined carefully with objective and responsible analysis before the incident occurs and before that whose end will have dire consequences takes place.
That whose end will have dire consequences is dangerous, very dangerous. Will the US understand this before it will be too late? It must understand this if it truly is interested in establishing peace in the Middle East, and certainly there is no peace in the Middle East other than the peace that Palestine hopes for… the peace of truth, justice, and dignity ; the peace of tolerance and productive coexistence between the peoples and nations; the peace of Jerusalem, the capital of peace, with its authentic Palestinian identity and with its firmly established Arab identity, as it has been throughout history.”

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Official PA daily front page headline: “Jerusalem is a red line – and more than that”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
The main headline on the front page of the official PA daily, which appears without an accompanying article, and which is the same as the headline of the official PA daily’s editorial in the same edition

Front page headline: “Jerusalem is a red line – and more than that”

The headline is presented in red letters against the background of an image showing the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem.

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Image on Fatah Facebook page shows Palestinian armed with machine gun in front of the Dome of the Rock: “We are answering your call, Jerusalem”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 5, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text and text on image: “We are answering your call, Jerusalem
#HandsOffAlQuds”

The image shows the Dome of the Rock, and a Palestinian masked in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) armed with a machine gun. The upper left shows the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

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Fatah Twitter posts image of Palestinians burning photos of US President Trump to protest embassy move
Source: Official Twitter account of Fatah, Dec. 5, 2017

Picture and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account


The picture shows Palestinians burning a picture of US President Donald Trump at the Chords Bridge, near the main entrance to Jerusalem.

Posted text in English: "Palestinians burn photos of [US President Donald] TRUMP to protest embassy move to #Jerusalem.
#HandsOffAlQuds"

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PLO official: Trump decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem “will drag the region and the entire world towards additional violence, terror, and extremism”
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: "Ashrawi: Transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem confirms Trump’s insistence on dragging the region to the brink of an abyss"
      "PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said: 'American President [Donald Trump's] insistence on transferring the embassy to Jerusalem is a grave matter which has far-reaching consequences that will drag the region and the entire world towards additional violence, terror, and extremism.' […]
She also noted that the fact that the American administration is continuing on this dangerous path confirms Trump’s insistence on dragging the region to the brink of the abyss in a deliberate and premeditated manner, despite all of the intensive attempts and advice that world leaders and the international community have given him, including the Arab states and Europe, in order to dissuade him from making this dangerous decision."
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Fatah youth movement: US announcement on Jerusalem means “opening of all the doors and options before us in order to defend the Arabness of holy Jerusalem”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: "Fatah Shabiba: All of the options are open for Jerusalem"
      "The Fatah Shabiba Secretariat in the West Bank said that any step by the American administration that is in complete alignment with the settler government in Israel means the opening of all the doors and options before us in order to defend the Arabness of holy Jerusalem.
Shabiba said in a notice it published today, Tuesday [Dec, 5, 2017], that the young people of Palestine, led by Fatah Shabiba, will not hesitate to overturn the table and change all of the equations for holy Jerusalem, which is the pride and honor of the Arabs and Muslims."
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The terms "all means”, "all means of resistance," “all forms,” “all options,” are ‎used by PA leaders to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.
Cartoon on Fatah website shows Trump signing embassy transfer with a lit fuse of dynamite in place of a pen
Source: Fatah's Information and Culture Commission website, Dec. 4, 2017
Cartoon published on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission

Headline: “Transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem”

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump signing the order to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump is signing the order with the lit fuse of a stick of dynamite, with many additional sticks of dynamite next to him.

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Fatah spokesperson: `An American decision to transfer the US embassy… would be a declaration of war against the Palestinian people’
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: "Intensive Palestinian-Arab activity"

"Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi warned against the consequences of American recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel] or the transfer of the American embassy to it. Al-Qawasmi said: 'An American decision to transfer the US embassy will ignite the region and block all of the paths that lead to a political process.'

Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front [and PLO Executive Committee member] Wasel Abu Yusuf said that… 'We understand that the American administration is completely biased in favor of the occupation government, but if this matter reaches the point of this administration's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state, this would be a declaration of war against the Palestinian people, which clings to Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, and this would mean the end of the peace process.'"

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PA Mufti: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a “reckless step, which will create a state of anarchy and instability in the region”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: "Occupied Jerusalem yearns for those who love it"

"The dangers to which Jerusalem has been subjected lately are not hidden from anyone's eyes, especially [in light of] the news items that speak about US President Donald Trump’s intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel] and to transfer the American embassy to the holy city [of Jerusalem]…
[PA] Mufti of the Holy Lands, [Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman, and Deputy Secretary-General and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said in response to this matter: 'Harming Jerusalem is liable to affect the entire Islamic world…'
Sheikh Hussein emphasized: 'The attempt to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state is harming the religious and historical status of Jerusalem, and will destroy any attempt to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Arabs and the Israelis…'
He noted that 'Everyone will pay the price if Jerusalem is harmed by any reckless step, which will create a state of anarchy and instability in the region
.’"

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Abbas: “an American decision such as this will destroy the peace process and drag the region into more instability and extremism”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: Any American step connected to Jerusalem constitutes a threat to the future of the political process”

“Following contacts that he is making and efforts that he is investing in order to protect Jerusalem and the sites in it that are holy to Islam and Christianity, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Dec. 3, 2017] sent many letters to world leaders… in which he urged them to intervene with the American administration so that it will not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The president emphasized that an American decision such as this will destroy the peace process and drag the region into more instability and extremism

In a press statement yesterday, PLO [Executive Committee] Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat warned that American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ‘will create dangerous international anarchy.’
Erekat said: ‘If the US truly intends to make a decision and trample international law… it bears the political, legal, and moral responsibility for the end of the international system as we know it today, and for creating a situation of international anarchy whose end will be bad and bitter.’

[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs [and Expatriates] Riyad Al-Malki demanded to convene two unscheduled meetings, one of the Arab League and one of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Al-Malki said that taking this step [of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] ‘will cause the US to lose its role in the peace process, and will mark it as biased in favor of the occupation state and its aspirations of expansion.’”

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Op-ed in Official PA daily: “the American administration… will be recorded in history that it caused the crime of peace’s execution”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2017
Headline: “Peace’s execution in Jerusalem – like the crime of Jesus’ crucifixion”

Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily

“The US will find itself… as one who gives a green light to an additional wave of violence of unknown scope in Palestine and the neighboring Arab countries, and like one who justifies the crimes and barbarity of the terror organizations that harmed the US in September 16 years ago (i.e., the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks), the capitals of Europe, and many places in most of the world’s countries, if it indeed decides to recognize Jerusalem – including East [Jerusalem] – as the capital of Israel, or transfers its embassy to [Jerusalem].
If the leaks to the press are correct, the American administration will be viewed as the one who leads the peace process to the gallows and ties the noose around its neck… and it will be recorded in history that it caused the crime of peace’s execution.”

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Op-ed in Official PA daily: if the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, “it would be like a volcanic explosion that emits lava in every direction”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2017
Headline: “Be careful of harming Jerusalem”

Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

“For the thousandth time one can direct the attention of [US] President Donald Trump and the heads of his administration to the danger of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem. A decision like this is no joke or [mere] tactical matter from the Palestinian point of view; it is a central and essential matter in the Palestinian national struggle. No Palestinian leader is able to relinquish Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Palestine. If the US wants to preserve its interests in the region, if it is concerned about Israel, and if it is interested in fighting terror – it must not consider a decision like this, because it would be like a volcanic explosion that emits lava in every direction.”

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Abbas’ advisor in the name of Abbas: “the entire world will pay the price” for the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: The entire world is liable to pay the price if the reality changes in Jerusalem”

“[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that these days there is much talk targeting Jerusalem , among them [reports] that the US wants to recognize it as the capital of Israel as a prelude to transferring the American embassy to it.
During a speech that he gave yesterday [Dec. 2, 2017] at a ceremony for the birthday of Prophet [Muhammad] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah on behalf of President [Abbas] and in [Abbas’] presence, Al-Habbash added: ‘The clear position of the president, the Palestinian people, the Arab nation, and the Islamic nation is that if this occurs, it means the total destruction of the peace process. We say this clearly – if any change takes place in the political reality of Jerusalem, the entire world will pay the price of this targeting and change.’ He continued: ‘Jerusalem is our capital, and we will not agree to anything else. Any other plan – it would be better that its developers keep it to themselves. This is not only our position; it is the position of the Arab and Islamic nation, led by our brothers in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan.’”

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Abbas: US embassy move or US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital "constitutes a threat to the future of the political process”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2017
Official PA TV News, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' statements about the US intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to the city, made during a meeting with a delegation of the Israeli Arab political party Hadash.

Official PA TV newsreader: "[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas says that the American move connected to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes a threat to the future of the political process, and that it has encountered Palestinian, Arab, and international opposition. This was said during a reception for a delegation of [the Israeli political party Hadash -] the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality at the [PA] presidential headquarters, during which he briefed them on the policy developments and efforts being invested to realize national unity [between Fatah and Hamas]."

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Fatah official: Any "attack" by the US administration, like recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital or transferring US embassy, will be considered a "real explosion" of US efforts
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2017
Official PA TV News, on the Palestinian factions and clergy rejecting any American step of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

Fatah Revolutionary Council Secretary Majed Al-Fatiani: "Jerusalem is a red line in Palestinian thought, politics, and principles. Any attack on this issue by the American administration, whether by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital [of Israel] or transferring its embassy to Jerusalem, will be considered a real explosion of all the efforts in which the US is participating."

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PLO Chief Negotiator: “By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” the US is “pushing the region… into the furnace of violence, chaos, extremism, and bloodshed”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2017

PLO Executive Committee Secretary, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat:
"If the US dictates the fate of Jerusalem before the negotiations on the matter – whether by transferring the embassy [to Jerusalem], or what is even more dangerous, by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – this means the end of the entire peace process and the pushing of the region – with its peoples and borders – into the furnace of violence, chaos, extremism, and bloodshed."
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Palestinian news agency publishes Islamic Jihad leader’s message to Israel: ‘O enemy, know that we are coming and that our bullets will reach your chest’
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 1, 2017
Headline: "Al-Batsh: Enabling the resistance in the West Bank will protect our people from the settlers"

"Islamic Jihad Movement leader Khaled Al-Batsh emphasized the need for all of the Palestinian spheres to remain in a state of ongoing confrontation with the occupation, from Jenin (i.e., in the northern West Bank) to Rafah (i.e., in the southern Gaza Strip), whatever the cost may be, and also emphasized that we are waging all of our battles with determination and honor.
In a speech he gave during a vigil that Islamic Jihad organized at the Jabalia [refugee] camp as a sign of support for the residents of the village of Qusra in Nablus who are subject to attacks by the settlers (sic., the residents assaulted a group of young Jews hiking near the village on Nov. 30, 2017, and one Jew shot and killed one of the attackers in self-defense), he said: 'Without confronting the occupation, protecting the weapons of the resistance, and conveying a message from our people to the occupation that we are the owners of the right and the land… the world will understand that we have surrendered to the occupation.'

He directed a message to the Israeli occupation by saying: ‘O enemy, know that we are coming and that our bullets will reach your chest as happened yesterday [Nov. 31, 2017] in Beit Hanoun (refers to terrorists in Gaza who fired mortars on Israeli soldiers; none were wounded on the Israeli side –Ed.). We are a people that will not die, and our revenge will not die until we cause the enemy to pay, at any cost, because that is our way.’

He also emphasized [the importance of] the Palestinian national unity, the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation, and the efforts to achieve them at any cost."
Abbas advisor: The Temple Mount will remain a “purely Islamic” mosque under Muslim sovereignty, despite Israeli “acts of falsifying history and distorting historical facts”
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 26, 2017
     "Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash… explained that the Palestinians in all of their varieties and leaders, and the Arabs and Muslims together with them, will never allow the occupation authorities to impose their sovereignty over the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), which was and will remain a purely Islamic mosque, over which non-Muslims have no sovereignty. This is as was determined by divine decree in the holy Quran and also by UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolutions, despite all the acts of falsifying history and distorting historical facts that the Israeli occupation state is attempting to carry out."

Note: Israel has publically stated multiple times that it has no intention whatsoever of changing the status quo at the Temple Mount.
PLO education official: Israel has falsified Jerusalem's "consciousness and memory," excavates under the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to steal it, and appropriates Palestinian culture
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on PA Ambassador to UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Mounir Anastas being appointed Rapporteur of the UNESCO Cultural Committee, hosting Secretary-General of the PLO Palestinian National Council for Education, Culture, and Science Murad Al-Sudani

Secretary-General of the PLO Palestinian National Council for Education, Culture, and Science Murad Al-Sudani: ""There is no time, hour, minute, day, month, or week that it [Israel] does not penetrate the innards of the city [Jerusalem] in order to falsify its consciousness and memory, and in order to excavate under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and above it with the goal of stealing...
[The Israelis] have attributed to themselves the Palestinian Viper (i.e., known as the Viper of the Land of Israel and the scientific name Vipera Palaestinae), the Palestinian Gazelle (i.e., known as the Gazelle of the Land of Israel), Palestinian embroidery, the Palestinian debka (i.e., a type of dance), the Palestinian keffiyeh (i.e., Arab headdress), and most of the Palestinian foods – humus, the broad bean, falafel, [and] shakshouka (i.e., an egg and tomato dish). They steal all of these items in order to create a culture for a people without a culture."

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Preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque: “Muslims have an absolute right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque” including all that it contains
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 10, 2017
    “Imam and Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Yusuf Abu Sneineh said today [Nov. 10, 2017] during his sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… that the Muslims have an absolute right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including all of the mosques, prayer sites, [and] plazas… that it contains.”
PA daily: Israelis visiting the Temple Mount on a Jewish holiday carried out “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, organized by “alleged Temple” organizations
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 16, 2017
Headline: “The occupation is continuing to burden occupied Jerusalem – the settlers are renewing the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Yesterday [Oct. 15, 2017] groups of settlers renewed their invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza through the Lion’s Gate [of the Old City of Jerusalem] amid reinforced protection from the occupation forces, and the settlers carried out provocative dubious tours at the blessed mosque plaza. The Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza was witness to widespread invasions by settlers last week, as a response to the calls of what are called the alleged Temple organizations to their activists and to the settler public to widely participate in collective invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza for the Jewish Sukkot holiday.”

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.

"Alleged Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including the Temple Mount Institute, the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, The Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount and Students for the Temple Mount, which spread awareness of the importance of the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage people to visit the site.
PA Minister: “Israel's claims regarding the finding of Jewish antiquities are a clear falsification of [Jerusalem's] history”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2017
Headline: "Al-Husseini: Reconciliation is the correct path and we need efforts for Jerusalem"
       "Governor of the Jerusalem District [and PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs] Adnan Al-Husseini said: 'The Israeli excavations and [digging of] tunnels in Jerusalem have been going on since 1967. They have caused cracks in the historical buildings and threaten them with collapse. Likewise, most of the antiquities that have been found in these excavations are antiquities from the Islamic culture in its different periods - along with Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad antiquities - and Israel's claims regarding the finding of Jewish antiquities are a clear falsification of the city [of Jerusalem's] history.' Al-Husseini said this yesterday, Wednesday, [Oct. 4, 2017], during a meeting organized by the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate, at which a number of writers, journalists, and intellectuals were present."
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PLO official: The Western Wall (i.e., Judaism's holiest site) “is an inseparable part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and a pure right of the Muslims” that will not be changed by Israel’s “illusions and acts of forgery”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 4, 2017
Headline: “Qurei: The violations and dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque are dangerous and systematic”
       “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei ‘Abu Alaa’… emphasized in a press release yesterday, Tuesday [Oct. 3, 2017], that the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an inseparable part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and a pure right of the Muslims, and the illusions and acts of forgery that the occupation government is carrying out will not change the truth at all, and will not create facts on the ground.”

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode 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."
PA daily calls Jews visiting the Temple Mount for Jewish holidays “gangs of settlers” who carried out “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque because of “alleged Temple” organizations
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2017
Headline: “Wide-scale invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and clashes in Abu Dis”
    “The Al-Aqsa Mosque was witness to wide-scale invasions by gangs of settlers yesterday [Sept. 28, 2017], with reinforced protection from the occupation forces. The alleged Temple organizations called on their activists through their websites and social media to widely and intensively participate in invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday, Thursday, and in the coming days for the ‘Talmudic Hebrew’ (i.e., Jewish) holidays.”

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PA daily refers to Jews visiting the Temple Mount as “invasions” and “provocative tours,” that heard explanations about the “alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 26, 2017
Headline: “Settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning under increased security”
     “Approximately 120 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Sept. 25, 2017] through the Mughrabi Gate, under increased security by the occupation forces. The invasions were perpetrated by small groups that carried out provocative tours at the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque plaza; they also listened to explanations about the alleged Temple in the area of the ‘locked’ Gate of Mercy, while many worshippers were in the mosque’s plaza.”

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.
Palestinian lawyers submit complaint against Greek Orthodox church for selling land to Israelis in Jerusalem: “Crimes that constitute a betrayal of the homeland”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 31, 2017
Headline: “Lawyers submit a legal complaint to the [PA] attorney general against illegal selling and transferring of Christian endowment lands”
     “Approximately 21 lawyers submitted a legal complaint to [PA] Attorney General Ahmed Barrak yesterday [Aug. 30, 2017] against illegal selling and transferring of the Christian endowment lands in Palestine to the occupation and the settler organizations by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos [III]. Deputy Chairman of the [PA] Bar Association Nael Al-Houh said during a sit-in strike in front of the [PA] attorney general’s office… that ‘This complaint is against the head of the [Greek Orthodox] community, even as we emphasize that we respect all of the Christian communities.’ He emphasized that lands belonging to the Palestinian people are being stolen, plundered, and transferred illegally in occupied Jerusalem. Al-Houh noted that the Palestinians – Muslims and Christians alike – are partners in this homeland and oppose the plundering and theft in the occupied city… Al-Houh demanded that the [PA] government cancel the recognition of [Greek Orthodox] community head Theophilos, because he is committing crimes that constitute a betrayal of the homeland.”

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate sold 500 dunams (124 acres) to Israeli investor groups in 2017. This transaction was made public in June 2017.
PLO official: Israel is trying to “encircle Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque with settlement construction and synagogues” in order to ensure “the total Judaization” of the city
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2017
       “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs [Ahmed Qurei], …in a press release yesterday (Friday) [Aug. 25, 2017], condemned the fact that 300 settlers inaugurated the synagogue in the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood (i.e., Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem) in the Abu Nab building (i.e., Abu Nab was the Arab family illegally squatting in the synagogue; see note below), which they took control of in 2015… He described this as a real danger that constitutes a declared violation, which joins the Israeli occupation government’s daily violations against Jerusalem… Qurei continued: ‘The Israeli occupation government has been diligently working for a while to encircle Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque with settlement construction and synagogues, in order to establish a new fact on the ground: the total Judaization of the holy city [of Jerusalem].’”

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PA Gov. spokesman warns of “religious war,” following restoration of synagogue in Jerusalem
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 25, 2017
Official PA TV News, on the PA government’s response to the participation of Israeli political figures in a Torah dedication ceremony at a restored Yemenite synagogue in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem

Official PA TV newsreader: “The [PA] national unity government viewed the participation of senior Israeli officials in the inauguration of a synagogue south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a new aggression against Jerusalem. Official Spokesman of the [PA] Government Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that the establishment of the synagogue in Silwan stems only from political reasons, which are connected to the character of the occupation government. [The establishment of the synagogue] constitutes part of the settlement and has no connection to religion. Al-Mahmoud again noted the warnings of the [PA] leadership and government that the policy of the government of Israel is liable to lead to a religious war.”

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PA daily: Israeli MP carried out “Talmudic” (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, allegedly calls to “establish the alleged Temple on the ruins of the mosque”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2017
Headline: “Glick performs Talmudic ceremonies in front of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Extremist Israeli Parliament Member Yehuda Glick and several zealous extremists performed Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in front of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the direction of the Cotton Merchants’ Gate, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) [Aug. 23, 2017]… Extremist Glick is one of the godfathers of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and one of the most enthusiastic in calling to establish the alleged Temple on the ruins of the mosque.”

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PA Council official: Israel’s goal is ”Judaization… destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple on its ruins”
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Aug. 21, 2017
      “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places today, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2017 – which is the 48th anniversary of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – said that the crimes, daily invasions, and Judaization actions that the occupation authorities are carrying out by establishing outposts, excavating tunnels, and preventing worshippers [from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque] are a continuation of the great crime of the arson of the blessed mosque…
Secretary-General of the [PA Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. Hanna Issa said: ‘The arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque was the start of a comprehensive and dangerous plan to Judaize the mosque and completely take control of it.'... He added: ‘The crime against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity in occupied Jerusalem is being continued by changing their names and details. This is as the occupation authorities and extremists still work with all of their energy to implement the goal that they have striven for – destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple on its ruins.’”

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Abbas representative at ceremony: Israel has a plan to “Judaize Jerusalem and build a synagogue as a prelude to building the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2017
Headline: "Abd Al-Rahim: Netanyahu is a wounded wolf who is attempting to take revenge and complete his plan in Jerusalem"

"Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim emphasized that 'We must be careful about the occupation's plans to Judaize Jerusalem and build a synagogue as a prelude to building the alleged Temple, and we must not close our eyes until victory.'
He added during a speech on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony that Al-Quds Open University held yesterday [Aug. 9, 2017] for the launch of the graduation ceremonies of the 20th class of its graduates and to honor the outstanding students: 'We must be careful, as the Israeli assessment is that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is a wounded wolf (PMW could find no such statement in the Israeli media, but this apparently refers to corruption investigations against Netanyahu and those close to him –Ed.) who is attempting to take revenge and complete his plan in Jerusalem, and he has opened the way for the settlers to desecrate our holy sites and expel our people.'"
Head of Supreme Muslim Council: Palestinians have declared that the Al-Aqsa Mosque “is an Islamic mosque and that the Jews have no connection to it,” which was "confirmed by UNESCO"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2017
Headline: “Jerusalem personalities call to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “[Head of the Supreme Muslim Council and head preacher in the Al-Aqsa Mosque] Sheikh [Ikrima] Sabri emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque needs daily monitoring and for people who can to come to it to hold prayers there… He said: ‘Five ministers in the Israeli government claim Israeli sovereignty [over the Al-Aqsa Mosque].’ He explained that our people’s resistance and unity prevented this, and everyone felt and understood that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims, and on July 27, [2017,] ‘around 100,000 Palestinians’ declared that this is an Islamic mosque and that the Jews have no connection to it, which was also confirmed by UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).’”

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PLO official: The Temple Mount and Jerusalem “are purely Palestinian Islamic,” Israeli security measures will lead to violence in the entire region
Source: Al-Quds, Aug. 3, 2017
Headline: “Israel has no right to rule over the inner part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or to supervise it, and the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers on the mosque has been delayed”
       “Head of the PLO Department of Refugee Affairs Zakariya Al-Agha said that Israel has no right to rule over the inner part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or to supervise it, but rather it is the responsibility of the departments of Islamic endowments of the Jordanian Waqf.
Al-Agha said in a statement to Al-Quds… regarding the tense situation in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque: ‘The residents of Jerusalem continue to defend it, as the areas of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) and Jerusalem are purely Palestinian Islamic, and the one who supervises them are the members of the Islamic Waqf.’… Al-Agha warned against the danger in Israel’s steps against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as they constitute an open call for violence and will lead to a deterioration of the situation in the entire region, and that will not stop at the borders of Palestine, as we have already seen what happened in Jordan (see note below –Ed.). The situation is dangerous, and the key to peace, stability, and security in the region lies in Palestine and the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

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PLO official warns of “religious war” because of “violations” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including “alleged Temple organizations”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: "Qurei: The extremists and settlers are pushing the situation in Jerusalem in the direction of a religious war"
      "PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the [PLO] Department of Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei warned against the outbreak of a religious war in Jerusalem as a result of the acts and violations of the Israeli occupation and its settlers. Qurei explained today (Tuesday) [Aug. 1, 2017] in a press statement that the 'alleged Temple organizations' are implementing a policy of incitement. He noted that they announced the organization of a procession with many participants from the new gate of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and called for wide participation today in invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The head of the [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs said that the violations that are escalating in the holy city [of Jerusalem] are a crime that is encouraged by the Israeli occupation government, which is fully responsible for the violence and terror that are taking place."

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Fatah Facebook post denies Jewish ethnicity, Jewish connection to Jerusalem; “This city never belonged to anyone other than the Canaanite Arabs”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 29, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “In everything regarding the Jews, the sons of Israel, and Jerusalem, the Jews are the members of a religion who come from all of the nations in the world, and are under no circumstances an independent nation... Most of them today are from Russia and Eastern Europe (see Arthur Koestler and Shlomo Sand) [parentheses in source]... Regarding the tribe of the Yemenite Arab sons of Israel that has passed from the world, it has no connection to those who currently call themselves by their name in our land (sic., Yemenite Jews still exist and have a proven connection to the other Jewish groups). Urshalim is the direction of prayer for members of the Jewish religion (sic., the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the direction of prayer), and it is not the city of ‘Al-Quds’ (i.e., Jerusalem)... Al-Quds in Palestine is our Al-Quds alone, and any other claim is nothing but a falsification of the truth. The Al-Aqsa Mosque sprawls over 144 dunams (i.e., 35.5 acres), and it belongs only to the Muslims, whether for the last 4,000 or 1,000 years (likely a typo of 10,000 –Ed.) or from the Umayyad period, and this city never belonged to anyone other than the Canaanite Arabs..."

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PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs in official statement: Israeli PM wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
     “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said that the battle of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem is continuing and will only end with the disappearance of the occupation. The ministry explained in a statement yesterday [July 26, 2017] that… it appears that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu thought that this battle would succeed thanks to American aid and Arab, Islamic, and international silence, but Jerusalem’s [Arab] masses and its national and religious leadership surprised him when they rose up to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., they launched violent riots) and prevented the success of his plans. The question that is still being asked is: ‘Will the matters stop at this point or will Netanyahu again repeat his attempts to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times prior to its destruction and the building of the alleged Temple, or will he instead adopt a new and different tactic?’”
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PA government expresses “admiration for the souls of our people`s heroic Martyrs [and] the heroic people who gloriously defended the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] government: Entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque today is a historical moment that paves the way to liberation and heralds the end of the occupation"
    "Official Spokesman of the [PA] national unity government Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that entering the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque today [July 27, 2017] is a great historical moment that paves the way to liberation, heralds the approaching end of the Israeli occupation, and reminds [us] of the glorious victories of our nation…
In a press statement today (Thursday), Al-Mahmoud added that the national unity government led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah expresses its full respect and admiration for the souls of our people's heroic Martyrs (Shahids). It blessed the brave leadership led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, the religious [Muslim] sources of authority, the Christian clergy, all of the members of our great people, and the members of our nation, and primarily the heroic members of our people in Jerusalem who gloriously defended the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Arabness of Jerusalem on behalf of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation."
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PA Ambassador repeats libel to Archbishop of Cyprus: Israel Judaizes Jerusalem, strives to take over Islamic and Christian holy sites”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
Headline: “Ambassador Hassan briefed the Archbishop of Cyprus regarding the occupation’s violations in Jerusalem”

“Ambassador of Palestine in Cyprus Walid Hasan briefed Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem and the Israeli violations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below. Israel decided to remove the measures on July 24, 2017 –Ed.).
During his meeting with the archbishop of Cyprus in the diocese palace for the end of his role as ambassador of the State of Palestine and head of the council of Arab ambassadors and the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Hassan said that the Israeli policy that is striving to Judaize the holy city [of Jerusalem], to take over the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times threatens to cause the outbreak of a religious war.”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no int
PA Religious Affairs Minister tells Palestinians to continue “popular resistance” after metal detectors removed by Israel, “Al-Aqsa belongs only to Muslims”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow, Friday"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is called on citizens to go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in greater numbers tomorrow (Friday) [July 28, 2017] and all of the coming days, despite the Israeli occupation's steps and restrictions that divide [the citizens] from their worship. This is because the next stage is the stage of strengthening the achievements (i.e., Israel’s removal of metal detectors and security cameras that Israel placed at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below) that the residents of Jerusalem obtained thanks to their resolve and popular resistance ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ to the occupation's steps…
He emphasized that the members of the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine have conveyed a clear and unequivocal message to the government of Israel: Our holy sites, and primarily the diamond in the crown, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are not places [that belong to] anybody but the Muslims, who will not be lax in defending them."
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Fatah cartoon celebrates “victory” over Israel following removal of security measures on Temple Mount
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 27, 2017
Cartoon posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


The cartoon shows a disheveled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dressed in an army uniform and walking away from the Temple Mount, carrying a metal detector on his back and a security camera and boot hanging around his neck, while three Palestinians joyously embrace and are embraced by the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as one of them waves a Palestinian flag. The cartoon refers to the Palestinians’ feeling of victory after Israel removed the metal detectors and security cameras that it placed on the Temple Mount following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered (see note below).
The text on the cartoon - "Victory is better than sleep" - is apparently meant to encourage Palestinians to celebrate their "victory" into the night.
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Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
PA daily op-ed: Israeli security measures at Temple Mount are basis for "what they call ‘the Temple,’” first stage in Israeli division and “tak[ing] over” the Al-Aqsa Mosque
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 27, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Bakr Abu Bakr, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The intifada from Yasser Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas”
     “The Zionist view regarding the [right to] prayer of Israeli Jews at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., at the Temple Mount), as happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs), is the first and main goal. Likewise, [another] clear goal of placing the ‘sovereign’ metal detectors (see note below –Ed.) is to situate what they call ‘the Temple’ within the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as part of the next stage, in which they will strive to divide the third holiest site to Muslims in the world according to areas, and afterwards will completely take it over.”

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Fatah: Israel has a “plot to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to Judaize them after emptying them of their [Arab] people… on the way to destroying the Mosque and building the alleged Temple”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: “Fatah in Lebanon praises the resolve of the members of our people in the homeland”
     “The leadership of the Fatah Movement in Lebanon praised the sacrifice of the members of our people in the homeland who are groaning from their wounds, silencing their pain, and anticipating the day of victory over the occupation army and those who have carried out crimes against the land of Palestine. In a statement today, Thursday [July 27, 2017], Fatah emphasized that the members of our people in Jerusalem and all of the homeland have proven that they are the ones that are the most capable of taking responsibility, and the most mature in understanding the [Israeli] plot to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to Judaize them after emptying them of their [Arab] people and expelling the worshippers and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), on the way to destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple.”
PA minister of Religious Affairs: "The Al-Aqsa Mosque… belongs only to the Muslims"
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs calls to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
       "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheik Yusuf Ida'is called on the citizens to increase their mass arrival to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday [July 28, 2017] and the rest of the coming days despite the occupation's steps and limitations that prevent them from carrying out their worship… Ida'is emphasized that the residents of Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine have conveyed a clear unequivocal message to the Israeli government that our holy sites, and primarily the diamond in the crown, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are a site (sic) that belongs only to the Muslims, who will not be negligent in defending them."
Fatah blasts Quartet statement condemning terror attack on the Temple Mount; “it is a holy place of worship for Muslims only”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 25, 2017
Headline: “Fatah expressed its dissatisfaction over the Quartet’s statement regarding the situation in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “In a statement published by [Fatah] Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub, Fatah expressed its dissatisfaction over the statement published by the Quartet (i.e., US, EU, Russia, and UN) regarding the current situation in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which drew a comparison between the victim and the hangman, and changed the definition of the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas according to how it was (refers to Israel placing metal detectors and security cameras at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below. Israel removed the security measures on July 24, 2017 –Ed.). Fatah emphasized that the status quo since 1967 does not allow the entry of the settlers and Jews to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its holy plazas at any time, but rather [determines] that it is a holy place of worship for Muslims only (sic., according to the status quo Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship).”

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs repeats PA libel: Israel “plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is about Israel’s removal of the metal detectors from the Temple Mount, where they were placed following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered - see note below

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is: "Israel divided [the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Jews and Muslims] regarding [prayer] time, when it admitted the herds of settlers in the morning hours and allowed them to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, and after it began to place metal detectors [at the entrances] it wants to divide it [the Mosque] according to place. It wants to reach what is beyond that, as it has plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place."
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Abbas: Jerusalem must be “purely Arab”, “no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem”; Israel planning to “establish alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017
Excerpt of the full speech of Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, given on behalf of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the opening of the Second National Forum for Scientists in Palestine

“You know that the Palestinian leadership yesterday [July 22, 2017] held a meeting… in order to discuss the current situation and formulate appropriate solutions to deal with the developments. As far as we’re concerned, Jerusalem is our political Qiblah (i.e., the direction for Muslim prayer, Mecca)… to which our compass will not cease to point, no matter what the sacrifices may be. There will be no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem, and Jerusalem must be purely Arab for its Muslims and Christians. We will not agree to Jewish rule or sovereignty over it... My brothers, [Israel] forcing sovereignty on Jerusalem is an old plan for these followers of the Talmud. I tell you that this is not about a division [between Jews and Muslims] according to [prayer] times or areas in Jerusalem (sic., on the Temple Mount), but rather it is a step on the way to establishing the alleged Temple, which they are talking about now in the most open manner and with the utmost recklessness and insolence.”
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Cartoon in official PA daily: "Jerusalem is ours"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017

Cartoon published in the official PA daily

The cartoon shows a Palestinian who kicks over a metal detector, which flips upside down to form the word "ours" in Arabic and complete the text on the cartoon: “Jerusalem is ours.”
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The cartoon refers to the metal detectors Israel placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack in which 2 Israelis were murdered. On July 14, 2017, three Israeli Arab terrorists, Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin, aged 29, 19, and 19, shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, and murdered 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
Israel's following security measures, which included closing the Temple Mount for two days and installing metal detectors at the entrances to the religious site have been portrayed by Palestinian leaders as "blatant aggression" and "escalation."
Spokesman of PA Security Forces: Settlers' "entry" to Al-Aqsa Mosque is cause of violence, denies Jewish connection to the Temple Mount
Source: Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, July 22, 2017
 Posted text: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is 144 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres) to which the occupation state has no political, religious, human, or moral right. The extremist settlers’ entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is what is encouraging the violence, killing, terror, blood, and hatred, and creating an atmosphere that is appropriate for natural responses of equal value (apparently refers to a terror attack that took place a day before the post, in which 3 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and not a single one of the Palestinians who are defending the principle of their faith and their homeland. The myth of the alleged Temple has been refuted by all of the excavations and archaeologists, even the Jews among them (sic., ample archaeological evidence has proven the existence of the First and Second Temples). After dozens of excavations under the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, they have not found a single [piece of] evidence for this lie. The occupation’s soldiers or its [metal detector] gates do not protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.). [The Al-Aqsa Mosque’s] scholars, its young people, its women, and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at its holy gates are the ones protecting it.”
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Director of Cave of the Patriarchs: Israel is “striving to divide the [Al-Aqsa] mosque according to areas and times and to build ‘the alleged Temple’”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2017
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Ibrahimi Mosque, and the unity of fate”
      “Director of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) Sheikh Hafzi Abu Sneineh emphasized to [the official PA news agency] WAFA that the pressures being exerted on the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the [Israeli] aspirations to take control of them are not something new…
He also said: ‘If the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem will be silent over this policy, the occupation will think that it will be easy for it to completely take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ He emphasized that prayer at its gates is a legitimate right, and the agreement to enter the mosque through the metal detectors (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) is recognition of the occupation’s control and sovereignty over the site, and [the residents of Jerusalem] know best the fact that the occupation is striving to divide the mosque according to areas and times and to build ‘the alleged Temple.’”

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Fatah cartoon calls metal detector on Temple mount “Solomon’s Temple”
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, July 20, 2017
Cartoon published on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission


Headline: “The occupation places metal detectors at the Al-Aqsa Mosque” (refers to detectors placed at the entrance to the Temple Mount following a terror attack at the site on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.)

The cartoon shows the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the left and the Dome of the Rock on the right, with their names written above them. In the center a large metal detector bearing the Star of David stands above both of them, and next to it is written: “Solomon’s Temple!”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
Op-ed in official PA daily warns Israel of igniting “religious war” in Jerusalem: “Playing with fire will burn the fingers of the ones who ignited it”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2017
Op-ed by Bassem Barhoum, regular columnist for the official PA daily

“One should not play with fire [when dealing with] a cause the size of the cause of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem. This warning is directed first and foremost to the Israeli occupation authority – this authority which in recent days is acting insanely (refers to Israel placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) and is racing against time in order to carry out its plans regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem and to try and impose its false narratives on the ground and convey them to the world. Israel thinks that the Arab nation’s weakness and its current preoccupation with its [own] crises will enable it [Israel] to carry out this plan, but playing with fire [when dealing with] a cause the size of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem will… burn the fingers of the ones who ignited it, particularly if the situation reaches an explosion and turns into a religious war.”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
Abbas’ advisor: Metal detectors at Temple Mount entrances are “a blatant blow to the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… a purely Islamic site, to which non-Muslims have no right,” Israel is “pushing the whole region towards… a religious war”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: Israel has no right to interfere in the affairs of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized… that the placement of metal detectors by the occupation authorities and the checking of worshippers by the occupation’s soldiers (both implemented following a terror attack at the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017 in which 2 were murdered; see note below –Ed.) constitute a blatant blow to the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a blow to the role of the [Jordanian] Waqf, and arrogant interference in a purely Islamic site, to which non-Muslims have no right… He added that Israel is playing with fire and pushing the whole region towards the abyss and towards a religious war that will consume everything, and from whose flames nobody will be saved.”

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PA Supreme Fatwa Council: UNESCO resolution “denies the existence of any religious connection of the Jews” to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall; We salute those carrying out Ribat
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 20, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Fatwa Council: Non-Muslins have no sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
    “The [PA] Supreme Fatwa Council in Palestine emphasized that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem have an Arab identity and belong to the Islamic world. It expressed opposition to the imposure of Israeli sovereignty over the city…
During the council’s meeting, led by [Palestinian Supreme Fatwa] Council Chairman and [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Muhammad Hussein… [the council] highlighted the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) resolution that denies the existence of any religious connection of the Jews to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount)…
It called on the sons of Palestine to continue to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque at any time and situation, and saluted the clergy and residents of Jerusalem and Palestine who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Israel plans “religious war,” only Muslims have the right to Western Wall
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 17, 2017
Headline: "The occupation has placed the Al-Aqsa Mosque under siege with metal detectors, and the residents of Jerusalem refuse to pass through them"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is emphasized that the occupation's steps at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to temporary closure and placement of metal detectors after a terror attack there on July 14, 2017; see note below –Ed.) are clear proof that the extremist right-wing government plans to ignite a religious war in the region that will have disastrous consequences for the entire region…
Ida'is said that the Israeli government’s actions express a clear rejection of the entire international community and of the decisions it has made about Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which have confirmed the Muslims' absolute right to them."

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode 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."
PA Security Forces spokesman: The “Israeli government’s insistence on taking control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the pretext of the Temple myth is the main basis of the religious conflict that Jewish extremism and terror want to ignite”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 16, 2017
Headline: “Al-Damiri: The occupation government is opening the door to a religious conflict”
      “General Political Commissioner [of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority] and Official Spokesman of the [PA] Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri said that the extremist Israeli occupation government is opening the door to religious conflict and war by escalating its steps of oppression against the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, against Jerusalem, and against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel installing metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017; see note below –Ed.)…
He said: ‘The extremist Israeli government’s insistence on taking control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the pretext of the Temple myth is the main basis of the religious conflict that Jewish extremism and terror want to ignite.’”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
PLO official: Israeli security measures after terror attack are part of “plan whose goal is to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and afterwards to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple in its place"
Source: Al-Quds, July 16, 2017
Op-ed by Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs and PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Qurei

      “The provocative steps that the occupation authorities took in all of Jerusalem, and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, since Friday morning (the placing of metal detectors following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 were murdered; see note below –Ed.), have aroused all of the Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic nightmares at once and brought back to memory all of the similar steps that Israel took against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron about half a century ago, which led to the division of the mosque [between Jews and Muslims] by times and areas… And we see with our own eyes the first steps that are paving the way for the implementation of the plan whose goal is to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and afterwards to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple in its place…"

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Op-ed in PA daily criticizes terror attack at Temple Mount as not serving Palestinian interests, but claims Israel has plan to “Judaize” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2017
Excerpt of op-ed by Bassem Barhoum, regular columnist for the official PA daily

        "Nobody disputes the fact that the Israeli occupation is the main problem, and that it is the root of the violence and terror. Why is this occupation, its soldiers, its police, and its intelligence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and around it? And why are they in all of the occupied Palestinian territories at all?[…] The word 'resistance' must not prevent us from thinking of the tragedy that this operation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered; see note below) is likely to bring down upon the Al-Aqsa Mosque and us, especially considering the fact that we know the Israeli-Zionist plans which target [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] with the false claim that it is the 'Temple Mount.' The word 'resistance' must not scare us or prevent us from criticizing it when this 'resistance' serves the enemy or any regional side that is not the Palestinian side, to whom the cause and the land belong.
Also, the wonder at the timing [of the operation] must be tied to its general context, [and] to the fact that the occupation state believes that in the shadow of the growing crises of the Arab nation and the hated [Fatah-Hamas] rift, it has a golden opportunity to complete the plan to Judaize Jerusalem, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular. The completion of this [plan] and the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [between Jews and Muslims] according to areas and times required a trigger from Israel’s viewpoint – and now they have obtained it through this operation…"

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Fatah official on Lebanese TV: Terrorists “could have killed 20 Israelis” but chose the Temple Mount which has “dangerous significance”; shows a “failure of the political path”
Source: YouTube channel of Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), July 14, 2017
YouTube channel of Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV, interview with Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: "The source of this operation (i.e., terror attack at the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017, 2 murdered; see note below) is in the depths of the '48 territories (i.e., Israel), from Umm Al-Fahm, by people that hold Israeli identity cards, and they know the changes that are taking place within Israel better than anyone…
These young people, instead of coming from Umm Al-Fahm to Jerusalem, could have killed 20 Israelis, but they chose Friday, and chose that their spirits would ascend to Paradise from the place where Prophet [Muhammad] ascended to Heaven, and this has dangerous significance…
In a situation where there is a void in national activity and failure of the political path, nobody can stop people who want to die…
I foresee that we are standing before a severe eruption. It is impossible to know how this eruption will manifest . Whether we condemn or support [it is irrelevant]; the operation was carried out by people from the '48 territories who have Israeli identity cards…

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Abbas' advisor on UNESCO resolution: "Hebron... Jerusalem, the Ibrahimi Mosque - just like the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are all Palestinian sites and an Islamic heritage that belongs only to the Muslims"
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 7, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash: The world has had its say; Hebron, just like Jerusalem, is completely Palestinian and Islamic"
        "[PA] Supreme Shari’ah Judge, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs[, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash welcomed the new UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) resolution that put Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) on the World Heritage List… [He said] that the [latest UNESCO] resolutions reemphasize that Hebron - just like Jerusalem, and the Ibrahimi Mosque - just like the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are all Palestinian sites and an Islamic heritage that belongs only to the Muslims, and that nobody but them has a right to them."

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PA government welcomes UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem, claiming it confirms that Israel’s “narrative is false and fabricated”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2017
Headline: “UNESCO’s new resolution on occupied Jerusalem is very welcome”
      “The [PA] national unity government welcomed a new resolution by the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Committee passed by an overwhelming majority. This resolution confirms that the occupation’s claims regarding occupied Arab Jerusalem are false, and it refutes the claims of Israeli sovereignty…
Official [PA] Government Spokesperson Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement yesterday [July 5, 2017]: ‘This new international resolution comes after a series of previous resolutions, all of which confirm that the occupation’s narrative is false and fabricated. They support the truth of the Palestinian Arab narrative and the natural and true status of [Jerusalem,] the capital of the State of Palestine and the spiritual capital of the Arab and Islamic nations, which all of the occupiers and invaders throughout its long history could not overcome.’”

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Fatah official: UNESCO resolution proves "falsification" of Israeli "narrative" in Jerusalem, confirms Palestinian right to "resist"
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, July 5, 2017
Headline: "Alayan: The UNESCO resolution regarding Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque demands Arab action"
      "Prominent Fatah leader in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan welcomed the renewed voting on [another] UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution regarding the illegality and non-sovereignty of the Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, the Old City [of Jerusalem], and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the condemnation of the excavations that the occupation is carrying out under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City. He added that this resolution, with all of its details, is very important and proves the falsification that Israel has tried to create with its narrative, and [Israel's] attempt to change the status quo in Jerusalem throughout the years of its occupation of the holy city. Alayan added that this international resolution confirms the right of the Palestinian people to resist the Israeli occupation, which violates all of the international resolutions and challenges the world with its actions against our Palestinian people that suffers from the torments of the occupation and its terror."
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PA government: UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem proves that “the Israeli narrative is false and fabricated, and favored the Palestinian Arab narrative”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 5, 2017
      "The [PA] national unity government welcomed [the fact that] UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has adopted by an overwhelming majority a new resolution that confirms that the Israeli occupation’s claims regarding occupied Arab Jerusalem are false, rejects the claims of Israeli sovereignty, determines that everything that Israel has done in the city is void and illegal, and vehemently condemns all of the steps that the occupation authorities are carrying out.
Official [PA] Government Spokesperson Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement today, Wednesday [July 5, 2017], that this new international resolution stands at the head of a series of previous resolutions that all emphasized that the Israeli narrative is false and fabricated, and favored the Palestinian Arab narrative and the natural and true state of [Jerusalem,] the capital of the State of Palestine and the spiritual capital of the Arab and Islamic nations, which has successfully stood throughout its long history against all of the occupiers and invaders."

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PA Religious Affairs Ministry: “UNESCO resolution confirms the failure of the Israeli attempts... to falsify the history of [Jerusalem], to Judaize it, to change its Arab and Islamic characteristics”
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 5, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs praised the UNESCO resolution condemning the Israeli violations in Jerusalem”
       “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs praised the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution considering Jerusalem as under Israeli occupation and condemning the excavation activities that the Israeli Antiquities Authority is carrying out in Jerusalem and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque (See note below –Ed.). The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs said that this resolution is a sort of victory for the Palestinian history and right, and an emphasizing of the depth of the Arab and Islamic civilization in the historic land of Palestine…
It added: ‘The UNESCO resolution confirms the failure of the Israeli attempts and plans to falsify the history of the city, to Judaize it, to change its Arab and Islamic characteristics, and to spread the Israeli narrative regarding Jerusalem throughout the world.’”

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Fatah lauds UNESCO vote denying Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, condemns Israeli "excavations" against "holy sites"
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 4, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: The UNESCO resolution shows Israel’s limited influence in the world and reflects our viewpoint regarding Jerusalem"
     "Fatah Movement Spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal welcomed the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) vote in Poland today [July 4, 2017] on the resolution that determines that Israel does not have sovereignty over our capital Jerusalem, and condemns the excavations that the occupying authority is carrying out against our holy sites in the capital. Nazzal said in a press statement: 'The vote of this body on this issue does justice to the historical facts and also reflects the global position that opposes the occupation’s policy and refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the occupation’s capital.’"
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PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses Israel of “Judaization” of Jerusalem; calls on UN to intervene
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 2, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The operations to Judaize the Al-Buraq plaza and tunnel necessitate that the UN organizations implement their decisions and defend them"

"The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the occupation's Judaization plan to build a new level under the Al-Buraq (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
This was stated following the exposé of the Hebrew weekly Jerusalem, according to which Jerusalem occupation Mayor [Nir Barkat], during a tour with members of the ruling Likud party, announced the municipality’s intention to build an additional level at the Al-Buraq plaza (apparently referring to plan for a tunnel under the Western Wall plaza to improve handicapped accessibility - the source noted here does not exist and these statements could not be found in Israeli newspapers -Ed.) and presented a draft of the aforementioned plan, as part of the occupation’s many plans to deepen the Judaization operations at the Al-Buraq plaza and tunnel…
The ministry again emphasized that occupied East Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the Palestinian territories that were occupied in 1967. It also emphasized that the excavations, Judaization operations, and the settlements and attempts to change the holy characteristics of the city [of Jerusalem] and its holy sites that are being carried out by the occupation authorities are invalid and illegal according to international law and the agreements that have been signed. This requires that all of the countries and the relevant UN organizations cease their silence and act seriously and effectively to stop the Israeli operations and violations and to implement and defend the relevant UN resolutions."

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode during his Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "th
Abbas’ religious advisor: Israel “invading”’ the Temple Mount, a “purely Palestinian Islamic site”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2017
Headline: "The occupation police closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque and settlers invaded it"

"Those that are called 'alleged temple' organizations and extremist [Israeli] occupation government Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel two days ago [June 28, 2017] called on the settler public to participate in its masses in group invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday, Thursday, to mark the anniversary of the killing of settler Hallel Ariel (13-year-old Israeli girl, stabbed to death by a terrorist as she slept in her bed–Ed.), who was killed last year in one of the settlements in Hebron…
Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash… noted that the extremist groups, which are supported by the Israeli political and security echelon, take advantage of every religious or political incident or event in order to connect it to the ongoing invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is in an attempt to cover up the crimes against the Muslims and the sites holy to Islam in Jerusalem, and the fact that they [the Muslims] are being prevented from holding their religious ceremonies that are anchored in international law, and also in order to prepare the mood for implementing the division of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) according to areas and times, as was done at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs). Al-Habbash emphasized that these holy sites are a pure Palestinian Islamic heritage to which non-Muslims have no right, as was determined by the latest UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) decisions."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel pretends to look for “alleged antiquities” but seeks to change the status quo
Source: Al-Ayyam, June 29, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Mufti warned against an escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is and [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against an increased escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the [Muslim fasting] month of Ramadan.
The Minister of Religious Affairs and the Mufti emphasized during their meeting yesterday [June 28, 2017] at the headquarters of the Ministry of Religious Affairs that the escalating and severe Israeli plans against Jerusalem, which are expressed in the continuation of their attempts to interfere in matters of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), the increased excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of searching for alleged antiquities, and the increased settlement plans in Jerusalem, are an attempt to change the status quo at the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary."

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.

The Israeli daily Haaretz has stated that the excavations do not reach beneath the mosque:
"The diggers are painstaking to respect the dignity of the Temple Mount. Despite complaints from the Islamic Movement and Palestinian groups, not a single dig penetrates beneath the mount." [Haaretz, May 24, 2016] http://www.haaretz.com/st/c/prod/eng/2016/05/jeruz/01/

PLO official against sale of church lands in Jerusalem to Jews: Part of Israeli policy to “change the demographic character of the holy city and impose a Jewish character on it through a policy of imposed expulsion”
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 29, 2017
       "PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front] Wasel Abu Yusuf called on the [Greek] Orthodox church to stop the acts of transferring lands to Israel, and to oppose these acts and the sale of the Orthodox church's lands to Israeli companies in all ways. In a press statement today, Thursday [June 29, 2017], Abu Yusuf condemned these transactions that do not serve the interests of the Palestinian people’s legal rights. He called on the popular activists that are protective of the Palestinian people’s interests to stand together and come out against these plots that contribute to the completion of the homeland’s elimination. This is in light of the systematic Israeli policy whose goal is to change the demographic character of the holy city [of Jerusalem] and impose a Jewish character on it through a policy of imposed expulsion… Abu Yusuf emphasized that the whole world understands that no attempt to resolve the regional and international crises will succeed unless a fair and comprehensive solution is found for the Palestinian issue and the basic rights are realized, including the refugees’ right of return and the right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem."

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Palestinian independent website accuses Abbas for “renouncing” Palestinian claims to Al-Burqa Wall [Western Wall]
Source: Fatah Voice, independent Palestinian news website, June 25, 2017
Headline: "A new crisis: Al-Habbash is losing his position as advisor to the president because of his opposition to Abbas' policy"

This report was publicized by Fatah Voice, an independent Palestinian news website known for being anti Abbas.

"[PA President] Mahmoud Abbas is continuing his tyrannical policy against anyone who opposes his destructive policy that has mired the Palestinian cause in mud. This is so, as a senior official in the Muqata’a (i.e., the PA's presidential headquarters) in Ramallah emphasized that [Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs] Mahmoud Al-Habbash will soon leave his position as the president’s advisor on religious affairs, after he diverged from Abbas’ formula for the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) which [Abbas] has considered part of the Israeli sovereignty.
The holiday sermon given by Supreme Shari’ah Judge and President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the presidential mosque today, Sunday [June 25, 2017], in the presence of President Abbas, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and others, was not published later in the media, despite having been broadcast on the official radio and TV. After checking, sources noted that the sermon was not published because Al-Habbash again emphasized his position on the Al-Buraq Wall by saying: 'The Al-Buraq Wall is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and part of our people’s continuity and survival . We will not agree to [Israeli] sovereignty over Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Al-Buraq Wall, and will continue to gather strength until we get it back and raise our flag above it.'

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Abbas advisor: “We cannot concede one millimeter of the Al-Buraq Wall, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Jerusalem… or transfer them to a sovereignty that is not the sovereignty of the Palestinian people”
Source: YouTube channel of the office of the Supreme Shari’ah Judge, June 25, 2017
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: "Our Al-Aqsa Mosque, despite bowing under an occupation for the last 50 years, will remain the Al-Aqsa Mosque until the end of days. Its name will not change, its features will not change, and we will continue to describe it in the same way. The Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., means the entire Al-Aqsa Mosque), until the last centimeter, including all of its plazas, all of its facilities, all of its walls, all of its gates, and all of its walls, and first and foremost the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount). There is no argument over this. The Al-Buraq Wall is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and therefore it is part of our faith and religion, a part of us and a part of our people’s continued existence. We cannot concede one millimeter of the Al-Buraq Wall, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Jerusalem, which is the capital of the State of Palestine, or transfer them to a sovereignty that is not the sovereignty of the Palestinian people."

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PA Mufti denies Jews’ right to the Western Wall: Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem are ours, all four of walls around it are part of Al-Aqsa
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 24, 2017
Headline: “150,000 worshippers held the [last] Friday prayer of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas”

“[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein, on the last Friday of the blessed [Muslim fasting] month of Ramadan, conveyed a message from Saladin [Al-Ayyubi’s] pulpit to the world that we are holding onto the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, because it is a principle of [our] faith and a place of worship, and we will continue to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and visit it.
He emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are ours and that all four of the walls around it, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), are part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode 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."
PA religious leader: Temple Mount belongs only to Muslims
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 20, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] grand mufti called to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… explained that the Al-Aqsa Mosque ‘belongs only to the Muslims, and the occupation authorities must not interfere in its affairs or act to empty it of its [Muslim] visitors in order to complete their control over it.’”
Palestinian’s wish: “Liberation of Jerusalem from the hands of the Jews and Zionists who are stealing it”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 14, 2017
Official PA TV program One Day We Will Return, on the Al-Bas refugee camp in Tyre, Lebanon

Official PA TV host: “Where are you from in Palestine?”
Al-Bas refugee camp resident Adnan Hassan Al-Khalil: “I’m from Tiberias.”
Host: “What do you ask [of Allah] in the honored month [of Ramadan]?”
Adnan Hassan Al-Khalil: “The first aspiration for all of the Muslims is the liberation of Jerusalem from the hands of the Jews and Zionists who are stealing it… thanks to the fighter and Jihadist forces.”

PA official encourages disorder: Palestinians must prepare for “comprehensive national rebellion” against Israel
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 7, 2017
Headline: “Khaled called to abandon the illusions and change the rules of confrontation against the occupation”

“In a social media post, PLO Executive Committee member and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) political bureau member Tayseer Khaled called to break free of the chains of the agreements and the occupation by changing the rules of confrontation against the occupation government’s policy.
He added: ‘We have no choice but to change the rules of confrontation against the policy of the occupation government led by [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and to start preparing for a comprehensive national rebellion against the occupation, given that it is the main political option for breaking free of the occupation and earning independence.’”
Cartoon attacks Fatah official for statements supporting Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall
Source: Fatah Voice, independent Palestinian news website, June 4, 2017

Cartoon published on the independent Palestinian news website Fatah Voice

Headline: “[Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril] Rajoub’s renunciation of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount)!”

The cartoon shows a Palestinian, who is wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding a key symbolizing the return of Palestinian refugees, kicking Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub from the PA and into Israel, over the Israeli security fence with a Star of David painted on it. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background.
The Palestinian is saying: “And Allah knows that I am fasting (an expression said by one who does not want to curse someone else during Ramadan –Ed.).”

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PFLP condemns Fatah official’s statement regarding Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 4, 2017
Headline: “Al-Ghoul: We strongly condemn Rajoub’s statements and officially call on the Fatah Movement to publish a notice regarding his statements”
         “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Political Bureau member Kayed Al-Ghoul said this evening, Sunday (June 4, 2017), that the Popular Front strongly condemns Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub’s statements regarding the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount).
During an interview with the [Lebanese] Al-Mayadeen [TV] channel, Al-Ghoul officially called on Fatah to publish a notice regarding Rajoub’s latest statements.
It should be noted that Rajoub said during an interview with the Hebrew [Israeli TV] Channel 2 that ‘The Al-Buraq Wall belongs to the Jews, and Zionist sovereignty will apply to it, while the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Palestinians (see Rajoub’s actual statement below –Ed.).’”

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Al-Quds University professor claims Israel erases history, planning to establish Third Temple
Source: Al-Quds, May 22, 2017
Headline: "Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh: Israel uses excavations to spread the biblical narrative and establish the Temple"

"Professor of History and Antiquities at Al-Quds University and Director of the Tourism and Antiquities Directorate of the [Jordanian] Endowment Department Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh said that the general goal of the Israeli archaeological excavations is to erase the Canaanite Arab cultural characteristics and the historical continuity of the Palestinian people from the past to the present, and to give this continuity to Israel.
During the speech he gave at “The City of Jerusalem After 50 Years of Israeli Occupation: Future Horizons Conference”… he added: ‘The goal of the archaeological excavations is to pave the way for the establishment of the Third 'Temple' in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to discover remains from the First or Second Temple and the continuation of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall). Their goal is also to attempt to prove the history of the Bible and the events and texts included in it, and thus to prove Israel's right to Palestine and that they have returned to here and are not new immigrants and colonialists.’"
Fatah Facebook re-posts grotesque cartoon showing Israel’s minister of culture as angel of death
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 19, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The cartoon refers to a dress worn by Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2017. The dress featured the skyline of Jerusalem rising from its hem, showing the Tower of David and the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock on it, in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War on May 24, 2017.

Posted text: “A drawing by Brazilian artist Carlos Latuff; the true appearance of [Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport] Miri Regev’s racism.”

In a grotesque depiction of the Jerusalem patterned dress worn by Israeli Minister Miri Regev at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, the cartoon shows a female figure, whose head is a skull, wearing a dress with an Israeli flag motif at the top and a picture at the bottom of a fighter jet bombing a town with “Gaza” written on it, as a Palestinian mother runs with a baby in her arms in the foreground.
PA Foreign Minister reiterates belief that "Western Wall is occupied territory" following U.S. statement
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 18, 2017
“The Palestinian [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday [May 17, 2017] welcomed the American statements that viewed the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as part of the occupied West Bank (see note below –Ed.).
[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki said in statements to [the official PA radio station] The Voice of Palestine: ‘It is clear that the American position is a clear position that opposes any Israeli participation in [US] President [Donald] Trump’s visit to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, because they are part of the West Bank and the occupied territories that do not belong to the State of Israel.’ He added: ‘This is a strong political position that we welcome. We think that it reflects a good start to the role that the American government and President Trump are likely to play in the matter.’”

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Abbas’ advisor: Israeli minister’s dress with Temple Mount was ”racist and a denial of history,” Jerusalem is “Arab and Islamic,” Temple Mount “belongs only to Muslims”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 18, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash condemned the Israeli minister of culture's harm to the sites holy to Islam"

"Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash condemned the open provocation of extremist Israeli Minister of Culture [and Sport] Miri Regev of the sensibilities of the Muslims and Palestinians by wearing a dress on which was a picture of the holy Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), including the Dome of the Rock and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He described this behavior as racist, a denial of history and culture, and a failed attempt to steal the culture of our people that has been rooted in this land for thousands of years. He also said that if the head of the cultural pyramid in Israel commits theft in broad daylight before the eyes of the whole world, this is proof that all of the occupation state’s institutions are uniting in order to falsify the facts and challenge the decisions of the international community and the world, which have verified that the holy city [of Jerusalem] is Arab and Islamic and that the holy Jerusalem Sanctuary, with all of its sections, belongs only to the Muslims and nobody but them."

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PA Islamic-Christian Council slams Israeli minister’s dress, says it’s a further attempt to ‘Judaize’ Jerusalem
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, May 18, 2017
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council warns: Judaization drawings on an Israeli minister’s dress”

“The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places today, Thursday [May 18, 2017], said that the fact that Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev wore a dress on which was printed pictures of Jerusalem, and particularly of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, during her attendance of the opening ceremony of the 70th international film festival at Cannes constitutes a continuation of the Israeli occupation’s policy that is based on Judaizing Jerusalem and its holy sites, imposing its rule on them, and misleading the world through all ways and means [to think] that they have a right to them.
The council emphasized in its statement that Israel is still continuing to be an instrument for disseminating lies and false claims regarding its right to Jerusalem and the holy sites. It noted that the fact that Regev wore a dress on which were printed pictures of the holy sites is a step meant to emphasize that ‘Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.’”

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Palestinian religious leader praises UNESCO decision, says “Jews have no connection to Jerusalem”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2017
Headline: "40,000 held Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"In his Friday sermon [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque], Head of the Supreme [Muslim] Council in Jerusalem [and head preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque] Sheikh Ikrima Sabri called for greater support for the hunger striking prisoners in the occupation's prisons until their just demands are obtained …
The Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher praised UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which decided two days ago [May 4, 2017] that Jerusalem is an occupied city and that 'Israel' has no connection to it…
He explained the danger of the settlers’ daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that the Jewish groups photograph their invasions and spread them through the worldwide media outlets in order to encourage the Jews of the world to come to Palestine, and to mislead the world into thinking that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Jews.

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PA daily reports that "alleged Temple organizations" called on Israelis to "participate in widespread and group invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 2, 2017
Headline: "Dozens of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and calls to invade it today"
     "Alleged Temple organizations called on their supporters through their media websites and social networks to participate in widespread and group invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque today, Tuesday [May 2, 2017], for the passing of 69 [years] since 'the establishment of their state' (Palestine's Nakba) [parentheses in source] (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel)."

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PA Grand Mufti condemns "agressions" against Al-Aqsa, claims "Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Grand Mufti calls to support the prisoners’ [hunger] strike”
     “Thousands of residents of occupied Jerusalem, its suburbs, its towns, and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) prayed the Friday prayer yesterday [April 21, 2017] at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas…
During the Friday sermon at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein saluted the prisoners who are hunger striking in order to achieve their freedom and their rights. He emphasized that support for the prisoners is a religious legal obligation…
He noted that the prisoners’ dignity obligates us to support them in all fields and at all levels, and said: ‘They are the spearhead of this honorable people, which is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the land of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey’…
In the Friday sermon the grand mufti also reviewed the aggression and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which are being committed before the eyes and ears of the world. He condemned the aggression of the extremist Jewish organizations towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the direct auspices of the occupation government. He also emphasized that [the occupation government] will not change by one iota the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims.”
PA daily calls Jews’ visits to the Temple Mount “invasions… suspicious and provocative tours” in which they heard explanations about the “myth of the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2017
Headline: "Widespread invasions and attempts to hold Talmudic ceremonies at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The gangs of settlers yesterday [April 13, 2017] continued their widespread group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the morning hours…
Groups of settlers, which included dozens of extremists in traditional Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) dress, took suspicious and provocative tours of the mosque one after the other, and listened to explanations regarding the myth of the alleged Temple that was at the location of the Al-Aqsa 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.
PA official daily: Israel plans to “Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “establish Temple on its ruins”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2017
Headline: "The occupation has imposed destruction on the Al-Aqsa Mosque buildings through widespread night invasion operations"

"Occupation forces yesterday [April 11, 2017] sowed destruction in the Al-Aqsa Mosque buildings, and left behind extensive devastation after large numbers of occupation force members invaded [the buildings] two days ago late at night…
The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the intentional operations of devastation and desecration that the occupation forces committed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its buildings constitute Israeli insistence on harming the sanctity of the mosque and stirring up the emotions of all Muslims.
The council warned that the reckless settlers and extremists will continue the daily operations of invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Hebrew Passover holiday. The council also viewed this as part of the occupation state's progress in its plot to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the realization of the Jewish dream of establishing the Temple on its ruins."

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 Ministry of Information: Israeli narrative in Jerusalem is “full of lies and deception,” Israel has “attacked the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity... [and] falsified… all testimony to the firm Palestinian right” to the city
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2017
Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Information: The occupation’s tourism breathes falsification and terror”

“The [PA] Ministry of Information said that the occupation’s efforts to advance a tourism project in order to tell the Jewish narrative in the Old [City of] Jerusalem constitute a continuation of the dark racism, and reflect tourism that breathes falsification and terror… The ministry emphasized yesterday [April 5, 2017] in a statement that the project of what is called the ‘Jerusalem Municipality’ and the [Israeli] Ministry for Jerusalem Affairs… proves to the world the truth about the Israeli narrative, which is full of lies and deception, and that there is no field of sports, art, tourism, culture, or heritage that is not emptied of content and colored with dark racism..."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa, "Judaizes" Jerusalem, and "attempts to steal our heritage and culture"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 4, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: 99 Israeli violations of freedom of worship”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is warned against the dangers of the occupation’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
The minister of religious affairs explained that those who are called ‘the alleged Temple organizations’ have strengthened their calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount) during the Hebrew Passover holiday and sacrifice Passover sacrifices there…
He said that the steps that the occupation government is carrying out have begun to move to the most dangerous stage for the future of the holy city [of Jerusalem] by giving a green light to the settlers and extremist Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to do as they will in its holy plazas and to carry out shameful acts that desecrate the sanctity of the site (See note below –Ed.)…
Ida’is explained that in the shadow of the Arab and Islamic silence and international conspiracy, the Zionist occupation authorities are continuing their plans to erode occupied Jerusalem and take all of the Islamic characteristics from it while using all of the arbitrary means to Judaize the city and expel the original [Arab] Jerusalem residents from it: taking control of the lands and establishing settlements on them, the continuation of the excavations under our blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… and the many attempts to steal our heritage and culture – and this is not the first time: a Jewish ‘archaeologist’ attempted to steal a stone from the ancient Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Fatah official vows to prevent US embassy move, declaring "Jerusalem is Arab and Islamic"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2017
     “Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council Dr. Fayez Abu Aita said… at a central rally organized by the national and Islamic forces in the northern Gaza Strip for Land Day… that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is recognition of Israel. He added ‘We will prevent this recognition with all our strength and we will oppose a change of the characteristics of the holy city [of Jerusalem]. Jerusalem is Arab and Islamic and will remain on the list of priorities of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and there will be no Palestinian state without it.’”

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
PA daily: Jews carried out "provocative invasions" of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and heard explanations about the "alleged Temple"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2017
Headline: “Settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupation’s soldiers attacked students and civilians in Abu Dis”
      “Settler gangs yesterday [March 30, 2017] renewed their provocative invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, amid reinforced protection from the occupation’s special police forces. Students of Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) elementary schools wearing kippahs (Jewish skullcaps) with a Star of David on them took part in the invasions, and they received explanations about the alleged Temple.”

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 official blasts Israel's "attempts to Judaize the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and prime among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the claim of the alleged Temple"
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “Beirut: Al-Ahmad updated religious figures regarding the occupation’s violations against the holy sites”
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon Azzam Al-Ahmad met yesterday [March 25, 2017] with [Grand] Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian , in the presence of Palestinian Ambassador in Lebanon Ashraf Dabour and Secretary of the PLO Factions in Lebanon Fathi Abu Al-Ardat.
Al-Ahmad updated Mufti Derian regarding the situation in Palestine and the challenges before which the Palestinian cause stands in resistance to the occupation, its settlement projects, and its attempts to Judaize the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and prime among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the claim of the alleged Temple. He also updated him regarding the struggle that the Palestinians are carrying out through all possible ways, and the Jerusalem residents in particular, in order to defend the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity and the Palestinian Arab identity of Jerusalem, and also regarding the Palestinian struggle to end the occupation and establish an independent state.”
PA TV repeats libel that Israel imposes “fictional Jewish character” on Jerusalem through “Judaization” and is trying to rid Jerusalem of Arabs
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 23, 2017

Official PA TV announcer:
“The Judaization of Jerusalem – a concept meaning all of the Israeli occupation’s attempts whose goal is to erase the Arab Islamic identity and change the Arab and Islamic characteristics that represent the true cultural face of the occupied Arab city of Jerusalem, and to stamp it with a new fictional character that is called the Jewish character through the Israeli occupation. History does not recall that any city has been subjected to attempts to erase and change its characteristics, identity, and history through forgery, alteration, manipulation, and false claims in the way that the city of Jerusalem is subject to them."
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PA Mufti’s religious ruling: The Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims by divine right and therefore can’t be negotiated
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2017
Headline: “A fatwa emphasizes that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims”
     “A fatwa (i.e., Muslim religious ruling) signed by [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein, Chairman of the Islamic Waqf Council Abdul Azim Salhab , and Head of the Supreme Muslim Council Sheikh Ikrima Sabri was issued in Jerusalem yesterday [March 19, 2017]. [The fatwa] emphasized that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims worldwide, and not only to the Palestinian people…
(The following is text from the Fatwa –Ed.)
‘The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims worldwide, and not only to the Palestinian people. This divine right is valid and exists until Judgement Day, and therefore there is no place for compromising on it, holding negotiations about it, and conceding one grain of soil [from the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza].’”
PA religious council falsely claims that Israel is “systematically erasing all that is Arab in Palestine”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Fatwa Council: Our people will not submit to the Judaization of the education [system] and the ban on the Muezzin’s call”

“The [PA] Supreme Fatwa Council… warned against the intention of the occupation authorities to establish a fund for what is called ‘the alleged Temple Mount Heritage’ (i.e., it was reported on March 13, 2017, that Israeli ministers plan to establish a fund to educate about the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount –Ed.), as a realization of the policy of Judaizing Jerusalem, its holy sites, and the Old City. This is amid contempt for the UNESCO (UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016] that negated any religious connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), and considers them a pure Islamic heritage…
On another matter, the council warned against the danger of legalizing a ban on the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer, see note below), which comes as part of the insane attack against Jerusalem, the holy sites, the mosques, and the churches. This is part of a planned policy whose goal is to erase the Islamic and Arab presence in Jerusalem and all of the occupied Palestinian territories. The council explained that the attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque is old and new, as it has constituted a target since the occupation of Jerusalem, and it was already burned and the blood of its worshipper visitors who were executed by the occupation was spilled on its ground, alongside the ongoing ban on worshippers to reach it (sic., Muslims have access to the Temple Mount, while the Jordanian Waqf bans Jewish prayer at the site and limits Jewish access –Ed.). The council also explained that the mosques and churches in all of Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, are subject to a strong attack by
PA TV claims all of the Temple Mount “belongs to Muslims,” denies Western Wall was “place of worship” for Jews before Balfour Declaration in 1917
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 15, 2017

Official PA TV filler The TV Lexicon, on the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“The status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

Official PA TV narrator: "The term ‘the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque’ (i.e., the Temple Mount) means the historical status, in other words the natural status as was accepted and continued throughout the previous historical periods. This status is unchangeable. The accepted status is that this is a mosque that belongs only to the Muslims, including all that is in it such as the buildings, the plazas within it, the areas around it, and all that is connected to it outside of it... There is no documentation that the Jews made the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) a place of worship at any time, except after the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) of 1917."
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Highest religious authority in the PA, the Mufti, claims Jewish connection to the Temple Mount is “based on myths and legends”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 12, 2017
Headline: "The Mufti of Jerusalem: The decision to ban the call of the Muezzin is racist and an attack against freedom of worship"

"[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said: 'The fact that the Israeli Parliament approved [in a first reading] the bill banning the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) is an attack against freedom of worship and the freedom of the Muslims to hold their religious ceremonies.'

He explained that Jerusalem is not dealing only with the issue of the Muezzin’s call, but there are also daily invasions of the settlers and the claim that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of the holiest sites for Jews. He said that 'These things are totally invalid and are based on myths and legends…'
He also emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic, and 'These Israeli invasions and interferences in our Islamic affairs are absolutely unacceptable.’"

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Al-Aqsa preacher claims Temple Mount, including the Western Wall, belong only to Muslims
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 11, 2017
Headline: “More than 40,000 held Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas”

“More than 40,000 [Arab] citizens from Jerusalem and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) held Friday prayers at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount) today [March 11, 2017]…
Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Ismail Nawahdah emphasized his opposition to the occupation’s law regarding banning the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer). He also emphasized that the occupier is striving with its laws and statements regarding banning the call of the Muezzin, and in its considering the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a holy site for Jews, ‘to turn the entire region into a center of religious conflict.’

In addition, he emphasized that ‘The Al-Aqsa Mosque and all that is around it is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), with all of its plazas, passageways, domes, walls, and what is underneath and above it, and only the Muslims have a right to it and no one else but them.’”

On Feb. 12, 2017, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was authorized by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is now pending parliamentary approval. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution and is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in
PA daily describes Jews visiting the Temple Mount as an “attack,” holding “Talmudic rituals” and hearing “explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 10, 2017
Headline: “Settlers continue to attack the Al-Aqsa Mosque in a focused manner and are holding Talmudic ceremonies”
     “A group of settlers yesterday [March 9, 2017] held Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) rituals at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the protection of the occupation forces… while they heard explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple, using maps on which the alleged Temple was positioned in place of the blessed Al-Aqsa 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 “attack.” 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 government: Israel is working to "Judaize" Jerusalem and "shake the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2017
     "During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… the [PA] government emphasized that the decision of the Israeli magistrate court in occupied Jerusalem - according to which the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy site for Jews and they have a right to pray there - is an invalid decision. This decision was issued by the occupation's court in an attempt to provide a legal character to the justification of the extremists’ attacks and the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to render valid the occupation’s crimes against Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity...
In addition, this is also about the exposure of the falsehood of the Israeli narrative, with which the occupation has been misleading global public opinion and the international community for many decades, and which it has attempted to impose with military force from the first day of the occupation of the holy city. Today, it attempts this through a decision by the occupation's court... to escalate it as part of its policy to Judaize the holy city - the same policy whose latest expression was carrying out construction work in the area of the Umayyad palaces adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This was not in an attempt to prove any right of the Jews there, as they have already failed to do so despite the excavations that have taken place since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, but rather only to shake the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and cause cracks in its walls."

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PA daily describes visit of Jews to the Temple Mount as “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque which included “provocative tours” and explanations about “the myth of the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2017
Headline: “Settlers and the occupation’s Israeli Security Agency invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Fifty settlers and 50 Israeli Security Agency members invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [March 2, 2017]… The invasions were carried out in small and consecutive groups and included provocative tours of the mosque’s plazas, during which the invaders heard explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple that was on the site of the Al-Aqsa 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.
PA Mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque “which belongs only to the Muslims, and [is] not a holy site for the Jews… is being subjected to daily attacks by the settlers”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "The mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque that belongs only to the Muslims"
    "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque, which belongs only to the Muslims, and not a holy site for the Jews as the occupation authorities claim.
The mufti explained today, Wednesday [March 1, 2017], at a joint press conference in Ramallah with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to daily attacks by the settlers under the protection of the occupation, which constitutes an attack against the sanctity of the site and the right of the Muslims to this 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 “attack.” 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 Minister of Religious Affairs: Israeli court’s ruling that Jews are allowed to pray at Temple Mount pushes “religious war”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is: The Israeli court rulings regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque are pushing towards a religious war"

"[PA] Minster of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the statement of the Magistrate Court, of occupied Jerusalem according to which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) is a holy site for the Jews and they have a right to pray there, is nothing but a vigorous push in the direction of a religious war, which will bring disaster to the entire region…
Sheikh Ida'is said in a statement he gave yesterday evening [Feb. 28, 2017] that this dangerous development in the Israeli occupation's policy regarding the sites holy to Islam, and primarily the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the pearl of Palestine, is nothing but part of a method that has now become clear, and that its goal is to establish the 'legality' of these violations and to protect them under Israeli 'law.' [He noted that this law] ignores all of the international decisions, which have determined that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an exclusively Muslim site, and that nobody but them has the right to revoke this [Muslim] sovereignty by any excuse."

The reference to a Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruling apparently refers to how on Feb. 26, 2017, the court convicted Sahar Natsheh, a 48-year-old Palestinian woman, for assaulting Israeli Parliament member Shuli Moalem-Refaeli at the Temple Mount two years prior. Natsheh pushed Moalem-Refaeli and shouted at her to leave the Temple Mount, in an attempt to block her access.
PA minister: Temple Mount is “completely Islamic,” is under “strongest attack history has known”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: More than 95 Israeli attacks and violations against the holy sites and places of worship during February”

“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that… the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016] regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque is most important, particularly at this difficult stage in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque is subject to the strongest attack history has known. Therefore, [he said] it is necessary to implement the resolution on the ground immediately, and the Arabs and Muslims must have a practical plan for the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He explained that in February [2017] the mosque was subject to a strong attack of invasions, lies, and media statements that completely contradict reality. The latest of them was the occupied Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruling, which determined that the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) is holy to Jews and they have a right to pray there, and that no one can prevent them from entering its plazas and going up to what is termed ‘the Temple Mount’ (for the actual ruling see note below –Ed.). This is alongside the claim of the occupation police’s Minister of Public Security [Gilad Erdan] that ‘the Temple Mount’ is the holiest site to the Jewish people, and only to the Jewish people (sic., Erdan did not specify that the site is holy only to the Jewish people -Ed).
Ida’is again emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its plazas, is completely Islamic, and no decision of a court, whatever its name may be, or of any person, will change the irrefutable truth regarding the Islamicness of the site.”

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PA Religious Affairs Minister repeats libel: Israel planning to destroy Al-Aqsa and establish “alleged Temple on its ruins”, igniting religious war “on a daily basis”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs warns of its destruction - landslides south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the occupation’s excavations”

“Landslides occurred yesterday [Feb. 26, 2017]… in the town of Silwan (i.e., a neighborhood in Jerusalem) south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the occupation’s excavations, which are continuing in the area…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is warned against the occupation authorities’ reckless attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the daily excavations that they are conducting around it. He added that the excavations are pushing the region into a furnace of religious war, which the occupation is igniting on a daily basis through these actions. Ida’is emphasized that these daily actions are nothing but a rejection and violation of the decisions of the international institutions, the latest of which was a UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution late last year (i.e., on Oct. 13, 2016, see note below), which confirmed the exclusive right of the Muslims to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall)…
The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the landslides… are the beginning of the collapse of the holy city [of Jerusalem], and primarily the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the historical landmarks of Jerusalem. In its statement, the council emphasized that these collapses are only an initial result of the excavations and tunnels that are eroding the land of the holy city. It noted the large network of tunnels that branches out underneath the Old City in occupied [Jerusalem], particularly underneath the foundations of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has turned the ground in the holy city into soft and frail ground that is liable to collapse as a result of light rains. It added that what ha
Fatah Revolutionary Council member warns that Israel "attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through its ongoing excavations in order to build its alleged Temple"
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: “Issa: There are 28 tunnels under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City”
     “Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa said that the goal of the destruction and excavation activities that the occupation state authorities are conducting in the Old City [of Jerusalem] and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is to change the Islamic-Christian Arab character of the holy city and to create a Jewish character for it.
Issa said in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Monday [Feb. 27, 2017]: ‘The excavation and destruction activities of the occupation authorities in the holy city and around and under the Al-Aqsa Mosque are part of a calculated plan that is meant to shake the foundations of the mosque, and to change the Islamic-Christian Arab character of the holy city and to create a Jewish character for it.’ He emphasized that the occupation government will fail to achieve its goals even though it is fighting against time to realize this goal.
Issa warned against the occupation government’s attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through its ongoing excavations in order to build its alleged Temple. He emphasized that it will not succeed in achieving what it wants, despite all of its attempts to impose its rule on the holy city.”
Guest on PA TV: Israeli excavations “falsifying” Jerusalem, aim to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, establish “alleged temple”
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2017
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital, on the archaeological remains of an Umayyad Palace and Jewish ritual baths south of the Temple Mount

Silwan and Al-Bustan Neighborhood Defense Committee member Fakhri Abu Diab : “A budget of $62 million is dedicated every year [by Israel] to supporting excavations and tunnels and supporting the settlement and settlers. I am only talking about the Silwan area (i.e., a neighborhood in Jerusalem), the area of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore it needs to be clear to everyone that every stone that they are falsifying, and every tunnel they are opening, and every home that is destroyed is a step in the direction of turning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, God forbid, into the alleged Temple. The occupation is acting strategically, step by step, in order to reach the main step, which is destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple.”
PA daily: Israelis visiting the Temple Mount “invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and learned about the “myth of the alleged Temple”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2017
Headline: “Settlers and the occupation’s intelligence personnel invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Settlers, intelligence personnel, and occupation soldiers in military uniforms invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Feb. 21, 2017]…
The invaders held suspicious and provocative tours throughout the mosque (sic., Jews do not enter the mosque - see below), and received an explanation of the myth of the alleged Temple.”

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.
Abbas’ advisor to foreign Muslim audience: Jerusalem is “Islamic by divine decree,” Israel “perpetrates a historical and cultural massacre against the Islamic culture and heritage”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash in a lecture in Bosnia: There is a massacre of the Islamic heritage and culture in Jerusalem"

"Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash gave a lecture at the Islamic College in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia…
During the lecture Al-Habbash spoke about the religious and historical status of Jerusalem. He noted… that the Islamic identity of Jerusalem was established by divine decree and not by human decree, as is stated in [Prophet Muhammad’s] Night Journey [Quranic] Sura …
Al-Habbash said that Jerusalem is now in its most difficult period, in which an invasion of thought and heritage are being perpetrated, and the Islamic identity in it is being erased through an attack led by the occupation through the extremist settler NGOs and the attempt to undermine the awareness of global public opinion. [He added that this is being perpetrated] through a falsification of the facts and through false claims that have no basis in the past or present…
He noted that what is happening in Jerusalem is a historical and cultural massacre against the Islamic culture and heritage…
He also explained that the invitation to the Muslims who are able to do so to visit Jerusalem had the greatest impact on the spirits of the residents of Jerusalem, and that it constitutes a double message: [first] to the occupation, which is that Jerusalem will not be alone and is not easy prey, and [second] to the Palestinians, which is that they are not alone…
Al-Habbash said that visiting Jerusalem and praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is normalization with the Palestinians, and not normalization with the occupation."
PA daily: Jews “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and heard about “the myth of the alleged Temple”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 20, 2017
    “Groups of settlers and more than 50 extremists from the organization Students for the Temple [Mount] invaded the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque in small and consecutive groups, and received explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple.”

"Alleged Temple organizations” refers ‎to religious Jewish movements, including the ‎Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, The ‎Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount ‎initiative and Students for the Temple Mount, ‎which spread awareness of the importance of ‎the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage ‎people to visit the Temple Mount.
PA Supreme Fatwa Council condemns Israel's "plots surrounding the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque," calls on Palestinians to defend it "whatever the cost"
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 16, 2017
Headline: "The Fatwa Council: The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque refuses to be divided"
     "The [PA] Supreme Fatwa Council warned today, Thursday [Feb. 16, 2017], against the consequences that will befall the region in general due to the plots surrounding the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a part of the faith of the entire world's Muslims…
The council emphasized in its notice that the process of changing the existing historical situation that the occupation authorities are perpetrating at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque has recently accelerated significantly. He explained that the occupation cannot hide from sight the attempt to falsify the facts and history, as everyone knows the history of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the international and official bodies…
The council urged everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to invest the maximum efforts to do this and to strengthen the presence at it in order to defend it. It also emphasized the devotion of the members of our people to their mosque, whatever the cost and sacrifices may be, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it."
Abbas’ advisor: Non-Muslims have no right to Temple Mount, including the Western Wall
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 15, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash in response to the statements of Erdan: Non-Muslims have no right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
       "Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic property that belongs to the Muslims alone by virtue of a divine decision... Al-Habbash emphasized yesterday [Feb. 14, 2017] - in a press release in response to the statements of Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan (about the necessity to gather archeologists to attest to the Jewish history of Jerusalem –Ed.) - that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a pure Islamic heritage, and that non-Muslims have no right to it. He emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the Islamic faith, and prayer there [at the mosque] is the right of Muslims alone. Likewise, the Islamic [Jordanian] Waqf has the legal sovereignty over all facilities of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) – the plazas, the gates, and the walls, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall).”

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Official PA daily: Settlers hold "suspicious tours" at Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, discuss "myth of the alleged Temple"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2017
     “Groups of settlers yesterday [Feb. 13, 2017] continued their provocative invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the occupation forces. The settlers held suspicious tours at the mosque and received an explanation about the myth of the alleged Temple from guides and rabbis.”

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.
Abbas’ advisor: Jerusalem is “Arab and Islamic and a pure Islamic heritage, which no one other than the Muslims have a right to”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash from Tunis: The visit of Arabs and Muslims to Jerusalem is a religious virtue and a political need”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash… called to revive the roles of the waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) ministries in the Islamic world in order to support the residents of Jerusalem, to aid them in standing firm on their land and in their city, and to provide them with direct aid through Arab and Islamic investments in the holy city, visits to Jerusalem, making direct contact with its residents, and becoming familiar with their suffering. He noted that visiting Jerusalem is normalization with its original [Arab] residents and true owners who are longing to meet their Arab and Muslim brothers in their city, and not normalization with the occupation.
The supreme Shari’ah judge presented Tunisian Minister [of Justice and Religious Affairs Ghazi Jeribi ] with a book on Jerusalem that bears its name and includes all of its religious, historical, and cultural aspects that remind us every day that this city is Arab and Islamic and a pure Islamic heritage, which no one other than the Muslims have a right to, as was confirmed by the latest international resolutions, and particularly the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolutions.”

UNESCO Resolution on “Occupied Palestine”
On Oct. 13, 2016, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions. The resolution was later approved by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Oct. 26, 2016, in a secret ballot in which ten countries voted in favor of the resolution, two opposed, e
Al-Quds University lecturer: "There are no archeological findings that are connected to the Jews" from Temple Mount vicinity
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 7, 2017
Official PA TV program Al-Aqsa Citadels, on the religious significance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, hosting Al-Quds University Islamic law lecturer Husam Al-Faqih
Al-Quds University Islamic law lecturer Husam Al-Faqih: “It has been proven historically, and also proven by archaeological excavations conducted by Jewish and non-Jewish archaeologists, that there are no archeological findings that are connected to the Jews. All of the excavations that were conducted at the bottom of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and around it have all yielded Islamic antiquities or ancient Roman antiquities, and there is no proof of the Jews’ claim that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is holy to them.”

Note: This  program was first broadcast on PA TV on Sept. 3, 2016 and repeated on Feb. 7, 2017.
PLO criticizes UN Sec-Gen for Jewish Temple comments: “Israel has no connection to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, its plazas, its walls, or what is underneath it,” accuses Israel of “violations” at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 2, 2017
Headline: "PLO: The UN secretary-general's statements are outside the scope of his authority"
       "The PLO Department of International Relations condemned the claims made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an interview with Voice of Israel [radio] regarding the 'Jewishness of the Temple' in occupied East Jerusalem. The department emphasized that Israel has no connection to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, its plazas, its walls, or what is underneath it, and referred to the UNESCO resolution [of Oct. 23, 2016] that determined that the mosque belongs to the Muslims and nobody but them.
The department added that the secretary-general has deviated from his neutrality and his role with this grave statement, and crudely favored the Israeli occupation state, which indicates his clear ignorance regarding the international decisions regarding occupied Jerusalem... The department called on the international community and its organizations in general, and the Arab and Muslim states in particular, to fulfill their roles and come out against these claims that encourage Israel and its extremists to commit many more violations at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and in occupied East Jerusalem in general..."
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PA Mufti criticizes UN Sec-Gen’s statement on Jewish Temple: "The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic mosque and no one but the Muslims has a right to it"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Grand Mufti: Guterres’ statements are severe violations”
      “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem] Muhammad Hussein responded to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ statements regarding the connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Guterres referred to the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, see below). [Hussein] emphasized in a statement yesterday [Jan. 30, 2017,] that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic mosque and no one but the Muslims has a right to it, and only they are allowed to intervene in its affairs. He also emphasized that the mosque has special significance for Muslims worldwide, and the decision to harm it is dangerous and deserving of condemnation by all standards. Regarding this, he mentioned the UNESCO resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016], according to which the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims and the Israeli occupation has no connection to the mosque, its walls, its plazas, and what is underneath it. In addition, Hussein described Guterres’ statements as ‘severe violations’ and a violation of the international status quo regarding Jerusalem."
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PLO official: UN Sec-Gen’s statement on Jewish Temple in Jerusalem contradicts “the historical facts”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2017
      "PLO Central Committee member [and Secretary-General of the terror organization Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF)] Dr. Ahmed Majdalani… said yesterday, Monday [Jan. 30, 2017], in an interview with Radio Mawtini… that UN Secretary-General [Antonio Guterres’] statements regarding the connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., he made statements about the clear Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, see below –Ed.) are a crude political bias in favor of the Israeli occupation and [contradict] the historical facts."
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On Jan. 29, 2017, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was interviewed by Benny Avni of the Voice of Israel radio station. In the interview Guterres discussed the rise in Antisemitism in both Europe and the US, saying that it is a "dangerous trend" and that what particularly worries him about it is that it is "directly impacting Jewish communities," and that "people are attacked," He also noted that the Antisemitism against Jewish communities doesn’t seem to be related to the State of Israel.
Regarding the discrimination against Israel in the UN, Guterres said: "Israel needs to be considered as a state as the same as all the others with exactly the same rights and obligations and without any form of discrimination."
Addressing the issue of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple that stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Guterres stated that: "It is clear to me that the Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, was a Jewish temple. As it is clear for me today that Jerusalem is today a holy city for three religions. These are the facts that nobody can deny."
PA daily op-ed: "There is and never has been any sort of Temple... in Palestine... [Israelis] have not found a single thing connected to Judaism in all of Palestine, and not just in Jerusalem"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2017
      "[UN secretary-general] Antonio Guterres clearly and explicitly sinned against peace and the Palestinian-Israeli political agreement when he claimed yesterday [Jan. 29, 2017] in an interview with the Hebrew-language Voice of Israel [radio] that he 'believes in the connection between Jerusalem and the Jews.' In contradiction to the UNESCO resolutions, history, and facts, the secretary-general claimed that it is as clear as day - in his opinion which is far from the truth and the facts - that 'The Temple in Jerusalem that was destroyed by the Romans was a Jewish Temple'...
Mr. Antonio... [you should know that] Jerusalem and all of Palestine - from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea - are the land of the Palestinian people, and their history is its history... Jerusalem is Palestinian Arab. It belongs only to the followers of Islam and Christianity, and not Judaism, but this does not prevent followers of the Jewish religion from visiting it. What is called the 'Wailing' Wall is nothing but the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall). There is and never has been any sort of Temple of Prophet Suleiman (i.e., King Solomon) in Palestine. The Israelis have been excavating for nearly 100 years throughout the length and breadth of the land since occupying it in its entirety in June 1967 (sic., 50 years), and they have not found a single thing connected to Judaism (sic., numerous Jewish artifacts have been unearthed -Ed.) in all of Palestine, and not just in Jerusalem..."
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PA Ministry of Religious Affairs on UN Sec-Gen statement's reagarding Jewish Temple: "The entire holy site of Jerusalem is a purely Islamic site, to which nobody else has any right"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2017
     “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs and the national action factions condemned in the strongest language the statements of new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the matter of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the alleged Temple in occupied Jerusalem…
Guterres said earlier in his statements to Voice of Israel radio that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is ‘a Jewish Temple and belongs to the Jews,’ and in doing so contradicted dozens of resolutions passed by his organization [the UN], its institutions, and its committees that are concerned with the matter, which have emphasized that the entire holy site of Jerusalem is a purely Islamic site, to which nobody else has any right…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned Guterres’ statements. He said that they misconstrue the historical facts and constitute an attempt to return the crisis to the starting point, ignoring the UNESCO resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016], which clearly determined the legal and historical status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as the exclusive right of Muslims and a sacred property belonging only to them. [He added that] it is forbidden to change this status under any circumstances...”
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PA TV denies Jewish Temple
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 29, 2017
Official PA TV news briefs

Official PA TV newsreader: "PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF)] Ahmed Majdalani said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ statements regarding the Temple are a dangerous diplomatic deviation and constitute a blow to the trustworthiness of the UN as an international organization, and also identification with the occupying forces rather than identifying with the occupied peoples."

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A filmed report without sound in which Majdalani is seen speaking.

Official PA TV newsreader: "Majdalani said: 'The UN secretary-general must clarify his intentions in everything related to these statements that constitute a blow to the international efforts and give the occupation a green light to continue the steps in Jerusalem.'
This was after the UN secretary-general claimed during an interview with Voice of Israel [radio] that the alleged Temple destroyed by the Romans was a Jewish Temple and was in Jerusalem."

On Jan. 29, 2017, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was interviewed by Benny Avni of the Voice of Israel radio station. In the interview Guterres addressed the issue of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple that stood on the Temple Mount there: "It is clear for me that the Temple of Jerusalem that was destroyed by the Romans was a Jewish temple. As it is clear for me that Jerusalem is today a holy city for three religions. These are the facts that nobody can deny." [Voice of Israel Radio. Jan. 29, 2017]
PA TV host criticizes Palestinian daily for using term “Wailing Wall” and not “Al-Buraq Wall” as instructed by PA Ministry of Information
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 26, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, review of Palestinian press.

Official PA TV host:
"[The Palestinian daily] Al-Ayyam from this morning: 'Israel begins the planning stage of extending the high-speed train line up to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall). The Israeli Ministry of Transportation announced it yesterday. The project for extending the high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train line up to the Al-Buraq Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, has entered the stage of a feasibility study.' I don’t know how Al-Ayyam can write 'Wailing Wall' on its front page, and not even put quotation marks."
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On Jan. 25, 2017, the Israeli Ministry of Transportation announced a proposal to extend the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed train line to include a stop in the Old City of Jerusalem. It announced that planning and feasibility studies have been ordered for the project.

The PA TV host criticizes Al-Ayyam’s use of the term “the Wailing Wall,” which is the Jewish/Israeli term, as opposed to “the Al-Buraq Wall,” which is the Muslim/Palestinian term.

In 2012, Palestinian Media Watch documented that the PA Ministry of Information had issued a book instructing Palestinians which words to use to instead of "the Israeli and American dissemination of poisoned terms." The book includes Palestinian expressions that should be used to replace Israeli terminology related to history and tradition. One of the terms the ministry had decided to avoid was “
PA mufti: "Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes encouragement of terror"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2017
Headline: “The Mufti of Jerusalem: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes encouragement of terror”
     “[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories [and Deputy Secretary-General and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem, because this has a danger of instability and because it will increase violence and terror in the region and the entire world.
Hussein said yesterday [Jan. 23, 2017] in a radio interview: ‘The special religious, cultural, historical, and symbolic status of Jerusalem for the Arabs, Muslims, and Christians of the world does not allow transferring the American embassy to it.”

Fatah official Rajoub: US embassy move is “attack and declaration of war… on Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Christians… We need confrontation… between this fascist [Trump]… and the entire world”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 18, 2017
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Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “There is a clear status quo on everything regarding Jerusalem from 1948 until today, from 1967 until today. The Americans recognize this, and the entire international community also recognizes this. [US President-elect Donald] Trump in effect is coming and saying: ‘I want to change this status quo.’ If so, he has a problem, not just with the Palestinians and not just with the Arabs. And therefore I say that we as Palestinians need to think carefully. This is an attack and a declaration of war on the entire world: on the Palestinians, on the Arabs, on the Muslims, on the Christians, on international legitimacy, and even on the US interests and American national security. We need to build a strategy that will merge all of these forces. There are places in Jerusalem that are holy to 2.5 billion Christians and Muslims. By what right does he [Trump] want to give it to the 13 million Jews in the world, half here and half abroad? By what right does he want to give them the keys to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre? And therefore, we need to mobilize the entire world, to mobilize it in the strategic sense. We need to initiate a strategy, and not to make do with responses from the side; to initiate a strategy on the national level, on the regional level, and on the international level..."

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PA Ambassador to Cairo: UNESCO vote confirms that "the conflict in Jerusalem is a human conflict between truth and falsehood"
Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egyptian newspaper, Jan. 14, 2017
Headline: "Martyrs for Palestine – an exhibition in Cairo that illustrates the Palestinian cause"
     "The State of Palestine's embassy in Cairo, together with the Egyptian branch of the Fatah Movement, organized the Martyrs (Shahids) for Palestine exhibition… yesterday evening [Jan. 13, 2017] at the embassy.
Artists from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine participated in the exhibition, in addition to Arab children…
[PA] Ambassador [to Egypt] Jamal Al-Shubaki said in a welcoming speech that this exhibition through paintings conveys to the entire world a political message, which is that the Palestinian cause at its core is an Arab cause. He emphasized that the issue of Jerusalem, which is gaining international attention, constitutes a red line, as Jerusalem is the capital city of all Arabs in its human-cultural dimension, and that the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016] confirmed that the conflict in Jerusalem is a human conflict between truth and falsehood.
At the end of his speech, Al-Shubaki emphasized that the Arab nation will not accept any political solution without Jerusalem attaining full freedom.”


The picture shows some of the art produced to illustrate the Palestinian cause, including paintings and a model of the Dome of the Rock on a table embellished with keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) and Palestinian flags.

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Fatah official: US embassy move will be "a sign of the end of the world"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
Headline: "Zaki: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will absolve us of all the agreements and turn Palestine into a war zone"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not allow the transfer of the American embassy, and will be absolved of the previous decisions and agreements. He also warned against turning Palestine into a war zone if the new American administration decides to transfer it.
Zaki said today, Wednesday [Jan. 11, 2017], in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'The transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem will be a sign of the end of the world.' He added: 'The attack against the place of [Prophet] Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven and Jesus' resurrection contradicts the religious and international understandings,' and he warned against the terrible dangers whose course cannot be predicted. Zaki emphasized that no power in the world can prevent the Palestinians, Muslims, and Christians as one from carrying out their national obligation to defend their occupied capital, and said: 'There is no Palestinian state without Jerusalem.'
Zaki said that he is convinced that the statements of US President-elect [Donald] Trump that were used during the election campaign cannot be implemented on the ground in Palestine and noted that this trend appeared in the 1960s when [former Israeli Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion proposed it in order to establish the occupation state in Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple."
 
Published in Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 11, 2017; and in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017.

 
Fatah official: “Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is a denial of the truth that Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian land”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2017
Headline: "Dalal Salameh: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is a denial of the international decisions"
       "Fatah Central Committee member Dalal Salameh said that the matter of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is a denial of the truth that Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian land. She emphasized the unity of the national position to fight against every decision regarding its transfer. She also demanded a clear Arab, Islamic, and international position. Salameh said in an interview with Radio Mawtini yesterday (Tuesday) [Jan. 10, 2017]: 'The matter of transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is completely unacceptable.' She emphasized that the Palestinian leadership and the national factions, and primarily the Fatah Movement, object and are continuing the legitimate struggle against the occupation in order to strengthen the rights and legitimacy of our people on the ground . Salameh emphasized that the possibility of the embassy being transferred must be fought against, through a strong and unified internal Palestinian position, and through clear Arab, Islamic, and international positions."
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Fatah spokesman claims Jerusalem as the "eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and not as the capital of two states"
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 29, 2016
Headline: "Alayan: Kerry's speech is important, but its principles are not sources of authority for the resolution of the Palestinian issue"
     "[Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem and] Fatah Movement leadership member Raafat Alayan described the speech of American Secretary of State John Kerry (on Dec. 28, 2016, laying out US President Barack Obama's vision for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians –Ed.) as an important speech, despite the comments he hid within it…
Alayan concluded and said that our Palestinian people and its political leadership are determined to end the Israeli occupation of all the Palestinian territories, and particularly of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and not as the capital of two states as Kerry wishes. Likewise, he said that the issue of the refugees is not an issue for negotiation, but rather an issue of the right of return and self-determination, and the time has come for us to have a sovereign state and for the longest occupation in the world to end."
PA daily: “Settlers” and students “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while being told about the “myth of ‘the alleged Temple’”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2016
Headline: "86 settlers and Jewish students invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"38 settlers and 48 Jewish students invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate yesterday [Dec. 25, 2016]…
The settlers and students held provocative tours at the mosque, while hearing explanations about the myth of ‘the alleged Temple,' as [Palestinian] worshippers made calls of 'Allahu Akbar' in protest of these invasions."

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 daily: Rabbis give explanations about “the myth of the alleged Temple” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2016
"Several extremists from the gangs of settlers performed movements of Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] yesterday [Dec. 18, 2016], while several rabbis gave explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple."

The status quo at the Temple Mount is that Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.