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Jerusalem under assault
Denial of Jewish connection to Jerusalem
Jerusalem under assault
In 2009 the Palestinian Authority has initiated an unprecedented campaign of historical revision and anti-Israel libels concerning Jerusalem, the focal point being the erasure and denial of 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem.

In addition, the PA disseminates the libel that Israel is acting both to expel Arabs from Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jerusalem libels are designed to evoke religious hatred by portraying Israel and the Jews as a threat to Arabs and Islam.

This section documents the recent intensification of the Palestinian Authority's campaign of distortion, historical revision and hate incitement surrounding Jerusalem.

This cartoon with the caption "Judaization of Jerusalem" shows, from right to left, a sinister-looking Jew first sharing the chair with an Arab and then shoving him off.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official PA daily, Feb 24, 2009]
Denial of Jewish connection to Jerusalem
"Jerusalem is the religious, political and spiritual capital of Palestine - the Jews have no right to it," declared senior PA religious official, Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi, PA Chief Justice of religious court. Accordingly, any Jewish life and development in Jerusalem is labeled as "Judaization." Jerusalem is presented as an exclusively Muslim and Christian city, with no regard to history or archeology, and even the existence of the Temple being denied.
Abbas' advisor on religious affairs calls on Imams and Christian clergy to preach about the dangers of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash called on Imams of mosques in Arab and Muslim states to focus on the dangers of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem"
     "Supreme Shari'ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas'] Advisor on Religious [and Islamic] Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash yesterday [Jan. 12, 2017] called on religious scholars and Imams of mosques in the Arab and Islamic world to speak in the Friday sermons about the dangers of transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem.
Al-Habbash related in a press statement to the dangers inherent in the US taking this unwise step, due to its implications for international peace and security.
He added: 'We call on the Imams of mosques in all Arab and Islamic states to deal with this grave matter during the Friday sermons. We also hope that the Christian clergy will also do this in their religious sermons this Sunday, as Jerusalem has an important place in the hearts of more than 1.3 billion Muslims in the world. In addition, it is also holy to Christians, and we do not agree to the damaging of its religious status and its identity.'
He continued: 'Everything could collapse if they transfer the embassy to Jerusalem and damage its value and meaning, as this could open wide the door to scenarios that no one wishes for. This is because the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the first direction of prayer for the Muslims and the third holiest “Noble Sanctuary.” Jerusalem also includes holy sites important to Christians, and primarily the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.' Al-Habbash said: 'Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes an unacceptable step as it contradicts international law, and we hope that the administration of [US] President[-elect] Donald Trump will not take such a step.’"
Fatah spokesman: "Any step regarding transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to East Jerusalem will directly cause an explosion" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: Transferring the American embassy to East Jerusalem means an explosion of the situation in the region"
      "Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said that East Jerusalem is a red line, and it is the capital of the Palestinian state that is recognized by the UN, and part of the Palestinian territories that were occupied in 1967. He added that any step regarding transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to East Jerusalem will directly cause an explosion of the situation in the region in general.
Al-Qawasmi emphasized in a press statement today, Sunday [Jan. 8, 2017], that taking any step in this matter contradicts international law and constitutes a violation of the rights of the Palestinian people that have been approved and anchored by the international bodies. Likewise, he emphasized that this step will turn the US into a side in the conflict instead of a mediator in the political process, which will have severe consequences on the security and peace in the world."
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PA minister: "Jerusalem is Arab and belongs to its Palestinian owners" 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Dec. 13, 2016
Headline: "Al-Husseini to [Radio] Mawtini: Jerusalem is Arab and belongs to its Palestinian owners, Trump's leanings will increase our adherence to our rights"
     "[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Governor of the Jerusalem District Adnan Al-Husseini said that [US President-elect Donald] Trump's leanings and decisions will not change the facts in Islamic-Christian Arab Jerusalem, as the city belongs to its Palestinian owners.
Al-Husseini said today (Tuesday) [Dec. 13, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'The statements of [US President-elect] Donald Trump's advisor [Kellyanne Conway], according to which the new US president is examining the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, constitute an indication of the policy of the new American administration in everything related to the Palestinian issue.'
Al-Husseini emphasized that a comprehensive peace process must be examined, and said that ‘the region cannot suffer more problems.' He added: 'If the new American administration thinks that it can do something that ignores the rights of the Palestinian people, that is a mistake.' Likewise, he emphasized the adherence of the Palestinian people to its rights, which it will never renounce."

US President Elect Donald Trump's top aide Kellyanne Conway said on Dec. 12, 2016, that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem is a "very big priority for this president-elect, Donald Trump."
Governor of Ramallah hopes that next Fatah conference will take place "in the capital liberated from the occupation’s impurity" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 27, 2016
Headline: “Ghannam was updated about the preparedness of the security establishment to secure [Fatah’s] Seventh Conference”
     “District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam was updated tonight [Nov. 27, 2016] about the preparedness of the district’s security establishment to secure the Fatah Movement’s Seventh Conference…
Ghannam said that ‘All of the efforts are being invested even as our eyes are raised towards the capital, Jerusalem,’ and expressed her wishes that the next conference will be held in the capital liberated from the occupation’s impurity.”
Abbas advisor:"Israel is disturbed by the call to prayer because it reminds [Israel] five times a day that this land is Palestinian and a waqf that belongs only to the Muslims" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 14, 2016
Headline: "Al-Habbash: The call to prayer will be sounded and our mosques are full of believers, despite the occupation's opposition"
     "Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash condemned the steps of the occupation with all its institutions... especially in everything regarding the decision of the committee of Israeli government ministers to bring the bill banning the sounding of the call to prayer in the mosques to what is called the 'Israeli Parliament' for ratification.
In a press statement this evening (Monday) [Nov. 14, 2016], Al-Habbash described these steps as steps of oppression and a harsh blow to the freedom of worship… He clarified that these steps will lead the occupation and its leaders to the International Criminal Court as war criminals, especially after the latest resolutions of UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), according to which the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) is Islamic and the Old City of Jerusalem is an exclusively Islamic heritage [site]. He added that Israel has gone crazy in the wake of UNESCO's latest resolutions…
The supreme shari’ah judge emphasized: 'Our mosques will remain full of believers, and no one in this world will be able to silence the call to prayer as long as there is one Palestinian on this land.' He noted: 'Our mosques precede the occupation state; it has never happened and will never happen that they will not sound the call to prayer.' Likewise, he clarified: 'Israel is disturbed by the call to prayer because it reminds [Israel] five times a day that this land is Palestinian and a waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) that belongs only to the Muslims."

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PA TV discounts archaelogical find as a "forgery": Israel "fabricates lies" as part of plan to "build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 29, 2016
Official PA TV News, on Israeli archaeologists casting doubt on the authenticity of the newly found papyrus from 700 BCE on which is written "Jerusalem" in ancient Hebrew script
Official PA TV reporter: "The Israeli media is attempting to use a document which is said to be a certificate on which is written in the ancient Hebrew script 'Jerusalem,' and which was found four years ago. According to the story, Israel attempts to fabricate lies and to find proof of them or to write what it wants about them (i.e., the finds) in order to impose the Israeli plan that aspires to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Here begins the story, in the middle of the West Bank desert (i.e., Judean Desert) a piece of papyrus form the 7th century BCE is found, and according to the claims it is a certificate for the transfer of a certain type of wine that was sent by the king from the town of Na’arata in the Jordan Valley, north of Jericho... The thief who claims that Israel has a history through his pursuit of antiquities thieves – is looking for the first market to display what he stole. Thus also [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, who is attempting to stand in the path of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) after the slap on the cheek he received last week. Against the background of events that have shaken the Israeli archaeologists regarding the level of reliability due to the precedents of forgery of documents with ancient tools and years of excavations, one of the Israeli archaeologists comes out, Israel Finkelstein [from Tel Aviv University], who denies the presence of any connection of the Jews to Jerusalem, or even any archaeological evidence pointing to the location where the Temple was located (sic., see note)."

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Fatah official: UNESCO resolution “showed that the Jews do not have a historical right to the land of Palestine,” Israel falsifies archaeological findings to prove there was an “alleged Temple”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2016

Headline: “Shtayyeh: Our people will always repel attempts to harm the national legitimacy and underlying principles”

“Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh: 'The latest UNESCO resolutions have torpedoed the excuses for talk about their right to a “Jewish state,” and showed that the Jews do not have a historical right to the land of Palestine... Ever since the occupation in 1967, they are excavating day and night without finding anything regarding the alleged Temple (sic.,

Op-ed in PA daily: Israel is deluding “itself and the world that there is any connection between the Jews and Judaism and Palestine”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2016

"In the madness of the Zionist search for any [Jewish] remnants throughout the historic land of Palestine – and especially beneath or around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Palestinian people – in order to delude itself and the world that there is any connection between the Jews and Judaism and Palestine, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to personally participate this week in the removal of soil from under the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
 
Sec-Gen of Palestinian National Committee: Israel hasn’t found any Jewish archaeological artifacts in Jerusalem, lies that “Jerusalem has been a holy site to the Jews for thousands of years”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016

     "Secretary General of the Palestinian National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science Murad Al-Sudani emphasized that the fact that the occupation authorities continue to excavate under the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Islamic graves, and in the Old City of Jerusalem, and continue to search for an archaeological artifact that belongs to the Jews, contradicts the false and fabricated Zionist narrative. [He added that the occupation authorities] have not found anything belonging and relating to their false narrative (sic., numerous Jewish archaeological artifacts have been found), which strengthens the latest UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolutions and the relevant resolutions of the international institutions, especially Resolutions 465 and 478 of the [UN] Security Council that emphasize that Jerusalem, the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) are an Islamic heritage and waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) that belong only to the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims."

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PA daily: "Netanyahu intends to participate in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque" in attempt to prove "Jews' alleged connection to it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: “Arrogance – Netanyahu intends to participate in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The occupation’s [Israel’s] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised in press statements to personally participate in the removal of soil from under the Al-Aqsa Mosque this week (sic., Netanyahu’s actual statement appears in a note below), and called on the Jewish population to join him…
PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine] Ahmed Majdalani emphasized that Netanyahu’s statements are full of arrogance and haughtiness. Majdalani said in statements to [the official PA radio station] The Voice of Palestine that these statements are meant to thwart the latest UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolutions regarding the Jerusalem [Noble] Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) and [the] Old [City of] Jerusalem through lies and claims about the Jews' alleged connection to it.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Oct. 19, 2016, in the wake of UNESCO’s resolution erasing the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, that his government would help fund the Temple Mount Sifting Project of the Ir David Foundation. The project works to recover archaeological artifacts from approximately 400 truckloads of soil removed from the Temple Mount by the Waqf without supervision in 1999, as part of its illegal construction of the El-Marwani Mosque in the Solomon’s Stables area of the Temple Mount.

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PA Minister of Religous Affairs: "Muslims alone have an absolute right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque with all its plazas... Jerusalem will remain Islamic" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] minister of religious affairs called to create a practical plan to defend Jerusalem and the holy sites"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is called to create a practical plan for the aid and defense of Jerusalem and the holy sites from the ongoing Israeli violations they are being subjected to under racist pretexts full of hatred and racism…
Likewise, he emphasized that the Israeli project to Judaize Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque will not be realized, as the Muslims alone have an absolute right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque with all its plazas and halls and everything within it, and Jerusalem will remain Islamic and the occupation will not steal its identity from it, no matter what it does."
Abbas’ advisor on religious affairs: The entire Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza has always been a purely Islamic property. Not even the Jews ever claimed ownership of it 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 21, 2016

Friday sermon in presence of PA Chairman Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Throughout history the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), its plaza, and all of its facilities, the area of the Dung Gate, and the entire Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) have been a purely Islamic waqf and a purely Islamic property. And no one, [not] even the Jews, ever claimed - they have not claimed ownership of it before. But [now] they are attempting to change world awareness, and they think they can create a right through occupation."
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Fatah official appreciates UNESCO resolution during "difficult period in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are subjected to the dangers of Judaization and ... even ethnic cleansing" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2016
Headline: “Hamad expressed appreciation for the UNESCO resolution to recognize Jerusalem as an Islamic heritage”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad said that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution to recognize East Jerusalem as a pure Islamic heritage is a return of the right to its owner, a slap on the cheek of the Israeli occupation, and a refuting of its claims that it has been marketing for many decades through its enormous communications mechanism.
Hamad added that this resolution is very important, particularly in this difficult period in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are subjected to the dangers of Judaization and settlement, and even to ethnic cleansing.
She emphasized that the resolution comes in order to limit the arrogance of the occupation, and the continuation of its seizing control over everything that is Palestinian and the theft of Islamic history and culture in the holy city [of Jerusalem].”

UNESCO passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, 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, eight abstained, and one country, Jamaica, was absent.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” For more details about the resolution, click "full article."
Fatah official: UNESCO reolution shows that Al-Aqsa Mosque, Western Wall are Islamic, Jewish history is “propaganda and lies” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2016
Headline: “Muhaisen: The UNESCO resolution confirms that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all its territory, is a natural right of our people”

“Fatah Central Committee member [and Commissioner for Diaspora Branches and PLO Central Council member] Dr. Jamal Muhaisen emphasized that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution to confirm the Islamicness of the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a confirmation that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all its territory including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), is a natural right of our people. Muhaisen clarified yesterday [Oct. 19, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini that with or without a UNESCO resolution confirming the Islamicness of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, everyone knows that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Islamic faith, and he emphasized that this is a right that is not up for debate. Likewise, he emphasized the importance of the UNESCO resolution as a response to all of the Israeli propaganda and lies that constantly try to warp the history of the mosque and the churches that are on the land of Palestine.”
PA Ministry of Culture appreciates UNESCO resolution in face of "crazy Israeli attempts to Judaize Jerusalem and its identity” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 18, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Culture expressed appreciation for the UNESCO resolution to recognize the Palestinian right in Jerusalem”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Culture expressed appreciation for the resolution of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regarding the adoption of a resolution proposal about the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (the Noble Sanctuary) [parentheses in original] (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), and defense of the Palestinian heritage and the extraordinary nature of Jerusalem…
The ministry said today [Oct. 18, 2016] in a statement that this resolution can establish the Palestinian national and historical rights, and particularly in the capital of Jerusalem, and can strengthen the cultural and heritage presence in it, which constitutes a victory for the original owners of the right and the land and for the Palestinian narrative that cannot be erased or forged, despite all of the crazy Israeli attempts to Judaize Jerusalem and its identity.”

UNESCO passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “ Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” The resolution condemns “escalating Israeli aggressions” and Israeli “violations” at the site, and calls on Israel “to respect the integrity, authenticity and cultural heritage of Al-Aq?a Mosque/Al-?aram Al-Sharif… as a Muslim holy site of worship.”
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Abbas advisor: "Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., Western Wall)... are all purely Islamic and Palestinian assets" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 14, 2016


Friday sermon in presence of PA Chairman Abbas, on official PA TV, on Oct. 14, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian land. Jerusalem is the property of the Palestinians. The UNESCO resolution yesterday [Oct. 13, 2016] is a victory for the truth. It is a victory for justice. It is a victory for the true history of this land and for all of humanity. UNESCO's resolution confirms what we think and believe in, that Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., Western Wall) and the Al-Buraq [Wall] plaza are all purely Islamic and Palestinian assets and no one has the right to be our partner in that. No one has the right. We are the owners and we have the right to it. Only the Muslims have the right to the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and the Al-Buraq [Wall] and the Al-Buraq [Wall] plaza which is purely Islamic waqf property... This is a message to Israel from us (i.e., the Palestinians) that we have the right and from all of the international community. [The message] from us is that we will not renounce our right as long as we live. And even if we die, future generations will follow us from our sons and grandchildren who will adhere to this right."
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In addition to being Abbas' advisor, Mahmoud Al-Habbash also serves as the PA's Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice.

Waqf is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law.
PA Supreme Fatwa Council condemns "invasions" of Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls on Palestinians to protect the mosque at all costs "until Allah inherits the land and everything in it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: “The Fatwa Council: Exploiting Jerusalem as part of the American election campaign constitutes disrespect of international law”
     “The [PA Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council condemned the election promise that US Candidate Donald Trump made to recognize Jerusalem as the ‘united capital’ of Israel if he is elected as president…
The council warned of the regional consequences of an escalation in the rate of the invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a red line for Muslims throughout the world. Likewise, it clarified that the occupation authorities have escalated the rate of their invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for what are called the Jewish holidays, and that these invasions reveal their aggressive intentions towards it and verify the falseness of their claim to commit to retaining the historic status quo that exists there… The council urged everyone who can come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest the maximum efforts to reach it and strengthen the presence there so as to defend it, and emphasized that our people will adhere to their mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices that will be required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Abbas advisor attacks Trump for promise to move embassy to Jerusalem: "Mr. Whoever you are... will end up in the garbage bin of history" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 30, 2016
Official PA TV, Friday prayers from the mosque at the grave of Yasser Arafat, sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash. Present in the audience: Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, and PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail
Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “The mister called [Donald] Trump, the American presidential candidate, promised that he will transfer the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Does Jerusalem belong to his father, or perhaps to the father of Israel? There are people in Jerusalem, Mr. Whoever you are. Whoever gives that which does not belong to him to one who has no right to it will end up in the garbage bin of history as [British Foreign Minister Arthur] Balfour did before him, but the Palestinian people will remain and Jerusalem will remain.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Al-Quds University lecturer: "There are no archeological findings that are connected to the Jews" from Temple Mount vicinity 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 3, 2016
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.”

PA minister claims Cave of Patriarchs is a "purely Islamic site," condemns Jewish "invasions" of Al-Aqsa and calls for Ribat 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 1, 2016
Headline: “The occupation closed the Ibrahimi Mosque today, and banned the sounding of the call to prayer 49 times during the past month”
     “The Israeli occupation authorities today, Thursday [Sept. 1, 2016], closed the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, and used the Jewish holidays as an excuse…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the occupation’s decision to close the mosque. He emphasized that it is necessary to act immediately in order to save it and put an end to this and all of the daily violations and attacks. Likewise, he viewed this as ‘an outrageous blow to the Muslims and to the purely Islamic site.’…
He added: ‘In the same way, the occupation continues its policy at the Al-Aqsa Mosque – daily invasions, Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, and plans to change the face of the land adjacent to it. [Even] the dead were not saved from its policy, especially in the historical Ma’man Allah (i.e., Mamilla) cemetery, which was and still is subjected to the ugliest attack. It [the occupation] is holding an alcohol drinking festival (i.e., the Jerusalem Beer Festival at Independence Park at the end of August 2016) on its land, and there is no need to mention the digging [in graves], the shattering [of tombstones], and the planting of fake graves.’
Likewise, he called to maintain a permanent presence [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque], and to go up to it and continue [carrying out] Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic).”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 1, 2016, Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 4, 2016]

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