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"Judaization" of 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]
"Judaization" of Jerusalem
Since Jews are said to have no connection to Jerusalem, nor any right to live in the city, any Israeli action in Jerusalem is defined as "Judaization" and an attempt to erase the city's supposedly authentic Islamic Arab character. The PA has launched an incendiary libel campaign which presents as fact the lie that Israel is acting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to expel Arabs from the city. The goal of this PA alarmist campaign is to promote fear and hatred of Jews and Israelis.

[It should be noted that the PA allegation that Israel is pursuing a policy of ridding Jerusalem of its Arab inhabitants is blatantly untrue. In fact, according to May 2009 statistics released by the Jerusalem Center for Israel Studies, since Israel’s liberation of all of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, Jerusalem's Jewish population has increased by 186%, with the Arab population of east Jerusalem growing by 291%, almost twice the growth rate of the Jewish population.]
PA National Security Forces: Muslim holy places in danger of “Judaization” 
Source: Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces, Nov. 2, 2014

Text: “Cartoon of the day: The Zionist enterprise”

The cartoon shows an hourglass in which the Dome of the Rock is “running out” and turning into “Solomon’s alleged Temple” at the bottom of the hourglass.
Official PA daily cartoon: Muslim holy places are in danger 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2014


Text: “Division according to time…”

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
PA TV libel: Israel “implant[s] fake Jewish graves” in Jerusalem “to support… [their] fake Judaization stories” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2014
Official PA TV report alleging that Israel has been placing fake graves in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem (near the site of the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives):

Official PA TV reporter: “The list of the means the occupation [uses] to Judaize the Holy City is long. It includes implanting fake Jewish graves in the land of the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, in an attempt to create props and décor to support [their] false claims and fake Judaization stories about this land. Here, in the Wadi Al-Rababa neighborhood of Silwan, north of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the occupation began implanting, three years ago, dozens of fake graves in an area of over 60 dunams – just as it had done in other neighborhoods, where it implanted thousands of fake graves.

Mustafa Abu Zahra, head of the Committee for the Maintenance of Muslim Cemeteries in Jerusalem: “Israel is still falsifying its history and the facts, and places fake graves on the ground. It digs ditches, pours concrete over them, then lays a stone on top and covers it with dirt to make it look hundreds or thousands of years old.”

Official PA TV reporter: “The occupation brought new stones and inscribed Hebrew names on them. It claims these graves are thousands of years old, even though the reinforced concrete is new and the residents of this area have witnessed this crime of forgery… The occupation is Judaizing Jerusalem like an octopus. Here it implants graves, there settlement nests – in an attempt to prove its [longtime] presence on this land. Being a forgery, it is bound to fail.”
PA TV: Israel carrying out ”crime of... Judaization” of Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 28, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the Judaization of Jerusalem

Official PA TV reporter
: “This is a total war to uproot the indigenous owners and children of this land by various means of exile. [A war] to eradicate its history, holy places and heritage, to settle foreigners [in their place] and give them a new character (i.e., as indigenous), hand in hand with the crime of the ongoing Judaization of the city [Jerusalem].”
Fatah: Al-Aqsa Mosque “subjected to intentional Judaization measures” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 17, 2014
     “[Fatah spokesman Osama] Al-Qawasmi said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas have been subjected to intentional Judaization measures for decades, and that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s extreme right-wing government is seeking to divide it physically and according to time, as at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron. This government carries out all forms of organized terrorism against the holy places, the Palestinian people in general and our residents of occupied Jerusalem in particular, with the aim of obliterating the Holy City’s Arab, Muslim and Christian character and building the alleged Temple over the ruins of Al-Aqsa.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Abbas advisor calls on Palestinians to "perform Ribat" to "save the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the ‎schemes of Judaization" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2014
‎     “The [PA’s] Supreme Shari’a Judge and ‎Advisor to President [Mahmoud Abbas] on ‎Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, called on the Arab and ‎Islamic governments and nations to work ‎seriously to save the Al-Aqsa Mosque ‎from the schemes of Judaization and the ‎division being planned by the occupation ‎authorities, [which are] similar to what ‎happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., ‎The Tomb of the patriarchs in Hebron). [Al-‎Habbash’s statement came] in view of the ‎rise in the number of cases of desecration ‎of Al-Aqsa by the settlers, and in light of ‎the fact that the occupation authorities ‎have closed its doors to Muslims, with the ‎aim of allowing the settlers to invade it. Al-‎Habbash emphasized that the actions of ‎extremist settlers, Israeli MPs and senior ‎Israeli officials, such as the terrorist [Israeli ‎MP] Moshe Feiglin are doing, will not give ‎any right whatsoever to the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque to non-Muslims, and this could ‎trigger a religious war that would destroy ‎everything. He also emphasized that ‎those who are not Palestinian have no ‎sovereignty over Al-Aqsa, or over any of ‎the Islamic and Christian religious sites, ‎and the right to them belongs exclusively ‎to the Arabs and Muslims... Al-‎Habbash called on the residents of ‎Jerusalem, the Palestinian territories ‎occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) and on ‎anyone capable [of doing so] to go to the ‎Al-Aqsa Mosque to defend it, pray in it and ‎perform Ribat (i.e. religious conflict/war to ‎defend Islamic lands and property) in its ‎plazas, in order to thwart the Zionist plan ‎to divide it.”‎

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PLO official: Israel is implementing “dangerous plots” against Al-Aqsa Mosque with the goal of “Judaizing Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2014
     “PLO Executive Committee Member [and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs] Ahmed Qurei ‘Abu Alaa’ said the occupation authorities’ attempt to enforce a physical division and [division] according to time (i.e., of prayer times for Jews and Muslims) of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent worshipers from entering it… constitute a crime that joins the [list of the] occupation’s crimes against the mosque.
In a press release yesterday [Aug. 5, 2014], Abu Alaa described the escalating aggression and [increasing] violations of the occupation government in the Holy City and the Al-Aqsa Mosque [that are being perpetrated] by force of arms, as a religious war aimed at completely Judaizing Jerusalem and beginning the implementation of its dangerous plots against the sites holy to Islam and Christianity and against the Al-Aqsa Mosque – heralding a dangerous explosion of the situation, for which the occupation government will be held accountable.”

Note: The “physical division and [division] according to time” refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
PA daily: Israel’s dream is to “Judaize ‎Palestine and expel the Muslims and ‎Christians”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2014
Op-ed by Ibrahim Abd Al-Majid:‎
‎     “They destroyed the mosque of our lord ‎Jonah [the prophet] in Nineveh. Islamic ‎State, IS, blew it up, along with all the ‎other mosques that contained shrines of ‎saints... And so we have been living, for ‎around half a century, in a new age of ‎ignorance of religion. This [ignorance] has ‎peaked in [recent] years, with the radical ‎terrorists of IS and those like them, who ‎were created by Israel and the US, and ‎are paving the way for Israel to act like ‎them. And if not today, then tomorrow. ‎‎[Israel’s] dream is to Judaize Palestine, ‎and to expel the Muslims and ‎Christians. And IS is no better than it ‎‎[Israel]! And Israel is no less than IS!‎"
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ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) - is an unrecognized state and jihadist group that has conquered large parts of Iraq and Syria. It has declared itself a Caliphate, thereby claiming religious authority over all Muslims; its goal is to bring much of the Middle East, including Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Cyprus under its control.
PA daily op-ed: Israel expropriates and ‎Judaizes land 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist ‎for official PA daily"
     ‎“There is not a single Palestinian patriot ‎who opposes any form of resistance, ‎especially armed resistance. Firstly, ‎because it is the right of the Palestinian ‎Arab people to employ all forms of struggle ‎until its national goals are realized. ‎Secondly, in 1975, international law (i.e., ‎UN Resolution 3236 of 1974, which ‎reaffirmed the “right of the Palestinian ‎people to regain its rights by all means in ‎accordance with the purposes and ‎principles of the Charter of the United ‎Nations) guaranteed [the right of] ‎Palestinians to employ all forms of ‎struggle. Thirdly, the Israeli occupation ‎and aggression state refuses to accept the ‎option of peace and the two-state solution ‎according to the June 4, 1967 borders, ‎‎[but instead] launches one war after the ‎other, invades and perpetrates the most ‎heinous forms of Holocaust against the ‎Palestinian people in the West Bank, ‎Gaza and the diaspora… In addition, it ‎continues its construction projects in its ‎colonies, through the expropriation and ‎Judaization of lands, rejecting and ‎ignoring international laws and ‎regulations. As long as [this continues,] ‎the Palestinians have the right to defend ‎themselves in all ways guaranteed by ‎international laws and norms.”‎

Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized ‎Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution ‎‎3236 which "recognizes the right of the ‎Palestinian people to regain its rights by all ‎means." The PA interprets "all means" as ‎including violence against civilians, but has ‎chosen to ignore the continuation of the ‎resolution which states that the use of "all ‎means" should be "in accordance w
Fatah official: Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are "facing a threat of Judaization on an ‎unprecedented scale" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 14, 2014
Official PA TV News interviewed Fatah ‎Revolutionary Council Secretary-General ‎Amin Maqbul ‎
Fatah Revolutionary Council Secretary-‎General Amin Maqbul: “Jerusalem is ‎currently facing a threat of Judaization on ‎an unprecedented scale. The Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque is being subjected to division ‎according to times and places [for Jews’ ‎and Muslims’ visits to the Temple Mount]. ‎Jerusalem is in real danger; these are not ‎‎[empty] cries [for help] emerging from ‎Jerusalem, for there is real danger there, ‎everywhere in Jerusalem – at [the] Al-‎Aqsa [Mosque] and all the places in ‎Jerusalem that are undergoing ‎Judaization on an unprecedented scale. ‎This escalates [the situation] at a crazy ‎‎[rate], because of the occupation.”‎
This is clear, as we see desecrations of ‎the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound every day ‎‎– the last of which was the female dancer ‎who danced in the Al-Aqsa plaza – by the ‎Zionists, who are working to Judaize ‎Jerusalem.‎
Indeed, the next battle is the Jerusalem ‎battle – a battle which has actually been ‎‎[going on] all this time, and for which ‎Yasser Arafat died as a Martyr (Shahid) as ‎a result of his adherence to Jerusalem ‎and his refusal to give up a single piece or ‎grain of earth from the holy city of ‎Jerusalem. That was in accordance with ‎what happened and what was achieved at ‎the second Camp David [Summit].”‎
PFLP justifies kidnapping of 3 teens as a "natural response" to Israel's "ethnic cleansing" and "Judaization" of Jerusalem 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 14, 2014
‎     “Popular Front [for the Liberation of ‎Palestine] Political Bureau member and ‎Head of the Popular Front Branch in Gaza ‎Jamil Mazhar said that the Hebron ‎operation (i.e., the kidnapping of three ‎Israeli teens on June 12, 2014) – if it ‎‎[indeed] turns out to be a kidnapping – ‎was part of the natural response to the ‎occupation’s crimes against our people ‎and the prisoners in the occupation ‎prisons. In a statement to the local press, ‎Mazhar said: ‘In light of its ethnic ‎cleansing in Jerusalem, its Judaization, ‎settlement and abuse of prisoners, the ‎occupation cannot expect our people to sit ‎quietly and idly. It is the right of the ‎resistance to continue the struggle in all ‎forms, in order to force it [Israel] to accede ‎to the resistance’s conditions and the ‎demands of the heroic prisoners who ‎have been maintaining an empty stomach ‎campaign (i.e., hunger strike) for the last ‎‎52 days, to bring about the cancellation of ‎the administrative detentions and protect ‎their dignity and rights.’‎
Mazhar added that the prisoners have a ‎right to enjoy freedom and to being with ‎their families and our people, because ‎they are freedom fighters. It is our duty ‎towards them [to ensure that] the ‎resistance factions intensify their activities ‎and kidnap soldiers, because this is the ‎only and most efficient way to free them, ‎as the resistance has taught us many ‎times in the past…‎
Mazhar demanded that the PLO protect ‎the resistance and give it a free hand, [that ‎it] not restrain or persecute it, and to ‎immediately cease the security ‎cooperation with this criminal occupation.”‎

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DFLP justifies kidnapping of 3 teens as a "natural reaction" to the "siege and Judaization of Jerusalem" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 14, 2014
     ‎“The National Resistance Brigades, the ‎military wing of the Democratic Front for ‎the Liberation of Palestine [DFLP], said ‎that the daring operation in Hebron (i.e., ‎the kidnapping of three Israeli teens on ‎June 12, 2014) was a natural reaction to ‎the crimes of the Israeli occupation ‎against the Palestinian people and the ‎continuation of the settlement, siege and ‎Judaization of Jerusalem…‎
In a statement, of which Ma’an obtained a ‎copy, the Brigades emphasized that the ‎taking of the three Israel settlers in Hebron ‎proves the weakness of the occupation ‎and its misgivings, despite the fact that it ‎possesses the most lethal and destructive ‎weapons. The Brigades saluted the ‎executors of the heroic operation, and all ‎the members of the Palestinian ‎resistance.”‎

Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while they were hitchhiking. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.

The DFLP (Democratic Front for the ‎Liberation of Palestine) has carried out ‎numerous terror attacks. For details, click "full article."
PLO official: Jerusalem lights festival "incite[s] to the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2014
     “PLO Executive Committee Member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei ‘Abu Alaa‘… condemned the opening, for the sixth consecutive year, of the Jewish Festival of Lights in Jerusalem, organized by the Israeli occupation municipality, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and the so-called Jerusalem Development Authority. In addition, he warned of the dangers and implications of the projects, events and light shows included in this Judaization festival, which present Talmudic stories aimed at concealing the Arab and Islamic culture and the cultural identity of the Holy City. In addition, [he said that] these events incite to the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the construction of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
Abbas advisor: Israel has "schemes to obliterate ‎Jerusalem's landmarks and it" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 12, 2014
     ‎“Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and the President’s ‎‎[Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, condemned the flying ‎of a small plane equipped with a camera ‎over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by a ‎settler. He described this as a step toward ‎‎[the mosque’s] bombing.‎
The Supreme Shari’ah Judge explained ‎that the plot to bomb the blessed Al-Aqsa ‎‎[Mosque] using a remote control plane ‎bearing large quantities of explosives, or ‎with a small plane piloted by a Jewish ‎suicide bomber, exists in the thought and ‎schemes of Jewish extremist groups. This ‎has been confirmed by the Israeli media in ‎recent years. ‎
Al-Habbash said that the danger hanging ‎over the Al-Aqsa Mosque obligates the ‎international community and the Arab and ‎Islamic world to intervene urgently and ‎quickly, in order to force the Israeli ‎occupation authorities to halt their crimes ‎against the places holy to Islam in ‎Palestine, especially the blessed Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque. He reiterated his call to Arabs and ‎Muslims in the world to visit the Holy City ‎and the holy places more frequently, in ‎order to protect them from the occupation’s ‎schemes to obliterate its [Jerusalem’s] ‎landmarks and judaize it.”‎
Abbas: Israel "would have destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]" if it could 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 8, 2014
Egyptian TV host: "From Bethlehem to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Mr. President, we see a continuous Judaization and desecration of the holy places. What are the practical measures against this [Israeli] plan?"
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "If the Israelis were allowed to go further, they would have gone further and destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. They would have destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], but I don’t think they will do it... The Israelis are now far more careful in all their steps, because we can hurt them legally and diplomatically - it isn't 'diplomatic terrorism.' We can hurt them legally and diplomatically in the whole world if they continue to behave like that."
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Sheikh: "The stones of Jerusalem say to it [Israel], 'You are a foreigner'" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2014
     ‎“The Supreme Muslim Council organized ‎a [protest] vigil and sit-down strike on the ‎‎47th anniversary of the Naksa (i.e., ‘the ‎setback,’ Palestinian term for Israel's ‎victory in the Six Day War) and in support ‎of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the steps of the ‎Damascus Gate, one of the most famous ‎gates of the Old City…‎
The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, ‎Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, warned of ‎the occupation’s intensifying Judaization ‎projects in Jerusalem. He continued: ‘The ‎oppressive occupation is trying to Judaize ‎the people and the stones, and to ‎obliterate the city’s Islamic and Arab ‎landmarks. But Jerusalem will remain the ‎heart and eternal capital of Palestine.’ ‎
Fatah Revolutionary Council member ‎Hatem Abd Al-Qader said: ‘On this ‎anniversary and this [protest] vigil, we ‎recite the Al-Fatiha Sura (opening Sura of ‎the Quran) over the souls of the Martyrs ‎‎(Shahids), salute the prisoners, and ‎emphasize that the occupation does not ‎scare us and will not alter our will despite ‎all its actions.’ He continued: ‘Jerusalem ‎will remain Islamic, Arab, Palestinian, and ‎the occupation is ephemeral, as were all ‎those who were foreign to it [Jerusalem]...’ ‎
Deputy Head of the Islamic Movement in ‎the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) Sheikh ‎Kamal Khatib: ‘… 47 years have passed ‎since the occupation of Jerusalem; ‎despite this, the people of Jerusalem say ‎to the occupation: “You are a foreigner;” ‎the stones of Jerusalem say to it: “You are ‎a foreigner;" and the land and skies of ‎Jerusalem say: “The occupation is foreign, ‎and it will leave, just as all the previous ‎occupations left.”’”‎
Abbas to Pope: "Israel is taking systematic action aimed at changing [Jerusalem's] identity and character and at harassing its Palestinian Christian and Muslim residents" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2014
Excerpt from [PA] Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the press conference with Pope Francis
     “We informed His Holiness of the results of the negotiations and the obstacles that lie in their path, foremost among which are the [Israeli] settlements, the daily attacks on the houses of worship – churches and mosques – and the confinement of thousands of Palestinian prisoners who are longing for freedom in the Israeli prisons. For over 30 days now, many of them have been on a hunger strike because of the bad treatment [they receive] and the fact that they are being detained without sentences, [in] what is known as administrative detention. We also informed His Holiness of the tragic situation in East Jerusalem, the capital of our state that has been occupied since 1967, where Israel is taking systematic action aimed at changing its [Jerusalem’s] identity and character and at harassing its Palestinian Christian and Muslim residents, in order to induce them to emigrate and to prevent believers outside it from praying at its houses of worship…
These Israeli actions have led to the emigration of many of our Christian and Muslim brethren; we are seeing to it that they remain rooted in their land, the fatherland.”
Abbas’ advisor: Israel creates “artificial Jewish heritage” in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2014
     “The advisor on Jerusalem Affairs to the [Palestinian] President's [Abbas’] Office, attorney Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, emphasized that Jerusalem is in need of an emergency rescue plan to enable its people and institutions to stand firm, to protect the Palestinian sector’s development and demographic growth, which Israel has been trying to reduce by restricting Arab and Palestinian existence in the city, strengthening the Jewish presence… and by attempting to create an artificial Jewish heritage at the expense of the city’s [original] identity. Al-Ruweidi made this statement yesterday [May 7, 2014] during his meeting with several [representatives of] international institutions active in the Holy City.”
PA official accuses Israel of "Judaization" through "settlement," "expulsion of Palestinians" and "falsification of archeological finds" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 16, 2014
     “Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron, in cooperation with the [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites, held a conference yesterday [April 15, 2014] under the heading ‘The Current Situation of Jerusalem’…
The Secretary-General of the PA’s Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa said Jerusalem is an essential and central issue that is being subjected to the most severe forms of Judaization, expulsion, falsification and theft of history. He noted the means of Judaization being used by the occupation: settlement, land takeover, the expulsion of Palestinians and the annulment of their ID cards, the falsification of archeological finds, and additional methods.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA minister: Israel attempts to "Judaize" Jerusalem, plans to build the "alleged Third Temple" in place of Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 15, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that since Israel occupied Jerusalem, it has been working to extend control over it and alter its landmarks, in order to Judaize it and put an end to the Arab presence in it…
In a statement to the press yesterday [April 14, 2014], Al-Habbash said… that the Israeli establishment is seeking to fulfill its dream, with the aim of building what it refers to as the alleged Third Temple in place of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and of completely altering the heritage and culture of the city and its Islamic light . This has become evident in the wake of the series of steps [it has taken] to Judaize [the city], the increase in the number of daily, official invasions [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque], and the intensification and expansion of their media campaign regarding the need to build the alleged Temple.”

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." However, all visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
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