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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 Islamic-Christian Council warns of Israeli "plot to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the dream of the Jews to establish the Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council: Public calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places today, Monday [April 3, 2017], warned against the attempts of the ‘alleged Temple organizations’ to call on settlers to broadly participate in group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque starting this Thursday, in preparation for large events for the Hebrew Passover holiday in the middle of the this month.
The council said in a statement that the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas by dozens of extremists under the protection of the occupation forces are part of the Israeli occupation state’s progress in its plot to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the dream of the Jews to establish the Temple on its ruins.”

"Alleged Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including 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. Preceding the Purim holiday, religious websites such as the Temple Mount News website [Feb. 23, 2015] announced a "special visit" to the Temple Mount, which was expected to draw "masses of Jews."

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: Israel's "satanic power that is directed against our people in Jerusalem is unprecedented in human history" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 8, 2017
Official PA TV program Buy Time in Jerusalem, on the Palestinian legal battle for Jerusalem, hosting PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Strategic Affairs Dr. Husam Zomlot
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Strategic Affairs Dr. Husam Zomlot: “If you visit the website of the government of Israel, you will clearly see their plan for Jerusalem. This is a legitimization operation that begins with dismantling - dismantling from above [by] landing a blow on the leadership [of the Palestinians in Jerusalem] which they began in the 1980s and 1990s, closing the Orient House (i.e., the PLO headquarters in Jerusalem), and what happened with Martyr (Shahid) Faisal Al-Husseini (i.e., senior Fatah and PLO terror leader in the 1970s). [They also began] dismantling from below, namely [through] unemployment, young men, drugs, etc., and they are doing this morning and night. In other words, the satanic power that is directed against our people in Jerusalem is unprecedented in human history, every morning – millions of dollars, hundreds of millions, are poured in to dismantle and to weaken [it].”
[Official PA TV, Buy Time in Jerusalem, March 4, 2017, rebroadcast March 8, 2017]
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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PLO official calls for intifada in response to Israel's "policy" of "Judaizing Jerusalem" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 23, 2017
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: It is impossible to return to negotiations under American auspices”
     “Secretary[-General] of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf said that if the US transfers its embassy to Jerusalem, it will express contempt for all of the international decisions, international law, and the Geneva Conventions that apply to all of the territories that were occupied in 1967.
In an interview with the press, Abu Yusuf warned against the consequences of transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, because this will ignite a war in the region, and demanded that the Arab states take a stand regarding the transfer of the American embassy, including cutting relations with the American administration.
Abu Yusuf called to develop the popular resistance (term here refers to events that include violence against Israeli civilians such as rock-‎throwing, stabbings, and even shootings -Ed.)‎, and to strengthen the intifada against the occupation and all of its plans and policies, prime among them the policy of settlement and Judaizing Jerusalem, on the way to ending the occupation and rescuing our people’s rights of return, freedom, and independence.”
Fatah official: "Transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem means the end of the two-state solution and the end of any future negotiations" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 18, 2017
Headline: “Shtayyeh: We, Jordan, and all of the Arabs constitute a united front against the Judaization of Jerusalem”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh said… as he received Jordanian Ambassador to Palestine Khaled Al-Shawabkeh in his office on Wednesday [Jan. 18, 2017]… ‘The possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem means the end of the two-state solution and the end of any future negotiations, and it contradicts the position of successive American administrations.’ He also noted that American presidents before [US President-elect Donald] Trump have declared their intention to transfer the embassy, but they acted wisely and did not carry out their promises. Shtayyeh continued: ‘We want everyone to use all of their political and diplomatic opportunities to prevent the execution of the decision; Jerusalem is one of the issues of the permanent solution, and the [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] considered it a Palestinian city.’”

UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace." Click "full article" for more information.
Fatah branch secretary: US embassy move will "lead to the destruction of the peace process and to an explosion of all of the agreements" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2017
Headline: "The Jerusalem branch [of Fatah] demands an international deterrent position on what is happening in Jerusalem"
     "The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah Movement yesterday [Jan. 14, 2017] demanded an international, Arab, and Islamic deterrent position in order to dissuade the occupation from its attacks and violations against everything Palestinian in the occupied capital. This was said by Fatah Jerusalem [Branch] Secretary Adnan Ghaith who demanded a tough and firm position [be taken against it] in order to prevent the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem. He warned against the determination of US President-elect Donald Trump to transfer the embassy, and said that this step will lead to the destruction of the peace process and to an explosion of all of the agreements and decisions that were ratified on the matter. He added: 'For a long time the US has been an inseparable part of the sponsorship for signing peace agreements, and here, today, through this decision, it defends the occupation and makes different decisions than those agreed upon in the past. This contradicts all of the international decisions, conventions, and norms, and the entire world – and primarily the US and the occupation – must bear the results of this step and others.’"
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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.’"
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Head of PA Jerusalem council: Embassy move is support for "Judaization" of Jerusalem, will lead to "religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
     "Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, Fatah Revolutionary Council member,] and professor of international law Hanna Issa thinks that the American proposal to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem is 'settlement in a new guise and support for the violations and new steps of Judaization that the occupation authorities are committing in the holy city [of Jerusalem].'
He emphasized that this step will have disastrous consequences for the peace process, the two-state option, and the security and stability of the region, and will lead it into a religious war…
Issa emphasized that the Palestinian response will be the revoking of the recognition of Israel as a step of resistance by the PA and the PLO to the illegal decision to transfer the embassy."
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Fatah cartoon: Netanyahu eats Dome of the Rock Mosque as Arabs fight 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 10, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text and text at top right of cartoon: "#Jerusalem"

The cartoon shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the left, with a kippah (Jewish skullcap) on his head and a Star of David on his tie, stuffing the Dome of the Rock into his mouth. On the bottom of the Dome of the Rock is written: "Jerusalem."

To his right two Arabs are oblivious to what he is doing because they are busy fighting each other. On the cloud of dust they are raising by fighting is written: "The Arab state of affairs."
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PLO official supports "Jerusalem Intifada" as response to "attacks on our Islamic and Christian holy sites" and "Judaization" of Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: “Marking Palestinian Martyrs’ Day in Gaza – Al-Agha: A national strategy is needed…”

“[PLO Executive Committee member Zakariya] Al-Agha said that Martyrs’ Day comes at a time when the Jerusalem Intifada (‎‎Palestinian euphemism for several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 -Ed.) still continues, as a result of the continuation of the aggression, occupation, repeated attacks on our Islamic and Christian holy sites, and criminal acts that are taking place in the holy city [of Jerusalem] – the acts of murder, the arrests, and the acts of Judaization – and also as a result of the continuation of the destructive settlement enterprise. [He added that] therefore the struggle of our people continues until realization of the dream of the Palestinian state with full sovereignty, whose capital is Jerusalem…
[PA] Minister of Labor Ma’moun Abu Shahla gave a speech on behalf of [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, in which he conveyed the blessings of the government to the families of the Martyrs…He mentioned the last will of the three Martyrs Fuad Hijazi, Muhammad Jamjoum, and Ataa Al-Zir (i.e., terrorists who murdered Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre), [which they conveyed] the day before June 17, 1960 (sic., 1930), the day of their execution. In it they said that they gave their souls and their skulls in order to get rid of the occupation (sic., Israel did not declare its independence until 1948), and demanded that everyone adhere to unity and Jihad in order to fight the enemies who stole the land and destroyed the [Palestinian] existence.”

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PA Islamic-Christian Council accuses Israel of "Judaizing" Jerusalem and digging tunnels under Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council calls for the end of the occupation of the place of Muhammad's Ascent to Heaven"
     "The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places blessed the Arab and Islamic nations upon the birthday of Prophet [Muhammad]…
The council noted that this event pounds on the walls of Jerusalem, even as it is still under the fire of the oppressive occupation and suffering from ruin, expulsion, and destruction, while 'Israel' continues Judaizing the holy city and while the place of the Ascent to Heaven of Allah's Messenger Muhammad (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) is subjected to excavations and tunnels are being dug under it in preparation for its destruction."
PA Minister voices libel that Israel seeks to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build "alleged Temple" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2016

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is:
“All that Israel wants is to Judaize the Holy City, take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple. Under Jerusalem there is a city of tunnels belonging to Israel. Yesterday, I was told that Israel has an underground market beneath the Jaffa Gate, which draws many [Palestinian]residents who shop there.”
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Secretary-General of PA Islamic-Christian Council: Israel plans to turn Jerusalem into a "ghetto" through ethnic "cleansing" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: “Dr. Issa: Israel is turning Jerusalem into a ghetto with a Jewish majority”
     Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa emphasized that the Israeli violations of all types in occupied Jerusalem reveal that the occupation government does not want to reach a real and just peace with the Palestinians, but rather aspires to realize its ambitions: Judaization, expanding the settlements, and turning the holy city [of Jerusalem] into a ghetto with an Arab ethnic minority and a Jewish majority. This is by means of its policy of expulsion and [ethnic] cleansing against the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, so that in the long term the city will become the Jewish capital of what is termed the State of ‘Israel.’
He noted that ‘ghetto’ is defined as an area in which – willingly or by compulsion – groups of residents live, who are viewed by most people as [having] a certain ethnic background or [as belonging] to a certain culture or religion. He added that the word originally refers to the neighborhood of the Jews in a city, such as the ghetto in the center of the city of Rome, while in Arab countries the ghetto was called ‘the Jewish quarter.’
Dr. Issa added: ‘“Ghettoes” or “Jewish quarters” were first established in Poland after June 1941 (sic., the first ghetto was established in Venice in 1516 , the first ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland was established in 1939 ), in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union, so as to isolate the Jewish residents. Most of the ghettoes were established in the poorest neighborhoods or in densely populated Jewish neighborhoods, and many of them were surrounded by walls or fences, or else other means were used to cut the connection with the outside world.’”
Fatah official: Israel is trying to "Judaize Jerusalem," its goal is "the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 15, 2016
Headline: "Dr. Amal Hamad: We will sound the call to prayer everywhere and will not agree to the policy of silencing the voices at our holy sites"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad in a press release today [Nov. 15, 2016] condemned the Muezzin Law measure, according to which the sounding of the call to prayer through loudspeakers will be prevented in Jerusalem…
Hamad noted that the extremist occupation government is acting with all its strength to Judaize Jerusalem and reach its great goal – the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins…
She emphasized that the occupation's policy will not frighten the Palestinian people, and that the call to prayer will continue to be heard in occupied Jerusalem."

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer 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 mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.
PA TV: Israel is “Judaizing” Palestine, committing acts of “forgery and robbery” against holy sites, and “steals our Canaanite heritage” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital, on heritage and folklore

Official PA TV host: “The Palestinian heritage refuses to undergo Judaization, despite the terror of the occupation that attempts to harm our heritage and Judaize it. Palestine, with its people, its land, its history, its trees, and everything within it – it is the faithful protector of our heritage, and it is waging a daily struggle against the occupation, at a time when Israel does not cease its acts of forgery and robbery against the Muslim and Christian holy sites and the antiquities sites - which are the required basis for heritage and national culture - and steals our Canaanite heritage.”


Visual:
A photoshopped picture shows Zionist leader Theodor Herzl wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress).
Fatah: We must fight against “the plan to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2016
Headline: “Fatah on the anniversary of Arafat’s [death]: We are going to the conference with a revolutionary and creative vision, which is consistent with the revolution’s achievements”

“The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah said in a statement for the 12th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of the president, the leader, the symbol Yasser Arafat: ‘We are going to the Seventh [Fatah] Conference in order to revive our movement, [which is] the backbone of the PLO and the leader of the national enterprise…
Fatah added in its announcement: ‘We adhere to our people’s right to legitimate resistance, and continue mobilizing and organizing our national ranks, in order to fight the plan to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy sites. [We continue] in resistance in order to fight the crimes of the occupation army, the settlers, and the summary executions… alongside our campaign in the arena of international law.’”
PA TV casts doubt on archaeological find by "antiquities thieves," host scoffs at "Netanyahu's lie" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, review of Palestinian media, review of Israeli media with Israeli affairs expert Fayez Abbas
Israeli affairs expert Fayez Abbas: "Yesterday [Oct. 26, 2016] they published something interesting, that they found among antiquities thieves in the Hebron area a papyrus parchment on which is written in ancient Hebrew script 'Yerushalma' (i.e., Jerusalem), in other words Al-Quds (i.e., Jerusalem). This is the first time in the history of Israel that they find – according to their claims – a historical artifact that mentions Al-Quds (sic., it is the earliest non-biblical source to mention Jerusalem in Hebrew script).'
Official PA TV host: "Only yesterday!"
Fayez Abbas: "Yesterday, and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu personally went [to the media] with a picture of it and said – and all that was written [on the parchment] has disappeared except for this sentence: 'Dates, date wine, from the [Jordan] Valley region to Al-Quds' (sic., the parchment reads: “From the king’s maidservant, from Na’arata, jars of wine, to Jerusalem”)"
Host: "Even the photographers related to this matter and they are laughing at Netanyahu's lie."
Fayez Abbas: "What is this talk? And it was 700 BCE, what is this talk?"
Host: "And the amazing coincidence in timing."
Fayez Abbas: "It is a message to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)! He [Netanyahu] is free [to do that], but he is a liar. There is no disagreement on that. There is no disagreement between me and you that he is a liar."

For a description of the papyrus and of the UNESCO resolution mentioned above, click "full article."
Fatah: UNESCO resolution ignoring Jewish connection to the Temple Mount recognizes that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Western Wall belong “exclusively to Muslims,” disregards “Judaizing” names  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 26, 2016

"Fatah's Jerusalem branch welcomed the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution to recognize the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a site of worship that belongs exclusively to Muslims, and that the Western Wall is the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque / the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), as opposed to what the occupation authorities claim through Judaizing names, and this (i.e., the recognition) is in addition to the non-recognition of the term '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."
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."
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