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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.]
Fatah official: Israel is “feverishly” attempting to “Judaize and take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy places of Islam and Christianity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 25, 2015
Headline: “Zakki briefed the [Tunisian] Afek Tounes party Secretary General on the Palestinian developments”
     “Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Arab Relations Abbas Zaki briefed the Afek Tounes Party Secretary General Fawzy Abd Al-Rahman yesterday, Friday [July 24, 2015], about the developments in the Palestinian arena, especially the feverish [Israeli] attempts to Judaize and take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy places of Islam and Christianity.”
PA Mufti and Islamic council: Israel plans to Judaize Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2015
Headline: “The [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council: Judaization threatens the existence of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council condemned the escalation of Israeli calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and hold Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., Jewish prayers) in its pure courtyards. This statement was made during a meeting of the council, led by Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Head of the Supreme Fatwa Council Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, in response to the calls of the extremist, so-called ‘Association of the alleged Temple organizations’ to its supporters to carry out group invasions this Sunday [July 26, 2015], the anniversary of the so-called ‘destruction of the Temple’ (i.e., Tisha B’Av ). The council regarded this call as a dangerous escalation, and an official declaration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s inauguration as a Jewish synagogue, as well as a pilgrimage site for Jews to hold their Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., Jewish prayers) at the expense of its Islamic character, and clarified that the continued offensive against the Al-Aqsa Mosque warns of a religious war.  In addition, it stressed that the Israeli plan to Judaize Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] or to lay a hand on them is a delusion , as the only ones entitled to the mosque, its courtyards, corridors, and every part of it, are the Muslims. Jerusalem will retain its Islamic face and Arab identity, and the occupation will not rob it of its identity, no matter how far it goes with its crimes and falsification of facts."

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PA officials warn of “continuing Judaization of Jerusalem” and “escalating dangerous Israeli plots against Jerusalem” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 21, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs and the [PA] Mufti warn against invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs, Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is, and [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, warned against the danger of what has been reported in the media regarding the intentions of those called the alleged Temple organizations to more fervently invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow [July 22, 2015], Wednesday... The two emphasized that the escalating dangerous Israeli plots against Jerusalem, which are seen in attempts to interfere in the affairs of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), in increasing excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the pretext of searching for alleged antiquities, and in intensive settlement plans in Jerusalem, are an attempt to change the status quo in the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary. This is in addition to the continuing Judaization of Jerusalem, its full isolation from its geographical surroundings, and the construction of the racist separation fence.”

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Note: "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.
PA preacher: Israel attempting to “desecrate, falsify [its character] and Judaize” Jerusalem 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 13, 2015
     “PA Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called to increase visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to thwart the escalating Israeli calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque [compound ] and hold Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., Jewish prayers) in its pure courtyards. This was after the extremist Temple organizations called on their supporters to organize a Jewish demonstration in front of the Golden Gate (in Jerusalem’s old city walls –Ed.) this Tuesday [July 14, 2015], the 27th of Ramadan, in order to demand that the Al-Aqsa Mosque [compound] be closed to all Muslims during the anniversary of the so-called ‘destruction of the Temple.’ (i.e.,Tisha B’Av – see note)... The Mufti called on the Arab nation and the Islamic nation to carry out their duty and protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to assist them with every means at their disposal in order to protect the purity of the Holy City and prevent the vigorous attempts to desecrate, falsify [its character] and Judaize it.”

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Fatah cartoon claims Israel is “Judaizing” Jerusalem, covering bloody Islamic Jerusalem with a Torah scroll 
Source: Webpage of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, July 13, 2015

Cartoon posted on the webpage of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission.
Cartoon shows Israeli soldiers shooting their rifles and rolling a Torah scroll over the word “Jerusalem” which is surrounded by blood stains.
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PA minister of Religious Affairs calls on Muslims to carry out Ribat to free Al-Aqsa Mosque and “protect Jerusalem from Judaization” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2015
Headline: “Ida’is calls to visit Al-Aqsa and protect Jerusalem from Judaization”
     “Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is… reiterated his call to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to continuously carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there, and begged Allah to remove the injustice and occupation from our land, and that the place of our Prophet’s [Muhammad] Ascent to Heaven (Miraj) be free.”
Abbas: Israel is trying to “Judaize” the Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2015
Headline: “The President [Abbas] to [Egyptian magazine] Rose Al-Yusuf: All efforts to achieve peace should be made in accordance with the international decisions”
Q: Could you elaborate on the campaign to isolate Israel politically and economically?
PA Chairman Abbas: Because of this campaign, which has begun before 2012 and is still running, all of Europe now says that the settlements are illegal, and Washington also stated, through its Secretary of State John Kerry, that the settlements are illegal. Furthermore, Europe has taken another step forward and boycotted all products originating from settlements, because they are illegal, and this is the first time in history that Europe has taken such positions. Therefore we continue in this direction and we will not stop. This is what I have said when I have spoken to several American officials – that our goal is to isolate Israel’s policy… and they say: ‘You want to isolate Israel.’ I told them, however: ‘I recognize Israel but I demand to isolate its policies.’ If I did not mean to recognize it, I would have stopped my relations with them [the Israelis], but I do not wish to boycott them, but rather to isolate their foreign policy in all the countries of the world and, praise Allah, we have succeeded. This is what made the Pope, who recently visited us, change his planned route and pray at the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) which Israel is trying to Judaize, and he also prayed near the [separation] fence, which was not part of his program, in order to tell the world: ‘We are against the fence.’”
Palestinian researcher on PA TV: Israel's goal is "to Judaize" Jerusalem "and expel its Palestinian residents" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 4, 2015

Official PA TV program Inside:
Political Islam researcher Muhammad ‎Hijazi: “The vision of the ‎Zionists and the extremist settlers for the ‎holy city: They try to take over and ‎divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They want to ‎destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque while talking about the Temple of Solomon. For 20 years, Israel has been ‎digging under the foundations of the Al-‎Aqsa Mosque. They have conducted tens of ‎thousands of research projects in ‎order to find the Temple of Solomon under the ‎Al-Aqsa Mosque, but they haven’t found ‎even one remnant that verifies this. The ‎political goal is to Judaize all of the city of ‎Jerusalem and expel its Palestinian ‎residents…”‎
PA TV host: “They hope that tomorrow ‎morning the Al-Aqsa Mosque will be ‎destroyed… As you said, they are trying to ‎actually destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque..."
Member of General Secretariat of the Union of Religious Scholars in Syria, Saber Al-Fara: "Not just for 20 years. They have been trying to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque for 60 years!" ‎
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Note:‎ Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi was serving 30 ‎years in prison for attempting to blow up ‎the Nehusha Water Institute in central ‎Israel in 1965. He was released in 1971 ‎and returned to Lebanon ‎ in an ‎exchange deal with Fatah for Shmuel ‎Rozenvasser, an Israeli citizen who was ‎abducted by Fatah terrorists in 1970. ‎
PA Mufti: Israel’s goal is to “eradicate… [Jerusalem’s] Arab and Islamic identity" by "spreading [the idea of] the alleged Temple and biblical fantasies”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 2, 2015
Headline: “Seventeen million dollars and six new laws for the Judaization of Jerusalem, and a call to take the planners of the settlement [enterprise] to international courts”
     “The ‘Hana Al-Quds’ network for social communication held a press conference yesterday, Monday [June 1, 2015], at the Institute for Modern Media in Ramallah, regarding the continuous invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and their implications… [Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories] Sheikh [Muhammad] Hussein emphasized that non-Muslims have no right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and it is the obligation of every Muslim and Christian who has holy places in Jerusalem to wake up and protect them because of the major changes the occupation is making to the character of the holy city. Likewise, he emphasized that Al-Aqsa is an Islamic mosque, with all it includes, and that what the occupation is carrying out is a culture war, whose goal is to eradicate the character of the holy city and its Arab and Islamic identity by spreading [the idea of] the alleged Temple and biblical fantasies.”

Note: 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.

PA ambassador calls for action to counter “the Israeli schemes aimed at Judaizing the city of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 25, 2015
Headline: “The Embassy of Palestine in Algeria commemorates Nakba day"
       “The Embassy of the State of Palestine in Algeria commemorated yesterday [May 24, 2015]… the 67th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., 'the catastrophe,' Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel)… In his speech, the Ambassador of Palestine in Algeria Luay Issa discussed the pain and distress our people endures , as a result of the consecutive catastrophes befalling it, while the attention of the region’s states is being distracted from what is being done to our people. This is a result of the Arab region’s poor situation, intended to eliminate our cause with everything it includes, especially the right of return. He stressed that [we] must be alert, defend Islam’s holy places and come out against the Israeli schemes aimed at Judaizing the city of Jerusalem, after they succeeded, to a certain extent, in engaging the Arab and Islamic public opinion with secondary, artificial matters, by creating tension throughout the region.”
Fatah: Israel’s goal is to “Judaize” the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2015
This item refers to an attack on Jordanian Supreme Shari’ah Judge Ahmad Halil on May 22, 2015. While he gave a sermon in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, members of the Islamic Liberation party disrupted his sermon forcing him to stop in the middle and leave. One of them accused his country of giving Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the Jews.

Headline:
“Fatah: The attack against the great scholar [Supreme Shari’ah Judge Ahmad] Halil in [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque] was made in coordination with the occupation’s plan for its Judaization”
     “The Fatah movement stated that the attack on Supreme Shari’ah Judge Ahmad Halil (on May 22, 2015, while giving a sermon in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, members of the Islamic Liberation party disrupted his sermon forcing him to stop in the middle and leave. One of them accused his country of giving Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the Jews intentionally serves the goal of the occupation state, which is to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and is a violation of the values of Islam and national ethics. The movement emphasized in its statement published by [Fatah’s] Information and Culture Commission yesterday [May 23, 2015] that it is necessary to isolate, purge from our midst, and demand accountability from the attackers and their ilk, who use religion for their interests and their worldly and partisan benefit. Likewise, it emphasized that the activities and conduct of the members of the groups, organizations and political parties, which are coordinated with the activities and conduct of the extremist settlers must be exposed, as their goal is to Judaize the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) in preparation for seizing control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Op-ed in PA daily: Israel has “scheme to take over” and “Judaize” the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2015
This item refers to an attack on Jordanian Supreme Shari’ah Judge Ahmad Halil on May 22, 2015. While he gave a sermon in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, members of the Islamic Liberation party disrupted his sermon forcing him to stop in the middle and leave. One of them accused his country of giving Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the Jews.
Headline
: “The Supreme Shari’ah Judge and the crime of the ‘fools and bullies’”
     “Can we explain the attack against the great scholar Ahmad Halil, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Jordan, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque as something other than an action coordinated with the schemes of the Israeli occupation and settlement state in order to Judaize it?! The attack of a ‘group’ which claims to be Islamic against a great religious figure, who went up to the pulpit of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to deliver the Friday sermon, when he has come to support the cause of Arab Jerusalem and the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem), the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) which is the third holiest [site in Islam] and the place where Prophet Muhammad ascended to Heaven, is not only a violation of the values and directives of the religion, and a desecration of the holiness of the places of worship where Allah alone is served... We must purge from our midst those who exploit the religion for their interests and worldly and partisan benefit, as their ideas and conduct are an explicit ‘fabricated Islamic’ expression of the settlers and their government’s scheme to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaize the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary, as preparation for completely taking over the holy city.”

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Official PA TV: Israeli excavations are "evil projects... to achieve... full control over Al-Aqsa" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 9, 2015

PA TV narrator
: "The Jews conquered it [Silwan neighborhood] along with Jerusalem [in 1967]. From then on, there have been plans to Judaize and to erase Arab and Muslim antiquities through tunnel excavations and theft of antiquities and by fabricating a fake Jewish name, such as the 'City of David.'
This is Silwan... Through these evil projects, the Israeli occupation seeks to restore the alleged Kingdom of David and to build his palace there, in order to achieve its evil goal: Full control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple in its place."
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PA TV: Tower of David Museum is "a Judaizing museum" that tells of "the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 14, 2015

Official PA TV program "From Jerusalem"
Name of TV report: “The Citadel of David, ‎strong resolve and pride against the Israeli ‎forgery” ‎

Official PA TV narrator: “[David’s] Citadel ‎fell into the hands of the occupation in ‎‎1967 and extensive ‎excavations began, during ‎which a part of it [the Citadel] was ‎destroyed along with a number of ancient Islamic relics. In 1980, the occupation ‎changed it into a Judaizing museum ‎called the ‘David Citadel Museum’ (i.e., ‎Tower of David Museum), which tells the ‎story of the alleged temple. It displays the ‎Talmudic narrative, remains of rocks - that are claimed to be from the period of the Temple, paintings, ‎exhibits, models, signs and ‎advanced audio systems - that tell an imaginary ‎Hebrew history, especially the Talmudic ‎details about the alleged temples, the first ‎and second ones.”‎
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PA Council warns of Israel’s "Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and transforming it into a Jewish synagogue" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 12, 2015
Headline: “Occupation placed sign near a gate of Al-Aqsa with the name ‘Temple Mount’ and destroyed a brick factory in At-Tur.”
     “Teams from the occupation municipality in Jerusalem placed a sign in the Old City, near the Council Gate, one of the main gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The sign bears the names of the places called the ‘Temple Mount,’ alluding to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Arabic, Hebrew and English... The [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the sign constitutes a declaration on the part of Israel of the impending construction of the alleged Temple on the ruins of Al-Aqsa. The Council also addressed the Israeli extremist [policy] of establishing facts on the ground through the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and by transforming it into a Jewish synagogue, in preparation for establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
Official PA TV: “The Judaization octopus devours the [Palestinian] historic sites” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 11, 2015


PA TV narrator
: "The occupation authorities are working incessantly to change the character of occupied Jerusalem. The Judaization octopus is spreading [its arms] to devour what is left of the historic sites that left their mark on the city for thousands of years. One of those sites is the Silwan Spring (i.e., Gihon Spring), which the occupation later turned into Talmudic walking trails... "
PA TV reporter: "We are at the Silwan pool. This is a historic site with definite Arab-Palestinian-Canaanite roots and history..."
Fakhri Abu Diab, member of the Silwan and Al-Bustan Neighborhood Defense Committee: "5,000 years ago, the Jebusite and Canaanite Arabs came and founded Jerusalem... The Jews understood the history and significance of this historic landmark, and wanted to impose a Biblical- Talmudic-Jewish story on this place, in order to falsify facts and prove that they have a past and a history in this area."
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PA religious council calls on Muslims to ‎‎"use all means available" to protect holy ‎places from "Judaization"‎ 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 5, 2015
     ‎“The [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council ‎warned of the sparking of a religious war in ‎Gaza, which would consume everything in ‎our region and several other regions of the ‎world, as a result of the increase in the rate ‎of attacks and violations [committed] ‎against the Palestinian people and its holy ‎places... The Council called on ‎the Arab and Muslim nations to do their ‎utmost to defend the Palestinian holy ‎places, which are going up in flames of ‎desecration and Judaization; for they have ‎no choice but [to engage in] fervent activity ‎using all means available to them in order ‎to protect the purity of the holy places and ‎prevent the vigorous attempts to desecrate, ‎falsify and Judaize them, before it is too ‎late. ‎This [statement was made] during the 125th ‎session of the Supreme Fatwa Council ‎headed by [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem ‎and the Palestinian Territories, Council ‎Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein.”‎
PA TV: Israeli building near Tel Aviv is ‎a “continuation of its Judaization ‎policy”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 3, 2015
Official PA TV sports program The Pulse of ‎the Courts:
Official PA TV host: “The Israeli authorities ‎have approved a Judaization project to ‎build 60,000 housing units in the Tel Aviv ‎area. Israeli military camps will be ‎transferred to the Negev and will be ‎replaced with housing units.”‎
Official PA TV reporter: “In continuation of ‎its Judaization policy, the aim of which is ‎to establish demographic and legal facts ‎on the ground, the so-called Israel Land ‎Administration has recently approved an ‎agreement to build 60,000 Judaization ‎‎[housing] units around Tel Aviv. This ‎Judaization project is the product of a ‎previous agreement between the ‎occupation’s Defense Ministry and the so-‎called Israel Land Administration… There ‎is no doubt that a plan of this kind comes ‎as part of the activity to Judaize the ‎Negev, which includes dozens of Arab ‎villages that are not recognized by the Tel ‎Aviv government.”‎
PA Mufti warns of "Israeli plan to Judaize Jerusalem" and "steal" its "Islamic character" via "falsification of facts" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 12, 2015
Headline: "Grand Mufti warns of the naming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque 'Temple Mount'"
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned about the placement of a sign by the occupation [Jerusalem] municipality near the Council Gate ( i.e., entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount), with the inscription, 'Temple Mount.' The Mufti said this step came as part of the attempts to divide the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews, extend their influence over it and establish facts on the ground inside it, like what happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, in order to realize their aspirations to build the alleged Temple on the ruins of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Mufti explained that with the elections of the occupation authorities approaching, all the parties are trying to draw the votes of the extreme right by increasing the attack on the Palestinian people and its holy places. He emphasized that the Israeli plan to Judaize Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to lay hands on them, is an illusion, because the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque with its courtyards, porticoes and all [other] parts, both those above ground and those below - is the exclusive right of Muslims. He also noted that Jerusalem would retain its Islamic character and Arab identity, and that the occupation would not steal its character and identity, no matter how long it continues its crimes and its falsification of facts."
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Abbas' Advisor: Israel denies Jerusalem's "Arab and Islamic character" and attempts "to force... the Jewish character" on it 
Source: WAFA news agency, Feb. 11, 2015
Headline: "Al-Habbash demands that UNESCO intervene to prevent the falsification of the facts and history in Jerusalem"
     "Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and the President's [Mahmoud Abbas'] Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, demanded today [Feb. 11, 2015], that UNESCO urgently and immediately intervene to prevent the Israeli occupation from falsifying the facts and destroying the human heritage in Jerusalem. In a press release, Al-Habbash warned of the severity of the escalatory measure implemented by the Israeli occupation municipality crews, in placing a sign in Arabic, Hebrew and English calling the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque 'the Temple of Solomon' near the Inspector's Gate (Council Gate) [parenthesis in source], one of the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Habbash said that Israel's changing of names in the Holy City is a kind of intentional falsification of history and heritage, and a desperate attempt to deny the [city's] Arab and Islamic character and force a new, invented character - the Jewish character. He noted that this was a most dangerous step, heralding grave consequences. Al-Habbash explained that, despite the Judaization actions carried out by the Israeli occupation government and its various branches against Jerusalem, and despite the attempts to eradicate its Arab and Islamic characteristics and the continuing land expropriation and construction of settlements on its land, this will not change the fact that it [Jerusalem] is the religious, political and spiritual capital of Palestine, to which the Jews have no right."
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