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Jerusalem is "land of Ribat" - holy Islamic land
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]
Jerusalem is "land of Ribat" - holy Islamic land
The Palestinian Authority has adopted the Hamas ideology of framing the conflict with Israel as a religious war for Allah. Jerusalem and all of Israel are defined as "Ribat" - holy Islamic land - whose "liberation" and defense are said to be mandatory under Islamic law. The significance of the PA defining the conflict as “Ribat” is clear when reading how a PA schoolbook defines “Ribat":

"The Ribat for Allah is one of the actions related to Jihad ...The persistence of Palestine's people on their land in these days [i.e., Israel], and their persistence against the damage and the aggression they endure - is one of the greatest of the Ribat [fighting for Islamic land], and they are worthy of a great reward from Allah.... they are found in Ribat until Resurrection." [Islamic Education, grade 12, p. 86-87]

Since 2008, Palestinian leaders have frequently defined all of Israel, and particularly Jerusalem, as land of "Ribat" - i.e., areas which Muslims have a religious obligation to defend and liberate for Islam. In the past, it was specifically Hamas that defined the conflict with Israel as a religious war. Now, the PA - Fatah leadership regularly presents its war against Israel as a religious battle for Islam.
PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2018

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

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

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

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."
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PA Council head: The Western Wall is an Islamic holy site, Jews "have nothing", there are no Jewish archeological remnants on the Temple Mount  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 18, 2017
Headline: "Issa: The Al-Buraq is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and Israeli archeologists have not found any Jewish antiquities under the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
       "Expert on international law, [Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Hanna Issa… said in an interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: 'The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an inseparable part of the area of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque that stands on 144.25 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres).' …
He added: 'In contrast, they [the Jews] have nothing. They cry over the claimed destruction of the Temple, but Israeli archeologists themselves have searched under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and have not found even one Jewish archeological remnant."
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Head of the Supreme Muslim Councilresponds to US official's statement on Western Wall being part of Israel in future: The Western Wall "is an Islamic waqf that will remain as such until Judgment Day" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 18, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Muslim Council: The Al-Buraq Wall is an Islamic waqf and will remain as such”
        “Head of [the independent organization] the Supreme Muslim Council and [head] preacher in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ikrima Sabri came out with a statement in response to what was reported in the media outlets regarding the claim of senior American officials that ‘The Al-Buraq Wall (sic., the official said “the Western Wall,” see below for actual quote) will be part of Israel in the end !’
He said: ‘This is a false claim and arrogance that has crossed all lines, and these loud ones do not understand that the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is part of the western wall of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that it is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) that will remain as such until Judgment Day.’
He added: ‘No one in the world has a right to do as they please with the Al-Buraq Wall, whether he is a Muslim or not a Muslim, and whether it’s the US or someone else, as all of these are completely invalid acts.’”

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

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

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Abbas’ advisor calls on all Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, carry out Ribat there, and “protect its sanctity”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the occupation state is playing with fire when it attempts to change the status quo in Jerusalem…
Al-Habbash demanded that the members of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem and in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, and protect its sanctity…
Al-Habbash warned the occupation government not to take any crazy steps regarding the holy city and the holy sites in it following the reckless and irresponsible decision of the American administration (i.e., to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to it).”

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Hamas official: “Palestine, which is soaked in the blood of the Martyrs… all of Palestine is ours, and it is pure Islamic Palestinian land… we do not understand anything but the language of resistance and Jihad” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: "Hamas: Our goal is to liberate Palestine and end the [Hamas-Fatah] rift"
      "The Hamas Movement in Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip and its military faction, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, held a military procession and press conference in order to announce the beginning of the events for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the [Hamas] Movement in the district. In the speech that he gave, movement leader Hammad Al-Raqab emphasized: …‘Palestine, which is soaked in the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the sacrifices of our people, all of Palestine is ours, and it is pure Islamic Palestinian land that constitutes a part of the Arab and Islamic nation.' He explained that we are standing today and seeing before us the buds of the liberation army, and we do not understand anything but the language of resistance and Jihad. He also emphasized that despite the tragedies, persecution, expulsion, assassinations, and ongoing wars, we see the determination in the eyes of our people to continue on the path of resistance. He added: 'Trust the resistance – the victory, honor, and resistance are near, and we are continuing on this path until victory.’"
PA Security Forces spokesman on US decision on Jerusalem: The Palestinian people will defend Jerusalem “with all of its capabilities;” "Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat in Jerusalem” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 6, 2017
      “General Political Commissioner [of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority] and [PA] Security Forces Official Spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri said that if the American administration transfers its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel], this will put the US in a confrontation with all of the peoples of the region and the entire world. This will also turn it from a state that is biased in favor of the occupation into a state that is a partner in the occupation, will endanger its interests in the region, and will disprove its false claims according to which it respects international law and the decisions of international bodies…
He added that everyone must prepare for the next step after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem [as the capital of Israel], and said that the Palestinian people, with all of its components, will not accept this and will come out with all of its capabilities to defend Jerusalem, which is not only Palestinian, but also Arab and Islamic, and Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and its surroundings; we will defend it and protect this precious diamond with all of our force."
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Fatah in Nablus calls on Palestinians to “come out… in force” against “any attempt to harm the holy city, Judaize it, and change its characteristics,” if US recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: “Fatah in Nablus called for a popular uprising ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ against Trump’s decision”
     “The Fatah Movement in Nablus today, Wednesday [Dec. 6, 2017], called to come out determinedly and in force against American President [Donald Trump’s] decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem. During the emergency meeting convened by Fatah’s Nablus branch today, Fatah called… on the masses of the people, with all of its components and parts, and in all places where it is located, to bear the moral, national, and human responsibility to come out against the aggression that threatens to harm our Islamic and Christian holy sites, and to be ready to express their rejection of the dangerous American bias, if Trump’s speech tomorrow includes a decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem or recognize it as the capital of Israel... Fatah emphasized in a statement that the members of the Palestinian people – who stood [firm] during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented the most spectacular examples of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity.”
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Abbas advisor: The Temple Mount will remain a “purely Islamic” mosque under Muslim sovereignty, despite Israeli “acts of falsifying history and distorting historical facts” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 26, 2017
     "Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash… explained that the Palestinians in all of their varieties and leaders, and the Arabs and Muslims together with them, will never allow the occupation authorities to impose their sovereignty over the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), which was and will remain a purely Islamic mosque, over which non-Muslims have no sovereignty. This is as was determined by divine decree in the holy Quran and also by UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolutions, despite all the acts of falsifying history and distorting historical facts that the Israeli occupation state is attempting to carry out."

Note: Israel has publically stated multiple times that it has no intention whatsoever of changing the status quo at the Temple Mount.
Preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque: “Muslims have an absolute right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque” including all that it contains  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 10, 2017
    “Imam and Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Yusuf Abu Sneineh said today [Nov. 10, 2017] during his sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… that the Muslims have an absolute right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including all of the mosques, prayer sites, [and] plazas… that it contains.”
Abbas’ advisor on religion: All Muslims must visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat in it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2017
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized the brotherhood between the Muslims in all countries of the world… Al-Habbash said this yesterday [Oct. 27, 2017] during a Friday sermon at the Mercies of the World Mosque in Hyderabad, India…
He noted that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is occupied because of the rift between the Muslims [internally] and because of their weakness, and that Al-Aqsa Mosque will not revert to being under the rule of Islam until the Muslims unite.
Al-Habbash demanded that the Muslims act to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque and fill it through visits from around the world... [Al-Habbash added:] ‘This is the least the Muslims must do today – to fill the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to visit it, to close themselves inside it, and to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it – as is being done in Jerusalem by the Palestinians who are struggling against the occupier and carrying out Jihad through Ribat, prayer, and closing themselves in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas.’ He continued: ‘My advice to you is to make a decision in your hearts to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that today you turn the visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque into part of your Jihad…’”

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Fatah Facebook quotes Arafat on anniversary of his death: Palestinians will engage in “Ribat (religious conflict over Islamic land) until Judgment Day” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 24, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text is a quote by Arafat:
“This is my people, the people of giants, which is [engaged] in Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) until Judgement Day
It is the [people] of which one of its boys or girls will wave the flag of Palestine over the churches of Jerusalem, its towers, and its walls.
They think that this is still far off, but we think that it is near, and we will be the ones who are right, Allah willing.
And we will be victorious despite them.”

Text on image: “The Fatah Movement
The 13th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of
Leader and symbol
Yasser Arafat”

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PLO official: The Western Wall (i.e., Judaism's holiest site) “is an inseparable part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and a pure right of the Muslims” that will not be changed by Israel’s “illusions and acts of forgery”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 4, 2017
Headline: “Qurei: The violations and dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque are dangerous and systematic”
       “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei ‘Abu Alaa’… emphasized in a press release yesterday, Tuesday [Oct. 3, 2017], that the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an inseparable part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and a pure right of the Muslims, and the illusions and acts of forgery that the occupation government is carrying out will not change the truth at all, and will not create facts on the ground.”

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode during his Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "the farthest mosque" (Quran, Sura 17), and there tied his miraculous flying steed named Al-Buraq to a "stone" or a "rock." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Book 47, Hadith 3424). In the 1920's, Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini decided to identify the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem as that "rock" or "stone," and since then Muslims refer to the Western Wall as the "Al-Buraq Wall."
PA religous official calls on Palestinians to "visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out constant Ribat there and not give the occupation and settlers an opportunity [to harm it]" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2017
Headline: “The Ramallah and El-Bireh Directorate of Religion called to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
          “Director-General of the Ramallah and El-Bireh Directorate of Religion (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Religious Affairs) Sheikh Wafiq Alawi, during the monthly meeting of the imams and employees, called to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out constant Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and not give the occupation and settlers an opportunity [to harm it]. He also explained that the members of our people have recorded and are still recording the most spectacular epics of heroism and belonging to their homeland and their mosque.”

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Fatah youth movement calls for “widening confrontations with the occupation,” if Jerusalem is “harmed” – “it means opening the gates of hell before the occupiers” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
Headline: "The Shabiba calls for widespread participation in a Friday of Ribat as a sign of support for Jerusalem"
      "The Fatah Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a statement in which it saluted 'the resolve and Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) of the members of our people, its women, young, elderly, national forces, and religious institutions in Jerusalem, which are currently proudly defending the Arabness of Jerusalem, the Islamicness of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the honor of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation.' The Shabiba movement also appreciated the position of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership, their latest decisions regarding Jerusalem, including stopping all types of contact with the occupation, and their call to the members of our people to carry out Ribat in order to defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also admired the position of the Palestinian leadership to aid the resolve of the Palestinian citizens in Jerusalem. Fatah's Shabiba demanded that its sons, activists, and supporters, and all of the young Palestinians widely participate in a Friday of Ribat, to widen the circle of the confrontation with the occupation forces and the herds of settlers, to open all the fronts in the villages, cities, and refugee camps, and to widen the area of confrontation so that it will include all of the settlements and roads that serve them, in order to convey the message of the young Palestinians that Jerusalem is a Palestinian taboo, and that harming it means opening the gates of hell before the occupiers."
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Students in Gaza participate in Hamas night patrol with rifles, are educated in Ribat, in order to “plant the spirit of resistance and Jihad in their souls” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 25, 2017
Headline: “Students of the Knights of Al-Aqsa [summer] camps participate [in Ribat] together with the Murabitin of the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam [Brigades] for one night”
       “Approximately 200 students from among the students of the Knights of Palestine summer camps participated in a night patrol held by the public activity department of the Hamas Movement at the Bureij refugee camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip, under the title ‘Just Not the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ The students visited the points of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) of the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades (i.e., Hamas’ military wing) in the refugee camp, and stayed with the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat) until dawn.
The Hamas Movement emphasized that the goal of this patrol is to raise the morale of the students and plant the spirit of resistance and Jihad in their souls, so that they will be educated on them.”

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Fatah proud of rioters in Jerusalem, vows to continue “popular resistance” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 24, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: Jerusalem is our capital, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is our direction of prayer, and the [Fatah] Movement is leading those defending them”

“[Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement that we in Fatah are proud of our residents and our people who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem in particular, and also of our mighty Palestinian people everywhere it is located, which in these moments is embodying the most spectacular definition of cohesion, unity, and mutual responsibility, and is defending the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity and the entire holy city [of Jerusalem]. Fatah will continue to be on the ground and leading those defending our capital and our Al-Aqsa Mosque as part of the popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) that it has adopted and leads.”

The terms "peaceful uprising/resistance,” and “popular uprising/resistance" are used by PA leaders at times to refer to peaceful protest and at times to refer to deadly terror attacks and terror waves. For example, ‎Mahmoud Abbas defined as “peaceful popular” the murderous terror during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded by stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks: Abbas said: "we want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is." http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=16437
Fatah spokesman calls on Hamas to end the rift with Fatah and answer “the call of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the members of our people who are carrying out Ribat” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017
      "In a press statement yesterday [July 22, 2017], Fatah Revolutionary Council member and [Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi demanded that the Hamas Movement immediately heed the call of President Abbas and the leadership, answer the call of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, put an end to the [Fatah-Hamas] rift immediately, and direct the compass towards Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, because Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are bigger than any disagreement. He added: ‘Our hands are extended to Hamas to end the rift, on the basis of Palestine, Jerusalem, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque being bigger than all, and therefore [Hamas] must answer the call of justice, the call of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the members of our people who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic).’”

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Abbas’ advisor: Metal detectors at Temple Mount entrances are “a blatant blow to the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… a purely Islamic site, to which non-Muslims have no right,” Israel is “pushing the whole region towards… a religious war” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: Israel has no right to interfere in the affairs of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized… that the placement of metal detectors by the occupation authorities and the checking of worshippers by the occupation’s soldiers (both implemented following a terror attack at the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017 in which 2 were murdered; see note below –Ed.) constitute a blatant blow to the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a blow to the role of the [Jordanian] Waqf, and arrogant interference in a purely Islamic site, to which non-Muslims have no right… He added that Israel is playing with fire and pushing the whole region towards the abyss and towards a religious war that will consume everything, and from whose flames nobody will be saved.”

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Abbas’ religious advisor claims Israeli security measures on Temple Mount “constitute aggression against religious and political rights of Muslims”; Fatah claims Israel planning to “empty Jerusalem” of Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Friday is a day of general high-alert and prayers will not take place except at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash called on the international community to act before it will be too late to prevent the deterioration of the situation in the Middle East and the world because of the continuation of the racist Israeli attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Israel placed metal detectors at its entrances after a terror attack in which 2 Israelis were murdered took place there on July 14, 2017; see note below –Ed.).
The supreme Shari’ah judge emphasized that the responsibility for the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the sole right of Muslims, and that the Israeli interference in Al-Aqsa Mosque affairs constitutes aggression against the religious and political rights of the Muslims.

The Fatah Movement yesterday [July 19, 2017] again emphasized its absolute opposition to the Israeli steps of aggression in occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Fatah Revolutionary Council member [and Official Fatah Movement Spokesman] Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement that Fatah will not agree to the implementation of the Israeli plan to empty the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy city [of Jerusalem] of its original inhabitants, the members of the Palestinian people.
Al-Qawasmi added: ‘We and all the members of our people that carries out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) condemn the illegal steps of the occupation authorities, and also oppose entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque through metal detectors.’”

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