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Jerusalem under assault
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 government calls on Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat there 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 8, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] government condemned the occupation’s actions in Jerusalem and called to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “During its weekly meeting that was held yesterday [June 7, 2016] in Ramallah, led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called to visit Jerusalem, and for every one of our people who can, to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there. Likewise, it called on the Arab and Islamic world to fulfill their responsibility and support the resolve of the [Arab] citizens of Jerusalem who are the defenders of Jerusalem and guardians of its honorable [Al-Aqsa] Mosque.”
Abbas greeting for Ramadan: “Blessings to Jerusalem, our eternal capital, and those carrying out Ribat in it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 6, 2016
Official PA TV News, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ greetings to his people for the Ramadan holiday

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
“O Palestinian people carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and its environs. Greetings to you, O enduring and resolute… Blessings to Jerusalem, our eternal capital, and those carrying out Ribat in it, who are populating the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque with prayer and worship, and who are facing the exploitation, the occupation, and the aggression.”
PA government calls on Palestinians and Israeli Arabs “in the interior (i.e., in Israel) to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2016
    “During its weekly meeting in Ramallah yesterday [April 21, 2016]… the [PA] government warned of the dangerous calls of the alleged [Jewish] Temple extremist groups and organizations for mass participation in increased invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza as the Jewish holiday season begins, and to organize Talmudic activities on the mosque’s plaza. This is part of the aggressive schemes of the Israeli occupation government, meant to completely take over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaize them. The [PA] government called on its people in the interior (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to Jerusalem to do so, and said to be constantly present in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to retaliate to every possible attack against it.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Fatah official: “Jerusalem and Jerusalem's environs” are “the land of Ribat” 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 7, 2016
Headline: "Abbas Zaki spoke at a conference titled Fatah Inspirations"
     "Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki spoke two evenings ago [April 5, 2016] about the Palestinian, Arab, and regional developments during a conference titled Fatah Inspirations held in the Al-Nakhil Park together with the Tapuach municipality, in the presence of [Fatah’s] Central Hebron branch, Revolutionary Council member Dr. Is'haq Sidr, and official Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi…
Zaki praised the Central Hebron [Fatah] branch committee… and said that the Middle East region is on the edge of a volcano, and the others will fall, but we will not fall. Likewise, he noted: 'We are on the land of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) “Jerusalem and Jerusalem's environs,” and Allah chooses whom he loves, and is at the side of the faithful. We fear Allah, and we do not fear Israel or cowards.’"
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PA Grand Mufti calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque “to stop those [i.e., Israelis] who wish to defile and attack it” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 23, 2016
Headline: "The grand mufti called to increase the visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein called on everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially from Jerusalem and its surroundings and from among the Palestinians of 1948 (i.e., Palestinians living in Israel), to do so, in order to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and pray there in order to stop those who wish to defile and attack it. This is due to the measures being taken by the occupation against it and those who visit it, and the ban on those [Palestinians who are] 50 and under to enter it."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA TV host: Woman who carry out Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque ”thwart… dozens of invasion and defilement attempts by the herds of settlers, [and the] plans to take over the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and build the alleged Temple in its place” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 29, 2016
Official PA TV program From Jerusalem, about the Murabitat (woman carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) of Jerusalem and schools of Quranic studies

Official PA TV host: “Despite the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s place in the hearts of Jerusalem’s [Arab] residents was the first source of inspiration for the thought of Ribat, it has grown stronger due to the Masatib Al-Alam [project] that has drawn many women and men who wished to receive lessons in religious law and memorization of the Quran in the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque plaza. Women who challenge the occupation using their voices to call over and over ‘Allah is great!’ along with slogans demanding their basic rights to freedom of worship and prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They believe that Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the Palestinian women’s role against the occupation.
The Murabitat phenomenon expresses Palestinian society’s awareness of what the occupation intends to do at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. There was and still is a critical role [for the Murabitat] in thwarting the dozens of invasion and defilement attempts by the herds of settlers, [and the] plans to take over the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and build the alleged Temple in its place.”

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.
PA daily: Terrorist killer "felt rage" over Israel's "attacks against those carrying out Ribat" and he "hoped to die a Martyr" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2016
Headline: “Martyr Ahmad Zakarneh – lover of Jerusalem”
     “Indeed, the news of Ahmad’s death as a Martyr arrived. At the same moment the mother’s heart was relieved and she said: ‘Praise Allah.’ Everyone in the village rushed to the home of the Martyr’s family, and did not know whether to console [the family] over his death as a Martyr or express pride in his death in an operation of this type…
Ahmad was a young person who loved everyone, and everyone loved him. For a long time he had felt rage over the occupation’s attacks against those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He loved Jerusalem and hoped to die there as a Martyr, and he got what he wanted, according to his mother.”

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Ahmad Abu Al-Rub, Ahmad Zakarneh and Muhammad Kmeil - Three Palestinian terrorists in their early 20's who shot and stabbed two Israeli police officers at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Feb. 3, 2016. One of the officers, 19-year-old Hadar Cohen, was fatally wounded and died of her wounds. The second officer was seriously wounded. The terrorists, who attacked the policewomen after they were asked for identification, were carrying machine guns, knives, and pipe bombs, leading the police to suspect they were planning a mass attack against civilians. The terrorists were shot and killed at the scene by Israeli police.
Secretary of Fatah’s Jordan branch blesses terrorist stabbers who carry out Ribat  
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Dec. 23, 2015
Fatah-run Awdah TV program Personal Encounter spoke with Secretary of Fatah's Jordan branch Najib al-Qaddumi
 
Secretary of Fatah's Jordan branch Najib al-Qaddumi: “Therefore we say that the young people of the current uprising, that we bless, - we bless the Murabitin (i.e., those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem, around the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We bless the heroes, the young men and women who, with their knives, kitchen knives, have begun defeating the armed Israeli soldier, who has begun to be afraid when he sees a young woman or a young man passing him on the street. They have broken the Israeli soldier’s morale. They wiped out the oppressive power which deceived them and exhausted them. If they [the Israelis] possess weapons, we possess the historical right, the faith in our cause.”
Fatah calls on Palestinians to “carry out Ribat and protect the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” from “Judaization” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2015
Headline: “Fatah calls on our people to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The Fatah movement warned the Israeli government of the consequences of the Jewish extremist organizations’ calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque on what is called ‘the holiday of Hannukah,’ and called on our people to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and protect the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
[Fatah] movement Spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi stated yesterday: ‘The latest statements of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which were leaked, in which he spoke of his ability to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are decisive proof of this extreme government’s true malicious intentions, and additional proof of the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque invasions are being carried out as part of the occupation government’s clear plan to carry out the plot of dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque by areas and times. The Fatah movement again emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line, and that we will under no circumstances allow this Judaization project of our holiest of holies. Likewise, it called to the Arab brothers to take responsibility for what is happening in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."

"Division according to areas and times" 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 designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount.
Fatah official praises “murabitin” (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 4, 2015
Official PA TV News, live broadcast from the condolence tent for terrorist stabber Fadi Alloun. Interview with Assistant Secretary of Fatah in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour.
Assistant Secretary of Fatah in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour: “We say to the government of Israel, instead of seeking solutions to deter [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem defending their mosque, it [the Israeli government] needs to think about what caused this situation. It needs to think about why Martyr (Shahid) Muhannad Halabi (i.e., terrorist who stabbed two to death) wrote on his [Facebook] page when he saw a Jerusalem woman being dragged away by the occupation forces. He came [to carry out the operation (i.e., stabbing attack)] in order to protect that woman, he came to help the Al-Aqsa Mosque… For the residents of Jerusalem the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an article of faith. The Israelis need to stay away from the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The sights that the Palestinians see, what is happening to the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to our people, inflame the emotions of our Palestinian people. The Israelis are mistaken when they say that the problem is 50 Murabitin at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. At the moment of truth, all the Palestinian people will be Murabitin. Muhannad Halabi, the hero Martyr, was not one of the Murabitin, and despite this he broke through all the barriers and all their police, and came to carry out an operation for the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Allah could kill all Jews, but Allah wants Palestinians to carry out Ribat (religious conflict) 
Source: Al-Msjed Al-Aqsa YouTube channel, Oct. 27, 2015

Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi, teaches Islam twice a week in the Al-Aqsa Mosque: ‎“Allah can annihilate all the Jews down to the last one, throughout the world. But what ‎does Allah want? He wants us to fulfill His command. If we ask ourselves: ‘How can I ‎fulfill Allah’s command?’ The most important thing I can do to fulfill Allah's command ‎when I am in the Al-Aqsa Mosque is Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed ‎to be Islamic) in the Al-Aqsa Mosque… ‎The Prophet [Muhammad] says about the Martyr: ‘His sins are forgiven with the first ‎gush of blood.’‎ Some privileges are bestowed upon the Martyr. The first: ‘His sins are forgiven with the ‎first gush of blood.’‎ The Martyr's second privilege: ‘He marries two of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins) of ‎Paradise.’ His third privilege: ‘He advocates on behalf of 70 members of his family.’ […]‎ Let’s compare the privileges that are bestowed upon the Ribat fighter to the privileges ‎of the Martyr: ‘The Ribat fighter marries 70 of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins).’‎ The Martyr gets two of the Dark-Eyed, while the Ribat fighter gets 70. 35 times more ‎than the Martyr. ‘He marries 70 of the Dark-Eyed, and can advocate on Judgement Day ‎on behalf of anyone he wants.’”‎
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Abbas spokesman “salutes” Palestinians “who have risen up in order to protect their Al-Aqsa Mosque… and particularly those carrying out Ribat”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2015
     "The Fatah Central Committee held a meeting yesterday led by President [Mahmoud] Abbas, which began with the reading of the [Quranic Sura of] Al-Fatiha for the souls of our righteous Martyrs (Shahids)…  [Spokesman for PA Chairman Abbas and] Fatah Central Committee member and its official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated that President Mahmoud Abbas… repeated and stressed his position, to which he referred in his UN speech, regarding agreements signed with the Israeli government, and that if this government sticks to its non-commitment to these agreements, we will review them again... Abu Rudeina said that the Fatah Central Committee salutes the vast masses of our people who have risen up in order to protect their Al-Aqsa Mosque and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem, and particularly those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there.  In addition, the committee saluted the masses of our people, who have come out against the terrorist settlers who are murdering [Palestinians] in all the refugee camps, cities, and villages of the brave West Bank. The committee emphasized that the Fatah movement is, as ever, at the head of the national project, and it unites today with the masses of our people in defending their holy sites, land, homes, lives and farms. In addition, he [Rudeina] called to maintain the character of the popular resistance as part of a comprehensive national strategy and non-deterioration to the Israeli cycle [of violence].”

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Abbas spokesman “salutes” Palestinians “who have risen up in order to protect their Al-Aqsa Mosque” and "particularly those carrying out Ribat" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2015
     "The Fatah Central Committee held a meeting yesterday led by President [Mahmoud] Abbas, which began with the reading of the [Quranic Sura of] Al-Fatiha for the souls of our righteous Martyrs (Shahids)…
[Spokesman for PA Chairman Abbas and] Fatah Central Committee member and its official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina... said that the Fatah Central Committee salutes the vast masses of our people who have risen up in order to protect their Al-Aqsa Mosque and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem, and particularly those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there. In addition, the committee saluted the masses of our people, who have come out against the terrorist settlers who are murdering [Palestinians] in all the refugee camps, cities, and villages of the brave West Bank. The committee emphasized that the Fatah movement is, as ever, at the head of the national project, and it unites today with the masses of our people in defending their holy sites, land, homes, lives and farms. In addition, he [Rudeina] called to maintain the character of the popular resistance as part of a comprehensive national strategy and non-deterioration to the Israeli cycle [of violence].”

In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.
Gazan preacher: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque awaits the heroes of the West Bank to launch Jihad, and kill every settler and every traitor they come across.” 
Source: Facebook page of the Abdallah Azzam Mosque in Gaza, Oct. 5, 2015
Sheikh Muhammad Abu Sa’ada, sermon at the Abdallah Azzam Mosque in Gaza. Posted on the mosque’s Facebook page.
Sheikh Muhammad Abu Sa’ada: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque awaits its Mujahideen (i.e., Jihad fighters), and its Martyrdom-seekers. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is waiting, and it knows that even if the occupier desecrates the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the heroes of Gaza are making preparations and are digging tunnels that lead to Al-Aqsa, and one day they will emerge in the [Al-Aqsa Mosque] plaza, the streets, and alleys, and proclaim: Allah is great! And will announce general mobilization against the brothers of apes and pigs… The Al-Aqsa Mosque awaits the heroes of the West Bank to launch Jihad, and kill every settler and every traitor they come across. Al-Aqsa awaits heroes.
We will be victorious, Allah willing, because Allah is with us. We will be victorious, Allah willing, because it was promised by God’s Messenger [Muhammad]. We will win, Allah willing, because there are Mujahideen, Murabitin (i.e., those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and Martyrdom-seekers. We will be victorious, Allah willing, because there are people among us who strap explosive belts on their bodies, and look forward to their journey to Paradise, to meet [Islam’s] Prophet Muhammad and his companions. By Allah we will be victorious, Allah willing… We await a decision from our leader, who will tell us: “None of you will pray the afternoon prayer anywhere but in Tel Aviv. We will be victorious. We can see this moment, it is imminent.”


Fatah salutes those who carry out Ribat in Jerusalem as “courageous”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 4, 2015
Headline: “Assaf: ‘The time has come to get rid of the occupation, and we are willing to pay the price’”
       “Official Fatah Spokesman Ahmad Assaf stated: ‘The time has come to get rid of the occupation and obtain freedom and independence,’ and emphasized that our people, which has made heavy sacrifices, is ready to sacrifice more, and it is the only one that will determine its self-definition in a free and independent state with its capital in Jerusalem. Assaf added in an interview with Mawtini Radio on Sunday [Oct. 4, 2015] morning that the occupation’s crimes and its direct executions of our young will not scare us, and will not prevent us from defending our Al-Aqsa [Mosque], our land, and our homes, but will rather increase our challenging [of this occupation] and insistence on opposing this occupation with all its components, soldiers and settlers alike. In addition, he called on our people to be vigilant and united in their stand against the settler terrorists in order to block their way, and not allow them to isolate our families and children. Regarding [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements, which placed the blame for the occurring events on Fatah and its leadership, Assaf said that the only ones responsible for all that is happening are Netanyahu and his right wing extreme government, the government of the settler murderers…
 Likewise, the Fatah movement saluted our many people in all the cities, villages, and refugee camps, first among them Jerusalem, the capital, and its Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), who defend their land, homes, and Al-Aqsa [Mosque] bravely and courageously.”
PA Mufti: Murabitin who fight Israeli soldiers at Al-Aqsa Mosque are "fulfilling their obligation" and protecting mosque from "those who seek to harm it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2015
     “At least 20 Palestinians were injured yesterday [Sept. 28, 2015] during confrontations that broke out after the break-in to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the special forces of the occupation, which attacked the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) and worshippers with stun grenades and rubber bullets… About 80 young people have closed themselves in and carried out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa Mosque since two nights ago... Dozens of masked people were seen throwing rocks at the occupation forces. A number of them succeeded in reaching the roof of the museum and the Mughrabi Gate Mosque (i.e., the mosque on the eastern part of the Temple Mount) and throwing rocks on soldiers and Jewish citizens under the [Western] Wall. Likewise, the police surveillance cameras recorded the throwing of Molotov cocktails at the biblical garden near the Mughrabi Gate…
[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the severe consequences of the repeated break-ins of the settlers to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza under protection of the Israeli occupation forces, and [of the consequences of] the attacks against worshippers and Murabitin there. He saluted the protectors of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its Murabitin for fulfilling their obligation by protecting the place to where their Prophet [Muhammad] traveled, and urged everyone who can to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and carry out Ribat and pray in it, in order to deter those who seek to harm it. He emphasized that the occupation’s actions are fuel to the destructive fire that will come.”

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount a "break-in."
Hamas is regrouping through “excavating tunnels of all kinds, production of missiles, explosives, and bombs, or through field training and Ribat” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Sept. 28, 2015
Headline: “The Martyrdom of an Al-Qassam activist in a resistance tunnel collapse in Gaza”
       “Today, Monday [Sept. 28, 2015] morning, [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam [Brigades (Hamas)] activist Majed Al-Sakani died as a Martyr (Shahid) in a resistance tunnel collapse in the Shuja'iyya neighborhood of Gaza city… In a short announcement, the Brigades stated that Al-Sakani died as a Martyr while working in one of the resistance tunnels. It should be noted that the resistance is carrying out extensive preparations, whether by excavating tunnels of all kinds, production of missiles, explosives, and bombs, or through field training and Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in border areas.”
Fatah spokesperson: "Those carrying out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] are heroes and a source of pride for all Palestinians" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 20, 2015
Headline: "Al-Qawasmi: 'Those carrying out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] are heroes, and the settlers are terrorists'" 
     "Fatah Spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi said that those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque are heroes, and a source of pride for all Palestinians, and that they protect the honor of the Arab and Islamic nations with their bare chests and with the words 'Allah is great,' with their iron will, and with the fact that they trust first and foremost in Allah, and their absolute faith in our full right to our Jerusalem and the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque.
Al-Qawasmi emphasized in a statement to the press tonight [Sept. 20, 2015] that the true terrorists are the herds of settlers and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's extreme government which protects them and eases the way for their acts of invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as preparation for its division by areas and times. Likewise, he emphasized that the Palestinian people will not relinquish its land and holy sites, no matter what price it will have to pay."
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The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."

"Division according to areas and times" 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 designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
Abbas: We won’t allow Jews with their “filthy feet” to “defile our Al-Aqsa Mosque” “We bless every drop of blood... that has been spilled for Allah” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 16, 2015


Official PA TV News
Abbas’ statement at a meeting with “activists for the defense of the Noble Sanctuary” (i.e., the Temple Mount)
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We bless you, we bless the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah. The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”
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Nabil Shaath: Jews visiting Temple Mount, Ribat fighters will "be the spark that sets off the impending explosion", calls for "riots of rage"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2015
      "Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of International Relations Dr. Nabil Shaath stated... that the continuation of the Israeli occupation's attacks on the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Jews visiting the Temple Mount) and the Ribat fighters (Murabitin - those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) will be the spark that sets off the impending explosion, whose onset and scope no one can predict. Likewise, he called on the Palestinian and Arab masses to carry out riots of rage."
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