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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.
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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PA Minister calls for Ribat at Cave of Patriarchs to prevent Israel from turning it into a synagogue 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2015
Headline: “The occupation prohibited the sounding of the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) 51 times during the past month”
       “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is… stressed that the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) is purely an Islamic mosque, with all its parts, and no one else is connected to it. Likewise, he emphasized that all measures taken against it are null and inacceptable…
Ida’is stated that the occupation is striving to forcibly impose an Israeli hegemony on the mosque and convert it into a Jewish synagogue, and called to visit it, to carry out continuous Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, and to prevent the occupation and its arms from harming it."

Fatah: Harm to Al-Aqsa Mosque and “plots to Judaize Jerusalem” “must be opposed” with Ribat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 27, 2015
Headline: “Fatah calls for unification of the efforts to protect the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]”
         “The Fatah movement called to unify the efforts to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza, in all possible legitimate ways.
Fatah Spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi stated yesterday that the harm to the holy places, and especially to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza, is against international treaties and laws, and constitutes a violation of citizens’ rights, which must be opposed by resolve and Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic). Likewise, he emphasized that the Fatah fighters and our entire people, especially residents of Jerusalem and the [19]48 territories (i.e., Israel), stand firm against the implementation of plots to Judaize Jerusalem. The Fatah movement called on nations and forces throughout the world to act immediately to prevent the historic, religious, and cultural massacre, which the occupation state is gradually perpetrating against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA Mufti praises Ribat fighters for preventing Jews from “defil[ing]” Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 25, 2015
Headline: “The Mufti condemned the intention of the occupation to consider the Al-Aqsa Ribat fighters an ‘illegal organization’”
     “General Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the occupation authorities’ intention to consider the Al-Aqsa Ribat fighters (Murabitin - i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) an ‘illegal organization,’ in order to deny them the honor of carrying out Ribat, and to allow the Jewish extremists to invade it [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and defile it. Likewise, he praised those who carry out Ribat, investing their efforts in fulfilling their obligation to protect the destination of their Prophet’s [Muhammad] Night Journey… Hussein called to increase presence and Ribat at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and to pray there a lot, in order that it overflow with people and those who love it.”
PA daily encourages Ribat in Jerusalem  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 23, 2015
Headline: "On the 46th anniversary of its being set on fire - Al-Aqsa where to?"
      "Forty six years have passed since the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] was set on fire by the Jewish terrorist Denis Michael (i.e, Michael Denis William Rohan, an Australian Christian)... the people of Ribat (i.e.,religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) who stand strong in Jerusalem and Palestine are those who protect the first direction of prayer [Jerusalem], and stop attack after attack by the extremist Jewish terrorists, who no longer hide their true goals: the establishment of the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]."
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Note: Michael Denis William Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.

Fatah’s spokesman in Jerusalem: "Our steadfast people will continue to carry out Ribat in its homeland, and to protect the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] until Judgement Day, regardless of the cost." 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2015
Headline: “The occupation continues its efforts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and calls for a popular uprising in support of the Mosque”
     “Head of the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem [Sheikh] Ikrima Sabri stated: ‘The Islamic public throughout the world remembers the burning of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] on Thursday morning, Aug. 21, 1969, committed by the criminal Michael Denis Rohan, and planned by the despicable Israeli occupation…’ Regarding this, Fatah’s Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan stated: ‘Our steadfast people will continue to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in its homeland, and to protect the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] until Judgement Day, regardless of the cost.’”
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Note: Michael Denis William Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
The Supreme Muslim Council was the institution in charge of Muslim affairs during the British Mandate. It was reestablished in 1967. The Council is not an institution under the PA but an independent organization.
Fatah Twitter tweets letter from Abbas to university students: "We will continue to stand firm and carry out Ribat in Jerusalem and its surroundings until Judgement Day"  
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Aug. 17, 2015


Fatah's Twitter account tweeted a letter from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to new university students written in July. The letter was posted again on the Syrian Fatah Facebook page.

Posted text: "President Mahmoud Abbas [in a letter to new university students]:
'We will continue to stand firm and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and its surroundings until Judgement Day.'”
Text in Abbas’ letter that was attached to the tweet:
“In the name of Allah the Merciful and Compassionate,
‘And those who strive for Us - We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.’ (Quran, Sura 29:69, translation Sahih International)
Allah the Supreme spoke truth
We will continue to stand firm and carry out Ribat in Jerusalem and its surroundings until Judgement Day. Then the believers will rejoice in the victory of Allah, and will say: ‘When is it [Allah’s victory]? It might be here soon.’
July 30, 2015”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is trying to “Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “attack the Ribat fighters,” Jews have nothing to do with the Temple Mount 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2015
Headline: “Ida’is: ‘The daily actions of the occupation at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] are preparing the ground for its takeover”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called attention to the danger of the recurring calls by extremist Jews to carry out extensive invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… in order to give it, and all its parts, a Jewish Talmudic character. He stated that the occupation no longer hides its policy and daily activities to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, so that public opinion will get used to their [the Jews’] presence on the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and inside it [the Mosque], as if they are an authentic part of the place. This is in order to lessen the shock and pain of what the future holds … Ida’is stated that in a new step in the Judaization [process], the occupation will ask its Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organize visits for high-ranking officials to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), accompanied by a series of media and propagandist deceptions and lies, which it will distribute worldwide, in order to attack the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ribat fighters (Murabitin - those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic -Ed). One [deception] is that Al-Aqsa stands on the Jewish Temple, which needs to be rebuilt, and [another goal is to] mislead world opinion [with the claim] that the Muslims enjoy freedom of worship while the Jews do not.”

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
PA government salutes Ribat fighters, calls on all Palestinians to carry out Ribat in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2015
     “During the [PA] government meeting yesterday [July 28, 2015]… it stressed that the daily attacks against the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and the worshippers are part of the crazed attack being led by the Israeli right and the settlers, under the Israeli government and its army’s protection and in flagrant complicity with them, in order to impose new facts on the ground. The [PA] government warned that if the Israeli government continues its current policy regarding Jerusalem and its holy sites, this would definitely cause the entire region to go up in flames, and drag it into a religious war.
The government saluted its people standing firm, and the Ribat fighters (i.e., Murabitin, those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), who are protecting the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] with their chests and their hands, and called on the Palestinian people, with all its parts and its popular and official institutes, wherever it may be, to stand as one protecting Jerusalem and it’s Al-Aqsa [Mosque], to carry out Ribat in it, and to come out against the plot to Judaize it.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 28, 2015
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is stated that the increased Arabic and Islamic presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque stops the plans of the occupation government and the settlers at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and in the holy city, and prevent their implementation.
In an interview to the Mawtiny radio station today, Tuesday [July 28, 2015], Ida’is called on anyone who can reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, in order to deter the settlers from invading the mosque.
He warned of the international silence in the face of the occupation’s crimes in Jerusalem, stating: ‘The international silence gives Israel a green light to commit its crimes against our people. Every day it adds a new crime to its list, and aspires to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to zones and times.’”
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Note: "Division according to zones and time" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: All Muslims should support and aid Ribat fighters 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2015
     “During his meeting with the preacher and great scholar and Islamic thinker Dr. Muhammad Rateb Al-Nablusi in Amman, Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called on all Muslims in the world to act quickly to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to talk about Jerusalem and its importance in their Friday sermons, lectures, and conferences, to mention it specifically in prayers, and to support and aid its Ribat fighters (i.e., Murabitin - those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic).
Ida’is stressed that all the Muslims in the world who are able to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque should do so, in order to come to its aid and stand as a steadfast dam against the plots being woven against it and to foil the attempts of the extremists to harm its sanctity. Likewise, he emphasized that it’s necessary to act to expose the activities of the extremist occupation through the Arab media, in order to place the Palestinian issue and the Al-Aqsa Mosque high on the list of priorities of Arab and Islamic countries.
Ada’is stated that the Zionist plans to Judaize Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque will not be actualized since only Muslims have any right to the Mosque, including its plazas, (i.e., the Temple Mount) corridors, and all parts of it, and that Jerusalem will remain Islamic, and the occupation will not negate its identity, no matter what it does.”
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Fatah spokesman: “We will defend [Al-Aqsa] to our last breath”, praises “Ribat fighters who … protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque with their bare chests” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2015
Headline: “Assaf: ‘The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is part of the tenets of our faith and our basic principles, and we will defend it to our last breath.’”
     "Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf warned of the inherent danger of the plans of the Israeli occupation state, which are aimed against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and intended to take it over, in the shadow of Arab countries’ preoccupation with their internal affairs. He emphasized that the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is an integral part of the tenets of our faith and our basic national principles, and we will defend it to our last breath... Assaf expressed sorrow regarding the Arab and Islamic silence, and stated: ‘A number of years ago, invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque was an unusual event that would shock the Arab countries and the world. For a while, Israel has been trying to turn these invasions into a regular event, and to some extent it has succeeded. However, it met with resounding failure [in its attempt] to defeat the Palestinian, Jerusalem, and Fatah movement Ribat fighters (Murabitin - those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) who stand firm and protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque with their bare chests.”
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Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion.".
The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Fatah praises Ribat in Jerusalem, calls to "take action... to protect the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... no matter how many sacrifices it takes" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 26, 2015
     “The Fatah movement emphasized the Arab identity of Jerusalem and its holy places to Islam and Christianity, and [the need to] redeem the Al-Aqsa Mosque through sacrifices. This is in order to prevent the implementation of the [Israeli] plan to Judaize it, and to [have] the invading settlers take it over. An announcement by the [Fatah] Information and Culture Commission today, Sunday [July 26, 2015] stated: ‘While Fatah declares a general call into action to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem from the plan of Judaization - under which the occupation state is using its extremist settlers as a spark that would increase tension and turn the conflict into a religious one - it reemphasizes that support of Arab Jerusalem and its holy places is support of Palestine and the Arab-Palestinian national identity, as well as support of the concepts of peace embodied by the holy places of Islam and Christianity in the holy city...
Fatah saluted the Palestinian Murabitin’s (i.e., those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) resolve in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and their defiance to the invasion of settlers into the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem. In addition, it praised the citizens’ resolve and their resistance to the armed soldiers of the occupation ... It stressed that the movement’s fighters, together with the Palestinian people, are ready to take action against the [Israeli] plot and to protect the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and all the holy places in Jerusalem - no matter how many sacrifices it takes.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs to Palestinians: "Feel good about the honor [of carrying] Ribat”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2015

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is on PA TV program Today's Topic: "The Israeli occupation’s goal is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque using rabbis and groups of extremist Jews, and to establish the alleged Temple in its place... Israel challenges and provokes the feelings of Arabs and Muslims. When Israel attacks the places holy to Islam and Christianity - and even trees, stones, or the dead are not safe from these attacks - it essentially wants to incite a religious war in the entire Middle East region. It strives for religious war, and it is the one adding fuel to the flames... I say to the patient and resolute Palestinian people, and to the people of Jerusalem who are protecting the holy places: Feel good about the honor [of carrying] Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic)."
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Islamic teacher to children at summer camp: Dead Ribat Martyrs get seventy virgins, ordinary Martyrs get only two 
Source: Al-Msjed Al-Aqsa YouTube channel, July 26, 2015


Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi speaks to children at an Al-Aqsa Mosque summer camp about
Ribat fighters, Martyrs and the virgins awaiting them in Paradise:
Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi: “Let's talk about the Hadith (i.e., Islamic tradition) of Prophet Muhammad about the Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic). It compares the stature of the Martyr to that of the [martyred] Ribat fighter. The Prophet says... Three privileges are bestowed upon the Martyr: "His sins are forgiven with the first gush of blood. He marries two of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins) of Paradise. He advocates on behalf of 70 members of his family." In the same Hadith, the Prophet talks about the [martyred] Ribat fighter... He marries 70 of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins). The Martyr gets two, while the Ribat fighter gets 70 of the Dark-Eyed. The Ribat fighter gets 35 times more than the Martyr... The Prophet says... The Ribat fighter who dies in Ribat can advocate on Judgement Day on behalf of anyone he wants for 50,000 years.”
Bystander: "Do they [the children] even understand what you are saying?"
Children in the summer camp: "Allah is Great! Allah is Great!"
Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi: "Leave us alone. Leave us alone."
Bystander: "Can they understand things like Ribat, Martyrdom and the Dark-Eyed [Virgins]? You should be ashamed, sir, a man with a white beard like you. Give these lessons to us [adults], not to children. Look at these children, you fill their heads with this?"
Children: “With our lives and blood, we will redeem Al-Aqsa!”
PA calls for broadcasting interviews with Ribat fighters at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 26, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information: Urgent call in late broadcast...”
     “In view of the savage attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the [PA] Ministry of Information called urgently to the television and radio stations to combine their broadcasts tomorrow [July 27, 2015], from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m., and listen to the voice of their conscience by taking a national stand to expose the attacks from all over taking place against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, through the use of organized government terror. The ministry called for the media and various internet sites to participate in the national campaign to protect the sites holy to Christianity and Islam, and to show the pictures of blood, destruction, and Israeli rampaging at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to bring to the attention of free people throughout the world the repeated invasions by settlers under the occupation army’s protection ... He emphasized that two hours of facts and numbers, alongside interviews with consuls of sisterly and friendly countries, jurists, [representatives of] international movements of solidarity with our people, Al-Aqsa Mosque Ribat fighters (i.e., Murabitin - those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), and experts on [the Al-Aqsa Mosque], will help focus attention on the flower of cities (i.e., Jerusalem), which has had enough of the racist occupation which doesn’t attach any importance to the holy places and the houses of Allah.”
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Note: On July 26, 2015, Tisha B’Av, Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque after Arab youth armed with rocks and fireworks blockaded themselves within the Mosque in order to confront police and disturb the visits of Jews to the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av (see note below). There were confrontations and t
Abbas advisor salutes Ribat fighters who use “blood, arrests, attacks, and beating” to “protect” Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 26, 2015
Official PA TV News hosted Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Al-Ruweidi
Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Al-Ruweidi: “The most dangerous thing is the building of a synagogue… The [Israeli] goal is to build a synagogue on the eastern part of the Al-Aqsa plaza, which overlooks the Golden Gate (in Jerusalem’s old city walls –Ed.). Visits are being made to this area, especially by groups of settlers and members of the Israeli government, as we saw today [July 26, 2015]. Therefore, I am proud of the male Ribat fighters (Murabitin - those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic -Ed), and the female Ribat fighters, our sisters, who using blood, arrests, attacks, and beating, succeeded in expelling them [the occupation forces] with their bodies, their firm stand and their Ribat. Truly, all my respect and appreciation to them. Permit me to say, they are not only protecting the Al-Aqsa Mosque, they protect the honor of the Islamic nation, because this is Jerusalem we’re talking about.”
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