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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 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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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel’s goal is destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, building the alleged Temple, and inciting religious war in the Middle East 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 26, 2015

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is:
"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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PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs calls for Ribat in response to Jews visiting Temple Mount 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 22, 2015
Headline: “Jewish calls for widespread invasions of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and Palestinian calls to go out against them”
     “The so-called ‘association of alleged Temple organizations’ called to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to celebrate its reopening to Jews by the occupation authorities… The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned of the dangers and repercussions of these racist calls, which are liable to incite religious conflict in the region, and to drag it [the region] into a whirlwind of violence and extremism… The [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs called for increased presence and Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and to thwart the settlers and extreme Jews’ attempts to enter the Al-Aqsa [Mosque’s] courtyards, defile them, and conduct their Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., Jewish prayers) there."

Notes: "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. On July 14, 2015, several of these organizations held a planned demonstration in Jerusalem's Old City. The demonstration was allowed by the Israeli Supreme Court and protested the discrimination against Jews on the Temple Mount. Jews are not permitted to pray on the Temple Mount and have very limited access to the holy site.
PA Islamic-Christian Council calls for Ribat "to thwart the settlers’ plots to invade" the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), July 21, 2015
Headline: “Hanna Issa calls for Ribat at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] on the ‘anniversary of the destruction of the Temple’”
     “Secretary-General of the [Palestinian Authority’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, Dr. Hanna Issa, stated that Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and presence in it, are not limited to the month of Ramadan alone, and called on Palestinians to carry out Ribat in the coming days in order to thwart the settlers’ plots to invade [the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound]… Issa noted the words of the extremist Yehuda Glick regarding his plans and efforts regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque: ‘The Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) is a place of worship for all the religions, where all pray to God. Because the Dome of the Rock cannot hold all of them, we need a larger building,' [and Issa said] this is a clear, allusion to the plans striving to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

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.
PMW has been unable to verify the statements attributed to Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
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.”
PA Ministry: Jerusalem is land of Ribat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2015
Article in response to the distribution of leaflets that threaten the Christians in Jerusalem signed in the name of ISIS.
     “The [PA] Ministry of Information stated that the desperate, dubious attempts to sow the seeds of sectarian strife in occupied Jerusalem - through leaflets which the occupation is behind and attacks carried out by a few incited youths against churches and residential houses in the holy city - are carried out by unenlightened people who accuse others of heresy, deviate from the teachings of Islam and make every effort to cause a rift in the national line, blacken it and tarnish it with hatred.  The Ministry emphasized that these seeds will remain foreign to the land of Palestine that is saturated with the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) and with the situation and destiny common to our one people, regardless of religion, color or gender. It pointed out that the occupation, which has failed politically and morally, attempts to ignite sectarian strife in the city of peace, the land of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic)... It stressed that the Palestinian people, Muslims and Christians alike, whose blood is mixed together as they courageously defend our land, will remain immune to the dubious, strife-mongering entities. The Ministry called on all the factions and national institutions, and our people, to stand against the occupation and its agents’ dubious attempts.”

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Head of PA council for Jerusalem calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 16, 2015
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council calls to carry out Ribat
     “The [PA's] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places congratulated the Arab and Islamic nation today [June 16, 2015] on the month of Ramadan…
The Council’s Secretary-General, Dr. Hana Issa, said that this year the month of Ramadan is an opportunity to realize the national unity in Palestine…
Dr. Issa added: ‘We call on our entire Palestinian people in the West Bank and in the territories of the occupied interior (i.e., Israel), and anyone who can, to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards, to help the [Palestinian] Jerusalem markets and merchants by abstaining from entering the Israeli markets, and by boycotting their goods and their settlements’ products.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls on Islamic world to support Ribat against Israel in order to defend Islamic religious sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2015
Headline: “Ida’is: 126 attacks against Al-Aqsa and Al-Ibrahimi in April”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is renewed his call to the Arab and Islamic world to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to support its people, to come to know and to convey the suffering of our people who stands firm on its land and defends its Al-Aqsa [Mosque], its Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) and other places of worship in a remarkable way. This is to ensure that continuous Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) is carried out in them and thus thwart the plans of the occupation and its settlers to take them over definitively.”
PA Mufti calls for Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque in response to Jews visiting and praying at the site 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 21, 2015
Headline: “The General Mufti condemned the Jewish parties’ call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “PA Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian [Territories] and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the call of Jewish parties, organizations and various public figures to carry out repeated invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque this coming Wednesday and Thursday [April 22-23, 2015], to hold Talmudic prayers (i.e., Jewish prayers) in it and to raise the Israeli flag… Hussein urged every [Palestinian] from Jerusalem and its surroundings and from among the 1948 Palestinians (i.e., Israeli Arabs) who can reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to visit it, to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it and to pray in it in order to stop those who want to invade and desecrate it.”

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 Mufti calls for Ribat to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2015
     “Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Holy Lands [Sheikh] Muhammad Hussein stressed that the [Al-Aqsa Mosque’s] prayer halls, domes, gates, passageways, stone benches, and auxiliary structures form an inseparable part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque... He [Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] noted that they [Israel] had already attacked the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1996, [at which] the Palestinian people came out against them in what became known as the “Tunnel Uprising” (i.e., the Western Wall tunnel riots, see below), and also in 1996, when they tried to lay the cornerstone for Solomon’s alleged temple, after which the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) came out and confronted them [in clashes] which claimed [the lives] of 20 Martyrs (Shahids). Then came [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s [sic.; should be Ariel Sharon’s] attempt to defile the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] in September 2000, which led to the blessed second Intifada (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Intifada, the PA terror campaign 2000-2005) which started in the Al-Aqsa courtyards in order to defend Al-Aqsa from the attempts to desecrate it, take control over it and provoke the Muslims’ sensibilities…
[Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] added that [Israel is aware that,] in desecrating the holy places and the places of worship, it has ignited a deadly game, and that whoever perpetrates crimes against us and our holy places must bear the consequences..."
From WAFA, independent Palestinian news agency

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Palestinian Sheikh: Girls returning from Al-Aqsa Mosque and ‎killed in car accident are “Martyrs” ‎who carried out “Ribat”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2015
Headline: “Delegation from Jerusalem ‎expresses condolences for the deaths of ‎the female Martyrs (Shahidas) of Al-Aqsa.”‎
     ‎“A large delegation from the Supreme ‎Muslim Council and from among the ‎traders of Jerusalem arrived in the ‎township of Hura in the Negev to offer ‎condolences to the families of the eight ‎female Martyrs (Shahidas) who died in a ‎terrible accident while returning home ‎after having participated in the Friday ‎prayer at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. ‎During the meeting with the Martyrs’ ‎family members, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri ‎‎[head of the Palestinian Organization of ‎Clerics and Disseminators of Islam and ‎former Mufti of Jerusalem] gave a speech ‎of condolences, for Allah, exalted be He, ‎has honored the Martyrs with Martyrdom ‎‎(Shahada), after they carried out Ribat ‎‎(religious conflict/war over land claimed to ‎be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”‎

Note: The girls who were declared ‎‎“Martyrs” were killed in a car accident after ‎a truck collided with the bus they were in.‎
Fatah`s Jerusalem branch: "We are calling on all citizens to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: The Capital City, bi-weekly paper distributed with the official PA daily, Dec. 2, 2014
      “The Israeli Magistrate Court has published its decision to impose administrative detention on Adnan Ghaith, director of Fatah’s Jerusalem branch… Ghaith assumed his position at a time when Jerusalem was witnessing recurring closings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, an increase in the occupation’s arrogance and savagery toward the city’s residents, expressed through the murder of Jerusalem residents on the one hand, and through recurring attacks against the residents of Jerusalem by the settler herds on the other. Things got to the point that [Fatah’s Jerusalem] branch published an announcement calling for a general recruitment of the Palestinian masses and of Jerusalem residents. The announcement read: ‘The fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been abandoned and its sanctity defiled amounts to a declaration of religious war against the Palestinian people, the Arab nation and the Muslim nation. Therefore, we are calling on all citizens to carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to defend it, whatever the sacrifice, and in order to prevent the occupation authorities from carrying out their plans to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy symbols…’"

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