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Libel: Israel to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque
Libels
Since the Palestinian Authority was established it has systematically indoctrinated young and old to hate Israelis and Jews. Using media, education, and cultural structures that it controls, the PA has actively promoted religious hatred, demonization, conspiracy libels, etc. These are packaged to present Israelis and Jews as endangering Palestinians, Arabs, and all humanity. This ongoing campaign has so successfully instilled hatred that fighting, murder and even suicide terror against Israelis and Jews are seen by the majority of Palestinians as justified self-defense and as Allah’s will.


Throughout history bogus conspiracy accusations have been used to incite hatred, violence, and mass murder. The myriad conspiracy libels concerning Israel, Israelis and Jews are an integral part of the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing hate promotion. PA libels claim that Israel conspires to infect Palestinians with AIDS, spread drug addiction, conspired and successfully murdered Arafat, and more. The PA’s goal has been to inculcate hatred to the degree that fighting and murdering Jews and Israelis will be glorified as heroic self-defense.
Libel: Israel to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque
Both Fatah and Hamas have generated and sustained religious hatred by disseminating the libel that Israel is attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. With close to 100% of Palestinians identifying themselves as believing Muslims, this claim is highly
inflammatory and is often combined with the call to “defend Al-Aqsa” from the Jews. The Al-Aqsa libel includes numerous fabrications: Israel was behind a mosque fire in 1969; Israel is currently digging under the mosque in order to topple it; Israel plans to replace it with a new Temple; Israel is preparing a missile attack on the mosque, and more. This libel has been actively promoted since 1998.
 
This Hamas TV cartoon video depicts demonic Jews digging under the mosque in an attempt to topple it.
 
The following are more examples of the Al-Aqsa libel:
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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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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PA government calls on Palestinians to protest against US Jerusalem decision, says those who “stood upright” during previous unrest “will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city" and to "Judaize" it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
     “During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called on the masses of our people – with all of its groups and wherever it is located – to express their opposition to the dangerous American intentions to transfer the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
The government emphasized that the members of our people – who stood upright during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented a spectacular example 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. The government emphasized that transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will threaten the peace and security in our region and the world.”
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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.
PLO official: “Herds of settlers are escalating the invasions and desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s pure plazas” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 26, 2017
Headline: “Qurei: The escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead only to more extremism, violence, and instability”
    “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei warned against the dangers and consequences of the fact that groups of the herds of extremist settlers are invading the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas from the Mughrabi Gate…
Qurei said: ‘This is a most sensitive and dangerous matter. The fact that the herds of settlers are escalating the invasions and desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s pure plazas – under the protection and umbrella of the Israeli occupation government, which is doing all it can to facilitate their entry into the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, walking around in them, doing as they please with them, and holding Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in them – constitutes a provocation of the Muslim worshippers’ sensibilities.’”

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PLO education official: Israel has falsified Jerusalem's "consciousness and memory," excavates under the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to steal it, and appropriates Palestinian culture  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on PA Ambassador to UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Mounir Anastas being appointed Rapporteur of the UNESCO Cultural Committee, hosting Secretary-General of the PLO Palestinian National Council for Education, Culture, and Science Murad Al-Sudani

Secretary-General of the PLO Palestinian National Council for Education, Culture, and Science Murad Al-Sudani: ""There is no time, hour, minute, day, month, or week that it [Israel] does not penetrate the innards of the city [Jerusalem] in order to falsify its consciousness and memory, and in order to excavate under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and above it with the goal of stealing...
[The Israelis] have attributed to themselves the Palestinian Viper (i.e., known as the Viper of the Land of Israel and the scientific name Vipera Palaestinae), the Palestinian Gazelle (i.e., known as the Gazelle of the Land of Israel), Palestinian embroidery, the Palestinian debka (i.e., a type of dance), the Palestinian keffiyeh (i.e., Arab headdress), and most of the Palestinian foods – humus, the broad bean, falafel, [and] shakshouka (i.e., an egg and tomato dish). They steal all of these items in order to create a culture for a people without a culture."

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Palestinian newspaper accuses Israeli lawmaker of “invading” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and of “calling for the establishment of the Temple” on its ruins while visiting the Temple Mount  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Rabbi Glick invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque at Netanyahu’s decision”
     “Godfather of the invasions and Israeli Parliament Member of the extremist Israeli Likud party Rabbi Yehuda Glick invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] together with his son, following permission from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…  In a statement, Glick thanked the Israeli prime minister for allowing him and his son to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of his son’s wedding, while calling for the establishment of the Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Glick made no such call in his message).”

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PA daily: Israelis visiting the Temple Mount on a Jewish holiday carried out “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, organized by “alleged Temple” organizations  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 16, 2017
Headline: “The occupation is continuing to burden occupied Jerusalem – the settlers are renewing the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Yesterday [Oct. 15, 2017] groups of settlers renewed their invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza through the Lion’s Gate [of the Old City of Jerusalem] amid reinforced protection from the occupation forces, and the settlers carried out provocative dubious tours at the blessed mosque plaza. The Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza was witness to widespread invasions by settlers last week, as a response to the calls of what are called the alleged Temple organizations to their activists and to the settler public to widely participate in collective invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza for the Jewish Sukkot holiday.”

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.

"Alleged Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including the Temple Mount Institute, the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, The Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount and Students for the Temple Mount, which spread awareness of the importance of the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage people to visit the site.
PA official: Israel excavates under the Al-Aqsa Mosque to destroy it, will claim it was “an earthquake” and build their “third Temple” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 13, 2017

Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem, interview with Sec.-Gen. of the PA Islamic-Christian Council Hanna Issa about Israeli construction and excavations in Jerusalem.

Official PA TV host: "Let's talk about the excavations [in Jerusalem]. We are now at the beginning of the winter season, and the cracks have begun to show clearly in the homes of the [Arab] residents..."

Sec.-Gen. of the PA Islamic-Christian Council Hanna Issa: "They [Israelis] think that they have sovereignty underground (i.e., under the Temple Mount), and they want sovereignty above ground. Through these excavations they plan for the Al-Aqsa Mosque to collapse, and they will say that there was an earthquake, and then they will build their third Temple, Solomon's Temple, as they claim [existed]. "
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Hanna Issa holds the following positions: Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council
Palestinian newspaper quotes Islamic religious figure who accuses Israelis of “invading” the Cave of the Patriarchs and “Judaizing” it, and denies any Jewish “right” to the site 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 11, 2017
     “Yesterday [Oct. 10, 2017] an unprecedented escalation in the settlers’ attacks against the religious and civilian sites in the West Bank was recorded. The Israeli occupation forces continued yesterday – on the second consecutive day of the closure of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) to Muslims in occupied Hebron to protect more than 20,000 Jewish settlers who came to the mosque in order to hold ceremonies for the Sukkot holiday…
Director and Head of the Guardians of the Ibrahimi Mosque Sheikh Hafzi Abu Sneineh said that the occupation authorities are Judaizing Hebron in different ways, including through the media, while pointing out that the number of settlers who invaded the Ibrahimi Mosque during the Sukkot holiday that the Israeli media is noting is not precise, and that through this they are trying to draw additional settlers to visit Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque. [Abu Sneineh] said: ‘The Ibrahimi Mosque will remain a religious site for Muslims only, and the Jews have no right of any sort to it.’”

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Fatah spokesman says Israel responsible for terror attacks 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 26, 2017
Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page, shortly after the shooting attack committed by terrorist Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal in which he murdered 3 Israelis

Posted text: “Fatah: Israel alone bears responsibility for the Palestinian responses to the occupation’s crimes against the members of our people
Head of the Communications Office of the Fatah Movement’s Mobilization and Organization Commission Munir Al-Jaghoub said that Israel alone bears responsibility for the Palestinian responses to all of the occupation’s crimes, and that if it continues its incessant aggression against the Palestinian people, it can only expect more violence. He added that the daily Israeli operations and the occupation’s violations against the members of our people everywhere are the reason for every cycle of violence...”
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PA Government claims rebuilding of Silwan synagogue south of Al-Aqsa “constitutes a new aggression against Jerusalem” and was done for political, not religious, reasons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] government: The participation of senior Israeli officials in the inauguration of a synagogue south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a new aggression against Jerusalem”

“The [PA] national unity government said that the participation of senior Israeli officials in the ‘inauguration’ of a synagogue south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a new aggression against Jerusalem, and a serious blow to the natural status and the Arab-Islamic landmarks of the city (refers to the reinauguration of a historical synagogue; see note below –Ed.).
Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement yesterday [Aug. 25, 2017]: ‘The [Palestinian] national unity government thinks that the establishment of a synagogue in Silwan, south of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, stems from purely political reasons that are connected to the character of the Israeli occupation government. [The synagogue] is part of the settlement enterprise and has no connection to religion’…
Al-Mahmoud again mentioned the warnings of the leadership and government against the government of Israel’s policy, which is liable to lead to religious wars that nobody wants. He demanded that the international community and free world intervene to put an end to the tensions immediately, and act seriously to establish peace and security in the entire region.”

Silwan synagogue – the Ohel Shlomo Synagogue – A historical Yemenite synagogue in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, which was destroyed after the British expelled the Yemenite Jewish residents of the neighborhood in the 1930s amid Arab riots. In 2015, the Jerusalem District Court evicted an Arab family that was living in the building, and members of the Jewish Ateret Cohanim organization moved in. The synagogue is now being restored (2017).
Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel and Israeli Parliament
Abbas’ spokesman warns against “Israeli provocations” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that will lead to “disastrous consequences” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2017
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The Israeli provocations will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “[PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina condemned the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who promised to continue to settle the West Bank (see note below –Ed.) and allowed Israeli parliament members to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Aug. 29, 2017].
Abu Rudeina… warned against the Israeli provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that ‘They will lead to disastrous consequences, and the Israeli government will remain solely responsible for this.’ He called to immediately stop all of the steps that are inflaming the religious sentiments at the holy sites.”

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Family of terrorist who stabbed 3 Israelis to death: We "are pleased" with what he did, attack was "natural" reaction to Israel's actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 25, 2017
Headline: “The family of the person who carried out the Halamish operation: We are pleased with what he did, he did not hint that he would carry out the operation”
       “Khalil Al-Abd - the uncle of Omar Al-Abd (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3) who carried out the stabbing operation that occurred in the Halamish settlement west of Ramallah during the Al-Aqsa Mosque events (refers to Israel’s security steps at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there and ensuing Palestinian riots; see note below –Ed.) - said that [Omar] carried out the operation while understanding what he was doing. He said in a special interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: ‘We as a family are pleased with what Omar did, and we will accept everything that the occupation will carry out with patience.’
He explained that the operation that Omar carried out was in response to the Israeli occupation’s actions against the Palestinian people and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and he held the occupation fully responsible for the operation that Omar carried out…”
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Palestinian Ambassador to the UN falsely claims "Jewish extremists" set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire in 1969 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2017
Headline: “On the anniversary of the attempt to burn the Al-Aqsa Mosque: Ambassador Mansour emphasizes the centrality of the Palestinian cause”
    “The member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) yesterday [Aug. 23, 2017] held an ambassadorial meeting at the UN [Headquarters] in New York. During it, the OIC presidency passed from Uzbekistan to the Ivory Coast. Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour participated in the meeting as the representative of the State of Palestine. In the statements he made at the meeting, Mansour reminded the member states and the participating delegations of the burning of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish extremists in 1969 (sic., the arson was committed by Michael Rohan, a mentally ill Christian tourist), [an incident whose anniversary] falls this month. He said that this incident was the reason for establishing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.”

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PA daily: Israeli MP carried out “Talmudic” (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, allegedly calls to “establish the alleged Temple on the ruins of the mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2017
Headline: “Glick performs Talmudic ceremonies in front of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Extremist Israeli Parliament Member Yehuda Glick and several zealous extremists performed Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in front of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the direction of the Cotton Merchants’ Gate, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) [Aug. 23, 2017]… Extremist Glick is one of the godfathers of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and one of the most enthusiastic in calling to establish the alleged Temple on the ruins of the mosque.”

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PA Libel: "Jews of high position" planned Al-Aqsa Mosque ‎arson in in 1969‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 21, 2017


Documentary narrator:
"From investigations conducted by the Islamic Council it ‎became clear that there was more than one perpetrator [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson ‎in 1969] and that the fire was planned by senior Jews of high position, especially since ‎the roof can only be reached from a wooden spiral staircase located outside the Al-‎Aqsa building. This proves that careful, premeditated measures were taken to ‎completely destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The proof is that the occupation authorities ‎were slow to extinguish [the fire] and that the water supply to the Sanctuary (i.e., the ‎Temple Mount) had been cut off during those hours." ‎
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Note: The fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 was started by a deranged Australian ‎Christian, but the Palestinian Authority for years has attributed it to Israel.‎
The documentary was also broadcast on PA Live TV on the same date in 2013, at an ‎event under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The documentary was also broadcast on PA Live TV on the same date in 2013, at an ‎event under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and on official PA TV on Aug. 21, 2015.
PA Council official: Israel’s goal is ”Judaization… destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple on its ruins”  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Aug. 21, 2017
      “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places today, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2017 – which is the 48th anniversary of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – said that the crimes, daily invasions, and Judaization actions that the occupation authorities are carrying out by establishing outposts, excavating tunnels, and preventing worshippers [from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque] are a continuation of the great crime of the arson of the blessed mosque…
Secretary-General of the [PA Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. Hanna Issa said: ‘The arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque was the start of a comprehensive and dangerous plan to Judaize the mosque and completely take control of it.'... He added: ‘The crime against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity in occupied Jerusalem is being continued by changing their names and details. This is as the occupation authorities and extremists still work with all of their energy to implement the goal that they have striven for – destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple on its ruins.’”

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PA daily falsely claims that 1969 Al-Aqsa Mosque arsonist was Jewish, Israel interfered with fighting the fire  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 21, 2017
Headline: “The 48th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson, and the crime continues”
      “Today is the 48th anniversary of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. On Aug. 21, 1969, Jewish extremist Michael Denis Rohan (sic., Rohan was a mentally ill Christian) lit a fire in the eastern wing of the mosque, which spread to all of its contents… The [Arab] civilians succeeded in saving what was left of the Al-Aqsa Mosque before the fire could overcome it, after firefighting trucks came quickly from the cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, and different regions of the West Bank and the Arab towns in order to save the Al-Aqsa Mosque . This is despite the occupation authorities’ attempts to prevent them from doing this, and the fact that they stopped the water to the area around the mosque precisely on the day of the arson (sic., there is no evidence for these claims). The occupation [Jerusalem] Municipality’s firefighting trucks were also intentionally late in arriving so as not to participate in putting out the fire (sic., Israeli firefighters arrived within minutes but rioting Muslims interfered with their work and broke the only fire hydrant at the site). After Israel caught the perpetrator, an Australian citizen who came to Palestine as a tourist, it used the excuse that he was ‘insane’ in order to transport him to the place of his birth, Australia, after he was in a psychiatric hospital next to Acre for a short period.”

Michael 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.
Unusual statement by PA Mufti, contrary to usual demonization of Israel and Jews, the Mufti announced Israel had not stolen anything from the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 20, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem: There are no signs of theft of the contents of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
      "[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Muhammad Hussein emphasized that a damage assessment committees’ check of the Al-Aqsa Mosque after the attack of the settlers and occupation forces during recent events (i.e., Israeli security measures following a fatal terror attack; see note below) did not find signs of theft or destruction of the mosque's property."

The mention of “recent events” refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.
Abbas representative at ceremony: Israel has a plan to “Judaize Jerusalem and build a synagogue as a prelude to building the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2017
Headline: "Abd Al-Rahim: Netanyahu is a wounded wolf who is attempting to take revenge and complete his plan in Jerusalem"

"Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim emphasized that 'We must be careful about the occupation's plans to Judaize Jerusalem and build a synagogue as a prelude to building the alleged Temple, and we must not close our eyes until victory.'
He added during a speech on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony that Al-Quds Open University held yesterday [Aug. 9, 2017] for the launch of the graduation ceremonies of the 20th class of its graduates and to honor the outstanding students: 'We must be careful, as the Israeli assessment is that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is a wounded wolf (PMW could find no such statement in the Israeli media, but this apparently refers to corruption investigations against Netanyahu and those close to him –Ed.) who is attempting to take revenge and complete his plan in Jerusalem, and he has opened the way for the settlers to desecrate our holy sites and expel our people.'"
PLO official warns of “religious war” because of “violations” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including “alleged Temple organizations” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: "Qurei: The extremists and settlers are pushing the situation in Jerusalem in the direction of a religious war"
      "PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the [PLO] Department of Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei warned against the outbreak of a religious war in Jerusalem as a result of the acts and violations of the Israeli occupation and its settlers. Qurei explained today (Tuesday) [Aug. 1, 2017] in a press statement that the 'alleged Temple organizations' are implementing a policy of incitement. He noted that they announced the organization of a procession with many participants from the new gate of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and called for wide participation today in invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The head of the [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs said that the violations that are escalating in the holy city [of Jerusalem] are a crime that is encouraged by the Israeli occupation government, which is fully responsible for the violence and terror that are taking place."

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Fatah accuses Israel of trying to "desecrate" holy sites, and blames Israel for subsequent violence  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: The invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitute a continuation of the racist Zionist extremism"
     "The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah said today [Aug. 1, 2017] in a statement from the information department of the [Fatah] Commission of Mobilization and Organization that the settlers’ incessant invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, under protection of the occupation police, constitute a continuation of the Zionist extremism and a hostile and explicit call to desecrate the sanctity of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity in occupied Jerusalem… The Fatah Movement held the Israeli government – as the occupying force – fully responsible for the consequences of this criminal policy and the popular and legitimate rage of the Palestinian masses that it will awaken."

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: Jews came to Palestine to “build their alleged Temple.” Once built, “they expect the Messiah will come… the Jews will be redeemed and rule the world for a thousand years” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 28, 2017

Official PA TV program Al-Aqsa Citadels, on the Temple.

Official PA TV narrator: "The Jews came to Palestine looking for a place to settle and a land to occupy. They came because of a Zionist belief and biblical prophecy that they strive to realize: To take over Jerusalem, which they call the Promised Land, and afterwards to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their alleged Temple. They expect that after they build it, the Messiah they are expecting will come, and through him the Jews will be redeemed, and they will rule the world for a thousand years. The Messiah will fight the antisemites, and will rule them according to the Jewish law. All the Jews from the different groups hold this belief about the Temple. First Prime Minister of the [Israeli] occupation government [David] Ben Gurion said: 'Israel has no value without Jerusalem, and Jerusalem has no value without the Temple (sic., Ben Gurion spoke about the significance of Jerusalem, but did not make this statement).'""
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PA daily falsely accuses Israel of attacking, defacing and theft at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during security sweeps following a terror attack there  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2017
    “The occupation did not make do with closing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacking its gates, but also carried out acts of defacing and theft of historical manuscripts, sweeping away soil from around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, uprooting trees, and removing ancient stones from the Lion’s Gate and the alleys of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and it also allowed extremist settlers to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (sic., Israel temporarily closed the Temple Mount following a terror attack there and reopened it with security measures; see note below)."

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.

The mention of Israeli steps in Jerusalem refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.
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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PA Religious Affairs Minister tells Palestinians to continue “popular resistance” after metal detectors removed by Israel, “Al-Aqsa belongs only to Muslims” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow, Friday"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is called on citizens to go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in greater numbers tomorrow (Friday) [July 28, 2017] and all of the coming days, despite the Israeli occupation's steps and restrictions that divide [the citizens] from their worship. This is because the next stage is the stage of strengthening the achievements (i.e., Israel’s removal of metal detectors and security cameras that Israel placed at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below) that the residents of Jerusalem obtained thanks to their resolve and popular resistance ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ to the occupation's steps…
He emphasized that the members of the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine have conveyed a clear and unequivocal message to the government of Israel: Our holy sites, and primarily the diamond in the crown, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are not places [that belong to] anybody but the Muslims, who will not be lax in defending them."
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PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs in official statement: Israeli PM wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
     “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said that the battle of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem is continuing and will only end with the disappearance of the occupation. The ministry explained in a statement yesterday [July 26, 2017] that… it appears that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu thought that this battle would succeed thanks to American aid and Arab, Islamic, and international silence, but Jerusalem’s [Arab] masses and its national and religious leadership surprised him when they rose up to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., they launched violent riots) and prevented the success of his plans. The question that is still being asked is: ‘Will the matters stop at this point or will Netanyahu again repeat his attempts to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times prior to its destruction and the building of the alleged Temple, or will he instead adopt a new and different tactic?’”
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PA Ambassador repeats libel to Archbishop of Cyprus: Israel Judaizes Jerusalem, strives to take over Islamic and Christian holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
Headline: “Ambassador Hassan briefed the Archbishop of Cyprus regarding the occupation’s violations in Jerusalem”

“Ambassador of Palestine in Cyprus Walid Hasan briefed Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem and the Israeli violations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below. Israel decided to remove the measures on July 24, 2017 –Ed.).
During his meeting with the archbishop of Cyprus in the diocese palace for the end of his role as ambassador of the State of Palestine and head of the council of Arab ambassadors and the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Hassan said that the Israeli policy that is striving to Judaize the holy city [of Jerusalem], to take over the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times threatens to cause the outbreak of a religious war.”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
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PA government “demands Islamic nation notice real danger for Al-Aqsa Mosque, obligates Muslims throughout the world to act” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] government decides to establish an emergency committee and immediately implement the [PA] president’s instructions to support Jerusalem”

“During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [July 25, 2017]… led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government emphasized its complete support for the positions presented by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech on Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also emphasized its support for the government’s decision to freeze all of the contacts with the Israeli side until the cancelation of all of the recent steps, particularly in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there that were later removed; see note below -Ed.)…

The government demanded that the Arab nation and Islamic nation notice the real danger posed to the holy city [of Jerusalem] and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which obligates the Muslims throughout the world to act seriously and stand against the dangers encircling the holy city. [It added that] this obligates the international community to act immediately and fulfill its obligations in order to stop the occupation government’s attacks, its racist steps, its Judaizing violations, and the religious war that it is igniting against Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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Abbas’ deputy: Israel is facing “intifada and resistance” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 26, 2017
Headline: "Al-Aloul: Our people ignited the Al-Aqsa Intifada for its holy sites, freedom, and sovereignty"

"Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman, [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said that our people carried out intifada in order to resist the occupation's crimes and the decisions and steps of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's government in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel placing metal detectors at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below. Israel decided to remove them on July 24, 2017 –Ed.), and for its sovereignty and freedom. He also emphasized that the leadership has decided to transfer the matter of [Israeli] settlement to the International Criminal Court.
Al-Aloul added in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Wednesday [July 26, 2017]: 'Netanyahu and his extremist government do not understand the status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem in the heart of every Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim, and we think that Netanyahu is currently facing intifada and resistance from our people because of his army’s crimes and the extremist steps of his government.''"
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Abbas encourages Jerusalem riots: “We are with you in all that you have done and are still doing, you are causing us pride” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2017
       “At the beginning of a meeting of the [PA] leadership yesterday evening [July 25, 2017], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that as long as the situation in Jerusalem does not return to being as it was before July 14, [2017], there will be no changes whatsoever (refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there that were later removed; see note below –Ed.). The president added: ‘All of the new Israeli steps on the ground from that date until today need to stop, and then the situation in Jerusalem will return to normal. Afterwards we will continue our work on everything regarding the relations between us and them.’ The president said: ‘Since Israel tried to change the situation, the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem have risen as one (i.e., they launched violent riots –Ed.) You have objected to all of the [Israeli] steps, and we have supported you in what you have done and what you are doing. We are with you in everything that you have done and are still doing, as you are causing us pride, and you are taking care of your Al-Aqsa Mosque, your land, your dignity, your people, your religion, and your holy sites. This is the response to everyone who wants to harm our holy sites. Jerusalem is ours. It is our capital and it is [under] our sovereignty, and therefore what you [Palestinians] are doing is right.’"’
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Fatah encourages riots in Jerusalem, reinforces libel that Al-Aqsa is in danger 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, July 25, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch


Posted text: “At your service, O Al-Aqsa Mosque”

The image shows a clenched fist surrounded by flames. It has the Fatah logo on it that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Text on upper part of image: “The Fatah Movement Bethlehem branch”
Text on lower part of image: “At your service, O Jerusalem
At your service, O Al-Aqsa Mosque”
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Fatah, despite Israel’s removal of metal detectors at Temple Mount: “With our blood we will thwart the Zionists’ plans” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 25, 2017
Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Text on image: “The surveillance and espionage cameras are a violation of freedom of worship
Freedom of worship is limited by the intelligence cameras
With our blood we will thwart the Zionists’ plans
#No_to_the_cameras”
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Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

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Fatah protests security measures on Temple Mount, tacitly encouraging riots 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 25, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The upper right of the image shows the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while a security camera appears in the upper center, and metal detectors appear at the bottom.

Text on post and image: “No to the occupation
No to the metal detectors
No to the cameras
#The_three_no’s_of_Jerusalem”
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Note: “The three no’s” in Fatah’s post above, echo three other no’s - those of the Arab League’s 1967 Khartoum Resolution: No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with Israel.

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Official PA daily columnist: Israelis want to prevent Muslims from coming to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy the mosque, and build the Third Temple 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 25, 2017

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida columnist Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul: "
The step [Israel] took when it placed metal detectors was for the purpose of causing a deterioration of the situation that would impose a full division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [between Muslims and Jews] according to times and areas. And the step that would
have followed this would have been to prevent Muslims from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the first of the two directions of prayer, and the third holiest site [in Islam] – and afterwards the destruction of the mosque and the building of the Third Temple."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs repeats PA libel: Israel “plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is about Israel’s removal of the metal detectors from the Temple Mount, where they were placed following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered - see note below

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is: "Israel divided [the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Jews and Muslims] regarding [prayer] time, when it admitted the herds of settlers in the morning hours and allowed them to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, and after it began to place metal detectors [at the entrances] it wants to divide it [the Mosque] according to place. It wants to reach what is beyond that, as it has plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place."
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Editorial in PA daily condemns Israel's "brutal attack against Jerusalem and the plans to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque," promotes Jerusalem riots 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017
Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily

     “After an expanded meeting of the Palestinian leadership, which was held two days ago [July 21, 2017] and was dedicated to a discussion on the ways of dealing with the occupation’s brutal attack against Jerusalem and the plans to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech directed to the Palestinian people. In his speech, he called on all the national activity factions – and particularly on Hamas – to rise above our disagreements, give preference to the national matter over matters connected to the factions, and act for the unity of our people… President Mahmoud Abbas’ call is the call of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is a crucial historical moment: Either there will be national unity to support Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or there will be a more brutal occupation and more dangerous plans. But Palestine will not agree to anything other than unity. It will not agree to a continuation of the occupation, and will not agree that its holy sites be harmed or undergo Judaization.”
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Abbas: Jerusalem must be “purely Arab”, “no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem”; Israel planning to “establish alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017
Excerpt of the full speech of Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, given on behalf of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the opening of the Second National Forum for Scientists in Palestine

“You know that the Palestinian leadership yesterday [July 22, 2017] held a meeting… in order to discuss the current situation and formulate appropriate solutions to deal with the developments. As far as we’re concerned, Jerusalem is our political Qiblah (i.e., the direction for Muslim prayer, Mecca)… to which our compass will not cease to point, no matter what the sacrifices may be. There will be no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem, and Jerusalem must be purely Arab for its Muslims and Christians. We will not agree to Jewish rule or sovereignty over it... My brothers, [Israel] forcing sovereignty on Jerusalem is an old plan for these followers of the Talmud. I tell you that this is not about a division [between Jews and Muslims] according to [prayer] times or areas in Jerusalem (sic., on the Temple Mount), but rather it is a step on the way to establishing the alleged Temple, which they are talking about now in the most open manner and with the utmost recklessness and insolence.”
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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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Spokesman of PA Security Forces: Settlers' "entry" to Al-Aqsa Mosque is cause of violence, denies Jewish connection to the Temple Mount 
Source: Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, July 22, 2017
 Posted text: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is 144 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres) to which the occupation state has no political, religious, human, or moral right. The extremist settlers’ entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is what is encouraging the violence, killing, terror, blood, and hatred, and creating an atmosphere that is appropriate for natural responses of equal value (apparently refers to a terror attack that took place a day before the post, in which 3 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and not a single one of the Palestinians who are defending the principle of their faith and their homeland. The myth of the alleged Temple has been refuted by all of the excavations and archaeologists, even the Jews among them (sic., ample archaeological evidence has proven the existence of the First and Second Temples). After dozens of excavations under the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, they have not found a single [piece of] evidence for this lie. The occupation’s soldiers or its [metal detector] gates do not protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.). [The Al-Aqsa Mosque’s] scholars, its young people, its women, and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at its holy gates are the ones protecting it.”
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Abbas expresses pride to UN delegation over Palestinian struggle, claims Israel attempts to “impose new facts on the ground”, endanger the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president expressed his pride in the members of our people, and particularly in Jerusalem, and warned against the continuation of the Israeli steps"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas held conversations with [leaders in] several capitals and yesterday [July 20, 2017] sent a Palestinian delegation to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. This was in order to brief the members of the UN Palestine Committee regarding the rights of the Palestinian people which cannot be renounced, to hold a special and immediate meeting, and to broaden [the scope of] its meetings so that they will include a discussion about the dangerous situation taking place in occupied Jerusalem, and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and to act to publish a position according to which all of the steps taken by the Israeli government regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque must be stopped, the metal detectors (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) must be removed, the historical and legal situation, freedom of worship, and the right of our people and all Muslims throughout the world to exercise their right to hold religious ceremonies freely must be respected, as is anchored in international law."
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Fatah official expresses support for “continuing struggle” of young people against Israel, defense of Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 21, 2017
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Posted text: “Muhaisen: Everything that is happening is a toll for the defense of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque
[Fatah] General Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization [in the West Bank], Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and PLO Central Council member] Dr. Jamal Muhaisen emphasized that despite all of the violations that the members of our people are experiencing and the attempts to stop their struggle and prevent them from praying, the young Palestinians are continuing in their struggle to defend the sites that are holy to Islam. He said: ‘We know well that all that is happening is a toll for the defense of the sanctified site that is the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’”
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Terrorists’ final words echo libel that Israel plans to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls Jews “sons of apes and pigs” 
Source: Palestine Today, independent Palestinian news agency (Gaza), July 21, 2017
Headline: “The will of Martyr Omar Al-Abd (i .e., terrorist, murdered 3), who carried out the stabbing operation next to Ramallah”

“My will to you
A blessing and peace will come to the most honored of mankind, the Prophet who was sent [by Allah], our master Muhammad. Read my will, which is also my last words to you. I’m a young person whose age does not exceed 20. I have many dreams and aspirations. In the past I knew that with the help of Allah my dreams would come true. I loved life [and wanted] to sketch a smile on people’s faces. But what sort of life is this? A life in which our women are murdered and our young people are abused, and they defile our Al-Aqsa Mosque, the place of our beloved [Prophet Muhammad’s] Night Journey, while we are asleep. Isn’t it a disgrace for us to sit idle? You whose weapons are covered with rust, you who only take out your weapons for display – aren’t you ashamed of yourselves? They’ve declared war on Allah. Isn’t Allah deserving of you making efforts for Him? They closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel closing the Temple Mount for two days and placing metal detectors at its entrances following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and your weapon did not respond to the call! All that is in my hands is a sharpened knife, and it answers the call of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Be ashamed to show your face! Be ashamed, you who arouse strife (i.e., the Hamas-Fatah rift) among us! Allah will take revenge on you and you will give an accounting before Allah! It is enough that we are all sons of Palestine and sons of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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PA Governor of Ramallah asks Allah for "mercy on the Martyrs of Palestine" and to "guard... the Al-Aqsa Mosque from evil" 
Source: Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, July 21, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam

Posted text:
“Let us all sound a sincere call for the Al-Aqsa Mosque
O Allah, Master of the Universe, we ask of You to guard Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque from evil. O Allah, protect Jerusalem, its [Arab] residents, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the plot of Your enemies, the enemies of the religion. O Allah, be with [the residents of Jerusalem], strengthen them, and give them victory over their enemies. O Allah, grant us the prayer of the conquerors, or Martyrdom-death (Shahada) at its threshold.
It is in Your hand, and You can bring it
O Allah, have mercy on the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine and on the Martyrs of the Islamic nation
O Allah, Amen
July 21, 2017”
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Fatah during tension in Jerusalem: “Allah, liberate our mosque from the occupation's filth" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 21, 2017
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Posted text: "O Allah, liberate our mosque from the occupation's filth"

The image shows the Dome of the Rock being cradled in the palms of a person's hands.

Text on image: "A good and blessed Friday"
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Fatah official incites against Israel; calls for “day of escalation and refusal of all Israeli steps” in Jerusalem 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 20, 2017
“Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki… said in an exclusive statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that in the last [Fatah] Central Committee meeting, which was held two days ago (Tuesday) [July 18, 2017], they discussed the issue of Jerusalem, the Israeli attacks on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and the steps that the [Fatah] Movement will take on the matter. He noted that the movement has declared this Friday a day of general mobilization to Jerusalem…
He also noted that the [Fatah] Central Committee called on its supporters and members of the organization to turn this Friday into a day of escalation and refusal of all the Israeli steps in the holy city [of Jerusalem].”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
Fatah official encourages Palestinians to participate “as widely as possible” in “day of rage” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Zaki calls for as wide a popular participation as possible in the processions and activities of support for Jerusalem tomorrow”

“Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki today (Thursday) [July 20, 2017] called on the Palestinian and Arab masses to participate as widely as possible in the day of rage tomorrow (Friday), in order to support the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He saluted the resolve of the heroic [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, who have confronted the occupation forces with their exposed bodies and their souls, and have always proven that they are the gatekeepers and defenders of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He added: ‘The first Palestinian rebellion, the Al-Buraq rebellion in the 1920s (i.e., 1929 Hebron Massacre and accompanying riots), broke out from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to defend the Arab and Islamic identity of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount). During it, the three heroes Muhammad Jamjoum, Ataa Al-Zir, and Fuad Hijazi (i.e., terrorists, see note below) died as Martyrs (Shahids) while defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The tunnel rebellion (i.e., Western Wall Tunnel clashes, see note below) also broke out from within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1996, when [then Israeli Minister Ariel] Sharon defiled the mosque’s plazas (sic., the clashes broke out after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened an access tunnel. In 2000, the PA launched its terror campaign of 2000-2005 after Sharon visited the Temple Mount).”

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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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PA official: US is the “head of the snake,” Israel carrying out “Zionist plot against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa” 
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, July 19, 2017
Text and copy of a statement posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki


Posted Text: "[Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki calls urgently on the Arab parties and the Arab peoples to announce a general mobilization to support Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

Text of statement:
"Brothers, comrades, secretary-generals, political party heads, and heads of the national forces in the Arab world…

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PA official: Uprising against Israel over Jerusalem is the “campaign of every Arab and Muslim” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 19, 2017
Headline: "Tirawi calls to support the members of our people in Jerusalem in their defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of Popular Organizations Tawfiq Tirawi] emphasized that what the occupation is doing at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not a security step, but rather a plan of the occupation prepared in advance, which is being implemented at this time by using the latest events at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., terror attack on July 14, 2017, 2 murdered; see note below) as an excuse…
He emphasized that our Palestinian people will not allow the harming of its [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and Jerusalem.
Tirawi demanded that all the national and Islamic factions join the masses of Jerusalem residents, and not leave them on their own in the campaign. He noted that this is the campaign of every Palestinian man and woman, and moreover – of every Arab and Muslim.
Tirawi said that the Israeli occupation must understand that it is not possible that there will be peace or security and stability in the shadow of the escalating violations against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that security solutions will not bring security and stability."

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
PA government: Israel is "targeting the identity, heritage, and faith of the Palestinians in Jerusalem," which will "ignite a religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 19, 2017
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah held the government of Israel – as the occupying power – fully responsible for the harm to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
During the weekly government meeting led by him, which was held yesterday [July 18, 2017] in Ramallah, the prime minister warned against the consequences of the occupation government’s steps in Jerusalem, which began last Friday [July 14, 2017] with the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (the Temple Mount was closed for two days and afterwards metal detectors were placed at the entrances to the site in response to a terror attack there in which 2 were murdered)… [The PA government] emphasized that what is happening constitutes blatant aggression and an Israeli plan that is targeting the identity, heritage, and faith of the Palestinians in Jerusalem, and their presence in the occupied holy city – something that is only liable to intensify the tensions in Jerusalem in particular and in the region in general, to lead to an explosion of the situation, and to ignite a religious war for whose disastrous consequences the government of Israel will be fully responsible.”
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PA PM: Israel is escalating situation at Al-Aqsa Mosque, will lead to stronger Palestinian reaction 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2017
Headline: "Hamdallah talks on the phone with his Jordanian counterpart about the latest developments in Jerusalem"

"[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki talked yesterday [July 17, 2017] on the phone about the latest developments in Jerusalem and about the dangerous Israeli escalation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to the placement of metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.)…
Hamdallah emphasized his absolute opposition to Israel's security excuses, whose purpose is to justify its steps of escalation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He warned against the Israeli plans to change the status quo in Jerusalem, to harm the religious and historical status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to impose more limitations on the freedom of worship there.
He also emphasized that the Israeli military escalation, especially in Jerusalem, will lead to a deterioration of the security situation and an intensification of the reactions."

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
PA officials: Jews have “no connection” to Temple Mount, continued Israeli “crimes in Jerusalem” will lead to “more violence and spilling of blood in the entire region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2017
Headline: "Sources of authority in Jerusalem call to boycott the metal detectors, and Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"The Islamic sources of authority in Jerusalem… called on residents of Jerusalem and Palestine to resist all of the Israeli occupation's cruel steps, which are being expressed by a change in the historical status quo, and include placing metal detectors at the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates. They called not to use [the metal detectors] under any circumstances and not to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque through them.
In a joint statement, Islamic sources of authority yesterday [July 17, 2017] called on citizens to go up to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray and serve Allah. They said: 'If they continue to require entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by passing through metal detectors, we call on the members of our people to pray and devote themselves to serving Allah before the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the streets of Jerusalem, and its alleys.'
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is called on citizens to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to pray at the places they can reach, and to support the members of our people in Jerusalem, who are living these days under the swords of the right-wing [Israeli] government…
Ida'is also issued instructions to focus on the occupation government’s unprecedented attacks and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the next Friday sermon…

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PA official: Israel changing Temple Mount status quo with placement of metal detectors; “more dangerous” than attack by “Jewish extremist” on Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), July 18, 2017
Headline: "Tayseer Khaled: Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are the main concern of the leaders of the Arab and Islamic states"

"PLO Executive Committee member and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) political bureau member Tayseer Khaled called on the Arab and Islamic governments to act to curb the dangers threatening Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque now when it is clear that the government of Israel is using the events of last Friday in the area of the mosque and its plazas (i.e., terror attack on July 14, 2017, 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) as an opening to change the status quo step by step, from letting worshippers pass through metal detectors, to the division of one of the holiest sites in the eyes of Arabs and Muslims according to areas and times (i.e., separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews).
He noted that what is happening at this time at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is much more dangerous than what has happened through all the years of the occupation, including the fire that broke out at the mosque after Jewish extremist Dennis Michael (sic., Michael Dennis Rohan, an Australian Christian; see note below) ignited a fire in its western wing on Aug. 21, 1969."

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza
Fatah Facebook promotes violence: "Rage for the Al-Aqsa Mosque!" 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, July 15, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch

The image shows overlaid pictures of a masked Palestinian with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) on his head, barbed wire, and a masked Palestinian with his arms raised in front of the Dome of the Rock.

Text on image: “Rage for the Al-Aqsa Mosque!”
Posted text: “Calls to escalate the confrontations with the occupation forces at the friction points in response to the continued closure of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic.)”

Note: Israel closed the Temple Mount for only two days following a terror attack on July 14, 2017, when Israeli Arab terrorists murdered two Israeli policemen. When Israel reopened the Temple Mount, Palestinians have refused to enter the site in protest of Israel placing metal detectors at the entrance.
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Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

Fatah Facebook rebroadcasts Abbas' call to prevent Jews "in any way" from “defiling our holy places,” following terror attack on the Temple Mount  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 15, 2017


Text and video posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It's not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. 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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Following terror attack, Fatah calls on Palestinians to go to Al-Aqsa Mosque to defend it from Israel  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2017
Headline: “Wall-to-wall national and Arab condemnation of the occupation’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The Fatah Movement called on the Palestinians to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque following Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu’s] decision to completely close the mosque yesterday (Friday) [July 14, 2017] (the Temple Mount was closed in response to a terror attack at the site that morning in which 2 Israeli border policemen were murdered, see note below. It was reopened on Sunday, July 16, 2017 –Ed.).
The movement said in a press statement yesterday: ‘The Israeli occupation and the systematic Israeli policy of oppressing the members of our Palestinian people, particularly in Jerusalem, preventing the free access of believers to the holy sites, and the repeating invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas by settlers are the root of the problem. They are the beginning of the endless cycle of violence, and they are the factor that necessarily leads to Palestinians being murdered over and over in cold blood, with no consideration for the sanctity of the site and the sanctity of life...’”
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Dean of Islamic schools calls on Muslims to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 15, 2017
Official PA TV program Inside, on the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for two days after a terror attack was committed there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; hosting Dean of the Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine Sheikh Imad Hamato

Dean of the Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine and host of weekly PA TV show in Islam Sheikh Imad Hamato: "We [the Palestinians] are people that do not know our history correctly. We have a deed of ownership from Allah for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We have a deed of ownership from our lord, Allah’s Messenger [Muhammad]…
We must all be at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [expressing our full] emotions, this is a call over those good radio waves, that every Muslim should reexamine his faith. We fear that Allah will examine our hearts and find that we are mired in emotions that will not please Him. Every Muslim must fulfill the obligatory commandment to assist the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is not enough that you say that your identity is Muslim, and it is not enough that you say that your identity is Christian. You must ask forgiveness of Allah and carry out the commandment of Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, around this mosque taken hostage."

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Fatah official: “I call for a popular resistance that is capable of incorporating the masses” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 14, 2017
Headline: “Zaki: The illusion of peace has put Israel into a state of extremism, and the Palestinians must carry out popular resistance"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the imaginary peace has caused Israel to live in a state of extremism and stupidity, and noted that the time has come for the world to recognize that the occupation is still committing crimes through which it strives to take revenge on all of the holy sites…
He said: 'Since 1967, nobody has dared to close the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Its closure today proves that Israel has come out in an attack against the monotheistic religions, and it is a wild battle against the tenets of faith and religion by wild law-breaking gangs that kill morning and night as if the killing of Palestinians is permissible, while anyone who kills Israelis is an aggressor and a terrorist, and therefore this is a completely unacceptable situation.' […] He added: 'I call for a popular resistance that is capable of incorporating the masses, and I call on the Palestinians to bear their responsibility and show the world that the occupation is carrying out the worst kind of terror, and [popular resistance] is the right of the Palestinian people.’”
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Fatah responds to accusations of inciting violence: The “true incitement” is by Israel, which carries out “invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and attempts to “Judaize” the Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 10, 2017
Headline: "Al-Qawasmi: The occupation, settlement, and invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The Fatah Movement rejected the Israeli accusations against the Palestinian leadership, the movement, and the Palestinians in general, according to which they are inciting to violence. The movement emphasized that the true incitement is inherent in the continuation of the occupation, settlement, ongoing invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas, and attempts to divide and Judaize the purely Islamic Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron.
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement today, Monday [July 10, 2017]… that everyone must understand 'that the Palestinian people is the victim of the Israeli occupation, and not as Israel tries to portray [the situation].’"

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 lauds UNESCO vote denying Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, condemns Israeli "excavations" against "holy sites"  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 4, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: The UNESCO resolution shows Israel’s limited influence in the world and reflects our viewpoint regarding Jerusalem"
     "Fatah Movement Spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal welcomed the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) vote in Poland today [July 4, 2017] on the resolution that determines that Israel does not have sovereignty over our capital Jerusalem, and condemns the excavations that the occupying authority is carrying out against our holy sites in the capital. Nazzal said in a press statement: 'The vote of this body on this issue does justice to the historical facts and also reflects the global position that opposes the occupation’s policy and refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the occupation’s capital.’"
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Abbas’ religious advisor: Jews have no right to Temple Mount; Netanyahu is dragging region toward a “merciless religious war” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: Netanyahu is dragging the region in to a volcano of religious war"

"Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisions are a sort of declaration of war against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and a dragging of the region to the opening of a volcano of merciless religious war that will bring about total destruction, and by whose fire everyone will be burned.
Al-Habbash said this after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced the cancellation of the ban on Israeli Parliament Members and ministers entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount)…
He noted that this step is a blatant violation of the international resolutions regarding the holy sites in the holy city [of Jerusalem], and of the occupying authority’s obligation to defend them and prevent the falsification of their history with false claims that have no connection to history or human civilization.
Al-Habbash noted that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all facilities of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), are an Islamic site that belongs only to the Muslims, and that nobody but them has a right to it. This is based on the divine decision that appears in the Al-Isra Sura [of the Quran] (i.e., describing Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey – see note below), in addition to the international decisions on the matter and the latest UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolutions that affirmed the Islamicness of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary. Al-Habbash also noted that the Palestinians will not let their Al-Aqsa Mosque be subjected to violations and desecration by the extremist gangs and the Israeli right, which is leading Israel and the region to disasters, wars, and destr
PA Minister of Religious Affairs compares thwarted terror plot in Mecca to alleged Israeli “terrorist acts” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is: The terrorist act at the Holy Mosque [in Mecca] targets all of the Muslims in the world"
      "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the cowardly terrorist act that was planned to be carried out two days ago [June 23, 2017] at the Holy Mosque (i.e., Mecca’s Grand Mosque) in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia…
He added: 'Every respectable person in this world must condemn these cowardly terrorist acts and their ilk in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Israel’s alleged “terror,” a PA libel often repeated by PA leaders –Ed.).’"

On June 23, 2017, Saudi Arabian security forces thwarted a terror attack that was planned to take place at Mecca’s Grand Mosque.
Al-Quds University professor claims Israel erases history, planning to establish Third Temple 
Source: Al-Quds, May 22, 2017
Headline: "Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh: Israel uses excavations to spread the biblical narrative and establish the Temple"

"Professor of History and Antiquities at Al-Quds University and Director of the Tourism and Antiquities Directorate of the [Jordanian] Endowment Department Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh said that the general goal of the Israeli archaeological excavations is to erase the Canaanite Arab cultural characteristics and the historical continuity of the Palestinian people from the past to the present, and to give this continuity to Israel.
During the speech he gave at “The City of Jerusalem After 50 Years of Israeli Occupation: Future Horizons Conference”… he added: ‘The goal of the archaeological excavations is to pave the way for the establishment of the Third 'Temple' in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to discover remains from the First or Second Temple and the continuation of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall). Their goal is also to attempt to prove the history of the Bible and the events and texts included in it, and thus to prove Israel's right to Palestine and that they have returned to here and are not new immigrants and colonialists.’"
PA religious official: Israel is carrying out “daily invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, May 18, 2017
Headline: “Issa briefed [PLO] Executive Committee member Ismail regarding the situation in Jerusalem”
     “Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. Hanna Issa today, Thursday [May 18, 2017], briefed PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem… Issa related to the ongoing daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas and its places of prayer by the unbridled extremists and the occupation forces, in addition to the building of settlements and outposts, the excavation of tunnels, and the desecration of the holy sites.”

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.
Palestinian religious leader praises UNESCO decision, says “Jews have no connection to Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2017
Headline: "40,000 held Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"In his Friday sermon [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque], Head of the Supreme [Muslim] Council in Jerusalem [and head preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque] Sheikh Ikrima Sabri called for greater support for the hunger striking prisoners in the occupation's prisons until their just demands are obtained …
The Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher praised UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which decided two days ago [May 4, 2017] that Jerusalem is an occupied city and that 'Israel' has no connection to it…
He explained the danger of the settlers’ daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that the Jewish groups photograph their invasions and spread them through the worldwide media outlets in order to encourage the Jews of the world to come to Palestine, and to mislead the world into thinking that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Jews.

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Cave of the Patriarchs is "only ours, Palestinians' and Muslims', and the Jews have no right to it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 25, 2017
Headline: “Thousands marked the Anniversary of the Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “The plazas and passageways of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) were filled yesterday [April 24, 2017] with thousands of civilians and visitors from various districts of the homeland and outside of it for the purpose of holding religious ceremonies and participating in the central ceremony held by the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs to mark the Anniversary of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces are sowing fear in the hearts of the [Palestinian] civilians and [condemned ] their racist acts, and said: ‘This mosque will remain the beating heart of Hebron, one of the most important and prominent symbols of our Islamic nation. It will be only ours, Palestinians’ and Muslims’, and the Jews have no right to it.’
[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… praised those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and at the Ibrahimi Mosque, and mentioned the attack against the buildings and plazas of the destination of the Night Journey of [Allah’s] Messenger (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), blessings and peace be upon him, as well as against those visiting it. [He said that] this necessitates the maximum efforts to defend it, liberate it, carry out Ribat there, and visit it in order to defend it from the occupation’s ongoing plots of Judaization.”

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PA Islamic-Christian Council warns against "Judaization attacks" and "excavation of the tunnels underneath the foundations of the mosque, which places it in danger of collapse" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 24, 2017
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council blesses our people for the Anniversary of the Night Journey”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places yesterday [April 23, 2017] blessed the Muslims in general and the Palestinians in particular for the Anniversary of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey. It warned against the danger surrounding Jerusalem in light of the Judaization plans and Judaization attacks being carried out by the occupation authorities and their extremist organizations…
In its statement, the Council warned against the Judaization and destruction that the holy plaza of Jerusalem is undergoing, as the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayer and dances have become daily, in addition to the continued excavation of the tunnels underneath the foundations of the mosque, which places it in danger of collapse.”

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 Grand Mufti condemns "agressions" against Al-Aqsa, claims "Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Grand Mufti calls to support the prisoners’ [hunger] strike”
     “Thousands of residents of occupied Jerusalem, its suburbs, its towns, and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) prayed the Friday prayer yesterday [April 21, 2017] at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas…
During the Friday sermon at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein saluted the prisoners who are hunger striking in order to achieve their freedom and their rights. He emphasized that support for the prisoners is a religious legal obligation…
He noted that the prisoners’ dignity obligates us to support them in all fields and at all levels, and said: ‘They are the spearhead of this honorable people, which is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the land of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey’…
In the Friday sermon the grand mufti also reviewed the aggression and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which are being committed before the eyes and ears of the world. He condemned the aggression of the extremist Jewish organizations towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the direct auspices of the occupation government. He also emphasized that [the occupation government] will not change by one iota the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims.”
PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs warns that "extremist settlers" are invading and desecrating Al-Aqsa 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Apr. 20, 2017
Headline: "The Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned against the continuation of the occupation's crimes against the holy city [of Jerusalem]"
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs… yesterday [April 19, 2017] warned in a press statement against the grave dangers befalling the holy city [of Jerusalem], and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, in light of the flow of hundreds of extremist settlers to the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount), their invasions of it, and its desecration, with the accompaniment of top Israeli leadership members.”

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.
Al Aqsa official: "Judaization plan of Jerusalem has reached a most high level, and its central target is the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2017
Headline: “The occupation has turned Jerusalem into a military base on the pretext of the 'Jewish Passover holiday' celebrations"
     "Director of Shari'ah Education at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Najeh Bakirat said that the Judaization plan of Jerusalem has reached a most high level, and its central target is the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He continued: 'We completely understand that the occupation is planning to seize the city [and turn it] from the capital of the Palestinian people into a Jewish capital… and to build what is called the 'alleged Temple' on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
PA official daily: Israel plans to “Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “establish Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2017
Headline: "The occupation has imposed destruction on the Al-Aqsa Mosque buildings through widespread night invasion operations"

"Occupation forces yesterday [April 11, 2017] sowed destruction in the Al-Aqsa Mosque buildings, and left behind extensive devastation after large numbers of occupation force members invaded [the buildings] two days ago late at night…
The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the intentional operations of devastation and desecration that the occupation forces committed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its buildings constitute Israeli insistence on harming the sanctity of the mosque and stirring up the emotions of all Muslims.
The council warned that the reckless settlers and extremists will continue the daily operations of invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Hebrew Passover holiday. The council also viewed this as part of the occupation state's progress in its plot to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the realization of the Jewish dream of establishing the Temple on its ruins."

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 Minister of Religious Affairs claims Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa, "Judaizes" Jerusalem, and "attempts to steal our heritage and culture" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 4, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: 99 Israeli violations of freedom of worship”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is warned against the dangers of the occupation’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
The minister of religious affairs explained that those who are called ‘the alleged Temple organizations’ have strengthened their calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount) during the Hebrew Passover holiday and sacrifice Passover sacrifices there…
He said that the steps that the occupation government is carrying out have begun to move to the most dangerous stage for the future of the holy city [of Jerusalem] by giving a green light to the settlers and extremist Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to do as they will in its holy plazas and to carry out shameful acts that desecrate the sanctity of the site (See note below –Ed.)…
Ida’is explained that in the shadow of the Arab and Islamic silence and international conspiracy, the Zionist occupation authorities are continuing their plans to erode occupied Jerusalem and take all of the Islamic characteristics from it while using all of the arbitrary means to Judaize the city and expel the original [Arab] Jerusalem residents from it: taking control of the lands and establishing settlements on them, the continuation of the excavations under our blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… and the many attempts to steal our heritage and culture – and this is not the first time: a Jewish ‘archaeologist’ attempted to steal a stone from the ancient Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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PA Islamic-Christian Council warns of Israeli "plot to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the dream of the Jews to establish the Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council: Public calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places today, Monday [April 3, 2017], warned against the attempts of the ‘alleged Temple organizations’ to call on settlers to broadly participate in group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque starting this Thursday, in preparation for large events for the Hebrew Passover holiday in the middle of the this month.
The council said in a statement that the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas by dozens of extremists under the protection of the occupation forces are part of the Israeli occupation state’s progress in its plot to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the dream of the Jews to establish the Temple on its ruins.”

"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. Preceding the Purim holiday, religious websites such as the Temple Mount News website [Feb. 23, 2015] announced a "special visit" to the Temple Mount, which was expected to draw "masses of Jews."

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.
PLO official claims Israel carries out assassinations of youth and crimes against Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “Qurei condemns the occupation’s crimes in the holy city”
     “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei ‘Abu Alaa’ warned against the severity of the incessant Israeli violations and the dangerous escalation that [Israel] is carrying out in occupied Jerusalem, its environs, and against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. [He also warned against] the crimes that are being committed, which reflect the Israeli occupation government’s way, and against the violations that harm all areas of life: arrests in the ranks of the young people and assassinations on the ground, the latest of which was the assassination of young 17-year-old Ahmed Ghazal (i.e., terrorist, stabbed 3) in the area of Al-Wad Street, which leads to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Ahmed Ghazal – a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed two Israeli civilians in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 1, 2017. Ghazal fled the scene, and after being cornered by police he stabbed an officer before being shot and killed.
PA Mufti: “Extremist Jewish Temple organizations” are carrying out attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which heralds “religious war”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] grand mufti warned against the call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defile it”
   “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the calls of those who are called ‘the extremist Jewish Temple organizations’ to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and participate in an event called ‘offering the Passover holiday sacrifice,’ which they intend to hold in the area of the Umayyad palaces adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque ( See note below –Ed.)…
He explained that continuing the attack against the sites that are holy to the Palestinians, and prime among them the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, turns the region into a ticking bomb and heralds an imminent religious war, which will have results whose scope and consequences are unforeseeable, and he held the occupation authorities fully responsible for this.”

"Extremist Jewish Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including The Temple Mount Institute, 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.
Preceding the Passover holiday in April 2017, the Temple Mount Institute petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice to practice the Passover sacrifices at the Davidson Center just south of the Temple Mount, but the petition was rejected by the court.

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 blasts Israel's "attempts to Judaize the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and prime among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the claim of the alleged Temple" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “Beirut: Al-Ahmad updated religious figures regarding the occupation’s violations against the holy sites”
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon Azzam Al-Ahmad met yesterday [March 25, 2017] with [Grand] Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian , in the presence of Palestinian Ambassador in Lebanon Ashraf Dabour and Secretary of the PLO Factions in Lebanon Fathi Abu Al-Ardat.
Al-Ahmad updated Mufti Derian regarding the situation in Palestine and the challenges before which the Palestinian cause stands in resistance to the occupation, its settlement projects, and its attempts to Judaize the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and prime among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the claim of the alleged Temple. He also updated him regarding the struggle that the Palestinians are carrying out through all possible ways, and the Jerusalem residents in particular, in order to defend the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity and the Palestinian Arab identity of Jerusalem, and also regarding the Palestinian struggle to end the occupation and establish an independent state.”
PA religious council falsely claims that Israel is “systematically erasing all that is Arab in Palestine” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Fatwa Council: Our people will not submit to the Judaization of the education [system] and the ban on the Muezzin’s call”

“The [PA] Supreme Fatwa Council… warned against the intention of the occupation authorities to establish a fund for what is called ‘the alleged Temple Mount Heritage’ (i.e., it was reported on March 13, 2017, that Israeli ministers plan to establish a fund to educate about the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount –Ed.), as a realization of the policy of Judaizing Jerusalem, its holy sites, and the Old City. This is amid contempt for the UNESCO (UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016] that negated any religious connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), and considers them a pure Islamic heritage…
On another matter, the council warned against the danger of legalizing a ban on the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer, see note below), which comes as part of the insane attack against Jerusalem, the holy sites, the mosques, and the churches. This is part of a planned policy whose goal is to erase the Islamic and Arab presence in Jerusalem and all of the occupied Palestinian territories. The council explained that the attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque is old and new, as it has constituted a target since the occupation of Jerusalem, and it was already burned and the blood of its worshipper visitors who were executed by the occupation was spilled on its ground, alongside the ongoing ban on worshippers to reach it (sic., Muslims have access to the Temple Mount, while the Jordanian Waqf bans Jewish prayer at the site and limits Jewish access –Ed.). The council also explained that the mosques and churches in all of Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, are subject to a strong attack by
PA TV claims all of the Temple Mount “belongs to Muslims,” denies Western Wall was “place of worship” for Jews before Balfour Declaration in 1917 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 15, 2017

Official PA TV filler The TV Lexicon, on the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“The status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

Official PA TV narrator: "The term ‘the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque’ (i.e., the Temple Mount) means the historical status, in other words the natural status as was accepted and continued throughout the previous historical periods. This status is unchangeable. The accepted status is that this is a mosque that belongs only to the Muslims, including all that is in it such as the buildings, the plazas within it, the areas around it, and all that is connected to it outside of it... There is no documentation that the Jews made the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) a place of worship at any time, except after the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) of 1917."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs warns of “dangers” and “Judaization” against Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls on the Arab and Muslim preachers to talk about the topic of Jerusalem in the Friday sermons"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is today (Tuesday) [March 14, 2017] called on the mosque preachers in the Arab and Islamic world to talk about the dangers surrounding Jerusalem in their Friday sermons in order to assist the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially following the approval of the [first reading of] the law that bans sounding the call to prayer in the mosques by the occupation authorities.
Ida'is said that the Israeli aggression that is escalating in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque obligates the preachers and guides in the Arab and Islamic world to increase the awareness of the congregation of worshippers to the aggression, attacks, and invasions that are taking place in Jerusalem…
He emphasized that all of the Israeli Judaization initiatives will not dissuade the Palestinians from continuing to defend their holy sites."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs warns that Muezzin Law is "liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: "The grand mufti condemned the limiting of sounding the Muezzin"
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned what is called the Muezzin Law, which was approved by the Israeli occupation authorities in a first reading [in the Israeli Parliament].
He said in a statement from the Dar Al-Ifta (lit. house of religious ruling – the Jerusalem Mufti’s office –Ed.) today, Thursday [March 9, 2017], that the attack against the mosques comes as part of a planned policy. He explained that the mosques in all of Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, are being subjected to a fierce attack by the occupation authorities as part of the extremism they use to harm the holy sites. This is so, whether by ongoing attacks against them or by burning them, destroying them, or closing them with false excuses…
[PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf] Ida’is demanded that the international community, with its states, governments, bodies, and relative organizations, intervene to stop these attacks against the mosques, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… He also described this decision as racist and held the occupation authorities responsible for the consequences that are liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region."

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PA government: Israel is working to "Judaize" Jerusalem and "shake the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2017
     "During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… the [PA] government emphasized that the decision of the Israeli magistrate court in occupied Jerusalem - according to which the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy site for Jews and they have a right to pray there - is an invalid decision. This decision was issued by the occupation's court in an attempt to provide a legal character to the justification of the extremists’ attacks and the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to render valid the occupation’s crimes against Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity...
In addition, this is also about the exposure of the falsehood of the Israeli narrative, with which the occupation has been misleading global public opinion and the international community for many decades, and which it has attempted to impose with military force from the first day of the occupation of the holy city. Today, it attempts this through a decision by the occupation's court... to escalate it as part of its policy to Judaize the holy city - the same policy whose latest expression was carrying out construction work in the area of the Umayyad palaces adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This was not in an attempt to prove any right of the Jews there, as they have already failed to do so despite the excavations that have taken place since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, but rather only to shake the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and cause cracks in its walls."

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PA Mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque “which belongs only to the Muslims, and [is] not a holy site for the Jews… is being subjected to daily attacks by the settlers” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "The mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque that belongs only to the Muslims"
    "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque, which belongs only to the Muslims, and not a holy site for the Jews as the occupation authorities claim.
The mufti explained today, Wednesday [March 1, 2017], at a joint press conference in Ramallah with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to daily attacks by the settlers under the protection of the occupation, which constitutes an attack against the sanctity of the site and the right of the Muslims to this mosque."

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 “attack.” 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 minister: Temple Mount is “completely Islamic,” is under “strongest attack history has known” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: More than 95 Israeli attacks and violations against the holy sites and places of worship during February”

“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that… the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016] regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque is most important, particularly at this difficult stage in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque is subject to the strongest attack history has known. Therefore, [he said] it is necessary to implement the resolution on the ground immediately, and the Arabs and Muslims must have a practical plan for the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He explained that in February [2017] the mosque was subject to a strong attack of invasions, lies, and media statements that completely contradict reality. The latest of them was the occupied Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruling, which determined that the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) is holy to Jews and they have a right to pray there, and that no one can prevent them from entering its plazas and going up to what is termed ‘the Temple Mount’ (for the actual ruling see note below –Ed.). This is alongside the claim of the occupation police’s Minister of Public Security [Gilad Erdan] that ‘the Temple Mount’ is the holiest site to the Jewish people, and only to the Jewish people (sic., Erdan did not specify that the site is holy only to the Jewish people -Ed).
Ida’is again emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its plazas, is completely Islamic, and no decision of a court, whatever its name may be, or of any person, will change the irrefutable truth regarding the Islamicness of the site.”

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Fatah Revolutionary Council member warns that Israel "attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through its ongoing excavations in order to build its alleged Temple" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: “Issa: There are 28 tunnels under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City”
     “Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa said that the goal of the destruction and excavation activities that the occupation state authorities are conducting in the Old City [of Jerusalem] and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is to change the Islamic-Christian Arab character of the holy city and to create a Jewish character for it.
Issa said in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Monday [Feb. 27, 2017]: ‘The excavation and destruction activities of the occupation authorities in the holy city and around and under the Al-Aqsa Mosque are part of a calculated plan that is meant to shake the foundations of the mosque, and to change the Islamic-Christian Arab character of the holy city and to create a Jewish character for it.’ He emphasized that the occupation government will fail to achieve its goals even though it is fighting against time to realize this goal.
Issa warned against the occupation government’s attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through its ongoing excavations in order to build its alleged Temple. He emphasized that it will not succeed in achieving what it wants, despite all of its attempts to impose its rule on the holy city.”
PA Religious Affairs Minister repeats libel: Israel planning to destroy Al-Aqsa and establish “alleged Temple on its ruins”, igniting religious war “on a daily basis” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs warns of its destruction - landslides south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the occupation’s excavations”

“Landslides occurred yesterday [Feb. 26, 2017]… in the town of Silwan (i.e., a neighborhood in Jerusalem) south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the occupation’s excavations, which are continuing in the area…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is warned against the occupation authorities’ reckless attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the daily excavations that they are conducting around it. He added that the excavations are pushing the region into a furnace of religious war, which the occupation is igniting on a daily basis through these actions. Ida’is emphasized that these daily actions are nothing but a rejection and violation of the decisions of the international institutions, the latest of which was a UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution late last year (i.e., on Oct. 13, 2016, see note below), which confirmed the exclusive right of the Muslims to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall)…
The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the landslides… are the beginning of the collapse of the holy city [of Jerusalem], and primarily the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the historical landmarks of Jerusalem. In its statement, the council emphasized that these collapses are only an initial result of the excavations and tunnels that are eroding the land of the holy city. It noted the large network of tunnels that branches out underneath the Old City in occupied [Jerusalem], particularly underneath the foundations of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has turned the ground in the holy city into soft and frail ground that is liable to collapse as a result of light rains. It added that what ha
Guest on PA TV: Israeli excavations “falsifying” Jerusalem, aim to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, establish “alleged temple” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2017
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital, on the archaeological remains of an Umayyad Palace and Jewish ritual baths south of the Temple Mount

Silwan and Al-Bustan Neighborhood Defense Committee member Fakhri Abu Diab : “A budget of $62 million is dedicated every year [by Israel] to supporting excavations and tunnels and supporting the settlement and settlers. I am only talking about the Silwan area (i.e., a neighborhood in Jerusalem), the area of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore it needs to be clear to everyone that every stone that they are falsifying, and every tunnel they are opening, and every home that is destroyed is a step in the direction of turning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, God forbid, into the alleged Temple. The occupation is acting strategically, step by step, in order to reach the main step, which is destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple.”
PA daily: Israelis visiting the Temple Mount “invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and learned about the “myth of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2017
Headline: “Settlers and the occupation’s intelligence personnel invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Settlers, intelligence personnel, and occupation soldiers in military uniforms invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Feb. 21, 2017]…
The invaders held suspicious and provocative tours throughout the mosque (sic., Jews do not enter the mosque - see below), and received an explanation of the myth of the alleged Temple.”

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 Foreign Affairs Minister repeats libel: Israeli groups “attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque”, Israel is “Judaizing Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: “Al-Malki called on the international community to defend the principle of two states”

“[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki… updated a delegation of the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization ALECSO , led by the organization’s Director-General Abdullah Muharib, regarding the political, cultural, social, educational, and scientific developments in the Palestinian arena…
He reviewed the Israeli steps to Judaize the holy city [of Jerusalem], the latest of which was building Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) biblical parks on the Mount of Olives, as well as Israel’s attempts to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and to impose by force a division according to times. He also warned against the extremist right-wing Israeli groups that are attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to establish the alleged Temple in its place, and added that these extremist groups are investing efforts to become the main engine of the Israeli governments and its direction.”

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.

Fatah official: “US is the enemy, Israel its advanced tool,” Israel destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Feb. 19, 2017
“Fatah Movement leadership member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Abbas Zaki said in an interview with [the website of Lebanese satellite TV channel] Al-Mayadeen.net that the Arabs are incapable of carrying out a quality action against Israel, and added that Iran and its technological and military development, in addition to equations that Hezbollah has imposed, are causing the Israelis to think a thousand times before setting out on any sort of adventure, and [that they] serve as a shield for the Palestinians…

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[Question:] The Fatah Movement is among the bodies participating in the Support for the [Palestinian] Intifada Conference in Tehran. What do you intend to achieve from this conference, and how can such conferences serve the Palestinian cause?

[Abbas Zaki:] This conference is being held while the Americans and the Zionists are seeking shelter with some of the Arabs, who were silent over [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s statements and his claim that he has the best relations with them, and that the solution to the [Palestinian] issue will begin in the region and afterwards [spread to] the Palestinians. When a conference is held in Paris (i.e., the Paris Peace Conference of Jan. 15, 2017), it testifies to the interest in the Palestinian cause. However, when a conference is held in Tehran, which holds a very clear position against the US and Israel, it is a true victory for the Palestinian cause, which causes those with a conscience to feel the spiritual status of Palestine in such a way that it will constitute the kernel and the central cause in the hearts of all the Muslim and Christian believers. Therefore, this conference, which will be held in support of intifada, is a quality addition that grants a global characteristic to our Palestinian cause, regardless of the extent of the support and the surprising changes that this conferenc
PA Supreme Fatwa Council condemns Israel's "plots surrounding the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque," calls on Palestinians to defend it "whatever the cost" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 16, 2017
Headline: "The Fatwa Council: The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque refuses to be divided"
     "The [PA] Supreme Fatwa Council warned today, Thursday [Feb. 16, 2017], against the consequences that will befall the region in general due to the plots surrounding the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a part of the faith of the entire world's Muslims…
The council emphasized in its notice that the process of changing the existing historical situation that the occupation authorities are perpetrating at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque has recently accelerated significantly. He explained that the occupation cannot hide from sight the attempt to falsify the facts and history, as everyone knows the history of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the international and official bodies…
The council urged everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to invest the maximum efforts to do this and to strengthen the presence at it in order to defend it. It also emphasized the devotion of the members of our people to their mosque, whatever the cost and sacrifices may be, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it."
Official PA daily: Settlers hold "suspicious tours" at Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, discuss "myth of the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2017
     “Groups of settlers yesterday [Feb. 13, 2017] continued their provocative invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the occupation forces. The settlers held suspicious tours at the mosque and received an explanation about the myth of the alleged Temple from guides and rabbis.”

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: Visits of “groups of Jewish settler gangs” are “invasions” and “desecration” the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Settlers held Talmudic prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the occupation army”

“The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque was witness yesterday [Feb. 6, 2017] from the morning hours to consecutive invasions by groups of Jewish settler gangs, which held Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers there amid reinforced protection by the occupation’s special forces. All of this was while tension prevailed at the mosque, and amid the protest calls of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (i.e., “Allah is greatest”) that were heard from the worshippers against the desecration of the blessed mosque.”

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.
PLO criticizes UN Sec-Gen for Jewish Temple comments: “Israel has no connection to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, its plazas, its walls, or what is underneath it,” accuses Israel of “violations” at Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 2, 2017
Headline: "PLO: The UN secretary-general's statements are outside the scope of his authority"
       "The PLO Department of International Relations condemned the claims made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an interview with Voice of Israel [radio] regarding the 'Jewishness of the Temple' in occupied East Jerusalem. The department emphasized that Israel has no connection to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, its plazas, its walls, or what is underneath it, and referred to the UNESCO resolution [of Oct. 23, 2016] that determined that the mosque belongs to the Muslims and nobody but them.
The department added that the secretary-general has deviated from his neutrality and his role with this grave statement, and crudely favored the Israeli occupation state, which indicates his clear ignorance regarding the international decisions regarding occupied Jerusalem... The department called on the international community and its organizations in general, and the Arab and Muslim states in particular, to fulfill their roles and come out against these claims that encourage Israel and its extremists to commit many more violations at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and in occupied East Jerusalem in general..."
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PA Mufti calls "on the Arab and Islamic nations... to defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to help them in all possible ways and means" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2017
     “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein] emphasized in a statement yesterday [Jan. 30, 2017,] that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic mosque and no one but the Muslims has a right to it, and only they are allowed to intervene in its affairs. He also emphasized that the mosque has special significance for Muslims worldwide, and the decision to harm it is dangerous and deserving of condemnation by all standards...  The Mufti called on the Arab and Islamic nations to invest their greatest efforts in action to defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to help them in all possible ways and means. This is in order to protect the holy city and to prevent a policy of imposing facts on the ground, which is being carried out at full steam on the Palestinian land, particularly in Jerusalem and its surroundings, for the purpose of changing its Arab and Islamic characteristics.”
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PA TV libel: Israel “desecrates holy sites, and kills women, children and the elderly” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 14, 2017
Official PA TV program Inside

Official PA TV host: "Most of the program's viewers today [Jan. 14, 2017], or perhaps all of them, expect us to talk about the electricity problem in Gaza in this program. That is what the Israeli occupation wants, and everyone that thinks like it. That is what everyone who does not love the Palestinian people and everyone who does not want the Palestinian people to receive its rights wants. They want us to move away and divert the path from the top and first goal of the Palestinian people, which is the liberation of its land and the liberation of the human being, the Palestinian human being, from everything that the Israeli enemy imposes on him. And therefore in this program we will not discuss the problem of the power outages in the Gaza Strip that sadden us and all members of the Palestinian people, as the basic goal is that the talk will not be turned inward, but rather toward the Israeli occupation that steals our land, desecrates the sites that are holy to us, and kills our children, our women, and our elderly without mercy or a conscience, and without any consideration for international law. Therefore we will devote our program today to the Paris Conference (i.e., part of the French Peace Initiative) that will take place tomorrow [Jan. 15, 2017]."

The French Initiative – A peace initiative proposed by the French PM Hollande’s government in 2015 aimed at reviving peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. A one-day summit was held in Paris on June 3, 2016, attended by foreign ministers of the US, EU countries, and several Arab countries, for the purpose of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. At the end of the summit, participants issued a joint communique supporting a negotiated two-state solution and proposing an international conference before the end of the year. Israelis and Palestinians did not participate in this first summit, the
Fatah official: US embassy move will be "a sign of the end of the world" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
Headline: "Zaki: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will absolve us of all the agreements and turn Palestine into a war zone"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not allow the transfer of the American embassy, and will be absolved of the previous decisions and agreements. He also warned against turning Palestine into a war zone if the new American administration decides to transfer it.
Zaki said today, Wednesday [Jan. 11, 2017], in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'The transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem will be a sign of the end of the world.' He added: 'The attack against the place of [Prophet] Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven and Jesus' resurrection contradicts the religious and international understandings,' and he warned against the terrible dangers whose course cannot be predicted. Zaki emphasized that no power in the world can prevent the Palestinians, Muslims, and Christians as one from carrying out their national obligation to defend their occupied capital, and said: 'There is no Palestinian state without Jerusalem.'
Zaki said that he is convinced that the statements of US President-elect [Donald] Trump that were used during the election campaign cannot be implemented on the ground in Palestine and noted that this trend appeared in the 1960s when [former Israeli Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion proposed it in order to establish the occupation state in Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple."
 
Published in Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 11, 2017; and in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017.

 
PA National Security Forces cartoon shows grotesque Israeli soldier about to devour Al-Aqsa 
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Jan. 11, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces


Posted text: “#Palestinian_[PA_]National_Security_Forces”

In the first panel of the cartoon on the right, marked “1,” a dove with an olive branch in its mouth symbolizing peace is flying over the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, and hearts are floating up to it from the plaza’s towers. In the second panel on the left, marked “2,” an Israeli soldier with a grotesquely large nose and sharp, pointed teeth is seen with his mouth agape, poised to devour the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In response, the towers of the plaza have been replaced by upward pointing knives.
Fatah cartoon: Netanyahu eats Dome of the Rock Mosque as Arabs fight 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 10, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text and text at top right of cartoon: "#Jerusalem"

The cartoon shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the left, with a kippah (Jewish skullcap) on his head and a Star of David on his tie, stuffing the Dome of the Rock into his mouth. On the bottom of the Dome of the Rock is written: "Jerusalem."

To his right two Arabs are oblivious to what he is doing because they are busy fighting each other. On the cloud of dust they are raising by fighting is written: "The Arab state of affairs."
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PFLP: Terror attack was "popular response to the crimes of the occupation... against our people and our holy sites in Jerusalem" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: “The Popular Front blesses the Jerusalem operation”
     “The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) congratulated the masses of our people over the Jerusalem operation (i.e., terror attack, 4 murdered, over 15 wounded), which came as part of the popular response to the crimes of the occupation and the unbridled settlers against our people and our holy sites in Jerusalem and in the occupied homeland."
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PA Islamic-Christian Council repeats libel: Israel’s killing of terrorists is “summary executions,” Terrorists carry out “operations”; Jewish visits to Temple Mount are “invasions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 4, 2017
Headline: "15 Martyrs, 2,030 detainees, and 16,000 extremists who invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the past year"

"The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places yesterday [Jan. 3, 2017] published its annual report on the Israeli violations against the sites holy to Islam and Christianity in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs in 2016…

[According to the report], the occupation forces continued to summarily execute [Palestinians] on the pretext of an attempt to carry out a 'stabbing or shooting' operation. The use of weapons for the killing of Palestinians was the first option of the occupation soldiers, and 13 (sic., the headline indicates 15) residents of Jerusalem died in 2016, most of them young men…

During 2016 the occupation authorities continued to desecrate the holy sites in Jerusalem, and especially the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque; they extended the period of time for invasions in the morning (i.e., the time during which Jews can access the Temple Mount –Ed.), carried out arrests, distanced [Palestinians] from the mosque, broke into the mosque, and attacked the worshippers in order to secure these invasions. Invasions by approximately 16,000 settlers through the Mughrabi Gate were recorded during the year on an almost daily basis. Among the invaders was Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who serves as an Israeli MP from the Likud party."

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Jerusalem Fatah branch repeats libel that Israel plans on destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 3, 2017
Headline: “Jerusalem branch [of Fatah]: The tunnels are a danger that surrounds the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah Movement today [Jan. 3, 2017] warned in a statement against the danger that surrounds the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular and the Old City [of Jerusalem] in general, and also against the danger of their imminent collapse.
This was said after the exposure of networks of tunnels that were opened (a reference to the “Pilgrims’ Path,” see note below –Ed.), other [tunnels] under the Al-Aqsa Mosque that have been used, and additional [tunnels] that connect between Wadi Hilweh, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza.
Fatah Jerusalem Branch Secretary Adnan Ghaith said that these steps by the extremist occupation government and the non-profit organizations of the settlement enterprise are liable to lead to a tightening of the blockade on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its encirclement from all directions, as part of their feverish efforts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.
Ghaith emphasized that the continuation of the excavations weakens the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and causes collapses, cracks in homes, and fissures in walls in the Old City and the Wadi Hilweh region.”

On Dec. 27, 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism unveiled the “Pilgrims’ Path,” an unearthed ancient road under the main road of the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem that was excavated by the Ir David Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The “Pilgrims’ Path” was the main road of Jerusalem during the late Second Temple Period approximately 2,000 years ago, and led from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount.
PA Islamic-Christian Council warns against "extremist Israeli plot surrounding the blessed mosque, whose goal is to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 28, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council warns against the opening of a tunnel underneath the Silwan neighborhood”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said today, Wednesday [Dec. 28, 2016], that the fact that the Israeli occupation authorities have opened a new tunnel in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of
the village of Silwan (sic., neighborhood in Jerusalem), south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, ‘constitutes a completion of the extremist Israeli plot surrounding the blessed mosque, whose goal is to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

On Dec. 27, 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism unveiled the “Pilgrims’ Path,” an ancient road leading under the main road of the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem that was excavated by the Ir David Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The “Pilgrims’ Path” was the main road of Jerusalem during the late Second Temple Period, approximately 2,000 years ago, and led from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount.
PA daily: “Settlers” and students “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while being told about the “myth of ‘the alleged Temple’” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2016
Headline: "86 settlers and Jewish students invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"38 settlers and 48 Jewish students invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate yesterday [Dec. 25, 2016]…
The settlers and students held provocative tours at the mosque, while hearing explanations about the myth of ‘the alleged Temple,' as [Palestinian] worshippers made calls of 'Allahu Akbar' in protest of these invasions."

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 Islamic-Christian Council accuses Israel of "Judaizing" Jerusalem and digging tunnels under Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council calls for the end of the occupation of the place of Muhammad's Ascent to Heaven"
     "The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places blessed the Arab and Islamic nations upon the birthday of Prophet [Muhammad]…
The council noted that this event pounds on the walls of Jerusalem, even as it is still under the fire of the oppressive occupation and suffering from ruin, expulsion, and destruction, while 'Israel' continues Judaizing the holy city and while the place of the Ascent to Heaven of Allah's Messenger Muhammad (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) is subjected to excavations and tunnels are being dug under it in preparation for its destruction."
PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls on Palestinians to "carry out Ribat continuously at the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 5, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: Over 95 attacks and violations against the holy sites and houses of worship last month”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque stands before an unprecedented Israeli escalation in light of the rise in the rates of invasions by the groups of settlers who are currently enjoying wide influence…
Ida’is called on citizens to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) continuously at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs), and not to give the occupation an opportunity, and he praised our residents’ standing firm on their land and their great sacrifices.”

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 “attack” or “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 Minister voices libel that Israel seeks to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build "alleged Temple" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2016

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is:
“All that Israel wants is to Judaize the Holy City, take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple. Under Jerusalem there is a city of tunnels belonging to Israel. Yesterday, I was told that Israel has an underground market beneath the Jaffa Gate, which draws many [Palestinian]residents who shop there.”
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Fatah official: Israel is trying to "Judaize Jerusalem," its goal is "the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 15, 2016
Headline: "Dr. Amal Hamad: We will sound the call to prayer everywhere and will not agree to the policy of silencing the voices at our holy sites"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad in a press release today [Nov. 15, 2016] condemned the Muezzin Law measure, according to which the sounding of the call to prayer through loudspeakers will be prevented in Jerusalem…
Hamad noted that the extremist occupation government is acting with all its strength to Judaize Jerusalem and reach its great goal – the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins…
She emphasized that the occupation's policy will not frighten the Palestinian people, and that the call to prayer will continue to be heard in occupied Jerusalem."

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.
Fatah spokesman: Israel plans "to destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 14, 2016
Headline: "Alayan: The fact that the occupation banned the [sounding of the] call to prayer at the mosques expresses a policy of religious war"
     “[Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem and] Fatah Movement leadership member Raafat Alayan emphasized that the occupation is taking advantage of the Arab and Islamic silence and the weakness of the national and Islamic factions, and is striving to implement its plans in the field through the continuation of the settlement and its repeated invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the carrying out of many settlement plots in order to change the status quo in Jerusalem, even to the point of banning [the sounding of] the call to prayers at the mosques.
Alayan noted that the occupation government, which uses all executive, legislative, and judicial means at its disposal, is aspiring to implement the plan announced by many of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's ministers that strives to destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple on its ruins."

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion. For a list of countries with similar legislation, click "full article."

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: Israel is “Judaizing” Palestine, committing acts of “forgery and robbery” against holy sites, and “steals our Canaanite heritage” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital, on heritage and folklore

Official PA TV host: “The Palestinian heritage refuses to undergo Judaization, despite the terror of the occupation that attempts to harm our heritage and Judaize it. Palestine, with its people, its land, its history, its trees, and everything within it – it is the faithful protector of our heritage, and it is waging a daily struggle against the occupation, at a time when Israel does not cease its acts of forgery and robbery against the Muslim and Christian holy sites and the antiquities sites - which are the required basis for heritage and national culture - and steals our Canaanite heritage.”


Visual:
A photoshopped picture shows Zionist leader Theodor Herzl wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress).
PA to kids: Israel killed Arafat and may kill Abbas 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 11, 2016
Official PA TV program The Best Home, on the death of Yasser Arafat

Official PA TV host: “We want to know who murdered our late leader [Yasser Arafat]. Certainly it is the occupation, but we need to be certain on this issue so that we can turn to the world with facts… They could even kill our [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]…
[In 2002,] the Israeli occupation entered every area of the West Bank and tried to kill many, and it killed many of our [Palestinian] people (reference is to counter-terror Operation Defensive Shield, see note below –Ed.)…
In the end they killed him, Yasser Arafat, because up until his last breath he defended the children of his people in war and in peace, in other words both diplomatically and also with a rifle, with a weapon.”

Palestinian child: “In spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa Mosque, in spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa Mosque. In spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem, millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching towards you, Jerusalem, millions of Martyrs are marching towards you.”

Official PA TV host: “We will follow Yasser Arafat’s path and his promise, and also the path of our current president, leader Mahmoud Abbas, because he wants to see in all of us the future of Palestine, and he wants to struggle for all of us against the occupation’s army. He wants to struggle for us against Israel, which is growing in its military strength - but we are growing in our creativity and we will fight them before the entire world. Allah willing they will soon leave Palestine defeated.”

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Fatah: We must fight against “the plan to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2016
Headline: “Fatah on the anniversary of Arafat’s [death]: We are going to the conference with a revolutionary and creative vision, which is consistent with the revolution’s achievements”

“The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah said in a statement for the 12th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of the president, the leader, the symbol Yasser Arafat: ‘We are going to the Seventh [Fatah] Conference in order to revive our movement, [which is] the backbone of the PLO and the leader of the national enterprise…
Fatah added in its announcement: ‘We adhere to our people’s right to legitimate resistance, and continue mobilizing and organizing our national ranks, in order to fight the plan to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy sites. [We continue] in resistance in order to fight the crimes of the occupation army, the settlers, and the summary executions… alongside our campaign in the arena of international law.’”
Abbas: UNESCO resolution ignoring Jewish connection to holy sites is meant to “prevent harm,” and to condemn “Israeli violations” against East Jerusalem’s “identity” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president: Peace is our strategic goal, and the key to it is the end of the Israeli occupation”
     “[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas said that peace is our strategic goal, that it is an interest of all of us, and that the key to peace is to end the Israeli occupation and to put an end to the historical injustice caused to our people, so that the two states – Palestine and Israel – will live in security, stability, peace, and good neighborliness.
During a press conference that he held in Bethlehem with his Italian counterpart President Sergio Mattarella, His Honor (i.e., Abbas) expressed his constant willingness to make peace with Israel and to implement the two-state solution according to the resolutions of the international institutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. He expressed support for the international peace conference that France is working to convene at the end of this year [2016]. Likewise, he clarified that the role of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and its resolutions is to protect the global human heritage, and as part of this to prevent harm to it and to condemn the Israeli violations that are meant to change the nature and identity of East Jerusalem. He noted that the latest Israeli attacks, which attempted to mix religion and heritage, are incorrect and inappropriate. President Mahmoud Abbas again emphasized the honor he has for Judaism, and the permanent call that Jerusalem be open to worship for all believers of the three monotheistic religions. His Honor expressed support for every regional and international effort to struggle with and uproot the roots of terror, extremism, and violence, which are deserving of condemnation regardless of their source and nature.”

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PA Fatwa Council: "Our people will adhere to their [Al-Aqsa] mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices that will be required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2016
    "The [PA Palestinian Supreme Fatwa] council warned of the regional consequences of an escalation in the rate of the invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a red line for Muslims throughout the world. Likewise, it clarified that the occupation authorities have escalated the rate of their invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for what are called the Jewish holidays, and that these invasions reveal their aggressive intentions towards it and verify the falseness of their claim to commit to retaining the historic status quo that exists there… The council urged everyone who can come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest the maximum efforts to reach it and strengthen the presence there so as to defend it, and emphasized that our people will adhere to their mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices that will be required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it.”
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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 discounts archaelogical find as a "forgery": Israel "fabricates lies" as part of plan to "build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 29, 2016
Official PA TV News, on Israeli archaeologists casting doubt on the authenticity of the newly found papyrus from 700 BCE on which is written "Jerusalem" in ancient Hebrew script
Official PA TV reporter: "The Israeli media is attempting to use a document which is said to be a certificate on which is written in the ancient Hebrew script 'Jerusalem,' and which was found four years ago. According to the story, Israel attempts to fabricate lies and to find proof of them or to write what it wants about them (i.e., the finds) in order to impose the Israeli plan that aspires to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Here begins the story, in the middle of the West Bank desert (i.e., Judean Desert) a piece of papyrus form the 7th century BCE is found, and according to the claims it is a certificate for the transfer of a certain type of wine that was sent by the king from the town of Na’arata in the Jordan Valley, north of Jericho... The thief who claims that Israel has a history through his pursuit of antiquities thieves – is looking for the first market to display what he stole. Thus also [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, who is attempting to stand in the path of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) after the slap on the cheek he received last week. Against the background of events that have shaken the Israeli archaeologists regarding the level of reliability due to the precedents of forgery of documents with ancient tools and years of excavations, one of the Israeli archaeologists comes out, Israel Finkelstein [from Tel Aviv University], who denies the presence of any connection of the Jews to Jerusalem, or even any archaeological evidence pointing to the location where the Temple was located (sic., see note)."

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PA council: "The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the buildings adjacent to it are about to collapse at any moment" due to Israeli excavations 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 27, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Fatwa Council warned against the collapse of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council condemned the invasions by the Jewish extremists into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., the Temple Mount), which have increased after the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution that determined that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims and negated any connection between the Israeli occupation and the mosque, with its walls, plazas, and lower parts.
The council condemned the personal participation of the occupation’s [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] in the excavation activities that are held under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., see note below), and the decision of the occupation government’s [Israel] Antiquities Authority that calls on every Jewish youth before [army] enlistment to take part in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they are a national obligation (sic., see note below). This is in addition to the participation of settler associations in searches for remnants of the alleged Temple in an attempt to prove any sort of presence of theirs in Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Likewise, the council clarified that these excavations herald [the fact] that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the buildings adjacent to it are about to collapse at any moment, Heaven forbid...
These statements were made during the 145th meeting of the council, led by [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Supreme Fatwa Council Head Sheikh Muhammad Hussein.”

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Fatah: Israel is escalating its “violations” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 26, 2016

Headline: "[Fatah’s] Jerusalem branch: The occupation continues to escalate its violations against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"The Fatah Movement's Jerusalem branch emphasized in a statement published today [Oct. 26, 2016] that the occupation government and its executive branches are continuing to escalate their violations against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem."

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Fatah: Israeli “searches for the remains of their [Jewish] alleged Temple herald[s] the impending collapse of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Western Wall is Islamic 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016

Headline: "The Jerusalem branch [of Fatah] warns of the impending collapse of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah Movement noted that 2,495 settlers have invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque since the beginning of this month [October 2016]. It said that the rate of the settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque have increased since the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO] resolution, which considers the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) an Islamic heritage [site] to which Jews have no connection. "

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PA daily: "Netanyahu intends to participate in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque" in attempt to prove "Jews' alleged connection to it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: “Arrogance – Netanyahu intends to participate in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The occupation’s [Israel’s] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised in press statements to personally participate in the removal of soil from under the Al-Aqsa Mosque this week (sic., Netanyahu’s actual statement appears in a note below), and called on the Jewish population to join him…
PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine] Ahmed Majdalani emphasized that Netanyahu’s statements are full of arrogance and haughtiness. Majdalani said in statements to [the official PA radio station] The Voice of Palestine that these statements are meant to thwart the latest UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolutions regarding the Jerusalem [Noble] Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) and [the] Old [City of] Jerusalem through lies and claims about the Jews' alleged connection to it.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Oct. 19, 2016, in the wake of UNESCO’s resolution erasing the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, that his government would help fund the Temple Mount Sifting Project of the Ir David Foundation. The project works to recover archaeological artifacts from approximately 400 truckloads of soil removed from the Temple Mount by the Waqf without supervision in 1999, as part of its illegal construction of the El-Marwani Mosque in the Solomon’s Stables area of the Temple Mount.

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PA daily: Settlers "invaded" Al-Aqsa mosque to discuss "false explanations regarding the myth of the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: "346 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The [Jordanian] Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem said that 346 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning and afternoon [Oct. 24, 2016]…
The settlers received false explanations regarding the myth of the alleged Temple [that was] in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the throats of the worshippers made calls of 'Allahu Akbar’ (i.e., Allah is great) in protest against the settlers’ invasions and the tours of provocation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

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 Grand Mufti: Israel invades and excavates tunnels under Al-Aqsa in "search for a false and alleged history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
     “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… condemned the dangerous and ongoing escalation by the occupation authorities and its herds of settlers against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, something which is expressed in easing the settlers’ invasions of it and the excavation of tunnels under it in a search for a false and alleged history. He explained that the latest UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution emphasizes that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is Islamic and belongs only to the Muslims.”

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.

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PLO official: Israel is carrying out “desecration of the Islamic holy sites, particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2016
     Headline: “Qurei discussed the developments with the ambassadors of China and the European Union”
“PLO Executive Committee Member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei discussed the situation in the Palestinian arena with Chinese Ambassador to Palestine Chen Xingzhong and European [Union] Ambassador Ralph Tarraf…
Qurei emphasized that the European states need to take an initiating political position against the Israeli plot to thwart the two-state solution plan by continuing the expansion of the settlements, the destruction of the homes, and the desecration of the Islamic holy sites, particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PLO accuses Israel of “systematic acts of Judaization" and “organized terror” against Palestinians in Jerusalem, particularly in the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the occupation’s crimes against the residents of Jerusalem”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the ongoing policy of summary assassinations that the occupation authorities are carrying out against the [Arab] citizens in Jerusalem, the latest of which was its shooting of young Musbah Abu Sbeih (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2) on the claim that he shot at several settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, which led to his death as a Martyr (Shahid) at the scene... The [PLO] department emphasized that our people will stand with all its might against this Israeli arrogance and the organized terror being perpetrated against our people standing firm in Jerusalem, and particularly in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Musbah Abu Sbeih – 39-year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered 2 Israelis and wounded 5 others in 3 drive-by shooting attacks in Jerusalem on Oct. 9, 2016. Abu Sbeih, who held Israeli residency status, began his shooting spree at the Ammunition Hill light rail stop and continued to the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood. He was killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli border police officers during the attack. For more information, click "full article."
PA Council for Jerusalem head warns of “Judaization” in Jerusalem, impending collapse of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “Dr. Issa warns of the Judaization policy against Jerusalem”
     “Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa warned today (Monday) [Oct. 10, 2016] against the policy of Judaization being carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities against the holy city [of Jerusalem], and particularly against what is happening at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
This was said during a lecture given by Secretary-General Issa about Jerusalem and the Israeli violations in it at the Al-Fajr Al-Jadid Girls’ Model School in the village of Akav in northern occupied Jerusalem…
The secretary-general clarified that the situation of the city is most grave, and that the real dangers surrounding the sites holy to Islam and Christianity are changing the reality in the city…
He said that one of the attacks that the Israeli occupation authorities are perpetrating against the holy sites is the excavation of a network of tunnels under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, such that its foundations are liable to collapse at any moment.”

Note: The Israeli daily Haaretz has stated that the excavations do not reach beneath the mosque: "The diggers are painstaking to respect the dignity of the Temple Mount. Despite complaints from the Islamic Movement and Palestinian groups, not a single dig penetrates beneath the mount." [Haaretz, May 24, 2016]
Daughter of terrorist: My father was upset when hearing about “attacks and provocations of the settlers and occupation forces against the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and those carrying out Ribat”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “Musbah, lover of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, separated from Jerusalem as a Martyr before he was supposed to turn himself in to the occupation’s police”
     “Yesterday morning [Oct. 9, 2016] young Musbah Abu Sbeih, 39, died as a Martyr (Shahid) during an armed clash with [Israeli] security forces after a chase near [the neighborhood of] Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem…
The Martyr’s daughter Iman, 17, said in an exclusive interview with Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that her father dedicated his life to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its defense, and he did not calm down when he heard about the attacks and provocations of the settlers and occupation forces against the Mosque and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, and the occupation authorities punished him several times by distancing [him] (i.e., from the Temple Mount), arresting [him], and they even forbade him from entering Jerusalem where he was born..."

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PLO accuses Israel of “systematic acts of Judaization,” “organized terror” against Palestinians in Jerusalem, “particularly” in the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the occupation’s crimes against the residents of Jerusalem”
       “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the ongoing policy of summary assassinations that the occupation authorities are carrying out against the [Arab] citizens in Jerusalem, the latest of which was its shooting of young Musbah Abu Sbeih (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2, see note)...
The [PLO] department said yesterday [Oct. 9, 2016] in a press release: ‘The tension in Jerusalem and its escalation are a result of the policies and acts of the Israeli occupation, its ongoing violations, the systematic acts of Judaization, the settlements, and the theft of lands. All of these have caused and cause greater anger among our people, which defends its holy sites and its legal national rights against the occupation’s arrogance. The [PLO] department emphasized that our people will stand with all its might against this Israeli arrogance and the organized terror being perpetrated against our people standing firm in Jerusalem, and particularly in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Fatah warns Israel must “bear the consequences” of what it is “perpetrating against the Al-Aqsa Mosque... [allowing] settlers to invade it, defile it, and desecrate its sanctity” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 9, 2016
Posted text: "The occupation government and its executive branches must bear the consequences of what they are perpetrating against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the disregard of Muslim sensibilities, and the granting of permission to the settlers to invade it, defile it, and desecrate its sanctity on a daily basis under the umbrella and protection of the occupation police. This, while banning hundreds of men and women from Jerusalem who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and carrying out a policy of distancing [them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and detentions. All of these steps will not be accepted in silence, and residents of Jerusalem will defend the place of the ascent to Heaven (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) of our precious messenger Muhammad, blessings and peace be upon him.
Therefore, we in the Jerusalem branch of Fatah emphasize our adherence to Jerusalem, the strengthening of the [Arab] presence in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City [of Jerusalem], and [that] it will not be abandoned to the extremists and terrorists [of the occupation]..."
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PA National Security Forces posts on Facebook cartoon depicting Star of David imprisoning the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Oct. 8, 2016

Cartoon posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces

The cartoon shows an Israeli flag with barbed wire forming the blue stripes, and security fences forming the Star of David with guard towers at the points, imposing a closure on different PA districts, with Jerusalem represented by the Dome of the Rock Mosque closed off in the center of the security fence Star of David. The PA National Security Forces logo appears in the upper-left corner.
PA National Security Forces posts on Facebook a cartoon depicting an Israeli soldier ‘boxing’ the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Oct. 6, 2016


Cartoon posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces

The cartoon shows an Israeli soldier with “Israel” written on his shirt and a Star of David on his helmet squaring off against the Dome of the Rock Mosque in a boxing ring, indicating the often repeated Palestinian claim that Israel is “attacking” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Mosque. The PA National Security Forces logo appears in the corner.

The PA and its leaders view any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount as an “attack.” 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: "73 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" to discuss "the legend and myth of ‘the alleged Temple’" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2016
Headline: “Settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a tour for officers at the Al-Qibli Mosque (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) and the Dome of the Rock”
     “Yesterday [Oct. 4, 2016] 73 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in small and consecutive groups…
A number of the settlers tried to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, while the settlers received explanations from guides regarding the legend and myth of ‘the alleged Temple’ [that was] in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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 Minister of Religious Affairs: "No non-Muslim has any connection to" Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) or to Al-Aqsa Mosque, which "is defiled" by "settlers"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 2, 2016
Headline: “Marking the anniversary of the emigration of the Prophet at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs yesterday [Oct. 1, 2016] marked the anniversary of the emigration of the Prophet (i.e., the Muslim New Year) at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) in the Old City of Hebron, in the presence of several official and civilian dignitaries, heads of institutions, and a crowd of civilians.
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is emphasized that the Ibrahimi Mosque will remain an Islamic mosque, as no non-Muslim has any connection to it, and likewise the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is defiled on a daily basis by the occupation and its settlers in front of the world, and particularly in front of the Arab nation and the Muslim nation.”
PA Supreme Fatwa Council condemns "invasions" of Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls on Palestinians to protect the mosque at all costs "until Allah inherits the land and everything in it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: “The Fatwa Council: Exploiting Jerusalem as part of the American election campaign constitutes disrespect of international law”
     “The [PA Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council condemned the election promise that US Candidate Donald Trump made to recognize Jerusalem as the ‘united capital’ of Israel if he is elected as president…
The council warned of the regional consequences of an escalation in the rate of the invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a red line for Muslims throughout the world. Likewise, it clarified that the occupation authorities have escalated the rate of their invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for what are called the Jewish holidays, and that these invasions reveal their aggressive intentions towards it and verify the falseness of their claim to commit to retaining the historic status quo that exists there… The council urged everyone who can come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest the maximum efforts to reach it and strengthen the presence there so as to defend it, and emphasized that our people will adhere to their mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices that will be required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in 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 Council warns: "Alleged Temple organizations to hold group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council warns: Extremist calls for group invasions [of Jews] of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said yesterday [Sept. 29, 2016] that the call of the coalition of Alleged Temple organizations to hold group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the season of Jewish holidays in the month of October constitutes an emphasis of the provocative policy that the occupation authorities, their settlers, and their extremist organizations are adopting. Likewise, the council noted that this desecration of the holy sites is not the first violation, but rather one of the systematic Judaization steps [being taken against] the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque.”

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.

"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. Preceding the Purim holiday, religious websites such as the Temple Mount News website [Feb. 23, 2015] announced a "special visit" to the Temple Mount, which was expected to draw "masses of Jews."

Cartoon calls to "clean" Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque of Jews 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 29, 2016

In this cartoon, a Palestinian woman is holding a broom and sweeping an Israeli soldier and a religious Jew away from the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
Caption: "Every year, Jerusalem gets cleaner"
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Note: This cartoon was first posted on the Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces on Nov. 8, 2014. It was published again on Fatah-run Awdah TV on July 17, 2015. The cartoon appeared again on the official Facebook ‎page of the Fatah Movement on Oct. 28, ‎‎2015, with the text: “This occupation will ‎pass Allah willing.”‎ Most recently, the cartoon was reposted to the Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces on Sept. 29, 2016.
 
PA Ministry of Information: We stand with bare hands against "invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the extremist gangs" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: "Ministry of Information: The Al-Aqsa Intifada is a milestone in our struggle"
     "The [PA] Ministry of Information stated in a notice yesterday [Sept. 28, 2016] that the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) is one of the milestones in our national and legal struggle to get rid of the occupation…
The ministry emphasized in the announcement for the 16th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada that the fact that the popular uprising broke out in order to defend the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem), the second mosque, and the third 'sanctuary' (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), proves the depth of our people’s adherence to their Islamic and Christian holy sites, and this is the ongoing daily defense as part of which we stand with [bare] hands against the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the extremist gangs under the protection of the army of the occupation and its police…
The ministry in its statement encouraged the national, Arab and foreign media outlets operating in Palestine to mention the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, and to note the state terror that Israel has perpetrated and still perpetrates against our people, and to bring back the stories of the Martyrs (Shahids), the injured, and the prisoners, who guard the freedom of Palestine with their blood, chains, and suffering."

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 calls on Palestinians and Israeli Arabs to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat there because of Israeli “invasions” on Jewish holidays  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Sept. 28, 2016
Headline: "Alayan: The occupation is carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem"

“Official Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan… called on the Palestinian people in general, and the people of the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem) and our people in the '48 territories (i.e., PA term for Israel) in particular, to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) from the beginning of next week (i.e., the first week of October 2016), in the shadow of the occupation's threats to carry out widespread invasions of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque as part of what they call their holidays (i.e., Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year) that are expected to occur at the beginning of next week.

Likewise, he emphasized that the presence and the Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza are the highest and bravest form of struggle at this time.

Alayan concluded with a blessing and praise of the people of the holy city who stand firm and carry out Ribat in their city despite the Israeli steps that strive to expel them."

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.
PLO official warns a new intifada might begin if Israel continues to allow “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Sept. 28, 2016
Headline: “On the anniversary of the blessed Al-Aqsa Intifada, Tayseer Khaled warns of the consequences of the settlers’ invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza”
      “PLO Executive Committee Member and Member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s (DFLP) Political Bureau Tayseer Khaled warned of the dangers surrounding the situation in the Palestinian areas. This is if the government of Israel continues its irresponsible policy, limits the freedom of the Palestinian citizens to reach the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and continues to allow the settlers to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., Temple Mount), riot, and hold religious ceremonies in a way that provokes the sensibilities of the Palestinian citizens, especially during the period of the [Jewish] holidays... Tayseer Khaled held the Israeli government fully responsible for the possibility that the situation in Jerusalem might deteriorate.”

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Fatah Facebook post commemorates the Second Intifada, which was meant to “defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to purify it from the occupation’s defilement” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 28, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a Palestinian throwing a rock at an Israeli tank.

Posted text: “Today, Sept. 28, 2000, the Palestinian people began the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), whose path it paved with blood and injuries. It paid a heavy price in order to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to purify it from the occupation’s defilement, and therefore the Palestinians called it ‘the Al-Aqsa Intifada.’”
Fatah Facebook post commemorates second intifada, which was meant to “defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to purify it from the occupation’s defilement” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 28, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a Palestinian throwing a rock at an Israeli tank.

Posted text: “Today, Sept. 28, 2000, the Palestinian people began the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), whose path it paved with blood and injuries. It paid a heavy price in order to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to purify it from the occupation’s defilement, and therefore the Palestinians called it ‘the Al-Aqsa Intifada.’”
Fatah official: Israel "wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 27, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: The date of the convening Fatah’s Seventh Conference will be determined today”
      “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki... emphasized that the [Seventh Fatah] Conference must focus on the national issue, and that we will not agree that the goal of the conference be to please the leaders. Likewise, he emphasized that Fatah and its leadership want to consolidate a worldview in regards to Israel, which wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites, and wants to carry out a [population] transfer…"
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PLO: Israel is carrying out “racist violations against Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 19, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs: The summary executions are organized Israeli terror”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs said: ‘The summary executions being carried out by the occupation authorities are organized Israeli terror…’
The department, in its announcement that was published today, Monday [Sept. 19, 2016], warned against the danger inherent in the Israeli occupation authorities continuing their criminal and racist violations against Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and their carrying out additional crimes through the incessant perpetration of summary executions, which were expressed this morning in the shooting of a young man from Jerusalem (i.e., terrorist stabber Hatem Al-Shaloudi, wounded 1) in the Herod’s Gate region of Jerusalem, which caused him to be seriously wounded.”
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Hatem Al-Shaloudi – 25-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier in Hebron on Sept. 17, 2016. Al-Shaloudi was shot and killed in response by Israeli soldiers. Security camera footage of the incident clearly shows Al-Shaloudi stabbing the soldier.
PA Council: Israel tunnels under the Al-Aqsa mosque "in preparation for a despicable crime and massacre" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Sept. 16, 2016
Headline: "The Islamic-Christian Council: 34 years since the Sabra and Shatila massacre and the crimes continue"
     "The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places emphasized today, Friday [Sept. 16, 2016],… in a statement that the Israeli occupation authorities, with their ongoing violations in occupied Jerusalem, are willingly desecrating the sanctity of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, and attack them with fires, destruction, and impurity. This is in addition to the theft of an entire culture, with all its details and antiquities, and the excavation of networks of tunnels under the Old City of the occupied city [Jerusalem], and particularly under the foundations of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for a despicable crime and massacre against the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem) and the third holiest sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque)."

Sabra and Shatila - Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. In 1982, during the first Lebanon War, Muslim residents of the camps were massacred by Christian Phalangists. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.
PA TV airs song: The "knife will express our rage and will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be harmed" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program Holiday Morning, hosting poet Abdallah Qishta
Poet Abdallah Qishta begins to recite the poem "A Homeland That is Tired of Waiting"
Poet Abdallah Qishta:
"Oh my enemy, others are brighter than you…
You are a Nazi, do not lie and do not call for peace
The chaos of your corruption is running rampant in Muslim countries
Your ebb and flow have come to an end, the illusion has reached its end and dissipated
Your time has come, accursed is your grandfather who brought us the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
[Even if] a period passes, we will not forget and our veins will be renewed
Your fate is shame and disgrace, regardless of what will come to pass.
Tomorrow we will liberate our land and we will lay the cornerstone,
Sometimes with weapons, and sometimes with politics.
The soil always calls to us: 'Come with [your] head held high,
Wear the crown of glory, and break the head of the evil one’
Its [the soil’s] knife will express our rage and will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be harmed…"
Official PA TV host: "We do not deny that the poem is wonderful and the style is very unique, especially as there is an attractiveness to the Nabataean or Bedouin poem, as some know it ."

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
PA Mufti: Israeli excavations try to substantiate "false claims" of "alleged Temple" while attempting to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 9, 2016
     “[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… called on everyone who is able to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest the maximum effort to visit it and strengthen the presence there in order to defend it, and emphasized the adherence of our people to their mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices this will demand, until Allah inherits the earth and everything on it.
On another matter, Sheikh Hussein clarified that the statements of Israeli archaeologists, according to which they have found parts of floors from the Temple period in excavations that took place under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, are false claims through which they are trying to prove that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was established on the ruins of their alleged Temple. Likewise, he referred to the danger posed by excavations of this type, which pave the way to shaking the foundations of the blessed mosque in an attempt to destroy it and to God forbid establish the alleged Temple in its place.”

Note : The Israeli daily
Haaretz has stated that the excavations do not reach beneath the mosque:
"The diggers are painstaking to respect the dignity of the Temple Mount. Despite complaints from the Islamic Movement and Palestinian groups, not a single dig penetrates beneath the mount." [
Haaretz, May 24, 2016]
Fatah: Israel won’t succeed in stopping Palestinians from “defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protecting it from the defilement of the extremists”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2016
Headline: “Jerusalem’s Fatah branch: The attempts to empty the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people will meet with failure”
     “The Fatah Movement branch in Jerusalem emphasized yesterday [Sept. 7, 2016] that the occupation forces did not and will not succeed in emptying the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people and those who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and defending it, regardless of how much they strengthen their policy against Jerusalem residents and the Al-Aqsa Mosque guards of distancing [from the site]. Fatah Movement Secretary in Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith said that… these decisions will not prevent the Palestinians from defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protecting it from the defilement of the extremists.”
Official PA daily describes Jewish visits to the Temple Mount as “attempts to defile the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque with repeated Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) activities” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2016
Headline: “‘Settler wedding’ at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “At the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Sept. 7, 2016] a tense atmosphere prevailed in light of invasions and provocative tours that were held by groups of the settler gangs, and attempts to defile the mosque with repeated Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) activities.”

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: Israel won’t succeed in stopping Palestinians from “defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protecting it from the defilement of the extremists” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2016
Headline: “Jerusalem’s Fatah branch: The attempts to empty the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people will meet with failure”
      “The Fatah Movement branch in Jerusalem emphasized yesterday [Sept. 7, 2016] that the occupation forces did not and will not succeed in emptying the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people and those who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and defending it, regardless of how much they strengthen their policy against Jerusalem residents and the Al-Aqsa Mosque guards of distancing [from the site]. Fatah Movement Secretary in Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith said that… these decisions will not prevent the Palestinians from defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protecting it from the defilement of the extremists.”
PA daily: "Settlers carried out tours of provocation at the mosque, while [receiving] explanations about the myth of the 'alleged Temple'" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2016
Headline: “At the same time as calls of the ‘Temple organizations’: Settlers renew their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Settlers yesterday [Sept. 4, 2016] renewed their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] through the Mughrabi Gate, under increased guard and protection by special occupation forces. The settlers carried out tours of provocation at the mosque, while [receiving] explanations about the myth of the ‘alleged Temple’ [that was] in its place, while the worshippers came out against these invasions and tours with calls of protest: ‘Allahu Akbar.’”

"Temple organizations" refers to religious Jewish movements that include 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. Preceding the Purim holiday, religious websites such as the Temple Mount News website [Feb. 23, 2015] announced a "special visit" to the Temple Mount, which was expected to draw "masses of Jews."

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.
Guest on PA TV: “The occupation wants to tell the Jewish Talmudic false myth"... The Al-Aqsa Mosque will become “a brainwashing center for foreign visitors, and for spreading the narrative and Jewish myth” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 4, 2016

Silwan and Al-Bustan Neighborhood Defense Committee member Fakhri Abu Diab: “The danger is to Jerusalem in general, and specifically to Silwan that is being heavily attacked. This massive Judaization project - in effect through it, the occupation wants to tell the Jewish Talmudic false myth at the expense of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and therefore [the project] is very close, only a few meters from the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In addition, it will become a security center and brainwashing center for the foreign visitors, and for spreading the narrative and Jewish myth.”

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PA minister claims Cave of Patriarchs is a "purely Islamic site," condemns Jewish "invasions" of Al-Aqsa and calls for Ribat 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 1, 2016
Headline: “The occupation closed the Ibrahimi Mosque today, and banned the sounding of the call to prayer 49 times during the past month”
     “The Israeli occupation authorities today, Thursday [Sept. 1, 2016], closed the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, and used the Jewish holidays as an excuse…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the occupation’s decision to close the mosque. He emphasized that it is necessary to act immediately in order to save it and put an end to this and all of the daily violations and attacks. Likewise, he viewed this as ‘an outrageous blow to the Muslims and to the purely Islamic site.’…
He added: ‘In the same way, the occupation continues its policy at the Al-Aqsa Mosque – daily invasions, Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, and plans to change the face of the land adjacent to it. [Even] the dead were not saved from its policy, especially in the historical Ma’man Allah (i.e., Mamilla) cemetery, which was and still is subjected to the ugliest attack. It [the occupation] is holding an alcohol drinking festival (i.e., the Jerusalem Beer Festival at Independence Park at the end of August 2016) on its land, and there is no need to mention the digging [in graves], the shattering [of tombstones], and the planting of fake graves.’
Likewise, he called to maintain a permanent presence [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque], and to go up to it and continue [carrying out] Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic).”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 1, 2016, Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 4, 2016]

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Fatah: Cable car project in Jerusalem is “Judaization project,” part of “next to last stage of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins”  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 28, 2016
Headline: “Fatah warns against the establishment of the cable car project in Jerusalem”

“The Fatah Movement warned against the project being discussed by the Israeli occupation in occupied Jerusalem to establish a cable car that connects the Mount of Olives with the Mughrabi Gate (i.e., to the Temple Mount).

Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized in an interview with the press yesterday [Aug. 27, 2016] that if this Judaization project is implemented, it means that the occupation is in the next to last stage of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
PLO official: Israel is executing "ancient Zionist plots" to build Temple, Al-Aqsa in danger of "imminent collapse" 
Source: Al-Quds, Aug. 28, 2016
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque fire – the fire is still burning!”
Op-ed by PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei “Abu Alaa”
     “A week ago was the 47th anniversary of the crime of the arson of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Saladin [Al-Ayyubi’s] pulpit, in what appeared to be a situation of troubling silence, broken only by a small number of notices repeated regularly throughout recent years… It can be said that the Jewish logic, which is full of historical grudges and religious myths, through this arson opened a wider door for the perpetration of ancient Zionist plots. Plots whose goal is to determine the future of Jerusalem by creating finalized facts and a new reality, that can defend themselves by themselves in any future negotiation regarding the fate of Jerusalem and the Palestinian areas…
The extremist Zionist groups, those who held the hand of the same Jewish settler (sic) named Michael Rohan when he perpetrated this intentional fire, are those who today hold the reins of government in Israel, and they are those who carry out the operation of Judaizing Jerusalem for all to see, and call with unprecedented determination to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque without encountering any opposition or anyone who will deter them... In fact, these evil Israeli goals are no longer only intentions nested in the heart of small groups of ultra-extremists and settlers, but rather have become an official work plan being implemented in the field, and in particular under the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., the Temple Mount), which currently is subject to imminent collapse due to a series of underground tunnels and passageways.”

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Fatah: Cable car project in Jerusalem is “Judaization project,” part of “next to last stage of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins”  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 28, 2016
Headline: “Fatah warns against the establishment of the cable car project in Jerusalem”
      “The Fatah Movement warned against the project being discussed by the Israeli occupation in occupied Jerusalem to establish a cable car that connects the Mount of Olives with the Mughrabi Gate (i.e., to the Temple Mount). Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized in an interview with the press yesterday [Aug. 27, 2016] that if this Judaization project is implemented, it means that the occupation is in the next to last stage of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
Official PA TV falsely attributes 1969 arson in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to an Israeli  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2016
     Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem, on the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson in 1968
Official PA TV reporter: “Denis Michael Rohan, an Israeli (sic) terrorist of Australian descent, carried out the crime and burned the Al-Aqsa Mosque. And in this way the rising tongues of flame devoured the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its walls.”

Michael 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.
Abbas and Fatah Central Committee warn of “dangers of Judaization and division threatening the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 23, 2016
Headline: “The president during a meeting of the Fatah Central Committee: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line”
     “The Fatah Central Committee yesterday evening [Aug. 22, 2016] held a meeting led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… Official [PA Presidential] Spokesman and [Fatah] Central Committee member Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the Central Committee discussed several topics connected to the national issues, primarily the dangers of Judaization and division threatening the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and especially the 47th anniversary of the crime of burning the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He added that the Central Committee emphasized the national, Arab, Islamic, and international responsibility to protect the sites holy to Islam and Christianity…
The Central Committee emphasized that there is no statute of limitations for the crime of burning the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It [the Committee] saluted the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) within it [the Mosque] and those defending it, who come out against the settlers’ violations, which are carried out right in front of the occupation army and police and under their guard.”

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Child on PA TV: Ben-Gurion intended to “take over Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the Third Temple” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 23, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on PA Ministry of Religious Affairs Little Preacher competition for children

Official PA TV reporter: “As part of its efforts to spread religious awareness and train preachers, the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs in Qalqilya organized the Young Preacher competition, meant to polish the intellectual skills of the children in the area of moderate religious discourse that is far from extremism.”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “We are always trying to raise the level and improve the preaching of Allah’s words, and the presentation of the message of tolerance and moderation.’

Competition participant: “Thus declared Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the occupation state, in his speech to the UN General Assembly: ‘Israel has no meaning without Jerusalem, and Jerusalem has no meaning without the Temple’ (sic., Ben-Gurion made a statement about the significance of Jerusalem to the Israeli Parliament.) This declaration means that Jerusalem has no significance without taking over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple.”

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PLO official claims Israel wants “religious war,” is “burning” the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the “alleged Temple"  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 22, 2016
Headline: “Qurei calls for Arab and Islamic coordination in order to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Judaization and division”

“Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs [and PLO Executive Committee member] Ahmed Qurei warned of the dangers and consequences of the cruel and unprecedented Israeli attack against the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque… in a pitiful attempt by the occupation government to change the status-quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in preparation for its complete Judaization – from the rejection of the [Jordanian] Waqf’s authority to the increase in the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by the extremist settlers and rabbis…

He said: ‘The Israeli occupation government’s insistence on increasing the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza and preventing [Muslim] worshippers from reaching it, is a step that is part of the implementation of the aggressive and racist Israeli policy that indicates the declaration of a religious war. [The war’s] main target is the holy city and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…’

Qurei added that the occupation authorities are burning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its characteristics, on a daily basis… in order to realize the largest goal of the occupation state: the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.

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PA official: Israel aspires to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque and build "alleged Temple" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 21, 2016
Headline: “Fatah: The destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an impossible Israeli dream, and we will defend it”
     “[PA Parliament (Legislative Council) member] Hatem Abd Al-Qader, responsible for the Jerusalem portfolio in Fatah,… clarified that Israel does not only want to turn Jerusalem into the capital of the Israeli political entity, but rather aspires to turn it into a religious capital for all Jews worldwide by building what is called the alleged Temple.”
Official PA daily perpetuates libel that Israel was complicit in 1969 arson attack on Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 21, 2016
Headline: “47 years since the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson”
     “On Aug. 21, 1969, Michael Rohan pretended to be a tourist and entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Bab Al-Ghawanmeh, which is [a gate] in the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., the Temple Mount), after the worshippers held the dawn prayer and left, at 6:30 a.m. to be precise. He took advantage of the fact that the mosque was empty of worshippers at that early hour … and set Saladin Al-Ayyubi’s historic pulpit on fire…
In a performance that was planned in advance, according to analysts, the occupation police arrested Michael Rohan and brought him to trial. The court ruled that he was psychologically unfit [to stand trial] and transferred him to a psychiatric hospital in order to allow him to evade punishment. Five years after the incident, he was transferred to his homeland of Australia, and he died there in 1995 without showing any signs of the psychological disturbance that the occupation government claimed he had.”

Michael 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.
PA daily: Israel is “attempting in many ways… to harm” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to “Judaize” Jerusalem, and is attempting to convince the world that Jerusalem is Jewish  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2016
      “Next Sunday, Aug. 21 [2016], is the 47th anniversary of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque arson in 1969...
Even before the burning of the mosque and until now, the Israeli authorities are attempting in many ways and methods to harm the mosque. They carry out excavations underneath it to build interconnected tunnels, something which has led to the destruction of the foundations of the mosque in the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount)... The Israeli authorities are still making efforts to Judaize Arab Jerusalem. They are always attempting to hide the Dome of the Rock, considered a symbol of Arab Jerusalem, from the eyes of the world in a pathetic attempt to convince the world that Jerusalem is not Arab, but rather Jewish. Likewise, they continue to incite against the Muslims, and no one rules out the possibility that a different extremist Jew will burn the mosque again. This is in light of the incessant campaign of incitement and desecration that is being carried out under the auspices of [Israeli] MPs, rabbis, and even minsters in the government of [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

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Supreme Muslim Council official warns of "Israeli plots to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2016
Headline: "The occupation bans Tayseer Al-Tamimi from entering Jerusalem"
     "The occupation authorities yesterday [Aug. 17, 2016] banned [former] Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Secretary of [the independent organization] the Supreme Muslim Council Tayseer Al-Tamimi from entering Jerusalem to participate in the meeting of the Supreme Islamic Council, which was set for yesterday afternoon at its seat at the Chain Gate (i.e., one of the gates to the Temple Mount). This was in order to discuss the ramifications of the invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Judaization of the curricula in the schools of Arab Jerusalem.
In response to this step, Al-Tamimi said that it came as part of the Judaization of the holy city and the effort to silence any voice that reveals the Israeli plots to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He promised to continue to protect it and the identity of the holy city and its holy sites.
Al-Tamimi emphasized that occupied Jerusalem is an Islamic Arab city, and that the Jewish presence in it is temporary as it is based on theft by brute force. He added that the occupation will definitely pass in the end, just as all the occupations [of Jerusalem] have passed throughout history. Likewise he warned of the Jewish plots to Judaize it and take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a part of the faith of every Muslim. [Al-Tamimi noted] that this is a mosque that belongs only to the Muslims, with all its plazas, foundations, gates, domes, and components, and that the Jews have no connection to 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 spokesman: Israel is attempting to "destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 16, 2016
Headline: “Fatah: Israel plans to cancel Jordan’s sponsorship of Jerusalem”
     “Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan stated that the latest actions of the Israeli occupation at the Al-Aqsa mosque and the invasions of the settlers are part of the effort to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple, while taking advantage of the Arab and Islamic silence and the Palestinian internal rift (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah)...
Alayan emphasized: ‘There is no security coordination with the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza and the West Bank… the security coordination only occurs in a number of humanitarian cases in the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem), and not in the recognized security manner.’”

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 Minister of Religious Affairs repeats libel that Israel has “malicious plan” to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, build third temple 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 16, 2016
Official PA TV News, on Jewish groups on the Temple Mount

Official PA TV reporter: “Jewish organizations are waiting for an official political decision regarding the building of the alleged Temple within a time frame that does not exceed three years.”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “This is a plan organized by the Israeli occupation authorities, even if the tool they are using is the herds of settlers that the Israeli occupation authorities bring in to the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza every day, in order to create facts on the ground and divide it according to areas, and afterwards to carry out the malicious plan and destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Al-Aqsa preacher denounces "extremist scheme to Judaize the holy city" and establish "the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 14, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs called to come and be at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher and First Deputy of the Chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem Sheikh Yusuf Jum’a Salameh warned of the dangers of the settlers’ continued invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He held the occupation authorities fully responsible for these steps of escalation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and the holy sites. At the same time, he emphasized that these attacks constitute part of the occupation’s extremist scheme to Judaize the holy city and to impose Israeli sovereignty on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through an attempt to divide it according to times and areas, in preparation for the establishment of what is called the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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.

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.
Fatah: Israel attempting to “Judaize East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Aug. 13, 2016

Headline: “Fatah: Our holy sites are a red line , and we will not allow them to be Judaized, the world must bear responsibility for the consequences”
      “The Fatah Movement emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity are red lines and the settlers cannot ever be allowed to harm them.
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi: ‘The fact that a Jewish family from the settlement of Kiryat Arba held religious ceremonies at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., memorial for terror victim Hallel Yaffa Ariel on the Temple Mount), and the settlers' repeated invasions of it, are a dangerous matter that heralds an explosion of the situation.’
Al-Qawasmi said that the attempts of the occupation state to Judaize East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitute contempt for the international community and its laws. Likewise, he emphasized Fatah's opposition to the occupation's efforts to turn the invasions into a fait accompli, and recalled the Jerusalem uprising (i.e., several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016) that came in order to express the opposition of the Palestinian people and its leadership to the harm to the sites holy to the Palestinian people.
Fatah demanded that the Arab and Muslim states fulfill their responsibilities, exert active pressure, and [demanded them] to speak in terms of interests with the world nations in order to pressure the occupation state, and it warned against ignoring the dangers and the bad and ominous consequences of the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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PA daily claims settlers and Israeli Antiquity Authority “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, talked about “myth of the alleged ‘Temple’”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 11, 2016
Headline: “Tension at the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the invasions of teams from the occupation’s Antiquities Authority and settlers”

“Tension prevailed yesterday [Aug. 10, 2016] at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the incessant invasions of settlers in small groups through the Mughrabi Gate, under heavy security of special forces of the occupation’s police. At the same time, teams from the Israel Antiquities Authority invaded it…
The mosque’s guards and worshippers thwarted the attempts of the settlers to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers and ceremonies in the mosque (i.e., at the Temple Mount plaza)… while several extremists gave explanations about the myth of the alleged ‘Temple.’”

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 Mufti: “What is happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque heralds a dangerous religious war" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: "The Grand Mufti: What is happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque heralds a dangerous religious war"

"[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the repercussions of the grave escalation in the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the attacks against it and its visitors and workers…

He said: 'The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to a strong attack by the occupation authorities as part of the series of [acts] of extremism that they are carrying out in order to harm it through their ongoing attacks against it, while disregarding the international regulations, norms, and laws, and they are acting according to a systematic plan to obliterate everything that is Arab and Islamic in Palestine, and to replace it with a false Jewish alternative.'"

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.
Official PA daily: “Alleged Temple organizations” ask their supporters to take part in “mass invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2016
Headline: “Settlers are renewing the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and one of its guards was distanced for four months”

“Settlers yesterday [Aug. 7, 2016] renewed their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate in small groups one after the other...
It is worth noting that the alleged Temple organizations have in the past demanded of their supporters that they take part in mass invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during these days, as preparation and arrangement for what is called ‘[the day of] the destruction of the alleged Temple’ (i.e., Tisha B’Av), which will take place on the 14th of this month [August 2016].”

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.

"Alleged Temple organizations” refers ‎to religious Jewish movements, including the ‎Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, The ‎Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount ‎initiative and Students for the Temple Mount, ‎which spread awareness of the importance of ‎the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage ‎people to visit the Temple Mount.

Tisha B’Av is a Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.
PA government: Israel carrying out “daily attacks, invasions, and defilement of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount)” and “planting… illusions and legends that it fabricates about the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 8, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] government: The occupation’s crazy attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque should be condemned and contradicts all laws”
      “Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud condemned in a press release the ongoing invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by the occupation forces, which took place during the day at the same time as the invasion of the Dome of the Rock by an Israeli antiquities expert and [Israeli police] riot forces in order to examine the maintenance and restoration activities being carried out by the [Jordanian] Islamic Waqf department , and which were stopped by force several days ago. Al-Mahmoud stated: ‘This attack comes as part of the daily attacks, invasions, and defilement of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount), one of the holiest sites for Muslims, being perpetrated by the occupation forces in order to turn them into a fact on the ground in accordance with the dictates of the occupation mentality, and as part of the planting of the illusions and legends that it fabricates about the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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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 cartoon: Netanyahu bulldozing foundations of Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Aug. 7, 2016

Image posted on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission
Image shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a Jewish skullcap , sitting inside a blue bulldozer with a white Star of David on it and destroying the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, represented by an arm.
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PA Minister: Israeli authorities are “pushing the region towards an abyss by their blatant desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2016
Headline: “Al-Husseini updated the Sri Lankan representative in Palestine regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem”

“[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Governor of the [Jerusalem] District Adnan Al-Husseini called on Sri Lankan Representative in Palestine Fawzan Anver yesterday [Aug. 4, 2016], in a reception held for him in [Al-Husseini’s] office in the Al-Barid neighborhood [in northeast Jerusalem], to advance the movement of tourists from south and east Asia to Jerusalem, Palestine, and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, which will strengthen the Islamicness of this land, disprove the Israeli narratives, and expose the occupation’s false claims.

He noted that the occupation authorities are pushing the region towards an abyss by their blatant desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and their use of forgery and distortion in order to reverse the historical and religious facts.”
Fatah official: Israel has a “Zionist scheme” to gradually take control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, “in order to divide it, and… to destroy it so as to build the alleged Temple” 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Aug. 4, 2016
Headline: “Mattour warns: The occupation’s scheme is being carried out in gradual steps for the purpose of dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and taking complete control of it”
     “Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Movement in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour said that the steps of the occupation forces at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the arrests of its employees, and the stopping of the restoration activities at the Dome of the Rock constitute a Zionist scheme to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to take control of it through gradual daily steps.
Mattour said today, Thursday [Aug. 4, 2016], in an interview with Radio Mawtini, as he warned of the occupation’s scheme to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque and take control of it: ‘The occupation authorities are taking gradual steps to carry out their Zionist scheme.’ He warned the Islamic and Arab states of the danger of these gradual steps, as after them will come complete Zionist control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to divide it, and afterwards to destroy it so as to build the alleged Temple in its place.”
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"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel’s ultimate purpose is “clearing the Al-Aqsa Mosque, imposing the Jewish presence there, and allowing the settlers to desecrate it freely"  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is condemned the arrest of the Waqf’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Restoration Committee director”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces arrested the [Jordanian] Waqf’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Restoration Committee Director [Bassam Al-Hallaq] and three employees of the committee, as well as the continuation of the policy of distancing employees and guards [from the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and their arrest as an advanced step for the purpose of clearing the Al-Aqsa Mosque, imposing the Jewish presence there, and allowing the settlers to desecrate it freely.”
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PA government spokesman: Israel is carrying out "daily invasions" and "desecration" of the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 3, 2016
     "Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud... called on the international institutions and the international community to get involved urgently in order to restrain the occupation and to stop its daily attacks against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and against the occupied city of Jerusalem, through the desecration of the mosque whether by the daily invasions carried out by the herds of settlers under the protection of the occupation forces, or by the ongoing invasions by members of the occupation (i.e., Israeli policemen, border policemen, and soldiers) during which the worshippers within the mosque (the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, Israeli forces refrain from entering the mosque except in extreme circumstances -Ed.) are attacked."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: "[Israel`s] goal is to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is misleading the world on everything concerning the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is described the policy of the occupation government and its steps at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque as ‘malicious .’ He warned that its [Israel’s] goal is to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place. Ida’is said yesterday (Tuesday) [Aug. 2, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The Israeli occupation authorities and its institutions are trying to create facts on the ground at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for falsifying the nature of the site and establishing the alleged Temple in its place.’”
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PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to prevent "Jewish groups" from "invad[ing]" the Mosque on the Jewish day of mourning  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 2, 2016
Headline: “Al-Husseini:  "[...] The Al-Aqsa Mosque and employees are attacked savagely”
       “[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini… called on the city’s people to show solidarity and to help the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s [Jordanian Waqf] guards and employees, particularly at this stage in which they are subjected to arrest and distancing [from the mosque by the occupation]. Likewise, he called to come and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas in the coming days, particularly in light of the calls of the Jewish groups to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the anniversary of what is called the destruction of the Temple (i.e., Tisha B’Av).”
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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.

Tisha B’Av is a Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.

PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs “demands” Arab world act to stop “daily attacks” against Jerusalem and other holy sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 2, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: The occupation perpetrated 87 violations and attacks against the holy sites in July”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is demanded of the Arab and Islamic world and the international community to act immediately to stop the daily attacks that are perpetrated by gangs of settlers against the occupied city of Jerusalem and the holy sites… Ida’is clarified that in Hebron, and particularly in the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs), the occupation authorities have highlighted the level of their arrogance and continued to defile the mosque with a tour held by the one called the deputy director of the civil administration (i.e., Deputy Director of the Israeli Civil Administration Col. Uri Mendes) and another officer from his department.”
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The PA and its leaders consider the Cave of the Patriarchs to be a Muslim religious site with no connection to Jews. Therefore they view any presence of Jews there as an “attack.”
PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs: Situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is “very dangerous,” "requires the constant presence of the Murabitin" there 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2016
Headline: "Al-Husseini: The peace begins from Jerusalem"
      "[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Governor of the Jerusalem District Adnan Al-Husseini... said that the month of August is the most difficult [month] at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in the holy city, and noted the attention to the tension that is prevailing due to the fact that what is called the Day of the Destruction of the Temple (i.e., Tisha B'Av) is approaching…
He said: 'The matter is very dangerous and requires the constant presence of the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’"
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Tisha B’Av is a Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.
PA Islamic Council: Israeli goal is “Judaizing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and turning it into a synagogue, ahead of the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2016
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council: The distancing of guards and employees of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [from the mosque] is a racist policy whose goal is to empty it”
      “The [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said yesterday [July 31, 2016] that the barbaric attack by the occupation authorities on the [Jordanian Waqf ] guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Waqf employees who are there constitutes a clear blow to the Waqf and its employees, and an attempt to disrupt them in their work at the mosque in order to implement additional Judaization plans… Secretary-General of the Council Hanna Issa addressed the Israeli extremism, which is expressed in determining facts on the ground by Judaizing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and turning it into a synagogue, ahead of the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins. He noted that the Judaization plan and steps at the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) are gaining momentum, as if the Israeli occupation state – with the help of its settlers and extremists – is in a race against time to realize the Jewish dream: the establishment of the Temple as soon as possible.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Palestinians will “continue to carry out unceasing Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… until the occupation passes" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is condemned the Israeli attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its guards"
      "The honorable [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is condemned the fact that the occupation authorities yesterday [July 28, 2016] distanced a number of [Jordanian Waqf] guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and demanded that the Arab and Islamic world act seriously and responsibly to end the violations that are being carried out against them, against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and against the holy city... Likewise, he noted that as is its habit, the occupation is intentionally working to clear the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas and [remove] those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) within it, and to prevent them from entering it, and it is punishing them by all possible means. He emphasized that our people will continue to carry out unceasing Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque... and will continue to be rooted in its Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of its land until the occupation passes."
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Abbas’ advisor: Israel “persistently defiles the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, July 28, 2016
Headline: “Abu Al-Einein: Palestine is the gate of peace and war”
     “[Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on NGOs and] Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said... that Palestine is the gate of war and the gate of peace, and that Israel must understand that the reason for the violence and the incitement is the fact that it continues to steal our land, continues its colonialist plans, and persistently defiles the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity.”
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PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
PLO condemns “invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [by Jewish visitors]… in order to carry out Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in the pure Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 26, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned of the calls of extremist Jewish organizations to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned of the dangers and consequences of the ongoing racist calls of extremist Jewish organizations who called to carry out a widespread invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by the greatest rabbis of the settlers, in order to carry out Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in the pure Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas.
The department condemned in a press release today, Tuesday [July 26, 2016], the invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by dozens of the herds of extremist settlers from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate, under the heightened protection of the occupation police and its special forces, and the fact that they carried out tours of provocation at the mosque’s plaza in order to take pictures. This was done through response to the calls of these racist terrorist organizations and their ongoing encouragement of settlers to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and defile it by holding Talmudic ceremonies by Jewish rabbis within it.“
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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.
Official Palestinian news agency: Israelis “defile Islamic holy sites under the pretext of them being Jewish [holy sites]” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 24, 2016
     Headline: “Settlers defiled Islamic holy sites in Kifl Hares in Salfit”
“Today, Sunday [July 24, 2016] a group of settlers invaded the village of Kifl Hares (i.e., where the tomb of the Biblical figure Caleb Ben Yefuneh is located) north of Salfit (i.e., near Ariel) in order to defile Islamic holy sites under the pretext of them being Jewish [holy sites]…
Head of the Kifl Hares municipality Abd Al-Rahim Boudhiyeh said that the religious sites Dhu Al-Kifl, Dhu Al-Nun, and Khadem Salah Al-Din are subjected to ongoing defilement and invasions by the settlers who have even burnt them in the past.”
Note: The PA and its leaders consider any presence of Jews at a Muslim holy site as an "invasion" and as defilement. It should be noted that Jews are visiting open areas and not invading private property.
Jewish students visiting the Temple Mount is an “invasion,” who were told about the “legend of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 22, 2016
     Headline: “More than 80 Jewish settlers and students invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carried out tours of provocation”
“More than 80 Jewish settlers, including activists of the organization Students for the Temple invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [July 21, 2016]…
A journalist from WAFA (i.e., the official PA news agency) noted that a number of Jewish rabbis accompanied the extremists in their invasion of the blessed mosque, while the group was led by a guide who told the legend of the alleged Temple [that stood] in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Note: 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.
Students for the Temple – possibly referring to the student organization Students for the Temple Mount that promotes awareness of and the connection of Jews to the Temple Mount. It is one of what the PA refers to as "the alleged Temple organizations.” The term refers to ‎ religious Jewish movements, including the ‎Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, and The ‎Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount ‎initiative, ‎which spread awareness of the importance of ‎the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage ‎people to visit the Temple Mount.

14-year-old terrorist Muawiyah stabbed an Israeli, believing it would stop Jews from "invading Al-Aqsa" i.e., visiting Temple Mount 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 22, 2016

Uncle of terrorist Muawiyah Alqam:
"Muawiyah is in jail like every prisoner. I met with him and spoke with him. His spirit is strong. He always asks me about the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He said plainly and with a good deal of innocence: ‘Maybe after two operations (i.e., terror attacks) they (i.e., the Jews) will stop invading the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’"
Official PA TV host: "It is clear that the small hopes of this child are connected to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Program: Good Morning Jerusalem
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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.”  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.

Stabbing attack at a light rail stop in Pisgat Ze’ev - Two Palestinian terrorists, Muawiyah and Ali Alqam, aged 14 and 11, stabbed and wounded an Israeli security guard at a Jerusalem light rail stop in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, on Nov. 10, 2015. The security guard shot and wounded the 14-year-old stabber and the second terrorist was held by passengers until security forces arrived. In July 2016, Muawiyah Alqam was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison.
PA Mufti condemns memorial service held on Temple Mount for murdered 13-year-old as “criminal attack against the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 13, 2016
     Headline: " [PA] Grand Mufti [Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] condemned the holding of a Jewish memorial service at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza"
"[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the holding of a Jewish memorial service (memorial for 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel who was stabbed to death in her sleep –Ed.) at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, as several extreme settlers invaded the mosque plaza in order to participate in this service, under the supervision of the [Israeli] Jerusalem district police commander and senior officers…
The mufti said: 'This criminal attack against the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is nothing but one link in the chain of ongoing escalation, in preparation for imposing the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by areas and times, and it is part of a process to change its existing historical status.' …Likewise, he called to everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest every effort in order to visit it and strengthen the presence there in order to defend it, and emphasized the adherence of our people to their mosque, regardless of the cost and sacrifices required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it."

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PA government condemns “racist” “alleged Temple organizations,” calls on Palestinians to come the the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect it from “invasions,” and carry out Ribat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2016
     Headline: “The [PA] government emphasizes the leadership’s position on the matter of the Quartet report”
“During its weekly meeting, held yesterday [July 12, 2016] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government emphasized the position of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] and the leadership, which rejects the Quartet report…
It condemned the racist calls of the alleged Temple organizations and the daily invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza that are welcomed and encouraged by the occupation government, which provides backing and protection to the activities of these extreme organizations and associations. Likewise, it demanded of the international community that it apply pressure to the occupation government which ignores all of the international laws and conventions when it prevents the arrival of Muslims at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to pray, attacks women and distances them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, hits the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic –Ed.) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and uses weapons against them, and incites settler organizations to invade it. The [PA] government called on our people and everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to carry out Ribat and to pray there at all times, in order to protect it from the settlers and their incessant invasions.”
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PA daily uses term “alleged Temple” and describes visits by Jews to Temple Mount as “invasions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2016
Headline: “Settlers renew their invasions, warnings of suspicious activities today [July 12, 2016] at the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque”
     "Settlers yesterday [July 11, 2016] renewed their invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate, under heavy protection by special forces of the occupation police.
The invasions were carried out in small groups one after the other, and were accompanied by cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ as a sign of protest from the [Muslim] worshippers during the settlers’ provocative tours of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque [plaza]. [Palestinian] top officials, clergy , and respected national figures in Jerusalem warned against the calls of the alleged ‘Temple’ organizations to their supporters to participate today [July 12, 2016] in widespread invasions in order to hold a memorial service at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] for the killed settler and the rabbi who died recently (13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel and Rabbi Michael Mark, both murdered by Palestinian terrorists –Ed.). They held the occupation institutions responsible for the consequences of these violations.”

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PLO calls on Palestinians to “come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat… in order to defend it from the crimes of the settlers, their ongoing invasions, and their defilement of the site” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 11, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs criticized the dangerous racist calls of the [Jewish] ‘Temple’ organizations to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs criticized the dangerous racist calls of the alleged Temple organizations to carry out widespread invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, with the participation of hundreds from the extreme settler gangs… The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs called on our people and everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and pray there all the time, in order to defend it from the crimes of the settlers, their ongoing invasions, and their defilement of the site.”
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"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.

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 reports on “alleged Temple organizations” intention to “invade” the Al-Aqsa Mosque to carry out “Talmudic” prayers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2016
Headline: “Extreme Jewish organizations call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque today”
      “Settler organizations announced their intention to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning [July 10, 2016].
‘The Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (i.e., Palestinian organization founded in 1988 to provide information about the Palestinian territories) stated that the alleged Temple organizations announced that they intend to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to hold their Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers for the souls of the settler Hallel Yaffa [Ariel] who was killed in the settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, and Rabbi Michael Mark who was killed a number of days ago.”

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Palestinian-Jordanian proposal submitted to UNESCO rejects Jewish connection to Temple Mount and claims “the Jews have caused serious damage” to the site 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 10, 2016
     Headline: “Israeli efforts to thwart the Palestinian-Jordanian proposal that rejects the connection of the Jews to the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., the Temple Mount)”
“The [Israeli] Hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported today, Sunday [July 10, 2016], that Israel is recently investing increased diplomatic efforts in order to thwart the Palestinian-Jordanian proposal, submitted to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO), that rejects the connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., Temple Mount). The proposal emphasizes that the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] and its surroundings are occupied Palestinian land, to which the Jews have caused serious damage.”

The article refers to a Palestinian-Jordanian resolution proposal denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, which was submitted to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO) in July 2016.
Yediot Aharonot article: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4826294,00.html

Sermon at mosque calls on Allah to “defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the defilement of the settlers” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 6, 2016
      "Those present held the Eid Al-Fitr prayers at a mosque located in the district’s national security headquarters, where the mosque’s imam Sheikh Ziyad Ali emphasized ‘the teachings of the Islamic religion and the principles of love and tolerance, and that the blessed holiday [Eid Al-Fitr] is an opportunity to strengthen and tighten the connections between different [groups] of our people and its unity.’  Likewise, he called on the supreme and exalted Lord of the Universe ‘to defend the Prophet’s Mosque (i.e., which was hit by a suicide bombing on July 4, 2016) and our people in Saudi Arabia from those seeking to do it harm, and to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the defilement of the settlers.’”
Op-ed in official PA daily repeats libel that Jews set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2016
     Headline: “The Muslim Brotherhood”
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Committee member and regular columnist for the official PA daily
“Turkey is a founding member of an organization for Islamic cooperation that was established after the fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Aug. 21, 1969, in an attempt to defend the lost honor of the Muslims at the occupied Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque that was burned then in a fire of the Jewish settlers!”
Michael 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 official: Israel attempts to "annex" Jerusalem and "take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque" and "falsify and change its history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 3, 2016
     “[Official] Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized that the fact that not less than 400,000 worshippers came to the Friday prayers to mark The Night of Decree (i.e., when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad), despite the racist separation fence and the occupation’s (i.e., Israel’s) steps, constitutes additional proof of the failure of the Israeli occupation in isolating Jerusalem or of its attempts to annex it. He added that all of the occupation’s attempts to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to try to falsify or change its history will not succeed, whatever the cost may be, and emphasized the need to continue to visit the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque every day of the year.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs, PA Mufti warn of “invasions” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and “Israeli plots”, including excavations under the Mosque searching for “alleged remains” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 29, 2016
     Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs"
"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the danger in the sharp rise in the rate of invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza during the blessed month of Ramadan.
These statements were made during the meeting of the minister of religious affairs with the mufti in the Ministry of Religious Affairs' headquarters.
The two emphasized that the dangerous Israeli plots against Jerusalem – that are increasing and are expressed in the continuation of their attempts to interfere in the matters of Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount), with intensive excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of searching for alleged remains, and in the widespread settlement plans in Jerusalem – are nothing but an attempt to change the status quo at Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary."
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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 Government spokesman: “The aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and injury of those praying there is part of [Israel]`s plans to target all areas of the State of Palestine and our people” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 28, 2016
     Headline: "Israel is playing with fire: 35 injured at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza"
"[PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud warned yesterday [June 27, 2016] of the consequences of the occupation's (i.e., Israel’s) ongoing aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and those praying there during these blessed days of the month of Ramadan.
Al-Mahmoud said: 'The aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and injury of those praying there is part of the occupation government's plans to target all areas of the State of Palestine and our people, and in particular the holy sites and religious symbols.'
He emphasized: 'The Al-Aqsa Mosque, everything within its walls, and everything attached to it from outside, is an Islamic mosque that belongs to the Palestinians who reside in the land and to all Arabs and Muslims according to the historical facts, the natural situation, and the international consensus.'"
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Fatah: Stopping Israeli “invasions [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque] is a religious and national command and duty” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 28, 2016
Headline: "Fatah: Stopping the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a religious command and duty"
     "The Palestinian National Freedom Movement Fatah called to go to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there…
Official Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan… emphasized that stopping the settlers' invasions is a religious and national command and duty. Likewise, Alayan demanded that all Muslims of all nations come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in real danger, so that every Muslim in the world must protect it by visiting it and praying at it…"
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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.
Abbas’ advisor: Israel intends to “blow up the situation at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to cause bloodshed,” in order to justify taking it over 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 27, 2016
Headline: “[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor Mahmoud] Al-Habbash warns: Israel is striving for a bloodbath at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash warned today, Monday [June 27, 2016], of the planned Israeli intentions to blow up the situation at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to cause bloodshed, which will enable justifying Israeli steps at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that will lead to taking control over part of it for the occupation... He noted that the ongoing escalation, the consecutive invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and the attempt to spill the blood of the worshippers clearly exposes without a shadow of a doubt the planned Israeli intentions to create facts on the ground, on the way to a division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza according to areas and times.”
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Fatah spokesman: “Violations and the invasions” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque are “pushing the situation toward an explosion,” and the Mosque will be protected “no matter what sacrifices that requires” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 27, 2016
     Headline: “Fatah: The occupation government is responsible for pushing the situation towards an explosion in that it enables the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
“Fatah warned of the repercussions of the violations and the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and considered them to be playing with fire and pushing the situation towards an explosion.
Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line that we will not allow to [be crossed,] no matter what sacrifices that requires.…
Likewise, the Fatah Movement saluted our members, our people, and those performing Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in its plazas, who are defending their land and their holy sites.”
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 Mufti calls on Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect it and the worshippers there from Israeli “attacks” and “violations” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 26, 2016
Headline: "The grand mufti called to increase the visits to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called on everyone who can to come to occupied Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to go to them in order to stand up to the Israeli occupation that is doing as it pleases with Jerusalem and attacks those worshipping at [the Al-Aqsa Mosque]. Sheikh Hussein said: 'The invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by occupation forces, their attack on those worshipping at it, and their aggression against those guarding it, teachers of the law, and those working in its environs, are nothing but an expression of aggressive policy and Zionist intransigence against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its visitors.' He added that this stage is very dangerous, and warned of the consequences of these violations that offend Muslim sensibilities throughout the world. He called on our people to come out against these violations, whatever the price may be, and clarified that only Muslims have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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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 Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is carrying out “daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… to storm the Mosque and completely take control of it” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 26, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is condemned the occupation's policy at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces (i.e., Israeli forces) invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Ida'is added that the occupation is attempting – through daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, blockading it, searching everyone that enters it, limiting the entrance of worshippers according to a certain age, interfering in its matters, carrying out a policy of deception, forging the Arab and Islamic heritage, and the new-old excavations under and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza – to storm the Mosque and completely take control of it. Ida'is said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza is a completely Islamic site, and it is our right to pray at it and to enter and exit it any time we wish, and that the occupation has no ties to 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 Ministry of Religious Affairs accuses Israel of carrying out “blatant Jewish project” of “secret excavations” under the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to “to topple the... Mosque and destroy it” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 21, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs warns: The enemy (i.e., Israel) is conducting dangerous excavations underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs warned of an intensification in the Israeli violations and operations that are taking place in the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem) and in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, the last of which was a series of secret excavations that the occupation authorities (i.e., Israel) are conducting around and underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, as they have prevented all legal or media sources from getting involved in this matter and closed the entire targeted region to everyone... The ministry emphasized that the main goal behind this blatant Jewish project is to erase the characteristics of Jerusalem and to topple the Al-Aqsa Mosque and destroy it, so that the Israeli enemy will be able to assert before the entire world that the Al-Aqsa Mosque toppled on its own without any action [being taken], and in this way acquit itself of its despicable crime.”

PA daily glorifies 3 “heroic” murderers of Jews in 1929 Hebron Massacre, who were “protect[ing] the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e, Western Wall), which the Jews planned on taking over” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2016
Headline: “The execution of the heroes [Muhammad] Jamjoun, [Fuad] Hijazi, and [Ataa] Al-Zir – remembered forever”
      “Yesterday, Friday [June 17, 2016], was the anniversary of the execution of the heroic Martyrs (Shahids) of the Al-Buraq rebellion (i.e., 1929 Hebron Massacre), Muhammad Jamjoun, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir, by the British Mandate authorities. On this date in 1930 these Martyrs were executed at the citadel prison in Acre, despite the Arab protests and condemnations.
The story of the three heroes began when British [Mandate] police forces arrested a group of young Palestinians after the Al-Buraq rebellion... The Muslims – including the three heroes – came out in their masses to protect the Al-Buraq Wall, which the Jews planned on taking over, so that the confrontation between the Arabs and the Zionists was inevitable in the various Palestinian areas...”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.

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PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs: Israel is taking “daily steps… against the [Al-Aqsa] mosque, which will lead to the ignition of a religious war… by its allowing herds of extreme settlers to defile its pure plaza” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the approval of a plan to build a settlement building in Silwan”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs… said that what is taking place in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitutes a great danger in light of the daily steps being taken against the mosque, which will lead to the ignition of a religious war, being directed by the Israeli occupation government against the mosque, by its allowing herds of extreme settlers to defile its pure plaza, closing it to worshippers, and forbidding women to enter it, especially during the blessed month of Ramadan. The department saluted the resolve of our Jerusalem residents, worshippers, Steps of Knowledge students (i.e., a study group at the Al-Aqsa Mosque), and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), who protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque with their bare chests, and hold off the ongoing invasion of the gangs of settlers.”

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 Minister of Jerusalem Affairs: Israel is committing “desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 15, 2016
Headline: “[PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan] Al-Husseini updated a delegation of the Greek Syriza party regarding the situation in Jerusalem”

“[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and [Jerusalem] District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini welcomed a delegation of the ruling Greek Syriza party (Greek PM Alexis Tsipras' ruling far left party whose platform calls for abolishing military ties with Israel and establishing a Palestinian state within the Green Line -Ed.) yesterday [June 14, 2016], and updated them regarding the situation in Jerusalem.

He noted that the occupation authorities (i.e., Israel) are pushing the region towards the abyss with their blatant desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and with their use of forgery and fabrication to turn the historic and religious facts upside down.”
Abbas: “The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line, we will not allow it to be violated [by Israel]” 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, June 14, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line; we will not allow it to be violated.”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized the need to stop the violations at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and emphasized that it is a red line, and that it is impossible to remain silent in light of the daily attacks and violations befalling it from the occupation and its settlers. These statements were said during a reception that the president held yesterday evening [June 12, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah for guards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque who were distanced by the occupation forces, attended by Fatah Secretary in Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith... The president... [said] that: ‘The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line, we will not allow it to be violated.’”
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Note: Published  in official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on June 13, 2016; on the official Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on June 13, 2016 and on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission on June 14, 2016.
PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs warns against “continued invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza,” calls on Palestinians “to carry out Ribat” there 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2016
Headline: "The [PLO] Department of Jerusalem Affairs warned against the consequences of racist calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs warned against the consequences of the continued invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by gangs of settlers…
The department called on citizens of all the homeland's districts and everyone who can to visit the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the blessed month of Ramadan in order to pray there, to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in its plaza, and to stand against the settlers' invasions."

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.
Op-ed in religious section of PA daily for Ramadan: At the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israelis “sow death and destruction… desecrate its holiness, kill, attack and spill pure blood” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2016
     Headline: “Al-Aqsa Mosque is calling to you”
Op-ed by Taleb Al-Silwadi, columnist for the official PA daily, in a special daily religion section for the month of Ramadan
“O, fasting public and the Quran, Palestine - mother of the cradle of civilizations, mother of the emissaries, center of the prophets, toward it was the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem) of the Muslims, from it the true Prophet (i.e., Islam’s Prophet Muhammad) ascended to Heaven, from it the resurrection of the dead will commence, on its pure land the true Prophet prayed at the head of the emissary prophets, and in it the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located. It merited great honor that was granted to it by the Master of the Universe, but when the occupiers sow death and destruction in it, desecrate its holiness, kill, attack and spill pure blood, we must stand by its side…
In the blessed month of Ramadan, in which you yearn to go to the mosques, let us visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque every day if we are able to, for the settlers in their plots want to expand their economic horizons by opening the gates of Jerusalem. However, we are people who support the economy of our [own] people and our homeland, and this is an opportunity for us to pray at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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.”
Speakers at PLO ceremony call to “prevent Israel from erasing its [Jerusalem’s] Arab and Islamic identity” and to prevent “division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 2, 2016
Headline: “Qalqilya: The Arab Liberation Front honored the excelling students in the Jerusalem Culture Competition”
     “Spokesmen at the ceremony organized by the Arab Liberation Front (i.e., member of PLO, based in Iraq) in the Qalqilya district to honor the students who won in the study regarding Jerusalem culture in 2015-2016… called to give attention to Jerusalem in order to emphasize our right to it, to prevent Israel from erasing its Arab and Islamic identity, and to prevent the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by areas and times. Qalqilya District Governor Hassam Abu Hamda and Qalqilya Mayor Othman Daoud were present at the event. Daoud praised the excelling students and their achievements, and said that the [Arab Liberation] Front’s interest and their scientific research, and the fact that it held a ceremony to honor the winners is proof of the good education it received under the leader Saddam Hussein, who continued to adhere to his principles and the Palestinian cause until his death as a Martyr.”

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎ changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.
Fatah: Jerusalem Light Festival is attempt to “Judaize” the Old City, depicting a “false story regarding the building of their alleged Temple on the ruins of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2016
Headline: “Fatah said that the festival is one of the biggest attempts to Judaize the holy city – lighting the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem with Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) insinuations for the Hebrew [Festival of] Lights”

“Fatah’s Jerusalem branch said that what is called the Judaizing Festival of Lights, which the occupation’s municipality, the Ministry of Tourism of the occupation’s government, and what is called the Jerusalem Development Authority are organizing for the eighth consecutive year, is one of the greatest initiatives of Judaization in Jerusalem. The [Fatah] branch emphasized that through the festival, they are trying to display a Jewish face for the city, and this is through forgery, falsification, and distortion of the facts, blurring the Arab culture, and hiding all the ancient evidence in the city, which proves its Arabness and sanctity. The branch noted yesterday [May 25, 2016] in a statement that every year the areas where ‘the lights’ are exhibited expand, and they are projected on the walls of the Old City and in its alleys, pictures that simulate its false story regarding the building of their alleged Temple on the ruins of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. In the statement it was emphasized that Jerusalem will remain Arab, despite everyone, and that the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem will come out against any attempts to Judaize it.”
Preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque: “Allah, protect Al-Aqsa Mosque from the impurity of the Jews. Allah, annihilate all of the Jews”  
Source: YouTube channel "Aqsa Calls", May 20, 2016

A sermon by preacher Ali Abu Ahmad at the Al-Aqsa Mosque leading up to the month of Ramadan.

 

PA Mufti: Israel endangers Al-Aqsa Mosque, which belongs to Muslims alone, and “Judaizes” Jerusalem and destroys Islamic antiquities 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 10, 2016
     Headline: “The Mufti and the [Higher] Presidential Committee of Churches’ Affairs [in Palestine] condemned the installation of new security cameras in the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza”
“[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the fact that the occupation authorities have installed security cameras in the Bab Al-Ghawanmeh area in the northwest corner of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza.
The Grand Mufti stated in a press release that… the occupation authorities and settlers do not stop at excavating tunnels, which at the moment pose a real danger to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but are also acting to place security cameras [in it] in order to document what happens there. Likewise, he emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims and it is forbidden for non-Muslims to interfere in its matters. The Mufti called on the local and international bodies and organizations to act to rein in the occupation authorities, who are changing the character of the holy city, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Islamic antiquities, Judaizing and destroying them, and called to the leaders and countries of the Islamic world to fulfill their responsibility and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA spokesman spreads libel that Israel is committing “desecration of the holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2016
     Headline: “The government and Fatah demanded the cessation of the Israeli escalation against Gaza”
“Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud called to stop the dangerous Israeli escalation against our people in the southern regions (i.e., the Gaza Strip)…
Likewise, he again called on the international community to provide protection for our people in the shadow of the continued aggression, settlement, and desecration of the holy sites.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs demands Arab nations defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from “invasions” and “decisions of the Jewish rabbis to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defile it with Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2016
     Headline: “Ida’is: [Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven emphasize the Arab [nature] of Jerusalem and its [Palestinian] nature”
“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is demanded of the Arab and Islamic nations that they defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque, stand determinedly against the settlers’ invasions, and come out against the legal decisions of the Jewish rabbis to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defile it with Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies. In a radio interview yesterday… Ida’is emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims, no matter how many forgeries and fabrications the occupation state makes.”
Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
PLO accuses Israel of “invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and attempts to impose the occupation’s falsified reality and falsify the history and culture of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Executive Committee decided to immediately implement decisions of the [PLO] Central Council to limit the relations with the occupation”
     “The PLO Executive Committee welcomed the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decision to refuse attempts to falsify history and to emphasize the true and natural Arab Islamic character of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (UNESCO referred to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Buraq Wall in their decision, and mentioned their sanctity to the Muslims, ignoring the names “Temple Mount” and “Western Wall,” and the sanctity of these places to the Jews –Ed.). Likewise, the committee called on the international organization to act to end the daily violations of the holy sites, expressed by invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and attempts to impose the occupation’s falsified reality and falsify the history and culture of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Palestinian state and its people.”
Islamic-Christian Council: Israel threatens the Al-Aqsa Mosque with “Judaization,” is excavating under the Mosque’s foundations to “collapse and destroy it”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian [Council] blessed the anniversary of [Prophet Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven, and warned against the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and its Judaization”
     “The Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places… warned in its announcement of the Judaization and destruction the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary is facing, as the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers and dances have now become a daily matter, along with the continued excavation of tunnels under the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, which threaten to [cause it to] collapse and destroy it.”

"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.

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount – all of which they consider to be an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - an "invasion." When Jews enter the Temple Mount, they only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the mosque.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Settlers “invaded and defiled” the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 3, 2016
     Headline: “Ida’is: 124 Israeli violations against the holy sites this past April”
“Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is stated… yesterday [May 2, 2016] in a press release that… more than 1,800 settlers invaded and defiled the Al-Aqsa Mosque during April [2016], which raises the number in the last four months to 4,800 settlers.”
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 Islamic-Christian Council: Jewish presence on Temple Mount for Passover is “desecration,” Israel plans to establish the “alleged Temple” on ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 25, 2016
     Headline: “The [PA] Foreign Ministry and the Islamic-Christian Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places] condemned the [Israeli] settlement plans in Qalandiya”
“The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places… made a statement that the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by a group of settlers and the deployment of special force members in its plaza and corridors, while distancing dozens of Palestinians from it in order to secure the settlers’ ceremonies at the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday, constitute a severe desecration of the sanctity of the mosque and [all of] the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and an attempt to reinforce the Jewish presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
PA Islamic-Christian Council: Jewish presence on Temple Mount for Passover is “desecration,” Israel plans to establish the “alleged Temple” on ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 25, 2016
      “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places… made a statement that the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by a group of settlers and the deployment of special force members in its plaza and corridors, while distancing dozens of Palestinians from it in order to secure the settlers’ ceremonies at the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday, constitute a severe desecration of the sanctity of the mosque and [all of] the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and an attempt to reinforce the Jewish presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

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 government warns of Israeli “schemes” to “completely take over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaize them” 
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.
Official PA daily: Terror wave began because of “escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and its desecration by extremists” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2016
Headline: “Aelia – Fell asleep to the news of her brother Hussein Abu Ghosh’s death as a Martyr and awoke to the demolition of the home”
     “Aelia the 4-month-old baby will never understand that love of Jerusalem – after one of whose historical names she is named (i.e., the Roman colony Aelia Capitolina, built under emperor Hadrian on the ruins of Jerusalem) – in the eyes of the occupation constitutes a crime punishable by spilling blood and the taking of life…
On Oct. 2, 2016, the second day of the mass Jerusalem uprising (i.e., beginning of Palestinian terror campaign 2015-2016) against the escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and its desecration by extremists, the newest member of the Abu Ghosh family announced her arrival in the world with the first scream of her life – a scream that rapidly merged with the family’s screams of loss and pain as it parted with her oldest brother Hussein (i.e., terrorist who murdered one) [who died] as a Martyr (Shahid)…"

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Ibrahim Allan and Hussein Abu Ghosh – 22 and 17-year-old Palestinian terrorists who stabbed and injured 2 Israeli women outside a grocery store in Beit Horon, between Modiin and Jerusalem, on Jan. 25, 2016. One of the women, 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman, died of her injuries the next morning. Allan and Abu Ghosh were shot and killed by a local civilian security guard.

Fatah spokesman: Jerusalem bus bombing was a “natural response” to Israeli policies, including "repeated invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque"  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 18, 2016
Headline: “In the first official response – Fatah: The operation was a natural response to the occupation’s crimes”
       “Official Fatah spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized that what happened today [April 18, 2016] on the Israeli bus in occupied Jerusalem was a natural response to the Israeli acts against the Palestinian people, including killing, arrests, blockades, and repeated invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Alayan added that we do not seek or want violence, but at the same time we seek and wish to live in dignity and security. However, the occupation government’s policy aims to drag the region into a cycle of violence, and we have warned the Israeli right-wing government time after time that this policy of escalation will not lead to security for the Israelis. Alayan concluded his words: If Israel is looking for a security solution – there are no such solutions with the Palestinian people, the only solution is for Israel to implement the decisions of the international institutions.”
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Published in Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), and  on the official Fatah Facebook page on April 18, 2016

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

Jerusalem line 12 bus bombing – A bomb exploded on bus no. 12 in the Talpiyot neighborhood of Jerusalem on April 18, 2016, injuring 21 people, 2 of them seriously. One of the 2 who were seriously injured is thought to be the terrorist who set it off. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
PA Islamic-Christian Council: Jews/Israel's "main objective is to reinforce the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza]… in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council: The settler wedding at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is dangerous Judaization”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Wednesday [April 13, 2016], that the fact that extremist settlers held their wedding ceremony within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is a very dangerous step, whose main objective is to reinforce the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] and Jewish rights to it… It noted that the Jews are trying to turn the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a synagogue, in order to hold their religious ceremonies, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs: “Extremist Temple organizations… [are] calling to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque” with Israeli government support 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2016
     Headline: "Al-Husseini: The organizations calling to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque are supported by the occupation and their goal is to falsify the true characteristics of Jerusalem"
"Jerusalem District Governor and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini emphasized that the extremist Temple organizations and the other institutions calling to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque are supported by the occupation government, and said that many of them represent part of the government.
Al-Husseini said yesterday, Thursday [April 8, 2016], in an interview with Radio Mawtini… 'The occupation government is an unruly government which violates the law and thinks only in the language of force…'
Likewise, he emphasized that it denies the Palestinians their rights and tries to falsify the Palestinian antiquities and the Islamic and Christian characteristics."
Fatah official claims there are "Israeli attempts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "Al-Qawasmi: The settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque are an Israeli crime that we will not ignore"
     "Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi stated that the invasions by the extremist settlers, led by the extremist [Yehuda] Glick, of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitute a crime against the Islamic holy sites and the Palestinian people's rights, a scandalous violation of international law, a gross offense against Muslim sensibilities and harming of their rights to their blessed mosque, and an Israeli attempt to establish facts on the ground and turn the settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a routine matter – which will not happen under any circumstances. In a press statement, Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the Palestinian people will come out against Israeli attempts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and establish facts on the ground under different slogans. Likewise, he emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza will remain an Islamic mosque and nothing else, and that it is a red line [that cannot be crossed]. He also added that any attempt to change the status quo before and after the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 will lead to a complete explosion of the situation in the occupied territories."

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger from “Israeli plots” to destroy, divide, or replace it with the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 1, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is: More than 109 attacks and violations against the holy sites during the months of January and February"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is stated… ‘The occupation has turned the occupied city of Jerusalem into a military base through widespread and increased deployment of its forces around the holy sites, in various streets, and around the city, as part of a series of intensified Israeli measures.' Likewise, he said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and immediate danger today, which is increasing from day to day, which necessitates the determination of a mechanism of action on the Islamic, Arab, and international level, to deal with the Israeli plots in order to save the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque from destruction, division, and the building of the alleged Temple."

"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.
PLO calls “to expand the popular uprising” (i.e., terror wave) “in order to protect Jerusalem, the holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2016
     Headline: “The Department of Refugee Affairs demands to expand the popular uprising and join efforts to deal with the settlements”
“The PLO Department of Refugee Affairs emphasized yesterday [March 30, 2016] that Land Day was a day of fierce Palestinian defiance against the stealing of the land and its expropriation by the occupation, and a significant turning point in the history our people’s struggle in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) in the West Bank and Gaza…
The department saluted our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem and their uprising, which has been going on for 5 months (i.e., wave of Palestinian terror attacks 2015-2016), in order to protect Jerusalem, the holy sites, and the land. [It also saluted] our people in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel), who stand firm in the face of the occupation’s racist policy.
The department stressed that our people will turn each and every one of its days into a day of protecting the land from the [Israeli] plans and actions to erode it, swallow it, and establish the despicable occupation on it. It stressed that the popular resistance to the settlement enterprise, the occupation, and its settler herds must be escalated, until it (i.e., Israel) is banished from all the territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine.”

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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 Grand Mufti: “Settlers” are trying to “steal the Islamic Palestinian holy sites,” in order “find their fake history under them” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2016
Headline: “The Grand Mufti condemned the continuation of the Israeli excavations under the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs)”
     “Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the continued excavations that the settlers are carrying out under the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. He announced yesterday [March 7, 2016] that the settlers are acting, under the cover of their racist government, to steal the Islamic Palestinian holy sites, and to paint them in colors fitting their barbaric Zionist beliefs. Likewise, they are trying in vain to find their fake history under them, similar to the destructive excavations taking place under the walls of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel has "policy" to "take over the holy sites" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2016
Headline: “The occupation’s attacks against the noble cave in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron”
      “The Department of Religious Endowments and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) revealed yesterday [March 3, 2016] the grave offensive being carried out by the occupation authorities against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in the city, through excavations within the noble cave, where the graves of the prophets and their wives, peace be upon them, are located… Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the attacks against the Ibrahimi Mosque, and clarified that no place of religious worship is safe in light of the attacks and crimes being perpetrated against them by the Israeli occupation and its settlers.  He continued: ‘Israel is attempting to completely take over the holy sites through this malicious policy,’ and emphasized that the mosque and historic holy sites in Palestine are Islamic and belong only to the Muslims.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel has "policy" to "take over the holy sites" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2016
Headline: “The occupation’s attacks against the noble cave in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron”
     “The Department of Religious Endowments and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) revealed yesterday [March 3, 2016] the grave offensive being carried out by the occupation authorities against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in the city, through excavations within the noble cave, where the graves of the prophets and their wives, peace be upon them, are located…
Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the attacks against the Ibrahimi Mosque, and clarified that no place of religious worship is safe in light of the attacks and crimes being perpetrated against them by the Israeli occupation and its settlers.
He continued: ‘Israel is attempting to completely take over the holy sites through this malicious policy,’ and emphasized that the mosque and historic holy sites in Palestine are Islamic and belong only to the Muslims.”
Abbas: Terror wave is a "peaceful" response to Israel's "defiling" the "holy sites" and its "killing" of Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2016
Headline: “The President: We object to the intervention of an external factor in internal Palestinian affairs”
     “The Fatah Revolutionary Council opened its 16th session yesterday evening [March 2, 2016] in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the members of the Fatah Central Committee… Abbas noted that the peaceful popular uprising is in response to the actions of the occupation, its disregard of all signed agreements and lack of adherence to their implementation, the fact that it has continued to defile the Islamic and Christian holy sites, the policy of arrests, the demolitions (i.e., of houses of terrorists), the killing, the expulsion, the closure, and the siege.”

What Abbas referred to as “peaceful popular uprising” is in fact a wave of Palestinian terror attacks which at the time of Abbas’ speech had included:
79 shooting attacks, 203 knifings, and 39 car ramming attacks, in which 33 Israelis were murdered and 387 wounded.

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising" are ‎often used by PA leaders to refer to events that include violence and deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings.

Israel carries out demolitions of terrorists' houses. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Demolition orders are issued only against the residences of terrorists who commit the most serious offenses" and it is "an act of deterrence meant to discourage Palestinians from carrying out future terror attacks so as to minimize their number.” (MFA website)

PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Al-Aqsa Mosque is in “grave and immediate danger” from Israeli plans to divide it or build the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: 109 Israeli violations…”
    “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is stated… that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and immediate danger, and that this danger increases with every passing day. He noted that this requires the consolidation of a method of action on the Islamic, Arab, and international levels in order to fight against the Israeli plans and save the mosque from the threats of demolition, division, or the building of the alleged Temple.”

"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.
PA official warns that Israel is “harm[ing”] Muslim holy sites… “stealing” them, “destroying” them, and “expelling” Jerusalem residents 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 1, 2016
Headline: “Issa: Israel is harming the Islamic and Christian heritage in Jerusalem”
     “Dr. Hana Issa, a lecturer and an expert in international law [and secretary-general of the [PA's] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places]… noted that ‘The occupation authorities were not satisfied with violating the Palestinians’ human rights, but went even further and harmed the holy sites. The Israeli authorities are carrying out excavations around the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), stealing and destroying properties and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, and expelling its residents. All of this is in order to eliminate the Noble Sanctuary, the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all of the Islamic and Christian cultural heritage around or near them.”
Fatah spokesperson summarizes meeting led by Abbas: Fatah "stand[s] against" Israel`s "damaging" of "holy sites, primarily the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2016
Headline: “The [Fatah] Central Committee discussed the situation, emphasized its absolute support of the effort to end the rift [between Fatah and Hamas], and praised the French initiative – Fatah expresses its appreciation for the educational role of the teachers and calls on them to end the strike immediately”
      “The Fatah Central Committee held a meeting last night [Feb. 29, 2016] led by President Mahmoud Abbas in the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah… Official Fatah spokesperson, Fatah Central Committee member, [and official Presidential Spokesperson] Nabil Abu Rudeina stated…'The Central Committee again praised the Palestinian people’s resolve on its land, its popular peaceful resistance, and its standing against the occupation and its daily crimes – summary executions, arrests, demolition of homes, taking over lands, and damaging the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and primarily the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ He noted that the Central Committee stands in admiration of our pure-hearted Martyrs (Shahids) and brave prisoners.”
PA daily promotes libel that Israelis seek to invade Al-Aqsa and denies existence of Jewish Temple 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2016
Headline: “Settlers are again invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“Yesterday [Feb. 29, 2016] settlers renewed their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…

The worshippers and some of the mosque’s guards thwarted the attempt by some settlers to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in it, while a guide read a fairy tale about the alleged Temple.”

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 promotes libel that Israelis seek to invade Al-Aqsa Mosque and denies Jewish Temple  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 29, 2016
     Headline: “Settlers are again invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
“Yesterday [Feb. 29, 2016] settlers renewed their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
The worshippers and some of the mosque’s guards thwarted the attempt by some settlers to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in it, while a guide read a fairy tale about the alleged Temple.”

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 Council: Israeli plan to build synagogue at Islamic site is “Judaization” and “desecration” of the the Al-Aqsa Mosque, first step to “establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2016
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Thursday [Feb. 11, 2016] that the Israeli plan to build a large synagogue under the waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) Hammam Al-Ayn [Cultural Center], a few meters below the western part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitute Israeli intransigence to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate its sanctity. In a notice, the council described the new plan for the synagogue as ‘a real threat that is added to all the horrors and dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, its Islamic history, and its Arab culture’… Secretary General of the council Hanna Issa said that [the building of] a synagogue and the hundreds of Judaization plans, which target the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything Arab in occupied Jerusalem, are ‘Israeli methods, by which the occupation state strives to Judaize the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque, by coordinated efforts for excavating tunnels underneath it, taking over its Islamic landmarks… and turning them into synagogues and Judaization centers, and opening the gates of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque to extremists and settlers in order to desecrate it, and eventually completely take it over, in preparation for turning it into a synagogue and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.’ It should be noted that the synagogue will be stablished in place of a waqf, which has ancient Islamic archeological remnants, at the site of the waqf the Hammam Al-Ayn, under the ground and very close to the western part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Hammam Al-Ayn Cultural Center is a site with public baths dating from the 1300s and which were in use as such until the early 1970s. In 1998 it was renovated by Al-Quds University and it now serves as a cultural center. The site is considered a waqf by Palestinians/Muslims - an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law.
PA Jerusalem Council: Israel plans to “Judaize” and “desecrate” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic sites, in order to take them over and “establishing the alleged Temple on its [the Mosque’s] ruins”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2016
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council warns: A new synagogue next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
    “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Thursday [Feb. 11, 2016] that the Israeli plan to build a large synagogue under the Hammam Al-Ayn Waqf (i.e., a waqf is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), a few meters below the western part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, is Israeli intransigence to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate its sanctity. In a notice, the council described the new plan for the synagogue as ‘a real threat that is added to all the horrors and dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, its Islamic history, and its Arab culture’… Secretary General of the council Hanna Issa said that [the building of] a synagogue and the hundreds of Judaization plans, which target the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything Arab in occupied Jerusalem, are ‘Israeli methods, by which the occupation state strives to Judaize the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque, by coordinated efforts for excavating tunnels underneath it, taking over its Islamic landmarks… and turning them into synagogues and Judaization centers, and opening the gates of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque to extremists and settlers in order to desecrate it, and eventually completely take it over, in preparation for turning it into a synagogue and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.’ It should be noted that the synagogue will be stablished in place of an Islamic endowment, which has ancient Islamic archeological remnants, at the site of the Hammam Al-Ayn Waqf, under the ground and very close to the western part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA government: Plan to build prayer platforms for Jews near the Western Wall is "an act of aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2016
     “The [PA] government... during its weekly meeting held yesterday [Feb. 10, 2016] in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah... warned of the Israeli excavations south and south-west of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, and in the Al-Buraq (i.e., Western Wall) plaza, and demanded international intervention to cancel the implementation of the Israeli government’s decision to place prayer platforms for Jews on the Islamic Waqf’s territory in the area of the Mughrabi Gate, near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., the Western Wall)… The government emphasized that attempts to attack the Al-Buraq plaza are in fact an act of aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Islamic waqfs (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law)."

Fatah official: Palestinians carrying out terror wave because holy sites are being “desecrated” and the land is being “Judaized” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2016
Headline: “A delegation of the Jenin district and the Fatah Central Committee express condolences over the [death] of the Martyrs of Qabatiya”
     “Jenin District Governor Ibrahim Ramadan, Fatah Central Committee members, [Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul, and [Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Foreign Branches] Jamal Muhaisen, representatives of Fatah’s West Bank branches and heads of the security establishment… expressed condolences over the death of the three Martyrs (Shahids) from Qabatiya – Ahmad Abu Al-Rub, Muhammad Kmeil and Ahmad Zakarneh – in Jerusalem who were shot by the occupation...
Mahmoud Al-Aloul stated in a speech he gave in the name of the [Fatah] Central Committee… that our people is demonstrating its unity and its strength against the occupation every day. He added that our people is a group of heroes, all of them like the three Martyrs, who were brought up on the love of the homeland and sacrifice for it, and it is not strange that our people is making sacrifices when it sees its holy sites desecrated and its land Judaized.”

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Abbas: The Israeli "attacks" against "holy sites are offensive" and is "one of the reasons" for the "uprising" (i.e., terror wave) 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Feb. 9, 2016
     President Abbas’ YouTube channel, Fatah-run Awdah TV
Speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during his meeting with representatives of Arabic media in Israel on Feb. 9, 2016
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “As you know, a number of months ago, your people here [in the West Bank] began a peaceful mass uprising ‎‎(term here refers to several months of Palestinian violence against Israeli civilians, ‎including rock-throwing, stabbings, and shootings -Ed.)‎. They expressed the uprising through peaceful popular demonstrations, as the pain became too much.
When they (i.e., the Israelis) enter in a way that harms the honor of these holy sites, they cause harm to these sites…
The attacks against the Islamic and Christian holy sites are offensive. It is one of the reasons we began the popular uprising. All of these matters which I’ve noted are what led to the popular uprising, which embodies peaceful demonstrations, and they were received [by Israel] with shooting and direct intentional murder…"

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Fatah spokesman condemns "continued [Israeli] invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2016
Headline: “Alayan: The operation (i.e., terror attack, 1 killed) in Jerusalem proves that the occupation cannot force a security solution with the Palestinians”
       “Official Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan stated that the Israeli occupation’s violations against the Palestinian people, especially in occupied Jerusalem, can only lead to more resistance and more attacks by our people, who refuse the occupation in all its forms. Alayan noted that the Palestinian people cannot accept the Israeli violations in the holy city – the continued invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the demolition of homes, the arrests, the attacks against citizens and women, the distancing of Jerusalem residents from Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and holding onto additional Martyrs’ bodies – and it cannot be that they will pass without natural responses."

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.

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Israel as snake with the head of rifle targeting Muslim and Christian holy sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2016

Cartoon shows a rifle aimed at the towers of a mosque and a church and coiled around them like a snake.  This is a repetition of the PA libel that Israel is destroying the Muslim and Christian holy places.
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Abbas: Terror wave happening in part because of “attacks” against “holy sites,” especially Al-Aqsa Mosque; Palestinians “paying a heavy price… from the blood of its sons” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2016
     “The following is the text of the president’s [Abbas’] speech before the Djibouti National Assembly:
“Brother president, brothers and sisters, I have come to you from Palestine and Jerusalem’s environs, where our people is engaged in a bitter conflict with the Israeli occupation, and is paying a heavy price [in order to obtain] freedom and independence, from the blood of its sons who are defending their honor, the honor of their Arab and Islamic nation, the holy places of Islam and Christianity, and the pure land.
These days, the Palestinian territories are witness to a state of agitation and tension (this refers to a wave of Palestinian terror attacks since September 2015 –Ed.) due to hopelessness and despair among the young, and the closure of the political horizon that does not herald a better future and a way out of the current situation, which is a result of the continued occupation and attacks against the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, particularly against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Fatah: Causes of terror wave were “Zionist crimes,” “increasing invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in a desperate attempt to force its division” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 25, 2016
Posted text: "In the name of Allah the All Merciful, an important notice from the Fatah movement in the West Bank...

O masses of our mighty people, masses of our proud people
With the increasing pace of the Zionist crimes, the rise in the number of Martyrs (Shahids), the continuation of the campaigns of destruction, executions, invasions, and detentions, which have injured hundreds of our people, and with the increase in attacks and the crazy attempts of the imperialist gangs (i.e., term used to refer to “settlers”) to repeat the crime of the era – the crime of burning the Dawabsheh family in Duma - our Palestinian people has amazingly carried out all kinds of confrontations and clashes with this unjust occupation…

In view of the omens, civil wars, and destruction afflicting the region, and in view of the increasing invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in a desperate attempt to force its division by times and areas, and to impose a suffocating siege on the Old City of Jerusalem, the speech of President Mahmoud Abbas on Sept. 30 of last year [2015] comes to reemphasize the basic Palestinian principles, to place full responsibility on the occupation, as the occupying authority, and to open a new phase [of the Palestinian struggle], which is expressed in the implementation of the [Fatah] Central Committee's decisions (i.e., a reduction of security coordination with Israel) and the revival of the popular resistance in the field..."

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Fatah: Israel committing “increasing ‎invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in ‎a desperate attempt to force its division by ‎times and areas”‎ 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Jan. 25, 2016
Text posted on the official ‎Facebook page of the Fatah Movement on ‎Jan. 25, 2016‎:
Posted text: "...An important notice from the secretaries of ‎the Fatah branches in the West Bank
O masses of our mighty people, masses of ‎our proud people...
In view of the omens, civil wars, and ‎destruction afflicting the region, and in view ‎of the increasing invasions of the blessed ‎Al-Aqsa Mosque in a desperate attempt ‎to force its division by times and areas, ‎and to impose a suffocating siege on the ‎Old City of Jerusalem, the speech of ‎President Mahmoud Abbas on Sept. 30 of ‎last year [2015] comes to reemphasize the ‎basic Palestinian principles, to place full ‎responsibility on the occupation, as the ‎occupying authority, and to open a new ‎phase [of the Palestinian struggle], which is ‎expressed in the implementation of the ‎‎[Fatah] Central Committee's decisions (i.e., ‎a reduction of security coordination with ‎Israel)‎ ‎ and the revival of the popular ‎resistance in the field...
 The revolution is until victory, until victory, ‎until victory
Secretaries of the Fatah branches in the ‎Palestinian West Bank."

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PA Minister calls on Palestinians “to protect the holy sites and ward off the dangers” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 18, 2016
Headline: "Al-Husseini met with a delegation"
    "[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini met yesterday [Jan. 17, 2016] with a delegation of activists and [representatives of] institutions from the Qalandiya refugee camp… He reviewed the difficult situation affecting the occupied capital, and the arbitrary Israeli actions against the residents of Jerusalem and the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and especially against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Al-Husseini called… to continue to protect the national enterprise, to join the masses, and to protect the holy sites and ward off the dangers hanging over them. Al-Husseini emphasized that the leadership… adheres to the sacred right of all refugees to return to the lands from which they were exiled… Muhammad Abu Habseh, father of Martyr (Shahid) Anan Abu Habseh (i.e., terrorist who killed one), said that Palestine's Martyrs live with their Lord. He noted that they would not have made their sacrifices had they not believed in the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to their homeland, and the need to defeat the occupation and purify the Christian and Islamic holy sites from their impurity, and especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Issa Yassin Assaf and Anan Abu Habseh – 21-year-old and 20-year-old Palestinian terrorists who carried out a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Dec. 23, 2015. One Israeli was killed and another was wounded in the attack. Israeli police shot and killed the two terrorists and accidentally shot and killed an Israeli who was trying to stop the terrorists.
Fatah: “The Israeli aspirations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque continue, due to its attempts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2016
Headline: "Mattour: The occupation's actions will not harm our resolve"
      "Deputy Secretary of Fatah's Jerusalem branch Shadi Mattour emphasized that the occupation state's actions will not lessen the Palestinian people's determination to protect the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and in particular the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In an interview yesterday [Jan. 12, 2016] with Radio Mawtini, Mattour added: 'The Israeli aspirations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque continue, due to its attempts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple."
Cartoon on Fatah website: Israel is destroying Palestinian holy sites 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Jan. 4, 2016

Cartoon posted on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission on Jan. 4, 2016
Headline: “Destruction!”
The cartoon shows a giant with a star of David on his shoulder chopping down a tree in the shape of a mosque’s minaret, on which is written: “the holy sites”. The tree is about to fall on an isolated and fortified guard post on which is written: “Israel’s security.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron “is a pure, Arab and Islamic mosque, and the Israeli occupation is not entitled to use it and defile it” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 4, 2016
Headline: “Ida'is called on the Arabs and Muslims to hold a special meeting on the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is called on the Arab and Islamic nations to hold an urgent and immediate meeting in order to stop the blunt attacks by the occupation and its settlers against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, and to pressure the occupation to stop the Judaization of the mosque.
The Minister of Religious Affairs stressed that the Ibrahimi Mosque is a pure, Arab and Islamic mosque, and the Israeli occupation is not entitled to use it and defile it. The minister called for international human rights organizations to intervene rapidly in order to stop the violations against the mosque and to allow the citizens freedom of worship.”
Fatah spokesman: Terror attack in Jerusalem is “natural response” to Israeli “crimes against the Palestinian people and the Islamic and Christian holy sites” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 24, 2015
Headline: “Alayan: The operation in Jerusalem is a natural response to the occupation’s acts”
      “[Official] Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan stated that the Jerusalem operation (i.e., terror attack) carried out by the Martyrs (Shahids) Anan Abu Habseh and Issa Assaf from the Qalandiya refugee camp is part of the natural response to the Israeli occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people and the Islamic and Christian holy sites. Alayan noted that the Palestinian people cannot sit idly by in the face of the occupation’s crimes, and that it has the right to defend itself and its holy sites, in light of the international and Arab inability to pressure the occupation and end its aggression against the Palestinian people. He added that resistance is a legitimate right, guaranteed by all international conventions. Alayan eulogized the two Martyrs from Qalandiya, Assaf and Abu Habseh, who died as Martyrs after they carried out the stabbing operation in occupied Jerusalem. He called on the international community to provide international protection to the Palestinian people.”

Issa Yassin Assaf and Anan Abu Habseh – 21-year-old and 20-year-old Palestinian terrorists who carried out a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Dec. 23, 2015. One Israeli was killed and another was wounded in the attack. Israeli police shot and killed the two terrorists and accidentally shot and killed an Israeli who was trying to stop the terrorists.
Fatah official: Israel is plotting the “division [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque] according to areas and times”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2015
Headline: “Mattour: Protect our holy places, the only way in front of for us is liberation”
     “Assistant Secretary of Fatah in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour stressed that the Palestinian people is capable of defending Jerusalem with courage and resolve, and of thwarting the occupation authorities’ plots, such as the division [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque] according to areas and times, expulsions, executions and house arrests.
In an interview with Radio Mawtini yesterday [Dec. 19, 2015], Mattour emphasized the continuation of the popular resistance and the adherence to the national principles, in order to obtain a state with Jerusalem as its capital… He noted that it is important to rally around the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and assist them.  Mattour stated: ‘The only way in front of us is the liberation of Palestine, and we march toward the fulfillment of the Palestinian dream.’ He added that ‘We will make sacrifices in order to defeat the Israeli occupation.”

"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.
Fatah official: “The current Zionist strategy… is based on the effort to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Dec. 16, 2015
     "Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki said that Jordan is considered the present refuge for all oppressed, and emphasized that Jordan's stability is a real strength for Palestine. During the mass rally in the [Jordanian town] Zarka at the compound for professional unions, organized two nights ago [Dec. 14, 2015] by the popular committee for the support of the popular uprising [in Palestine], to mark the anniversary of the Palestinian Stone Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993), he added that the current Jerusalem Intifada is the fruit of the renewed willpower in Palestine, and is an undirected intifada, arising as a result of the inability to coexist with the Zionist occupation… He noted that the Zionist entity carries out organized terror against the Palestinian people, as they are assembling Zionist organizations, like the Zionist Irgun and Haganah (i.e., Jewish defense forces in the pre-state period) gangs, which carry out terror and intimidate. He stated that the right of return of the Palestinian people who was exiled from its land will be guaranteed if Jerusalem is returned, and added that the liberation of Jerusalem can blow up the current Zionist strategy, which is based on the effort to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Fatah’s Jerusalem branch: We will continue the intifada in order to “thwart all efforts of the occupation and its Zionist fanatic gang to defile the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 16, 2015
Headline: “Fatah’s Jerusalem branch: continuing the resistance until freedom is achieved”
     “The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah movement emphasized in a statement published today [Dec. 16, 2015] that the ongoing confrontation with the security forces and standing in front of soldiers in areas of friction emphasize the continuation of the intifada… Fatah’s Jerusalem branch noted at the end of its statement that history is witness to the resistance of the children of Jerusalem and Palestine, wherever they are, in order to protect their homeland in the face of the strongest means of violence and destruction, in order to thwart all efforts of the occupation and its Zionist fanatic gang to defile the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The movement encouraged Palestinians to continue the struggle to obtain freedom and independence.”
PA Foreign Ministry: Israel has long term plot to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and “Judaize Jerusalem”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 15, 2015
Headline: “[PA] Foreign Ministry: Israel is taking advantage of the situation in the region in order to complete the Judaization of Jerusalem”
     “The [PA] Foreign Ministry condemned the all-out war being waged by the Israeli government, together with extreme Jewish organizations, against Jerusalem and its holy sites, the Jerusalem ‘Sanctuary’ (i.e., the Temple Mount) foremost, in order to completely Judaize Jerusalem and steal it from the Palestinian people, including the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… The ministry stated: ‘The Israeli government is carrying out a planned occupation plot, prepared in advance and carried out in stages, to impose Israeli sovereignty over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. This plot has been going on since the beginning of Jerusalem’s occupation by Israel in 1967, and it is taking advantage of the current situation in the Arab region and the preoccupation of the [Arab] countries and the world with it [the current situation], in order to escalate its activities and accelerate the implementation of its plots against the Jerusalem ‘Noble Sanctuary.’’”
Abbas: Israel is targeting Palestinian children and youth, and attacking “Islamic and Christian holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 10, 2015
Headline: “The president, on International Human Rights Day: The occupation primarily targets our children and young people”
    “President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas stated that our people are under a new attack by the occupation and its settlers, as part of their ongoing aggression against its rights, lands and Islamic and Christian holy sites, which targets mainly children and young people, bearers of the dream and the future generation.
The president added in a speech he gave on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, which is today [Dec. 10, 2015]: “…During the aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, 2,200 Palestinians died as Martyrs (Shahids), including 500 children. From the beginning of Oct. 2015 until now, 117 Palestinians have died as Martyrs, including 25 children. This is in addition to the arrest and torture campaigns against our people, including our children, as from the beginning of 2000 until now, more than 10,000 Palestinian children have been arrested.”
Official PA daily: Terror wave began following “desecration of the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2015
     “The ‘Knife Revolution’ or ‘Knife Intifada’ which broke out over two months ago in order to protect the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, has witnessed heroic activity and revolutionary escalation by the young people, boys, and girls of Palestine, filled with love for their homeland. This Palestinian uprising broke out due to the desecration of the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and holy sites by the settlers, and this Palestinian rebellion against the Israeli tyranny and occupation has spread to all of Palestine..."

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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: Palestinian terror is response to Israeli “crimes against our people and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2015
Headline: “Al-Aloul: The Palestinian struggle will not end until the defeat of the occupation”
       “Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul said that the Palestinian struggle will not end as long as the Israeli attacks continue, since the peaceful uprising is in response to the Israeli occupation government’s crimes against our people and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity. Al-Aloul emphasized yesterday [Dec. 5, 2015] in an interview with Radio Mawtini that our people will not be silent about the occupation’s crimes, and will continue to resist until freedom and independence are achieved… Al-Aloul called to increase the pressure on the occupation by all types of popular resistance, whether by participation in activities in the field, or by boycotting its products, in addition to the other types in which every Palestinian citizen needs to participate, because the settlers must be made to live in a state of fear and worry.”
Israeli construction in Wailing Wall plaza is a “callous attack against the Islamic holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2015
Headline: “The [PLO] Executive Committee: The building of Jewish facilities on the Al-Buraq plaza (i.e., the Western Wall) is a callous attack against the Islamic holy sites”
     “The PLO Executive Committee warned against the grave dangers of the occupation municipality’s promise to build Jewish facilities on the Al-Buraq (i.e., Western Wall) plaza in Jerusalem. The committee emphasized that this is a callous attack against the Islamic holy sites, their uniqueness, and their position among the Palestinian people, and the Arab and Islamic peoples. During its meeting yesterday [Dec. 5, 2015] in the presidential compound in Ramallah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, in the presence of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the committee tasked the political committee with the establishment of a mechanism for the implementation of the Central Committee that were made last March, including the limitation of security and economic relations with the occupying authority, ‘Israel.’ The committee emphasized that in order to fight all the expressions of terror in the region and the world and defeat them, it is necessary to end the Israeli occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, in the June 4, 1967 borders. This is because the continuation of the occupation feeds all of the types of extremism and violence in the region and the world.”
Abbas’ representative in Moscow: Israel has “policy of Judaization of Jerusalem and desecration of the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” which will lead to “religious war” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2015
Headline: “Moscow: Marking the international day of solidarity with our people”
      “The Palestinian embassy in Moscow marked the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people with a large ceremony in the heart of the Russian capital, Moscow, with the participation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the European Union’s information office in Moscow, and the Arab League. The [PA] president’s representative, Palestinian Popular Struggle Front Secretary General and PLO Executive Committee Member Ahmed Majdalani... emphasized that the Palestinians agreed to establish their state on about 22% of the historical Palestinian territories. However, Israel did not fulfill all of its obligations regarding the peace process, made light of international regulations and laws, continued its aggressive policies, including expropriation of lands and the expansion of settlement in the Palestinian state’s territories, and implemented its policy of Judaization of Jerusalem and desecration of the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while attempting to divide it by areas and times, all of which bodes for a religious war whose consequences cannot be predicted."

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Fatah cartoon depicts an Israeli bulldozer destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Nov. 30, 2015
 

Cartoon and text posted on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission on Nov. 30, 2015

The cartoon shows an Israeli bulldozer marked with a Star of David sweeping up the Dome of the Rock, together with everyone who condemns Israel’s actions. There are notices of “condemnation” on the papers.
Text on cartoon: “Excavations to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
Fatah tweets cartoon of terrorist defending Jerusalem holy sites from Israeli soldiers  
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Nov. 25, 2015

Cartoon and text tweeted from Fatah Twitter account on Nov. 25, 2015
Text above and in cartoon:
"Jerusalem's Young"
The cartoon shows Palestinian terrorist Fadi Alloun as a giant defending Jerusalem's holy sites from dwarf-sized Israeli soldiers.

Fadi Alloun - 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and injured Israeli citizen Moshe Malka (15) near the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Alloun fled and was shot and killed by Israeli police. Before his attack, Alloun had written on his Facebook page: “Oh Allah, my goal is Martyrdom-death (Shahada) or victory for Allah… Allah is great.”
Fatah official: “Since ’67 their [Israel’s] goal is to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque”; it was “about to be destroyed” if not for Palestinians “who put fear in their hearts”  
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Nov. 22, 2015
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Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “I say that the general commander [of the intifada] is Allah, because one small boy of 13 carries out an act that a trained group cannot… we have a just cause… Therefore, since ’67 their goal is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Today Israel is 58% religious and 23% ultra-orthodox, and they believe only in establishing the [Jewish] Temple. They were about to destroy Jerusalem, [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] was about to be destroyed. But, praise Allah, these young people put fear in their hearts. That ‘sweet’ [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu who says that ‘Jerusalem is an eternal, united capital’ has begun placing concrete barricades in Jerusalem, which isolates them [the Israelis] from the Arabs.”

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Fatah delayed its 7th conference because it “object[s] to the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: “Al-Zaarir: ‘The Central Committee has decided to postpone the 7th Conference and prioritize strengthening the popular uprising’”
     “Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Revolutionary Council Fahmi Al-Za'arir announced the postponement of the movement’s 7th Conference… Al-Za’arir stated yesterday [Nov. 16, 2015] in an interview with Mawtini Radio: ‘The Fatah movement’s 7th Conference has been postponed, due to the movement’s concern for strengthening the foundations of the Jerusalem uprising and maintaining it.’ Al-Za'arir stressed the importance of holding a general conference of the movement, but prioritized the Palestinian people’s goals, stating: ‘Holding the 7th General Conference is important, but since the establishment of our movement, we prioritize the realization of the Palestinian people’s goals, to end the injustice done to it, and protect all its parts.’ Al-Za'arir added: ‘The movement saw fit to object to the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times, and the settlers’ crimes, including killing, destruction, and arson, as well as to support national committees working to protect the Palestinian citizen,’ and he clarified that these issues delayed the preparations for the movement’s 7th conference. In addition, he stated that he is convinced that the Palestinian people will continue its struggle and conflict against the Israeli occupation, whatever the price may be, until freedom and independence are obtained.”

"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 denies again existence of Temple; says Jewish extremists plan to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2015
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Israel’s policy will ignite a religious war from which no one will be saved”
Abbas: ‘What we and the brothers in Jordan agreed on with Secretary John Kerry, is to keep the status quo in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque as a place of Muslim worship, under the custody of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and under the administration of the Islamic Waqf (i.e., Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Foundation). This has been the situation since the occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967. However, this started to change later on, after the ominous visit of [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon [to the Temple Mount] in 2000, under Israeli security forces’ protection, which led to the second Intifada, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign, 2000-2005). Since 2000, Israeli governments have been trying to change the situation, and the Israeli police and army forces began entering the plaza of the Sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) wearing uniforms and carrying weapons.  This is also the case with the extremist Jews, who wish, and declare so, to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their alleged Temple in its place. This is while restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshippers, such as the prohibition [of entry] of people under the age of 50, and allocation of specific hours, during which only Jewish presence is allowed. This was a serious warning bell that the Israeli government wants to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times...'"

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Cartoon that shows Israel beheading the Al-Aqsa Mosque compares Israel to ISIS 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2015


Cartoon published in official PA daily
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Nov. 15, 2015
The cartoon shows an Israeli on the left, beheading the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and an ISIS terrorist on the right, beheading a victim dressed in orange, simultaneously and with the same sword, indicating that Israel and ISIS are the same.
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Fatah officials at rally for dead terrorist accuse Israel of trying to “Judaize Jerusalem”, dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and “desecrat[ing] the sites holy to Islam and Christianity” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 14, 2015
     “The rally to eulogize Martyr (Shahid) Muhannad Halabi, which the Islamic Jihad movement organized in the Salim Afandi Hall in El-Bireh on Saturday afternoon [Nov. 14, 2015], turned into a national wedding, during which everyone agreed on the importance of the continuation of the Jerusalem Intifada, a natural response to the occupation’s aggression, settlement and Judaization campaigns...
PLO Executive Committee member and Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Qais Abd Al-Karim ‘Abu Laila’... expressed his pride in the cry [Halabi] uttered for the place from which Prophet Muhammad Ascended to Heaven [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and as a sign of opposition to the humiliation of our mothers and sisters who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He said that this Intifada sent two clear messages, the first to the world, that the existing situation, in which the occupation continue to expand the settlement, to Judaize Jerusalem, and to desecrate the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, cannot continue, and that its continuation will lead to our resistance...
PLO Central Committee Member and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) member Omar Shehadeh [said]: ‘The Intifada which Halabi detonated succeeded in preventing the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and spoke out against the ghost of Jerusalem’s Judaization.’ In addition, he emphasized in this context his belief that in the end our people will liberate its land, and the whole world, from the affliction of the Zionist project.”
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Fatah terrorist who stabbed Israeli civilian "dedicated" himself to "protection of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and defense of our occupied land" 
Source: YouTube channel "In support of the Intifada", Nov. 6, 2015


Video uploaded to ‘In Support of the Intifada’ YouTube channel on Nov. 6, 2015
 
Palestinian terrorist Bara Issa: “In the name of the All Merciful Allah. Allah said: ‘And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision’ (Quran, Sura 3:169). On behalf of myself and the Palestinian people, I, son of Jerusalem, Bara Kaid Faiq Issa, [Israeli] I.D. 40630297, dedicate myself to the protection of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and defense of our occupied land, out of pure intention and for Allah, and [as] a decisive response to our noble women who cry out: ‘Islam, save us!’ And being at my full mental and physical capacity, I willingly dedicate myself to carrying out this operation (i.e., terror attack), without any party guiding me or pressuring me. My brothers, young ones, Martyrdom is the highest level, and I urge you to follow the path of liberation and Martyrdom. Your brother [in faith] in Allah, Bara Issa, son of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing. Peace be upon you, and Allah’s mercy and blessing.”
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Bara Issa – Palestinian terrorist who stabbed an Israeli man near the Rami Levy supermarket in Sha’ar Binyamin, north of Jerusalem, on Nov. 6, 2015. On the day of the attack (probably before he carried it out), he posted a video taking credit for it. On Nov. 7, PA authorities claimed that Issa had turned himself in to their secur
Abbas: Israel is trying to change the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque and trying to divide it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 5, 2015
Headline: “The president: ‘Israel must implement the status quo that existed in the Al-Aqsa before 2000”
    “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that Israel must implement the status quo regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s status and the [Jerusalem] Islamic Waqf [Foundation] as it was before 2000, and not what it is trying to force now. The president added at the beginning of the PLO Executive Committee meeting held yesterday [Nov. 4, 2015], Wednesday afternoon, in the presidential compound in Ramallah: ’We have emphasized more than once to the relevant bodies that what Israel is trying to implement at the moment at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is not accurate, and not right, and is a falsification of the facts.’ … [The committee] called for respect of the holiness of the site, including its entire plaza which sits on 144 dunam (approximately 35.6 acres -Ed.), as a site holy to Muslims, as the first direction of prayer and the third holiest [Islamic] sanctuary, which will not be divided in any way by areas and times, under any pretext… The committee discussed the situation of the district and city of Hebron and the crimes being carried out by the occupation forces and herds of settlers against the [Palestinian] citizens (this refers to the many Palestinian stabbings taking place in Hebron and Israel’s response to them –Ed.). The committee expressed approval of the widespread public participation in the activities of the blessed popular uprising, and emphasized that the great sacrifices the district made and is making will remain as a beacon which will light the path of liberation from the occupation and getting rid of the cancer of settlement and settlers, for the generations.”
PA Secretary-General visits families of 2 stabbers; justifies actions of Palestinians “who rose up in order to protect Al-Aqsa” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 5, 2015
Headline: “The government’s Secretary-General offered condolences for Katana’s Martyrs”
     “Secretary-General of the [PA] government Ali Abu Diyak offered condolences in the name of the government for the Martyrs of the village of Katana in the Jerusalem district, Omar Al-Faqih and Muhammad Shamasneh (i.e., terrorist stabbers). Abu Diyak said in his speech in the Martyrs’ house of mourning that our people rose up in order to protect the Al-Asa Mosque, and to come out against the despicable crimes being carried out by the occupation army and gangs of settlers, and to stop the continuation of the occupation and settlement. He emphasized that our people will continue its struggle through legitimate means according to international law, and will pave the path to freedom, until the end of the occupation, the removal of the settlements, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital, and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque at its heart.”

Omar Muhammad Al-Faqih – 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed an Israeli border policeman at the Qalandiya checkpoint on Oct. 17, 2015. Al-Faqih was shot in his lower body by another border policeman. Al-Faqih then tried to stab a sapper with scissors he took from him, and was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier.

Muhammad Nazmi Shamasneh – 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who choked and stabbed an Israeli soldier in order to take his weapon on Oct. 12, 2015, on bus 185 near the central bus station in Jerusalem. The terrorist also stabbed and injured two additional people. He was shot and killed by Israeli police.
Fatah spokesman: Terror in Jerusalem and Hebron stopped Israel from dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque “by times and areas”  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 5, 2015
Headline: “Alayan demands that the merchants of Al-Wad Street and the Old City of Jerusalem be saved”
      “[Official] Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan… called to the PLO, the Palestinian government, the private sector, and business people to formulate a campaign to aid the Old City and support the resolve of its residents and merchants. [Likewise he called] to go to it [the Old City] and increase the [Palestinian] presence in it. In addition, Alayan demanded that the Palestinian government hold a special meeting on the topic… in order to discuss all outstanding issues connected to Jerusalem… and formulate a local, Arab, and international plan to strengthen the legendary resolve of the residents of the holy city. Alayan emphasized that this legendary resolve succeeded in stopping the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by times and areas.”

"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
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PA daily cartoon: Netanyahu holds Dome of the Rock as captive 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2015

The cartoon shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu encircling the Dome of the Rock with his metal arms. The Dome of the Rock is surrounded by a wall and a checkpoint.
Text in cartoon: "The situation will remain as it is"
The text refers to Netanyahu's statement that he will maintain the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The cartoon hints that the status quo is not sincere and that Israel wants the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza for itself. This echoes the PA libel that Israel plans to destroy the mosque in order to build the Temple.
PLO official: Terror in Jerusalem is “in order to prevent its Judaization and the division of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2015
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: 'We are working on a battle plan for the continued popular uprising'”
"PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf said... yesterday [Oct. 28, 2015] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The residents of Jerusalem, whether they live behind the [separation] wall or in front of it, protect Jerusalem with their bare chests, in order to prevent its Judaization and the division of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ Abu Yusuf said: ‘The leadership of the national forces yesterday (two days ago) authorized a national battle plan during its meeting, in order to continue the popular uprising throughout the homeland, and to emphasize the momentum of the popular participation, in order to protect the rights of the resolute Palestinians and obtain freedom and independence.”
 
"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.
Fatah spokesman: Palestinians are “protecting the [the Al-Aqsa Mosque], which is subject to daily attacks of the occupation and extremist Zionist settlers” 
Source: Al-Istiqlal (Palestinian independent newspaper), Oct. 28, 2015
Headline: “Abu Aita: ‘The goal of the intifada is to sweep away the occupation, and the attempts to bury it [the intifada] alive are doomed to fail’”
        “The Fatah movement emphasized its support for our Palestinian people’s ongoing intifada against the Zionist occupation and its herds of settlers on the path to the complete termination of the occupation of the Palestinian territories... Fatah Spokesman Fayiz Abu Aita stated in an exclusive interview with [Palestinian newspaper] Al-Istiqlal: ‘We support our people’s intifada in order to achieve its [the intifada’s] main goal, which is the termination of the occupation of the Palestinian territories.’ He added: ‘Our people is defending itself through this intifada, and is also protecting the first direction of prayer and the third holiest [Islamic] sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), which is subject to daily attacks of the occupation and extremist Zionist settlers.’  Rage and fierce intifada have been prevalent for the last month in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, and in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel), due to the occupation’s terrorist actions and recurring invasions of Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by the herds of settlers."

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PA daily: Netanyahu purposely “harming” Al-Aqsa Mosque to rile Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for the official PA daily
Headline: “The ethnic cleansing scheme”
     “From the very beginning, we have been pointing out that what is being done in Jerusalem in order to cause its [Palestinian] residents to revolt against the occupation is a clear, [Israeli] right-wing scheme which is part of the city’s Judaization, the tightened control over the holy places and the implementation of systematic ethnic cleansing. We stated that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu knows what is takes to provoke the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem: harming the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This happened during his first term in 1996, when he opened the tunnel (i.e., authorized the creation of an exit from the Western Wall tunnel) underneath the mosque, and [the riots that followed] were called the Tunnel Intifada. It also happened when [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon held his provocative visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which led, two days later, to a massacre at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in which dozens of Martyrs (Shahids) were killed, and to the outbreak of the [second] Intifada…
Netanyahu uses all kinds of weapons and laws of oppression, and recruits the machine of lies and accusations against our defenseless people. He fabricates stabbing operations…”
Abbas: Israel “desecrate[s] the holy ‎sites”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] president: ‘We need ‎to preserve the historic situation in the Al-‎Aqsa [Mosque], and the occupation opens ‎the door to religious conflict’”‎
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized ‎that the historic status quo in the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque must be preserved, and warned ‎that if the occupation will continue to ‎desecrate the holy sites, it will open the ‎door to unwanted bitter religious conflict.‎ The president’s words were said during a ‎joint press conference with UN Secretary-‎General Ban Ki-moon, who unexpectedly ‎went to Ramallah in an effort to calm the ‎deteriorating situation in the Palestinian ‎territories…‎
Fatah committee led by Abbas meet to discuss Israel’s “summary executions” and its “desecration” of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2015
Headline: “Fatah Central Committee: ‘The occupation is the root of the problem, and the solution is in its end and the establishment of an independent [Palestinian] state with Jerusalem as its capital”
        “The Fatah Central Committee held a meeting yesterday [Oct. 21, 2015] evening, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The committee discussed the deteriorating situation in the field due to the occupation’s crimes against our people, the summary executions that the occupation’s army and the gangs of its settlers are carrying out, and the desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, first among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a change to whose historic status quo we will not agree to.
[Presidential Spokesman] and Fatah Central Committee member and official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated… that the Central Committee emphasized that the occupation is the root of the problem, and the solution is its [the occupation’s] end, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, in the 1967 borders… At the same time, the Fatah Central Committee praised the masses of our heroic people which is resolute on its land and in its defense of it against the occupation, which has managed to place the Palestinian cause at the head of the international community’s priorities, after Israel’s attempt to isolate the Palestinian people by taking advantage of the fact that the Arabs and the world are preoccupied [with other matters].”
UNRWA school in Gaza encourages death through Martyrdom: "Our blood and souls are for you, Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: UNWRA Elementary School A for Refugees – Gaza Facebook page, Oct. 20, 2015
Text and images posted on "Elementary School A for Refugees – Gaza" Facebook page on Oct. 20, 2015, accessed March 7, 2016. The first image shows that the UNRWA logo is the profile picture of the page (on March 7, 2016). The page later removed the UNWRA logo and closed or blocked the page.


On Oct. 20, 2015 (a few weeks after the outbreak of the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis that began on Sept. 13, 2015 - with a stoning attack in which Israeli civilian Alexander Levlovich was killed), the UNRWA Elementary School A for Refugees posted pictures of an activity for Jerusalem that took place in the school: The pictures have since then been removed from Facebook.

Text on sign on right: “We will live as soaring hawks and we will die as proud lions. We are all Jerusalem and we are all Palestine.”

Text on sign on left: “How will there be light if our blood will not be the fuel? And how will we restore the Al-Aqsa Mosque, if we will not be soldiers?”
Text on girls’ sign: “At your command, Al-Aqsa Mosque! Our blood and souls are for you, Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
 
PLO official: Israel is escalating the conflict in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and committing “summary executions of women and children” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2015
Headline: “Al-Salehi: ‘The popular uprising needs to be guarded in order to achieve its goals’”
     “Secretary-General of the People’s Party (i.e., a member of the PLO) Bassam Al-Salehi emphasized that different pressures are being brought to bear on the Palestinian leadership, and especially from the US, to stop the popular uprising against the occupation, and clarified that these pressures will increase due to a number of factors. Al-Salehi stated yesterday [Oct. 18, 2015] in a press release that what is important is not the international pressure, but rather the way these pressures are addressed. He added that all the bodies applying pressure have not contributed anything to the Palestinian position, and they want the situation to return to the way it was. In other words, that Israel will continue to avoid its responsibilities regarding the Palestinians’ rights. Regarding the current events, Al-Salehi clarified that the Israeli escalation, and especially in occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is unprecedented, and the summary executions of women and children are meant to create facts on the ground, and are consistent with the ongoing efforts to put an end to the national rights. He clarified that the Israeli escalation has been met with heroic efforts of challenging [Israel] by the Palestinian side in different regions, which enables the broadening of the popular resistance to the occupation and its exacerbation, in order to achieve the optimal result, which is the end of the occupation, and the establishment of a Palestinian state… Al-Salehi demanded to keep the popular uprising in its current form as a broad popular resistance movement in order to achieve its goals, and not to let it sway from its path in a negative direction, as happened in the second Intifada (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Intifada, PA terror campaign 2000-2005) and [not to] militarize it or bring it to the point of
Fatah objects to “the Judaization and the division (of the Al-Aqsa Mosque)” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 18, 2015
Headline: “The Fatah party supports uprising and calls on the [Palestinian] Legislative Council to convene”
       “Fatah’s parliamentary party confirmed its support of the extensive popular uprising for the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its objection to the Judaization and the division (of the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to times and areas –Ed.).  The party emphasized the Palestinian people’s right to resist the occupation, the ‘oppressor that sits on our chest, until the liberation and establishment of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.’  The party stated in an announcement received by Ma’an [news agency]: ‘We are a people with a right to live like the rest of the peoples of the world, in an independent state on the land of its entire homeland, not on a small part of it, ruled by herds of settlers who ravage it.’
The party sent its honor and admiration to Palestine’s glorious women, who have always proved that they are partners and fighters who lead the ranks.’
Likewise, the announcement emphasized the importance of the unity and rallying around our right to fight and resist until victory and the establishment of the [Palestinian] state.”

"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.
PA daily: Israel is “plotting” to “attack” and “devour” Jerusalem and holy places 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for the official PA daily:
     "As opposed to the bestial statements of the leaders of Israel, who mobilize, enlist and arm their people and encourage it to spill our blood and commit cold-blooded murders, President Mahmoud Abbas has spoken to us with the wise words of one who sees what we don't see, as the occupation wants us to remain inside its favorite cycle, the blood-cycle, and makes us bear the consequences of its provocations and inhuman actions against our people in Jerusalem and our holy places. All the mouths in the [Israeli] right-wing government call for murder while our blood is on their teeth, and all the [Palestinian] mouths call to protect ourselves against the attack planned in advance to devour the holy city, taking advantage of the current Arab weakness. It is possible that the president's insistence on opposing any change [of the status-quo] at the Al-Aqsa Mosque clarifies that what the [Israeli] right-wing government is plotting will fail, because our people is determined to defend its holy places, even if the others abandon us."
PA government justifies Palestinian violence accusing Israel of “murder of children” and “aggression against holy sites, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 14, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] government: Israel is perpetrating war crimes”
       “The [PA] government stated that Israel is perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity against our people and our children. It [the PA government] called on the international community to bring it [Israel] to account for their barbaric despicable murders and the executions it deliberately carries out in the field against our people and our children. The government opened its weekly meeting, held yesterday [Oct. 13, 2015] in Ramallah, led by Rami Hamdallah, with a review of the political situation, the escalation of the Israeli attacks against our people, the continuation of the crimes against [Palestinian] residents, the murder of children, and the granting of permission to the settlers to carry weapons and use them against the Palestinians. It held the government of Israel fully responsible for the escalation of the situation in the Palestinian areas, and stated that the popular revolt is an expression of our people’s refusal of occupation, settlements, and Israeli aggression against the holy sites, and especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also stated that the only solution to the existing situation is a political solution that will lead to a just peace.”
Senior Fatah official "supports, with all his might, the uprising and intifada… aimed at defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque" from "defilement" and "Judaization" 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Oct. 14, 2015
      “Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein stated: ‘President Mahmoud Abbas is the head of the Palestinian legitimacy and president of all Palestinians. The Fatah movement stands united at its people’s side, with no side-disputes and takes a responsible standpoint in our people’s recent confrontations.’ Moreover, he emphasized that he personally supports, with all his might, the uprising and the intifada of our young people, aimed at defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and this is the [Fatah] movement’s position. Abu Al-Einein added that the fact that the occupiers revoked his VIP document will not influence his position calling to support the uprising and the intifada of our heroic Palestinian people, in order to defend Jerusalem against the Judaization and crush the plot to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times...
Abu Al-Einin continued responding to the report: ‘There are no disagreements in Fatah, and there is no right and left. It leads its heroic people in crucial historic moments, and there is no room for supporters and opponents, in light of this crucial historic situation of our national cause. We will undoubtedly defeat the arrogance of the cowardly settlers who are protected by the occupation army, armed with billions of dollars, while we, our youth and our children come out with our cold weapons (i.e., stones, knifes, etc.) to fight back and to defend our Al-Aqsa [Mosque] from any kind of defilement.”

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PA daily: Israel “allowed the settlers to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque at all times” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for the official PA daily
      “It seems to me that every Israeli settler, policeman, or soldier has received the authority to kill and shoot every Palestinian in order to kill, regardless of his age, looks, way of walking, or clothing. This is because ambiguity surrounds the stabbings which Israel is announcing, since there are witnesses that contradict the Israeli versions. Likewise, we haven’t seen any injured Israeli, only the body of a young Palestinian by the Lions’ Gate on the ground, nothing on him, next to a young woman lying on the ground, and there is also a boy who has died as a Martyr (i.e., terrorist who stabbed 2) under unclear circumstances is the Pisgat Ze’ev settlement...
The occupation - which have allowed the settlers to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque at all times, and which is at the moment exacerbating its mistake and allowing the spilling of blood, such that every Israeli will turn into a murderer who can kill any Palestinian, claiming he tried to stab [him] - is responsible for the situation we have reached. This is so as most of the Israeli versions of stabbings are false and forged, and we can appeal the stabbing stories, since the Israeli government is exaggerating with lies and fabrications.”
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Abbas’ advisor: Palestinian violence won’t stop until the “attacks against [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] stop”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 13, 2015
“Advisor to Abbas on Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Al-Ruweid... said that the subject of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is fundamental and that it will not be possible for the situation to calm down unless the attacks against it stop... [He] emphasized that the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem will not move from their city, and said: 'Their [the Israelis’] actions and policy will not scare us. We will remain in Jerusalem and protect it and its holy sites, first among them the blessed Al-Aqsa [Mosque].'"
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Syria’s Mufti expresses solidarity with Palestinians for “saving” Al-Aqsa Mosque “from the claws” of Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: ‘Syria’s Mufti: ‘Al-Aqsa is a trust hanging on the neck of the nation’”
     “Mufti of Arab Republic of Syria Ahmed Badr Al-Din Hassoun emphasized that the president of Syria, the government of Syria, and the Syrian people stand alongside the Palestinian people’s struggle against the aggressive Israeli war machine. In a phone conversation he held with Fatah Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki, Mufti Hassoun said that in its opposition and defense of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], the Palestinian people protect the holiest site in the world, while waving the flag of glory and honor of the Arab and Islamic nation and free people around the world.
He added that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a trust placed around the necks of the trustees, Muslims and Christians alike, and that saving it from the claws of the occupation is a Pan-Arab and human duty… Zaki said that its authors have and do stand at the side of the Palestinian people’s struggle, out of a Pan-Arab awareness, which sees Palestine as the most important cause of the Arabs.”
Only days after 4 Israelis murdered, Abbas calls “uprising” “peaceful”, inflames Palestinians, says Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: “Mahmoud Abbas: The occupation is responsible for what is happening, and the continuation of the settlers’ provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “The president met yesterday [Oct. 11, 2015] evening with Secretaries of [Fatah’s] sub-branches and representatives of Fatah’s Shabiba (i.e., Fatah student movement) in the homeland’s northern districts (i.e., the West Bank), at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah. He briefed them on the latest political developments and expressed his appreciation of their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the region which must stand at the top of the international community’s priorities.  The president stated that the one responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which continues to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers in their attacks against our people, and avoids fulfilling its obligations as stipulated in the agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent arrangement is reached. He added that the Israeli government gives free rein to the settlers, who are attacking our holy sites and our people, blocking roads, and burning crops.  The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the backbone of the Palestinian revolution, and continue to lead the struggle for liberation through popular peaceful resistance, and to adhere to national principles, especially the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Abbas made these statements only a few days after 4 Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinians.

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Abbas blames surge of Palestinian terror on Israel, “which has continued to desecrate our holy sites” and calls for continued “popular peaceful resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Just eight days after Palestinian terrorist Muhannad Halabi stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem and ten days after terrorists shot and murdered two young parents in the West Bank, Abbas made this statement claiming that Israel is responsible for the Palestinian surge in violence because it “descrate[s] the holy sites”:
     “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] met last night [Oct. 11, 2015] with the [Fatah] branch secretaries and representatives of the Fatah Shabiba movement in the northern districts of the homeland (i.e., the West Bank). He updated them on the latest political developments, and expressed appreciation for their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as the central cause in the region which needs to be the first priority of the international community. The president said that the party responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which has continued to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers during their attacks against our people, and evades fulfilling its obligations according to agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent solution [is reached]. He added that the Israeli government sets loose the settlers who attack our holy sites and our people, block the roads, and burn the crops.  The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the spine of the Palestinian revolution, will continue to lead the struggle to freedom through popular peaceful resistance, and will continue to adhere to the national principles, first among them the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital… [In] a phone call with European Union Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini… he [Abbas] emphasized that continued settlers’ provocations in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous results.”
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PA daily presents stabbing attacks “protecting the holy sites” as positive 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2015
Headline: “How does Gaza support the West Bank and Jerusalem?”
     “This is the second week in a row that the cities of the West Bank and Jerusalem are on fire with confrontations with the occupation and settlers, after they have been marked directly as a target on a daily basis. The young have served as an active example of activities of the struggle and resistance aimed at protecting their land and the holy sites, after the occupation has claimed that ‘the adults will die and the young will forget,’ but the continuation of stabbing operations (i.e., terror attacks) and the marking [of the occupation and settlers] as a target decisively proves that no Palestinian will forget or remain silent in the face of the occupation’s arrogance and its settlers.”

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Caption: “Protesting in Gaza in support of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and Jerusalem”
PLO official supports “the growing mass uprising” and praises the “Martyrs” who died “defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2015
Headline: “Al-Agha demands that the UN intervene and put an end to the Israeli aggression”
     “[PLO Executive Committee member Zakaria] Al-Agha condemned yesterday [Oct. 10, 2015] in a press release, the Israeli escalation [of violence] against our people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the excessive use of force which resulted in the death of 7 Martyrs (Shahids), and more than 369 wounded [Palestinians]. He expressed condolences to the families of the Martyrs who were killed today [Oct. 11, 2015] in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. He added that the Israeli military escalation and the threats made by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and his army’s chief of staff [Gadi Eisenkot], to repress the growing mass uprising in various ways, will not deter our people, its fighting masses, factions, and forces, from continuing the path of struggle, adhering to the option of resistance, and defending themselves until the Israeli occupation’s defeat… He also emphasized that the battle for liberation has begun, and will only end when the occupation ends. Al-Agha praised our people’s mass uprising in Gaza, in the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, and wherever it is present, in support of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Jerusalem, who are subjected to barbaric Israeli aggression…”
PA MP says “popular intifada” is “response to Israel for its attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 10, 2015
Member of Palestinian Parliament and Secretary-General of the National Initiative Movement Mustafa Barghouti:  “Yesterday we were at Muhannad [Halabi’s] (i.e., terrorist who stabbed two to death) funeral. The Palestinian people is completely united, with all its strength, in admirable national unity in this popular intifada. The response to Israel for its crimes, attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and murder of young Jihad fighters, is this unity and popular intifada. This popular intifada has broken out and will bring about its goals with Allah’s help.”

Muhannad Halabi (19) killed 2 Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, and injured Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Following the attack, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Prior to his attack, in a post to his private Facebook page, the terrorist referred to recent terror attacks as part of a "third Intifada,” and said that it was a response to Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and that the Palestinian people would not “succumb to humiliation.” This is a reference to the PA libel that Israel is plotting to take over and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the PA's portrayal of Jews praying on the Temple Mount as "an invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Abbas gives speech supporting those “protecting the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and tells Israel to “stay away” from holy sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2015
Official PA TV news, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at dedication of C.C.C. Contractor building in El-Bireh:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We do not use violence at all, or use force. We seek peace. We believe in peace, and we believe in national resistance, Palestinian, popular, peaceful. This is our right. They have to understand that this is our right and we need to continue [the resistance] as long as there is [Israeli] aggression. We do not attack anyone and will not agree to attack anyone. However, we want them not to attack us, and we want them not to go into the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
We hold the hands of our brothers who are protecting the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and suffering greatly to protect the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. However, at the same time we say to the government of Israel: 'Stay away from the sites which are holy to Islam and Christianity. Stay away from us. We want peace. Our hands will continue to be extended in peace despite everything we suffer from you… '"

Broadcast on official PA TV on Oct. 8, 2015 and published by Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Oct. 9, 2015.

Abbas made this speech only a few days after 4 Israelis were murdered by Palestinians.

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Abbas expresses “support” for “our brothers who protect Al-Aqsa Mosque and suffer greatly to defend it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2015
Headline: “President Abbas: We do not attack anyone, but we do not want them to attack us”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas stated: ‘ We do not attack anyone, but we also do not want them to attack us. Moreover, we do not want them to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will not be dragged into their cycle [of violence], and will not use violence or force. We believe in peace and non-violent popular resistance, which is our right, and we must continue with it as long as there is [Israeli] aggression.’ This was said while president Abbas inaugurated a CCC (Consolidated Contractors Company) building... The president stated: ‘ We support our brothers who protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and who suffer greatly to defend it. However, we say to the Israeligovernment: Stay away from the holy sites of Islam and Christianity. We want peace, and our hands reach out for peace in spite of all the suffering you inflict on us, but after all we are pacifists, and if there is peace here, it will include the whole world.’ He added: ‘ We stated in the UN and we will repeat that Israel must fulfill its obligations, and we will fulfill our duties. Yet if they do not want to fulfill their obligations, they are responsible for what will happen here, and for the chaos taking
place here.”
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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PA daily calls Yehuda Glick one of the “leaders of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, who incites for the establishment of the so-called ‘Temple’ on the ruins of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque…” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2015
Headline: “Massacre in homes in occupied Jerusalem” (i.e., demolition of homes of terrorists)
      “The occupation authorities turned the homes of the three Martyrs (Shahids) - Mutaz Hijazi, Ghassan Abu Jamal, and Muhammad Jaabis in Abu Tor and Jabel Mukaber into battle fields, and left extensive destruction after demolishing them… Mutaz Hijazi died as a Martyr on Oct. 30, 2014, when he confronted the occupation forces on the roof of his family’s home, after his attempt to assassinate the extreme rabbi, Yehuda Glick, one of the most prominent leaders of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, who incites for the establishment of the so-called ‘Temple’ on the ruins of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque… Ghassan Mahmoud Abu Jamal (32 years old), and Uday Abd Abu Jamal (21 years old) died as Martyrs on Nov. 18, 2014, after they carried out an attack against a synagogue in the Har Nof area in the village of Deir Yassin in occupied Jerusalem.”

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After Palestinians murder 4 Israeli civilians Abbas says “the Palestinian side did not attack… We have to protect our holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2015


Originally aired on PA TV on Oct. 6, and published in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Oct. 7, 2015.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "In these difficult days, the Israeli government is escalating its strong offensive against the Palestinian people everywhere… Honestly, we do not know what the reason is for this, since the Palestinian side did not attack and did not do anything against the Israelis. If they [Israelis] think that the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem are protecting themselves, that is our right. We have to protect our holy sites, Islamic and Christian. If they think to divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], it is unattainable, and they will not succeed…
We do not want a military and security escalation between us and them. We do not want that. We do not want that. We do not want that. We said it clearly. All our orders to our [security] forces, to our organization, to our young and our public, are that we do not want an escalation. We wish to defend ourselves. How should we react when a group of settlers attack a village? How should we react? Keep away from it! We do not start and we do not initiate. Israel has to cease and accept the hand held out to it."
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PA PM: “We warned again and again of harm to the holy sites” by Israel, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2015
Headline: “Hamdallah: ‘We warned again and again of harm to the holy sites, and the Israeli government is responsible for the results of its escalation’”
       “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah stated yesterday [Oct. 5, 2015] in the opening ceremony of the 12th International IT Conference in Ramallah: ‘First, I would like to use this opportunity to express my warm condolences to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), who saturated the ground of the homeland with their pure blood and demonstrated by their sacrifices the will of our people to survive and endure. [Likewise, I would like to] praise the Palestinian citizens’ resolve and their unification around the leadership led by President Mahmoud Abbas against the unprecedented Israeli attack against our people, and against the escalation of the violations against Jerusalem and its residents, the murder of Palestinians in cold blood, and the continued efforts of the occupation government to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque by times and areas.’ Hamdallah added: ‘President Abbas repeated his demand of the UN to provide the Palestinian people with international protection against the Israeli military escalation and the settlers’ attacks. Likewise, we continue, through friendly countries, to demand to put a stop to this aggression. I emphasize that we warned the international community in the past and we warn them now, that the violations of the occupation’s army and the settlers against the residents and the holy sites of Christianity and Islam, and especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque, will drag the region into a cycle of violence. Therefore the Israeli government is responsible for the results of the escalation and the deterioration of the situation in the West Bank, and especially in East Jerusalem.’”

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013)
PA daily reports on call to “stand up against the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to ward off [the invasions] with [their] blood and soul” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2015
Headline: “Official condemnation by the factions of the Israeli aggression and the settlers’ terror in the West Bank”
     “The [Palestinian] national forces in occupied Jerusalem announced a general strike yesterday, Sunday [Oct. 4, 2015] in mourning of the souls of Martyrs Fadi Aloun and Muhannad Halabi (i.e., terrorist who stabbed an Israeli and terrorist who killed two). In their announcement, the forces stressed the need to close ranks and unite them in the field in order to confront the occupation authorities and its settler gangs, and called on all their members and the popular committees in Jerusalem to stand against the settlers’ terror and not to leave our people prey for their hatred. Furthermore, they called on all their members to stand up against the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to ward off [the invasions] with [their] blood and soul.”

Muhannad Halabi killed 2 Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, and injured Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Following the attack, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Prior to his attack, in a post to his private Facebook page, the terrorist referred to recent terror attacks as part of a "third Intifada,” and said that it was a response to Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and that the Palestinian people would not “succumb to humiliation.” This is a reference to the PA libel that Israel is plotting to take over and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the PA's portrayal of Jews praying on the Temple Mount as "an invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Fadi Alloun stabbed and injured Israeli citizen Moshe Malka (15) near the Old City in ‎Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. He fled and was shot dead by Israeli police