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Libel: Israel to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque
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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:
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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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
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