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Rewriting history
Heritage theft
Rewriting history
Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy. Long before it started the PA terror campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005), the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history. This rewriting has two central goals:
1- Erase the Jewish nation's 3,000 year history in the Land of Israel;
2- Invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the land.

The goal of this historical revision as a political strategy was first expressed publicly at a conference of Palestinian historians in 1998, when rewriting history was linked to the political goal of denying Israel's right to exist:
"Dr. Yussuf Alzamili [Chairman History Department, Khan Yunis Educational College] called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land... [History lecturer Abu Amar] clarified that there is no connection between the ancient generation of Jews and the new generation." [Al-Ayyam, Dec. 4, 1998].
 
Erasing Jewish history in the land of Israel is followed by the PA’s invention of ancient and modern histories that support its political ideology and claim to the land of Israel. The Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history are alternately denied, downplayed or distorted. Another distortion is to hide from Palestinians that Jesus was a Jew who lived in the Land of Judea/Israel. PA leaders repeatedly define Jesus as a Palestinian who preached Islam, thus denying not only Jewish history, but also the history and legitimacy of Christianity.

Citing numerous examples, this section will document that these and other historical revisions are an integral part of Palestinian policy and are used to create political ideology.
Heritage theft
The PA policy of rewriting history in order to deny Israel’s right to exist is expressed in different ways. As noted above, the PA erases Jewish history and fabricates an ancient Palestinian history in an attempt to delegitimize Israel’s claim to the land. Another expression of this PA policy is the accusation of heritage theft, in which Israel is said to steal Palestinian heritage and history. According to this logic, Israel has no heritage of its own in the land and must therefore resort to stealing Palestinian heritage in order to justify its claim to the land.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself propagated this libel, reported in the PA official daily:
"President Abbas emphasized… ‘We know that they (i.e., Israelis) are trying to change its landmarks, to change our land, and to build over our homes and over the graves of our people, in order to erase the traces of the Palestinian people, but they will not succeed.'” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2012]
 
The same accusation was made on PA TV by a newscaster reporting on a folkdance festival in the Ramallah district:
"[The dance groups] are directing a message to the entire world, that the Palestinian nation still retains its identity and its cultural heritage, while Israel attempts to steal this heritage." [PA TV (Fatah), July 15, 2011]
 
At the same time that the PA promotes the libel of Israeli heritage theft, the PA itself frequently claims Jewish history in the land of Israel as its own. Since the Palestinian Authority was established under the Oslo Accords in 1993, the PA has undertaken a rewriting of history which includes the misappropriation of Jewish history, artifacts, traditions, texts, as if they had a Palestinian historical connection.

In one striking example, the official PA paper claimed that a Hebrew shekel coin from 66 CE was in fact “an ancient Palestinian coin.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 4, 2012] The coin, with ancient Hebrew lettering that reads “Shekel of Israel [Year] 1,” can be seen above.

Similarly, a song broadcast on PA TV mimicked the Jewish biblical expression from Psalms, “If I forget thee, oh Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill” [Psalms 137:5]. The song appropriates Jewish longing for Jerusalem with lyrics that clearly imitate the Jewish biblical verse:
"May my right arm forget me, may my left arm forget me.
May the light of my eyes and the openings of songs forget me, if I forget Jerusalem."
[PA TV (Fatah), March 11, 2012]
 
This section documents the PA’s mimicking and expropriating of Jewish tradition as well as the libel that Israel steals Palestinian heritage in order to forge a “false” Jewish connection to the land:
Fatah official appreciates UNESCO resolution during "difficult period in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are subjected to the dangers of Judaization and ... even ethnic cleansing"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2016
Headline: “Hamad expressed appreciation for the UNESCO resolution to recognize Jerusalem as an Islamic heritage”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad said that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution to recognize East Jerusalem as a pure Islamic heritage is a return of the right to its owner, a slap on the cheek of the Israeli occupation, and a refuting of its claims that it has been marketing for many decades through its enormous communications mechanism.
Hamad added that this resolution is very important, particularly in this difficult period in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are subjected to the dangers of Judaization and settlement, and even to ethnic cleansing.
She emphasized that the resolution comes in order to limit the arrogance of the occupation, and the continuation of its seizing control over everything that is Palestinian and the theft of Islamic history and culture in the holy city [of Jerusalem].”

UNESCO passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions. The resolution was later approved by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Oct. 26, 2016, in a secret ballot in which ten countries voted in favor of the resolution, two opposed, eight abstained, and one country, Jamaica, was absent.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” For more details about the resolution, click "full article."
PA Ministry of Information: Jews attempt to "plunder the forefathers' heritage and pass off a fake Israeli narrative full of holes"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2016
Headline: “Ministry of Information: The Palestinian heritage is stronger than the Judaization”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Information considered Palestinian Heritage Day – Oct. 7 – to be a rebellion against the Judaization despite the occupation’s terror that targets our heritage and [the occupation’s] falsification of it… The ministry said that the war on the national clothing, traditional foods, trees, fruits, birds, rocks, and land constitute a continuation of the desperate Israeli attempts to plunder the forefathers’ heritage and pass off a fake Israeli narrative full of holes. Likewise, the ministry praised the decision of the previous [Palestinian] government to adopt the northern orange-tufted sunbird as a national bird and the iris haynei as a national flower of our freedom-deprived land, due to the symbolism and importance of the matter for the struggle against the Israelization.”
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 Council: Israel perpetrated "the theft of an entire culture, with all its details and antiquities"
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 cartoon: Israeli soldier eats ancient archaeological site
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2016

Text at top of cartoon: “Sebastia…”

The cartoon shows an Israeli soldier eating a Roman column from the antiquities of Sebastia, as if it were a hot dog. Sebastia was the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel in the 9th and 8th centuries BCE and today is under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority. The cartoon refers to the PA claims that Israel is trying to take over the archeological site of Sebastia – which is located in Area C, under full Israeli security and administrative control.
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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PA minister: Israel is trying to “manipulate and Judaize” Jerusalem as part of a “systematic scheme to erase the Arab, Islamic, and Christian cultural characteristics" of the city, condemns attempts to give it a "false Jewish character"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2016
     “[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini yesterday [Aug. 25, 2016] updated a delegation of Arab, European, Asian, and Palestinian diaspora writers, authors, and poets who are visiting Palestine at the moment… on the cultural arena and the limitations from which the Jerusalem institutions are suffering due to the struggle being carried out by the residents of Jerusalem against the occupation in order to protect the Palestinian-ness and Arab-ness of the culture in the city of Jerusalem.
He brought up the battle of terms being carried out by our people and its national leadership, as the occupation authorities are attempting to manipulate and Judaize them as part of a systematic scheme to erase the Arab, Islamic, and Christian cultural characteristics, to brainwash the new generations, and to cut them off from their historical cultural identity of thousands of years, by using means of fabrication, falsification, and deception that are fooling almost everyone.”

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PA Minister of Culture warns: We must preserve Palestinian heritage "in order to prevent the occupation from making it Israeli"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2016
Headline: “Bessaiso: We succeeded in bringing back the honor of the Palestinian cultural scene”
     “[PA] Minister of Culture Ehab Bessaiso said yesterday [Aug. 17, 2016] that the ministry is currently working to bring back the honor of the Palestinian cultural scene, and that it succeeded in doing so with the help of the leadership and [PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah].
This was during his participation in the Live with the Government program that is produced by the Palestine Live channel (i.e., official PA TV Live) in cooperation with the [official PA] Palestinian News and Information Agency WAFA…
He [Bessaiso] said: ‘The preservation of the heritage is the joint responsibility of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture, because the heritage is in the sights of the occupation… We are also in need of a diplomatic effort in order to internationalize the issue of preserving the heritage, and this is in order to prevent the occupation from making it Israeli.’”
PA daily: Israel imposes Israeli curriculum on Palestinian schools in Jerusalem as part of its “Judaization” and “falsification of history”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2016
Headline: "The occupation is trying to impose the Israeli curriculum on the schools in Al-Quds (i.e., Jerusalem)"

"The Israeli Ministry of Education is trying in every way to harm the Palestinian curriculum. Since the occupation of Al-Quds (i.e., Arab name for Jerusalem) in 1967 and until this day, it implements a number of methods and does everything in its power to control the minds of the Palestinian students and falsify the Palestinian history, and to change the face of the Arab and Islamic archeological remnants, in order to inculcate the Hebrew names in the minds of the Al-Quds students (i.e., Palestinian students).

Lately, the intention of the Israeli Ministry of Education to budget 20 million [Israeli] shekels for the renovation and building of classrooms, the renovation of [sport] fields, the installation of air conditioners, and the construction of labs and computer rooms - on the condition that the Israeli 'matriculation' curriculum be taught - was revealed.

Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee of Students' Parents Ziyad Al-Shamali revealed in an exclusive interview with Al-Hayat Al-Jadida new devious ways that the Israeli Ministry of Education is using to wipe out the Palestinian curriculum.

Al-Shamali clarified that according to the law, the allotment of these funds for renovations is not a privilege, but rather an obligation imposed on the occupation municipality, the Israeli Ministry of Education, and the Department of Education, as many of the schools in Al-Quds belong to them. However, today the standards have changed; money has become a type of temptation for the school administrations – meaning for private schools, which are targeted for the implementation of the Israeli curriculum even more than the municipality schools.

Al-Shamali emphasized that the Al-Quds Committee of Students' Parents will not allow these [schools], including as many as possible of the
PLO Education official: Israeli program benefiting East Jerusalem schools is attack on Palestinian students’ identity
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: “Al-Sudani condemned the occupation’s targeting of the Jerusalem schools and called to refuse the budget's conditions”

“Secretary-General of the [PLO] National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science Murad Al-Sudani condemned the latest decision of the occupation government, according to which the sum of 20 million [Israeli] shekels will be transferred to Arab schools in Jerusalem [only] after they agree to replace the Palestinian curriculum with the Israeli one…

Al-Sudani emphasized that this policy is part of the occupation’s large settlement plan against Jerusalem and its Arab and Islamic identity. He added that this devious step against our schools and students in Jerusalem oversteps the boundaries of the level of the courses of study , the quality of the studies, and keeping up with the pace of changes, as the occupation markets it, and that the truth is that the occupation is attempting through this to target the [Arab] identity, to tamper with the students’ brains, and to cut them off from their history and the history of the holy city and its Arab identity. Likewise, he emphasized that the Israeli occupation is attempting to use every means at its disposal in order to destroy the culture and education sector in Jerusalem by forging, eradicating, and negating it, and that the occupation’s policy targets more than 180 Arab schools in which the Palestinian curriculum is taught.”
PA Education Council: Israel attacking Palestinian education, forcing Israeli curriculum on Palestinians, and erasing Palestinian identity in Jerusalem
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 8, 2016
Headline: “The Council for Higher Education: The occupation’s actions against the education [system] in Jerusalem are a crime”

“The [PA] Council for Higher Education condemned the Israeli occupation’s racist actions against the education [system] in Jerusalem, and primarily the brutal attack that it is waging against the Palestinian curriculum, through which it seeks to pull the Palestinian students into the Israeli curricula and universities.
These statements were made during the meeting that the council held today (Monday) [Aug. 8, 2016] in Ramallah, led by [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam.
The council called on all of the local, international, humanitarian, and media organizations and institutions that deal with the field of human rights to come out against this attack, whose goal is to harm the educational process and blur the Palestinian national identity in the holy city.
It emphasized that the occupation’s racist steps against the education [system] and the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem require taking practical steps at the highest levels, with the support of the Arab brothers and all free people of the world, as the occupation does as it pleases in the occupied city in all fields.
Minister Saidam addressed the steps taken by the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education in order to save the educational process in Jerusalem, the most recent being the distribution of the Palestinian curriculum books for free in all of the schools in Arab Jerusalem.
Saidam repeated his call to join efforts and to provide generous support, so as to preserve the education system and the Palestinian identity in Jerusalem.
He added: ‘The occupation is mustering all of its strength for the purpose of erasing the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem and destroying the education, in order to spread ignorance among the Palestinian students. It is an obligation f
PA Minister for Jerusalem: Israel is “us[ing] forgery and distortion in order to reverse the historical and religious facts” in Jerusalem
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.”
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.
Official PA daily: Jewish worshippers "defiled" the Tomb of Caleb ben Yefuneh, a "holy Islamic site"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2016
Headline: “Settlers defile Islamic holy sites north of Salfit”
     “In the early morning hours yesterday [July 13, 2016] settlers again invaded and defiled Islamic holy sites in [the village of] Kifl Hares (i.e., where the tomb of the Biblical figure Caleb Ben Yefuneh is located) north of the city of Salfit (i.e., near Ariel). Local sources said that the herds of settlers invaded the holy Islamic sites in the center of the village at 3:45 a.m. under the pretext of holding religious ceremonies (i.e., visiting the tomb)…
The settlers frequently defile the holy Islamic sites in Kifl Hares under the protection of large occupation army forces.”
PA Islamic-Christian Council: There are “many Palestinian historical… sites that the occupation aspires to add to its list of heritage sites, and this constitutes a forgery of the history, heritage, and identity”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 12, 2016
     Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council welcomed the vote of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO( denying the holiness of the Jerusalem [Noble] Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount) to the Jews”
“The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Tuesday [July 12, 2016], that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO( intention to vote on the proposed Palestinian-Jordanian resolution that denies the holiness of the Jerusalem [Noble] Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount) to the Jews constitutes a victory for the Arab-Islamic-Christian right to Jerusalem…
The council noted that there are many Palestinian historical and heritage sites that the occupation aspires to add to its list of heritage sites, and this constitutes a forgery of the history, heritage, and identity. Therefore, the UNESCO organization at this moment has a great responsibility to protect these historical sites and prevent the occupation from taking them.”
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 Religion rejects term “Temple Mount” and claims Israel “attacks Palestinian antiquities, especially in Jerusalem” and tries to “steal” Palestinian antiquities and “customs, traditions, and food”
Source: Al-Quds, May 18, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: UNESCO’s use of the term ‘Al-Aqsa’ is a victory for religious and historical legitimacy”
      “Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the United Nations Educational Scientific, Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) decision to use the term ‘Al-Aqsa’ and reject [the term] ‘Temple Mount’ constitutes a victory for religious and historical legitimacy… He added that there is not a city in Palestine that is exempt from the Israeli attacks against Palestinian antiquities, and especially Jerusalem, which is the cradle of the prophets and Palestian Arab Islamic territory. This is because the occupation is trying to change the demographic signs and the Palestinian signs of the land by daily raids and invasions and an increase in settlement, and it is not satisfied with this, but also tries to steal the heritage of our antiquities… Minister Ida’is said that Palestine is present in all areas and places, as it is an ancient state, and it has antiquities and historical cities that verify its ‘Arabness’… However, Allah wanted it to be under Israeli occupation, which always acts to falsify and change its [Palestine’s] signs and history and to steal its heritage and antiquities, ‘and not only them, but also our Palestinian customs, traditions, and food, which the occupation displays in international exhibitions as Israeli food.’”

PA government welcomes UNESCO resolution rejecting use of term “Temple Mount,” proves that Israel is trying to “erase an established [Arab] heritage”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] government and Fatah welcome the UNESCO resolution regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] government welcomed the resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to reject the use of the misleading term of the Israeli occupation – Temple Mount – and continue to use the real and natural Arab-Islamic name – the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Official Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud stated: ‘The UN resolution [ratified] by a majority of 33 states proves that the world is convinced that Israel is conducting a campaign of distortion and falsification, which targets the Arab heritage and the sites holiest to Muslims and Christians in occupied Jerusalem.’ The official spokesman emphasized that the attempts that the occupation has been making for decades in this area have been proven worthless, as they are based on distortion, deception, and attempts to erase an established heritage with roots thousands of years old, as acknowledged by the world’s top archaeologists, including Israeli archaeologists.”

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Jericho Governor: Israel "stole our land" and "forges" history
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Jericho: Rally to mark Prisoner’s Day, Land Day, the anniversary of [the death of] Abu Jihad, and Deir Yassin”
      “The Jericho branch of the Al-Quds Open University held a national rally yesterday [April 12, 2016] to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, the eternal Land Day, the anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ and the anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre in the Jericho municipality theater, in the presence of many politicians… Jericho and [Jordan] Valley District Governor Majed Al-Fatiani said that… in April, on the land of Rue Verdun, the two Kamals, Nasser and Adwan, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar died, and the Land Day Martyrs wrote their will to us, stating that we should tell those who stole our land that we as Palestinians have a large breathing space that has been maintained throughout history, regardless of how much this occupier forges, it cannot forge the letters of history and the will of the peoples. Likewise, in April Abu Jihad, manufacturer of men, also passed away, but Palestine prevails, and the idea is still inscribed in our hearts.”

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PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs: Israel is trying “to falsify the Palestinian antiquities and the Islamic and Christian characteristics” of Jerusalem
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."
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