Palestinian News Item
PA daily: “Extremist Jews defiled the Dome of the Rock plaza”, PA spokesman: Israel is “harming the holy sites,” which will lead to a “terrible religious conflict”
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: “Settlers defile the Dome of the Rock plaza under the protection of the occupation forces”
“In a dangerous precedent, a group of extremist Jews defiled the Dome of the Rock plaza after they ascended to it following a change in the path of the daily invasions…
[PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement yesterday [Dec. 3, 2017] that the settlers’ invasion of the Dome of the Rock plaza constitutes outrageous persistence and insistence by the government of Israel in harming the holy sites…
The official spokesman held the government of Israel fully responsible for the crimes committed by the gangs of settlers against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He warned that the goal of the aggressive and escalating steps against Jerusalem and the holy sites – and prime among them the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – is to ignite the spark of a terrible religious conflict.”
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.