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Jerusalem is "land of Ribat" - holy Islamic land
Jerusalem under assault
In 2009 the Palestinian Authority has initiated an unprecedented campaign of historical revision and anti-Israel libels concerning Jerusalem, the focal point being the erasure and denial of 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem.

In addition, the PA disseminates the libel that Israel is acting both to expel Arabs from Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jerusalem libels are designed to evoke religious hatred by portraying Israel and the Jews as a threat to Arabs and Islam.

This section documents the recent intensification of the Palestinian Authority's campaign of distortion, historical revision and hate incitement surrounding Jerusalem.

This cartoon with the caption "Judaization of Jerusalem" shows, from right to left, a sinister-looking Jew first sharing the chair with an Arab and then shoving him off.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official PA daily, Feb 24, 2009]
Jerusalem is "land of Ribat" - holy Islamic land
The Palestinian Authority has adopted the Hamas ideology of framing the conflict with Israel as a religious war for Allah. Jerusalem and all of Israel are defined as "Ribat" - holy Islamic land - whose "liberation" and defense are said to be mandatory under Islamic law. The significance of the PA defining the conflict as “Ribat” is clear when reading how a PA schoolbook defines “Ribat":

"The Ribat for Allah is one of the actions related to Jihad ...The persistence of Palestine's people on their land in these days [i.e., Israel], and their persistence against the damage and the aggression they endure - is one of the greatest of the Ribat [fighting for Islamic land], and they are worthy of a great reward from Allah.... they are found in Ribat until Resurrection." [Islamic Education, grade 12, p. 86-87]

Since 2008, Palestinian leaders have frequently defined all of Israel, and particularly Jerusalem, as land of "Ribat" - i.e., areas which Muslims have a religious obligation to defend and liberate for Islam. In the past, it was specifically Hamas that defined the conflict with Israel as a religious war. Now, the PA - Fatah leadership regularly presents its war against Israel as a religious battle for Islam.
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, Nov. 28, 2018


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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PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to prevent Israel’s “harming” of holy sites  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2018
Headline: “National calls for Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its gates”
   “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is called on the members of our people to go out on a pilgrimage to the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there. He also called on the institutions of the international community that support the protection of heritage and culture to act seriously in order to stop the occupation’s harming (- of the holy sites –Ed.), and not to let the [harm] develop until it becomes an established fact.”
Fatah calls closing Al-Aqsa Mosque following stabbing attempt there a “crime,” Islamic official: Israel is “plotting against the Al-Aqsa Mosque,“ which only Muslims have a right to 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2018
     “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah called on its members worldwide and those who can to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and in its gates, as resistance to the new Israeli crime that was expressed in the closing [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque] to its owners and believers (refers to temporary closure of Temple Mount during s earch for accomplices after an attempted stabbing attack; see note below –Ed.)… Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ambassador and Representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruweidi said that the occupation is plotting against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and is waiting for any incident in order to close it and prevent the Muslims – who have the exclusive right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque – from praying there freely. He added: ‘We recognize one authority over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that is the authority of the Islamic Waqf. It is our right to pray there freely without the occupation and its security forces preventing us from that.’”

Ahmed Muhammad Mahamid – 24-year-old Israeli Arab terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City on Aug. 17, 2018. The officer shot and killed him. After the attack, Mahamid’s family claimed he was mentally ill and not a terrorist.
Abbas advisor briefs Islamic scholars on the “strong Israeli attack” and “daily violations” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, demands “Muslims worldwide” visit the Mosque and “carry out Ribat there” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2018
Headline: “Al-Habbash discussed the recent developments with the Council of Islamic Scholars of Indonesia”
      “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 discussed the recent developments in the Palestinian cause with Director-General of the Council of Islamic Scholars of Indonesia Abdul Rahman Junaidi yesterday [Aug. 16, 2018]. Al-Habbash briefed Al-Junaidi and the council of Muslim scholars on the situation in the holy city [of Jerusalem], in the shadow of the strong Israeli attack against the holy Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the continuation of the daily violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Al-Habbash demanded that Muslims worldwide visit the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there, and particularly the [Muslim] nation’s scholars.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Cave of the Patriarchs  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2018
Headline: “Ida’is called for mass Friday prayers at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called on our people everywhere it is located to go on Friday [Aug. 10, 2018] to pray at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to defend it from the plans of the occupation that is striving to take control of it.”
Fatah libel: Israel destroys the Al-Aqsa Mosque, “it is a completely Islamic site to which the Jews have no right” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 26, 2018

Official PA TV newsreader 1:
“The Fatah Movement emphasized that Israel has prepared a plan – and began carrying it out a while ago – to destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the ongoing excavations underneath the mosque (sic.)”
Official PA TV newsreader 2: “Official [Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press release… that the Al-Aqsa Mosque – [and everything] aboveground, under it, and around it – is a completely Islamic site to which the Jews have no right.”

· The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
· Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount.
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Fatah calls on Palestinian VIPs to go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat there, in response to Jews calling to “invade” (i.e. visit) the Temple Mount  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 22, 2018
Headline: "Fatah and the prominent figures in Jerusalem are calling to come out and go up and carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque today"
      "The Fatah Movement called on the prominent national figures in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there. This was in order to stand up against the calls from the sides of the 'herds' of extremist settlers this morning [July 22, 2018] to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in its plazas (Jews wanted to go up to the Temple Mount on that day due to the Jewish fast day of Tisha B'Av; see note below –Ed.)"

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 - 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 Mufti: Selling land in Jerusalem and in Palestine to Israeli “infidels” is heretical, and "treason" against Allah  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 10, 2018
     “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hussein emphasized the prohibition on facilitating the transfer of ownership of any part of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine to enemies.  This is in light of the occupation authorities’ latest aggressive attempts to take over Palestinian lands by discussing a bill that will allow Jews to acquire lands in the occupied West Bank.
The mufti said in the religious legal ruling: ‘The basis is that Palestine is kharaj (i.e., taxable land in Islam) and waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) land, and it is forbidden by religious law to sell its lands and transfer them to the enemies’ ownership, because according to religious law [Palestine] is meant for public Islamic benefit, and is not personal and private property.’ He added: ‘The transfer of ownership of territory of Islam (dar Al-Islam) to enemies is invalid, and constitutes treason against Supreme Allah and his Prophet [Muhammad], peace be upon him… Anyone who sells his land to his enemies or receives compensation for it is sinning, because anyone that sells land to enemies is facilitating the removal of Muslims from their lands, and Blessed and Supreme Allah equates him to those who fight Muslims because of their religion.’"
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Abbas’ advisor: Islam’s religious war to destroy Israel has started; Israel is the "culture of Satan" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 30, 2018

Official PA TV program
Quranic Horizons, lecture on Sura 2:114 of the Quran by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Jerusalem is the arena of conflict between us and the colonialist project [Israel]... Jerusalem’s [Al-Aqsa] Mosque apparently is the heading for the eruption of the conflict and The Battle of History between Islam and the enemies of Islam; between the Muslims and the enemies of Muslims; between the Islamic culture in all its splendor and human glory and the culture of Satan attempting to establish oppression and aggression at the expense of the culture of truth and goodness... This mosque is decreed to be the arena of the battle between good and evil. This mosque and this wonderful city - the city of history, religion, and culture, Jerusalem - are decreed to be the heading of the conflict... Jerusalem is the heading of this battle, this conflict, and this round, which I and many others see as the key, as the first step, as the spark of the battle of the ‘‘final promise.’’"
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Abbas advisor warns of “desecration” of music performances against Cave of the Patriarchs; demands Palestinians “defend their holy sites, carry out Ribat in them" and punish Israel for "the crimes and acts of forgery of the culture and history” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 22, 2018
Headline: “Al-Habbash warned against the consequences of the Israeli attack against the Ibrahimi Mosque”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash warned of the desecration and attack against the sanctity of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, due to the fact that Israeli terror groups organized music and s inging performances that were conveyed in a direct broadcast on the official Israeli media outlets… Al-Habbash demanded that the members of the Palestinian people defend their holy sites, carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in them, increase their presence within them, go out against the occupation state’s crazy attack, and unify ranks behind the leadership in order to defend the holy sites and punish the occupation state for the crimes and acts of forgery of the culture and history that it is committing.”
Abbas advisor denies existance of Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, calls US ambassador to Israel an "imbecile," and calls all of Jerusalem an "Islamic waqf" until Judgement Day 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 25, 2018
Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "The so-called American Ambassador [David Friedman] in the so-called Israel, in Israel - you saw him and the world saw him standing ostentatiously and arrogantly, in a nauseating way, before a picture of Jerusalem, of the area of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. A picture that expresses the sick dreams of the colonialists, the occupiers - which expresses myths that never existed, a picture of Jerusalem in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) has been removed, and something symbolizing that which is called ‘the Temple' has replaced it (Friedman has clarified that he was unaware of the image in the picture thrust in front of him, and has called it unacceptable; see note below –Ed.)... The ambassador - or it could be said the American 'imbecile' (a play on words in Arabic; the words for ambassador and imbecile are very similar –Ed.) - the American imbecile called Friedman stands ostentatiously before a picture in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) does not appear - it is removed [...] We say clearly and unequivocally: All of Jerusalem, with all of its elements, especially with the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, with every millimeter of it, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which they claim is part of that which is called ‘the Temple' – this is the Al-Buraq Wall – all of this is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) of this nation, until the time [of the Day of Judgment] comes... [W]hoever agrees that control of a millimeter of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, be given to those who are not Muslims or Palestinians – such a person has not been born and will never be born..."

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Lebanese cleric: Greetings to Palestinians who “throw blessed rocks at the Zionist snake… Land is waqf land from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 14, 2018

Official PA TV Live, broadcast of official PA radio station "The Voice of Palestine" program "A New Day," telephone interview with Head of the Islamic Center for Research and Communications in Beirut Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet


Head of the Islamic Center for Research and Communications in Beirut Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet: "I send greetings from Beirut to the children of Jerusalem and all Palestine, the young women and men who throw blessed rocks at the Zionist snake."
PA radio host): "Yes."
Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet: "... The Palestinian brothers - Allah wanted them to be in Ribat forever while defending Jerusalem and every grain of the land of Palestine."
PA radio host: "Yes."
Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet: "Allah wanted them to be the vanguard of the Arab and Islamic nation and to defend Jerusalem of Islam and the Arabs. This blessed land is a waqf land from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River."
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Abbas’ advisor: “Anyone who thinks that… the nation will sell one inch or millimeter of the blessed and sanctified land of Palestine is just imagining things”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 20, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen, PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail, and Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“Anyone who thinks that the nation has sold its Palestine or its Jerusalem is just imagining things. Anyone who thinks that a day will come when the nation will sell one inch or millimeter of the blessed and sanctified land of Palestine is just imagining things. The entire nation says what [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘The Palestinian, Arab, Muslim, or Christian who will relinquish one inch of Jerusalem has not been born and will never be born.’”
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PA Mufti: Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Palestine are "an Islamic waqf until Judgment Day," and forbids selling or relinquishing it to "enemies" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2018
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has forbidden easing the transfer of ownership of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine to enemies.
The mufti stated yesterday [April 12, 2018]: 'Palestine, that includes within it Jerusalem, is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) land [and] it is forbidden by Shari’ah law to relinquish it or ease the transfer of ownership of it to enemies, because it is part of the Islamic public property. Granting ownership over Islamic territory or part of it to enemies is invalid and constitutes treason.'
He added: 'Whoever sells his land to his enemies or takes compensation for it sins, as in doing so he aids in the removal of Muslims from their homes. Almighty Allah connected those who remove Muslims from their homes and those who aid in doing so to those who fight against Muslims because of their religion.' He [the Mufti] also emphasized that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine, and that the American declaration regarding Jerusalem and considering it the occupation's capital is an invalid and illegitimate decision, as one who has no ownership cannot transfer something that belongs to someone else."
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We’ll take Jerusalem “if not peacefully then by force… Allah, drive out the Jews” - PA TV preacher 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 13, 2018

Friday sermon broadcast from the Al-Omari Mosque in El-Bireh by one of the mosque's regular preachers


Al-Omari Mosque preacher: "At the [Ninth International Islamic Jerusalem] Conference they determined that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine... and that it is a religious, Shari’ah, and historical right of the Muslims, and of no one else but them... Its participants... clarified that the Jews are an arrogant and tyrannical enemy that is occupying the land of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine, and that they have no right to arrogance, tyranny, and occupation... Allah willing, we will soon take what was taken from us, if not peacefully then by force... How long did the European Crusaders live in this country? They lived here nearly 100 years, but by Allah's will, they left it humiliated.
They left it humiliated and disgraced, dragging their tails behind them, because Allah inscribed for this [Islamic] nation eternity and victory... Allah, protect our Al-Aqsa Mosque and our Jerusalem for us, and return it to the rule and sovereignty of the Muslims. Allah, drive the Jews out of it, humiliated and disgraced , by means of those [the Muslims] who are monotheists, humble, and purified."
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PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2018

On Dec. 6, 2017, the day US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, official PA radio and TV started rebroadcasting Abbas' 2014 call for violence and rebroadcast it 41 times in the next 4 weeks.

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine - 28 times between Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "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."

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... 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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Head of the Supreme Muslim Councilresponds to US official's statement on Western Wall being part of Israel in future: The Western Wall "is an Islamic waqf that will remain as such until Judgment Day" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 18, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Muslim Council: The Al-Buraq Wall is an Islamic waqf and will remain as such”
        “Head of [the independent organization] the Supreme Muslim Council and [head] preacher in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ikrima Sabri came out with a statement in response to what was reported in the media outlets regarding the claim of senior American officials that ‘The Al-Buraq Wall (sic., the official said “the Western Wall,” see below for actual quote) will be part of Israel in the end !’
He said: ‘This is a false claim and arrogance that has crossed all lines, and these loud ones do not understand that the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is part of the western wall of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that it is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) that will remain as such until Judgment Day.’
He added: ‘No one in the world has a right to do as they please with the Al-Buraq Wall, whether he is a Muslim or not a Muslim, and whether it’s the US or someone else, as all of these are completely invalid acts.’”

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PA Council head: The Western Wall is an Islamic holy site, Jews "have nothing", there are no Jewish archeological remnants on the Temple Mount  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 18, 2017
Headline: "Issa: The Al-Buraq is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and Israeli archeologists have not found any Jewish antiquities under the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
       "Expert on international law, [Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Hanna Issa… said in an interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: 'The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an inseparable part of the area of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque that stands on 144.25 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres).' …
He added: 'In contrast, they [the Jews] have nothing. They cry over the claimed destruction of the Temple, but Israeli archeologists themselves have searched under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and have not found even one Jewish archeological remnant."
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Editor-in-Chief of official PA daily after US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: “Interference with its history or attempt to change its status… will lead to violence and an explosion of the region... this will open the gates of Hell” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the PA media campaign for Jerusalem

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija: “There is a very important slogan and we adhere to it: ‘If the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) passed, the Trump promise [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] will not pass.’ We will act on this basis in the official and private Palestinian media and Arab media… The future of Jerusalem is the future of the peace and stability in the region. Any interference with its history or attempt to change its status in any way other than the negotiation table will lead to violence and an explosion of the region in a way whose end will be bad. Simply, the message is: Jerusalem is the gate to peace in the region and the world; and at the same time, Jerusalem is the gate to war, and to violence and terror, if it does not achieve its freedom and its historical status regarding Palestine as the capital of the State of Palestine, and as a great city of tolerance and peace for the whole world…
It cannot be that we will be dragged into the matter of religious struggle, as this will open the gates of Hell in the region. When faiths clash with each other, there is much bloodshed… It is foolishness to think of changing the history and identity of Jerusalem… Jerusalem is a great city of all of the religions, not only of Islam and Christianity; it is a great city of all of the religions.”

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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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