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.
Palestinian Sheikh: Girls returning from Al-Aqsa Mosque and ‎killed in car accident are “Martyrs” ‎who carried out “Ribat”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2015
Headline: “Delegation from Jerusalem ‎expresses condolences for the deaths of ‎the female Martyrs (Shahidas) of Al-Aqsa.”‎
     ‎“A large delegation from the Supreme ‎Muslim Council and from among the ‎traders of Jerusalem arrived in the ‎township of Hura in the Negev to offer ‎condolences to the families of the eight ‎female Martyrs (Shahidas) who died in a ‎terrible accident while returning home ‎after having participated in the Friday ‎prayer at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. ‎During the meeting with the Martyrs’ ‎family members, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri ‎‎[head of the Palestinian Organization of ‎Clerics and Disseminators of Islam and ‎former Mufti of Jerusalem] gave a speech ‎of condolences, for Allah, exalted be He, ‎has honored the Martyrs with Martyrdom ‎‎(Shahada), after they carried out Ribat ‎‎(religious conflict/war over land claimed to ‎be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”‎

Note: The girls who were declared ‎‎“Martyrs” were killed in a car accident after ‎a truck collided with the bus they were in.‎

Fatah`s Jerusalem branch: "We are calling on all citizens to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: The Capital City, bi-weekly paper distributed with the official PA daily, Dec. 2, 2014
      “The Israeli Magistrate Court has published its decision to impose administrative detention on Adnan Ghaith, director of Fatah’s Jerusalem branch… Ghaith assumed his position at a time when Jerusalem was witnessing recurring closings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, an increase in the occupation’s arrogance and savagery toward the city’s residents, expressed through the murder of Jerusalem residents on the one hand, and through recurring attacks against the residents of Jerusalem by the settler herds on the other. Things got to the point that [Fatah’s Jerusalem] branch published an announcement calling for a general recruitment of the Palestinian masses and of Jerusalem residents. The announcement read: ‘The fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been abandoned and its sanctity defiled amounts to a declaration of religious war against the Palestinian people, the Arab nation and the Muslim nation. Therefore, we are calling on all citizens to carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to defend it, whatever the sacrifice, and in order to prevent the occupation authorities from carrying out their plans to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy symbols…’"

Click "Full article" for a longer excerpt from the article and notes

PA Minister of Religion praises and rewards Martyrs, prisoners, and those who carry out Ribat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 1, 2014
     “Fatah’s Jerusalem branch, under the patronage of the Qatannah Association for Development and Strengthening, honored [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is for his efforts in [ensuring] the success of the season of the pilgrimage to Mecca for the year 1435, according to the Islamic calendar… Ida’is dedicated this honor to the Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, wounded and Murabitin (those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the plazas of Al-Aqsa, and promised to award grants for the duty of pilgrimage to Mecca to the Murabitin and the defenders of Al-Aqsa.”

Ramallah Governor proud of Palestinians carrying out Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2014
     “District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam stressed that Jerusalem would continue to be proud of its residents, who, despite the severe conditions, insist on carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the ‘national gate to heaven,’ (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque, from which the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have ascended to heaven) in order to emphasize its Palestinian and Arab nature, which have been desecrated by the last and longest occupation humanity has known.”

Abbas unequivocally supports Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2014
 PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:  "... Netanyahu began saying, ‘You have to recognize the Jewish State.’ We refused, absolutely refused. He directed his demand at us, not any [other country] in the world – in other words, he wanted no recognition from any other country in the world but us. We know why. We know very well why he spoke of a Jewish State. They started speaking about issues that could potentially affect the Arabs of 1948 (i.e., Israeli Arabs). When you say ‘Jewish State,’ they [the Israeli Arabs] are outside of it. This is one of the many reasons [we refused], and therefore, we continue to say: We will recognize the State of Israel. If Israel wants to call itself by a certain name, it should turn to the UN – although we would not agree [to such a move], neither now or in the future, under no circumstances. Now, [regarding] the events in the Palestinian territories, the attack on Al-Aqsa, the attack on the synagogue and then [again] Al-Aqsa. In practice, Israel wants to turn this into a religious war, and we have spoken about this repeatedly, saying: ‘You are giving an excuse to those who speak of an Islamic state – IS and the others.’ All of them give excuses to each other. For us, in the 21st century, this idea is not [relevant] – not an Islamic state, not a Christian state, not a Jewish state. Therefore, [when] you reach this line, you Israelis are leading a religious war which will happen, or is already happening, and will increasingly heat up in the region, in view of your statements and your demand that we recognize a Jewish state. We will not recognize a Jewish state and will not allow any opportunity to be given to [those wishing to] declare an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria..."

Click "Full article" for a longer excerpt

PA leader: Palestinian nation must “carry out Ribat in defense of Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV program Personal Encounter hosted senior PA leader Nabil Shaath:
Senior PA leader Nabil Shaath: “First of all, the Palestinian nation is taking responsibility. First, it is taking responsibility for Palestinian land in general and Jerusalem in particular, and it is still – today was a bloody day in Jerusalem, but our nation redeems Al-Aqsa and the Islamic and Christian holy places in Jerusalem with its blood… In the end, it is the destiny of the Palestinian nation to carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in defense of Palestine – [the Palestinian nation] that stands firm so that Palestine will not be lost; and we will fight so that the Palestinian cause does not become obsolete. Our role is to stand firm, wage Ribat, resist, support and build.”

PA daily praises Palestinians carrying out Ribat in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2014
The Fatah Advisory Council held a meeting on Nov. 23, 2014, during a period of high ‎tension in Jerusalem. In the months of October and November alone, six terror attacks ‎took place that claimed the lives of 11 (see note for details). The Fatah council referred ‎the terrorists who were killed in these attacks with the term of highest honor, “Shahids” ‎‎– Martyrs and praised Palestinians who are carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war ‎over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem:‎
    ‎ “The Fatah Advisory Council concluded its eighth session yesterday [Nov. 23, 2014]. ‎Ramallah under the heading ‘Session of the Martyrs of the Homeland, the Martyrs of ‎Jerusalem and the Martyrs of Al-Aqsa – the Martyrs’ Session of the Fatah Advisory ‎Council.’… The President [Mahmoud Abbas] said, ‘I salute our people that stand resolute in ‎defense of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, and say to them: “We are all willing to sacrifice ‎ourselves for Al-Aqsa; we are all willing to sacrifice ourselves for Jerusalem.”’…‎
The Fatah Advisory Council saluted the heroic mass uprising and the brave spirit ‎‎[with] which [it] is confronting, with chest bared, the settlement attack on ‎Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In addition, it [the Council] said that our youth, ‎women and men in Jerusalem prove they are carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war ‎over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and its environs until Judgment Day‎."
Click to view bulletin

Abbas' advisor blesses Jerusalem terrorists, calling them “those who carry ‎out Ribat”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Nov. 19, 2014
Abbas' advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein:
     "Peace be upon you, oh children of Jerusalem. Oh, those who carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the plazas of the first direction of prayer of Allah (i.e. the Al-Aqsa Mosque) in the name of your people and your Arab nation... Blessed be your quality weapons, the wheels of your cars, your axes and kitchen knives. By Allah, these are stronger than the arsenals of our enemy, because [they are being used] according to Allah's will. We are the soldiers of Allah."  
Click to view bulletin

Note: “The wheels of your cars, your axes and kitchen knives” is a reference to a spate of terror attacks that were carried out in Jerusalem in October and November 2014. On Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, 2014, Palestinian terrorists ‎drove their cars into pedestrians in Jerusalem in two separate attacks, killing a total of 4. ‎ On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 5 and injuring 7.

Abbas: “We must all carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 18, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening of the 14th session of the Fatah Revolutionary Council
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “For a while now, Jerusalem has been subjected to the attacks of the settlers, who are aiming to divide the holy compound according to time and place. We know what this means. Numerous attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque have been stopped by those carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) who were present at the holy compound. I say to our people in Jerusalem and the West Bank: We must all carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and we will not let the herds of settlers deride the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We are currently taking the necessary international legal steps in this matter.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.

Abbas: “We are all Murabitin (i.e., those who carry out Ribat) along with the children of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a repeat of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech on the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The Israeli leadership is making a big mistake if it thinks history is reversible and that they can establish facts on the ground and divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] according to place and time, as they did in the past at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron – a step they will yet retract. With their actions, they are leading the region and the world into a destructive religious war. Neither the Muslim nor the Christian world will ever accept the Israeli claims that Jerusalem belongs to them. No one, [neither] Muslims nor Christians, will accept that Jerusalem be [anything] but the capital of the State of Palestine, and we will accept no other claims, whatever they may be. Jerusalem is our capital, and we will not give it up. Jerusalem, which was conquered in 1967, is our Jerusalem and our capital, and we will protect it and defend its holy places. We are all Murabitin (i.e., those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) along with the children of Jerusalem.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Click "full article" for more information about "the division of Al-Aqsa Mosque according to place and time."

PA TV song: "Massive armies are advancing on Jerusalem.. the land of Ribat" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 9, 2014


Yasser Arafat:
"Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem! Oh Lord, let me become a Martyr among the Martyrs of Jerusalem."
Singer: "Massive armies are advancing on Jerusalem.
They do not fear the attackers
May our convoy die as Martyrs to redeem the forlorn Al-Aqsa...
Jerusalem is shouting ‘O Homeland.’
It needs a mausoleum [for Arafat]
Until your heart comes to rest in Jerusalem,
the land of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic)."
Click to view video
Click to view bulletin

Abbas advisor: Palestinians must go to Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israel has to deal with the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 7, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the demonstrations in Hebron in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

PA Chairman Abbas’ advisor on NGOs and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein: “This (i.e., demonstrations in support of Al-Aqsa) reflects the setting out to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which the Messenger of Allah called us [to perform.] All the children of the homeland must be present at this clamorous confrontation with the Israeli enemy, which has infested our holy places in Al-Aqsa. For the first time, [the occupation] has entered into the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and is dealing with the Murabitin (those who carry out Ribat, (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there with bullets and tear gas.”

Note: In a Hadith, Muhammad is said to have called Muslims to “set out” for three mosques – Al-Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca), Al-Masjid Al-Nabaw? (in Medina) and Al-Aqsa.

PA daily glorifies Palestinians who carry out Ribat to protect Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 6, 2014

Headline: “The Murabitin (those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) continue to protect Al-Aqsa”
Images showing demonstrations, riots and clashes in East Jerusalem, damage caused to the Al-Aqsa Mosque during riots, and injured people.
For more images, click "Full article"

Abbas' advisor on terror murders: "We are behind them in every movement, in every action and every deed" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2014


Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Abbas' advisor, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“First of all, allow me to say that we kiss every forehead, every hand and even every foot that carries out Ribat (religious conflict/ war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem... I am not talking about strengthening their resolve; I am talking about participating in their resolve... We are behind them. The leadership is with them. A few days ago, President [Mahmoud Abbas] greeted them, reinforced them and requested more Ribat from them. This statement may have angered the Israelis and the occupation, that the President is inciting the Palestinians from Jerusalem to [perform] Ribat. Yes, we are inciting the people in Jerusalem to [perform] Ribat. Ribat means to protect and to hold on to your ground. We are with them in every movement, in every action and every deed, and we welcome what they are doing at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Click to view video
Click to view bulletin

Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 4, 2014

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.”
Click to view video
Click to view bulletin

Note: This video originally aired on Oct. 17, 2014 and was broadcast a total of 29 times that month. It was also broadcast 3 times on Nov. 1 and most recently on Nov. 4, 2014.
Click "full article" below to view  a longer excerpt of Abbas' speech.

Qalqilya governor: Palestinians are carrying out “campaign of Ribat” under Abbas’ orders 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 4, 2014
In a speech on Oct. 17, 2014, Mahmoud Abbas called on all Palestinians to "carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque from being "defiled" by Israel. PA TV broadcast that specific part of Abbas' speech 19 times in 3 days. In the same vein, the governor of Qalqilya states that Palestinians are carrying out Ribat to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque under the orders of Abbas:
     “During a popular and official meeting, Qalqilya District Governor Rafe' Rawajbeh inaugurated the campaign of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) for Jerusalem and for the Murabitin (those who carry out Ribat) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… Rawajbeh summarized the systematic schemes, official Israeli attacks and the attacks of the settlers on Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, which are aimed at completing the Judaization of Jerusalem and the division of Al-Aqsa according to time and space.
He said: ‘Our campaign today is [being carried out] at the command and under the guidance of the President [Mahmoud Abbas], in order to defend Al-Aqsa and because of the Israeli attacks and schemes to divide it according to space and time. In addition, it comes in view of the fact that some of our brothers are continuing to carry out Ribat inside Al-Aqsa in order to defend its history and the rights of the Muslims.’

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.

Fatah spokesman calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat and defend Al-Aqsa "using all means" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 30, 2014
Headline: “Assaf: The Palestinians will oppose the occupation’s plan using all legitimate means ‎(i.e., including violence)‎
     “Fatah Spokesman Ahmad Assaf held [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s extreme right-wing government responsible for the volatile situation in Jerusalem. In addition, he emphasized that all of the actions, violations, and condescending statements of Israeli officials regarding Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites pour oil on the flame of increasing tension in holy Jerusalem. Assaf warned in press statements on Thursday [Oct. 30, 2014] of the dangerous consequences that are liable to arise from the closing of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount) by the Israeli occupation authority, and called on our people to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at it and to defend it using all means. Likewise, he emphasized that Fatah will stand at the forefront [of the efforts] to thwart the Israeli plan whose purpose is to divide the first direction of prayer and the third sanctuary, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to times and areas, and that it will lead to a religious war that will threaten the security and stability of the region, and of the entire world. Assaf emphasized that the Fatah Movement and the Palestinian people will oppose the Israeli plan using all means.”

Click "full article" for explanatory note.

PA Minister of Religous Affairs: Closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of an Israeli plot to "divide it by times and areas" which may lead to a religous war, calls to carry out "Ribat" at the mosque 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 30, 2014
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said today, Thursday [Oct. 30, 2014], that the closing of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli occupation forces today, for the first time since the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, is nothing but a new plot to divide it by times and areas. He called to pay a lot of attention to this dangerous step, which harms the Muslims' exclusive rights to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, from a religious, political, and legal perspective...Ida'is added: 'The actions that Israel has been taking for a long time, such as bills regarding sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, forbidding the broadcast of the call to prayer, and harming the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), hitting them, and expelling them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are pushing the region to violence and igniting tempers, in an attempt to establish a religious war that will include the whole region...' Ida'is demanded of the faithful that they carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and break this oppressive step [of closing the mosque], which reflects religious persecution against the Muslim faithful." 

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt

PLO Executive praises violence in Jerusalem, calls for "Ribat (Islamic religious war) in Al-Aqsa and its environs" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2014
     “PLO Executive Committee Member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei ‘Abu Alaa’ said that the settler herds’ invasion of Al-Aqsa (i.e., the Temple Mount) through the Mughrabi Gate, their attack on the Murabitat (women who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and the arrest of the citizen and Old City resident Samiha Joudeh as she was entering the Mosque, amount to war crimes, perpetrated by the Israeli occupation government as part of its infringement of the [Muslim’s] freedom of worship. Qurei reiterated his firm opposition to all violations and to the offensive of daily invasions Israel is carrying out against Al-Aqsa. Abu Alaa addressed the gravity of the situation in Jerusalem, particularly in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, as a result of the destruction and Judaization the settlers are spreading in the Mosque’s plazas.
Qurei called for increased presence and Ribat in Al-Aqsa and its environs. He welcomed the efforts of the residents of Jerusalem to block the attacks and invasions of the settlers and extremist Jews, and the fact that they were preventing them, with chests bared, from entering the Mosque and touring its plazas.”

PA Minister calls for “incessant” Ribat (religious war) at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is… emphasized the need to carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) incessantly at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to protect it and stop the schemes of the occupation, which is aiming to take over the holy site.”