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.
PA Chief Religious Justice: Muslims who don't defend Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa are sinners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 14, 2010
PA TV news interview with PA Chief Justice of religious court, Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi: 
"I say that the defense of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a commandment of Shari'ah (Islamic) law and a religious and national obligation upon every Palestinian, Arab and Muslim. Anyone who refrains from fulfilling his role in defending Jerusalem is a sinner."
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PA MP: Jerusalem residents obliged to wage religious war 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 4, 2009
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Minister of Religious Affairs:
     "It is the duty of the residents of Jerusalem and the inhabitants of Palestine – anyone who is able to get to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, must get there! And they are obligated to wage Ribat (religious war defending Islamic land), and to be present at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to defend it and to demonstrate that [Al-Aqsa] is exclusively Muslim!"

Religious war to protect Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2009
Ali Abu-Shaykha, Council for "Jerusalem, Capital of Arab Culture 2009":
     "The purpose of the festival is for our children to depict the suffering of the Al-Aqsa mosque... In addition, this activity is an activity of Ribat and protection of the Al-Aqsa mosque, in the shadow of the campaign of Judaization and the invasion of the Al-Aqsa mosque that are being undertaken by Jewish associations and organizations."

Israel falsified name of Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2009
Naseen Arabi, in the name of the Al-Aqsa Youth:
     "The Al-Aqsa mosque has been placed at the center of the Israeli target, with all its plazas and domes and walls. The names and the sites have been falsified, such that the 'Al-Burak [western] Wall' has forcibly and falsely become the 'Wall of Tears' [Wailing Wall], and the Al-Aqsa plazas have become a pilgrimage site for tourists. Under it there is an empty space, and above it an empty space, and a voice is heard there - the voice of the Murabitin [Ribat people] who hold onto it day and night, to protect it."

Jerusalem is in eternal religious war 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 16, 2009
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, former PA Minister of Agriculture and Welfare:
     "Our fundamental task - and this must be clear to all - is the continuation of Ribat upon the land of Jerusalem, upon the land of Palestine; a continuation of Ribat, striking roots in this land."

Religious war for Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 25, 2009
Sheikh Raed Salah, head of branch of The Islamic Movement:
     "Ribat unites us as Muslims and as Palestinian Arabs with Jerusalem, and with its holy [places] and with the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is ongoing Ribat which cannot be halted even for a second."

PA Fatah MP: All Israel is "land of Ribat" [holy Islamic land] that must be "liberated" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 25, 2008
Najat Abu-Bakr, Fatah member of Palestinian Legislative Council:
     "It doesn't mean that we don't want the 1948 borders (i.e., destruction of Israel), but in our current political program we [Fatah] say that we want a state on the 1967 borders... We [Palestinians] were created on this land in order to liberate it, to live on it, to continue as people of Ribat (religious war). We are on the land of Ribat, and must remain [on it] until Resurrection."
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Arafat: Palestinians are in eternal Ribat - religious war 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 25, 2003
Yasser Arafat: "I say to the Palestinians [what Muhammad said]:
'A group [of people] from amongst my nation will adhere to their religion and defeat their enemies. Their enemies won't harm them. Allah will help them.'
The Prophet was asked: 'Where are they? Who are they?'
He answered: 'They are in Jerusalem and its surroundings. They are in Ribat (religious war) until Judgment Day. One Shahid of theirs [Jerusalem] is equivalent to 40 Shahids.' According to another source: 'One Shahid of theirs is equivalent to 70 Shahids.'"
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