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.
Mufti of Jerusalem: "Carry out Ribat" to stop "Israeli attacks and Judaization" of Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2011
Headline: “Our people’s religious leaders are calling for help in order to save Jerusalem”
     “The office of the Chief Religious Justice of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice held a press conference yesterday at the governmental information center at the Ministry of Information in Ramallah, in which speakers addressed the Israeli violations against the city of Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and to Christianity. [...] Attending the press conference were Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice, Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is; Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein; and Deputy Minister of Christian Religious Affairs, Hanna Issa, and representatives of the local, Arab, and world media. [...]
Sheikh Hussein […] noted that in recent years Israel has built 65 synagogues inside the holy city, the latest being the “Hurva” synagogue. The Israelis were optimistic that this would be a prelude to the establishment of the alleged Temple…
Sheikh Hussein noted that several things must be done to stop the Israeli attacks and Judaization, including visiting the holy city, carrying out Ribat within it, and exposing Israeli actions."

PA daily: Muslims must "carry out the Ribat until Allah's victory comes" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2010
Headline: “Protection of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and support of the people living in its vicinity are religious obligations [obligatory] for every Arab and Muslim”
     “Oh believing brothers throughout the world – in these fateful days which befall the Palestinian people remaining resolute upon the land of Ribat, it is obligatory for every Arab and Muslim to lend material and moral support to our Palestinian people, for protection for the Al-Aqsa Mosque and those who live in its vicinity…
Still their [Israelis’ – Ed.] despicable conspiracies continue, as embodied in excavations, Judaization of the land, theft of identities and temptations which they offer to our people in exchange for their leaving the land. … The land of Palestine and Syria is the land of Ribat, and it is the fortified barrier behind which the Arabs and Muslims stand in order to fight against their enemies. If the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the land of Palestine are abandoned [and left] without defense, the danger will encompass all Islamic lands, because the enemies’ aim is not to rule over Al-Aqsa alone; rather, they believe that if Al-Aqsa and the place to which Muhammad journeyed are treated lightly by Arabs and Muslims, then they will treat their faith lightly. We must all continue to adhere to our faith and to carry out the Ribat until Allah’s victory comes, for ‘Allah’s victory is close for the believers’.”

Senior Fatah official: Jihad on [Jerusalem's] behalf is a personal religious commandment 
Source: Palvoice website (Fatah), Dec. 15, 2010
     "Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee and General Commissioner for Arab Relations, called for an Islamic summit conference to be held immediately for the city of Jerusalem… He emphasized that the summit would need to establish the stance of the Islamic states towards Jerusalem, ‘since it is not only ours, but [belongs to] all Muslims, and is in grave danger.’
Zaki said, in announcements to the press, that ‘the struggle and the Jihad for the liberation of Jerusalem are not the job of the Palestinians alone; it is the job of all Muslims and all believers and all who are loyal and who bear the faith, and Jihad on [Jerusalem’s] behalf is a personal religious commandment (i.e. incumbent on every individual) [fard ayn] and not [merely] a communal religious commandment, especially in the shadow of the threat to the holy city and its inhabitants, coming from the occupiers who are acting to change its Arabic and Islamic landmarks…’

PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Jerusalem and surroundings are "land of Ribat" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 27, 2010
     “We come to you from there – from Jerusalem and from the Jerusalem surroundings, from the land of Ribat [religious war], the land which Allah blessed forever… Today the Palestinian people in Jerusalem stand alone. They want to see the Arabs and the Muslims at their side; they want to see all the Arabs and all the Muslims coming to Jerusalem, emphasizing its status and its identity, and telling the usurpers (i.e., Israel): ‘You have no place here.’ Telling the occupiers, ‘This is not your place, but ours. This is not your city, but ours.’ Our religion demands this. Our faith demands this of us.”

Senior PA religious official: Religious war in Jerusalem must continue 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2010
     “Preacher in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and First Deputy of the Chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem, Sheikh Yousuf Jum’a Salameh, participated in the international congress organized by the Muslim World League in Mecca… Sheikh Salameh delivered a speech at the congress in which he explained what is happening in Jerusalem: … [including] excavations beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque and an attempt to divide it and to destroy it in order to build the alleged so-called Temple in its place. Sheikh Salameh called upon Muslims to oppose these Israeli steps and to act to stop them. He said that the residents of Jerusalem must be helped to continue the Ribat [religious war] over their land, since they contend with these Israeli measures daily, on behalf of the Arabic and Islamic nation.”

Former PA Chief Religious Justice: All land in Jerusalem is holy Islamic trust that must be defended 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 9, 2010
     “Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi, former [PA] Chief Justice of the religious court of Palestine and Chairman of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, said that all land (and structures) in the city of Jerusalem are Islamic trusts… He demanded of the Arab and Islamic nation, including its leaders and its people, to fulfill their obligation in defending Jerusalem and its holy places, which are subject to extensive Judaizing and Israelizing activities through confiscation of its land and extensive establishment of settlements upon it. He also called upon them to support its [Arab] citizens… in order to oppose the plans of the Israeli occupation authorities, which aim to force [Muslims] to leave and to expel them by carrying out acts of suppression and crimes of ethnic cleansing, with flagrant violation of all the laws of monotheistic religions as well as all international laws and covenants.”

PA official: Palestinians are "carrying out Ribat" in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2010
     “Director of the Religious Affairs department in Tubas, Sheikh Muhammad Jihad Al-Kilani ... emphasized that the occupation’s plans are doomed to failure, and that our people, which is standing firm and carrying out Ribat [religious war], will [continue to] stand firm, putting down roots in its land and clinging to its principles and the capital of its state, Jerusalem. He added that regardless of how hard the occupation tries, and what tools it uses, Jerusalem will continue to rebel against the erasing [of its identity], the Judaization... Maisar Al-Nabwani, director of the General Directorate for Women’s Action [in the PA Ministry of Religious Affairs], emphasized in a speech she delivered in the Nablus district… that Jerusalem is a completely Islamic city...”

PA Mufti: Muslims must carry out Ribat to protect Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 26, 2010
PA Mufti, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, in sermon in the Al-Aqsa Mosque:
     "The Al-Aqsa Mosque is threatened by the plans of the enemies of Allah [the Jews], who have violated all faith and religious laws, and even deviated from their humanity… Oh Muslims, oh people of Ribat (i.e., religious war) in Jerusalem and its environs, oh beloved of Allah's Messenger, you have come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque under circumstances that require you to carry out Ribat in it [the Al-Aqsa Mosque]... Safeguard the unity of your people, safeguard the unity of your Word [Islam], so that you will be worthy to carry out the Ribat in this land and worthy of the badge of honor of protecting and preserving the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Abbas: Allah commands us to save holy Jerusalem from Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 27, 2010
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, addressing the leaders of Arab countries at the Arab League summit in Libya, on March 27, 2010:
     “I say to the leaders of our Arab nation and to its peoples: Jerusalem and its environs are a trust that Allah entrusted to us. Saving it [Jerusalem] from the settlement monster and the danger of Judaization and [land-] confiscation, is a personal commandment incumbent on all of us. Therefore I call upon all of you to serious and urgent action to save [Jerusalem] and to supply all capabilities in order to strengthen our steadfastness and to maintain its historical, cultural and religious character.” Click here to view

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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