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.
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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