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Religious War

‎"Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs (i.e., Jews) is a war of ‎religion and faith. Long Live Fatah!”
[Official PA TV, Jan. 9, 2012] ‎

This statement was made by the moderator at a Fatah celebration and was broadcast ‎on Palestinian Authority TV.‎

The same Islam-based demonization of Jews was voiced by a young man in ‎September 2014 on official PA TV. He recited a poem that described ‎Jews as “most evil among creations… barbaric apes… wretched pigs”:‎
 

‎"O, you who were brought up on spilling blood
O, you who murdered Allah’s pious prophets (i.e., Jews in Islamic tradition)
You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship
O Sons of Zion, O most evil among creations
O barbaric apes, O wretched pigs.‎
‎[Official PA TV, Sept. 12, 2014]

Under the PA Fatah leadership, Palestinian society is undergoing a major shift towards ‎radical Islam. In 2010, more than 98% of Palestinians surveyed said that religion plays ‎an important role in their lives, while less than 1% considered religion not important.” ‎‎[Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies]‎

Islamic War against Jews
An integral part of this Palestinian Islamization are the PA teachings that Islam is at ‎war with Jews. As cited above, the PA promotes hateful demonization and libels, which ‎it bolsters with religious teachings that depict Jews as Satan, monkeys, pigs and the ‎enemy of Allah. One poem that has become popular in the PA includes the words “our ‎enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail." This poem has been recited by young children and ‎adults multiple times on PA TV.


The PA promotion of demonization is integrally linked to the PA’s promotion of ‎violence and terror against Jews. The poem cited above depicting Jews as “most evil ‎among creations… barbaric apes… wretched pigs” ended with these verses motivating ‎violence against Jews: ‎
‎“As long as my heart is my Quran and my city
As long as I have my arm and my stones
As long as I am free and do not barter my cause
I will not fear your throngs
My belt is around my waist, and my rifle is on my shoulder.”‎
‎[Official PA TV, Sept. 12, 2014] ‎

To support its teaching, the PA claims that Allah sent humanity a message through Islam’s prophet Muhammad that the killing ‎and extermination of Jews is a necessary step to bring the redemption. The murder of Jews is thus elevated by the PA as a holy act in the service ‎of Allah and humanity.

In January 2012, the PA Mufti taught that the "Hour of Resurrection" can only come after ‎the extermination of Jews:
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PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein: “Palestine in its entirety is a revolution… ‎continuing today, and until the End of Days. The reliable Hadith (sayings and ‎practices attributed to Islam's Prophet Muhammad)… says: "The Hour [of ‎Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind ‎stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: 'Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, ‎there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'” [Official PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 9, 2012]
 

PA and Fatah religious and political leaders have cited this passage on numerous ‎occasions. ‎

Hamas enshrined this religious teaching in its charter and is “looking forward” to this ‎genocide:‎
‎"Hamas has been looking forward to implementing Allah's promise, whatever ‎time it might take. The prophet [Muhammad] said: 'The Hour (of Resurrection) ‎will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews; until the Jews hide behind rocks ‎and trees, which will cry: 0 Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come and ‎kill him!'" ‎
‎[Hamas Charter, Article 7, quoting Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 6985]‎

Thus, according to PA religious teaching, the killing of Jews becomes a prerequisite for ‎the fulfillment of the Islamic ideal. This belief has had a significant impact on the ‎Palestinian population. In a 2011 poll conducted by the Israel Project, 73% of ‎Palestinians said they “believe” in the Hadith that preaches that it is Islamic destiny to ‎kill the Jews.

And it is not merely the theoretical ideal to kill Jews that Palestinians support. ‎Following the murder of 11 Israelis in October - November 2014, including the ‎massacre of 4 worshippers in a synagogue and the running over of a three-month-old ‎baby and other civilians in the streets of Jerusalem, a Palestinian poll found that “80% ‎support… attempts by individual Palestinians to stab or run over Israelis in Jerusalem ‎and the rest of the West Bank.” [Public Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), ‎Dec. 9, 2014]‎

If Palestinians are taught to dehumanize Jews as “monkeys and pigs” and are told that ‎Jews are “Allah’s enemy” whose destiny is to be exterminated by Muslims, then the ‎murder of these 11 civilians is simply part of Islam’s religious war against Jews. ‎

Islamic War against Israel ‎
In addition to the war against Jews, there is a separate religious conflict the PA ‎preaches against Israel that is defined as Ribat, an uncompromising Islamic obligation ‎to defend or liberate land said to be Islamic. Israel is considered to be Islamic land that ‎must be liberated for Allah. ‎

Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and the Palestinian ‎Authority's Supreme Shari'ah Judge expressed this view in a speech:‎‎ ‎
‎"Al-Habbash emphasized that according to Islamic Shari'ah law, the entire land ‎of Palestine (i.e., all of Israel) is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment ‎in Islamic law) and is blessed land, and that it is prohibited to sell, bestow ‎ownership or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it." ‎
‎[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2014]‎

Similarly, PA Chairman Abbas himself called on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Abbas' statement was broadcast 19 times in 3 days on official PA TV:
"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."
[Official PA TV, Oct. 17-19, 2014]

PA schoolbooks likewise teach Palestinian children to view the conflict with Israel as ‎Ribat, defined as: "An action related to Jihad for Allah, and it means: Being found in ‎areas where there is a struggle between Muslims and their enemies." [Islamic ‎Education, grade 12, p. 86]. ‎

Israel is stigmatized as “an enemy” existing on Islamic land and fighting Israel is part of ‎a religious war for Islam. Palestinian youth are taught in school that their conflict with ‎Israel is "one of the greatest of the Ribat, and they [Palestinians] are worthy of a great ‎reward from Allah” and that Palestinians are “in Ribat until Resurrection." [Ibid, pp.86-‎‎87].

Another indication of the success of these PA religious teachings is Palestinian ‎support for terror in the name of Islam. According to the Washington-based PEW ‎research organization, for two years in a row, support for attacking or killing civilians in ‎‎“defense of Islam” was higher among Palestinians than any other Muslim population. ‎In 2012, 68% of Palestinians justified suicide bombings against civilians “to defend ‎Islam (31% “often” and 37% “sometimes”). The percentage of Palestinians justifying ‎suicide terror to defend their religion was twice as high as in any other Muslim country ‎polled, with the nearest being Lebanon, where only 35% justified suicide terror in ‎defense of Islam. [http://pewglobal.org] In 2013, Palestinian support for “attacks on ‎civilians… to defend Islam from its enemies” was at 62% (37% “often,” 25% ‎‎“sometimes”), by far still the highest in the world.‎

The tragic conclusion is that the Palestinian Authority has adopted and is teaching its ‎people the messages of radical Islam: On the national level, PA-Islam denies Israel's ‎right to exist. On the individual level, PA-Islam denies Jews the right to life. Until these ‎ideologies and religious beliefs are changed, there will never be an honest peace ‎process.‎
PA Minister of Religious Affairs instructs mosque preachers to encourage participation in activities condemning “ominous” Balfour Declaration 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is calls on the Friday preachers to urge the civilians to participate in the activities condemning the Balfour Promise”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called on all of the mosque preachers to urge the civilians to participate in the activities condemning the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) during the Friday sermons tomorrow [Oct. 27, 2017].
Ida’is said in a press release today (Thursday) [Oct. 26, 2017]: ‘The Arabs and Muslims must act immediately to provide political, media, and financial support to the Palestinian cause, as a religious duty, and as a message of support for the Palestinians, because Jerusalem and the Palestinian holy sites do not belong only to the Palestinians, but rather to all of the Arabs and Muslims.’”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
PA Presidential Office Sec-Gen wars of potential “religious conflict,” claims terrorists in the region use “the occupation” as justification for their crimes  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2017
Headline: “Abd Al-Rahim: China is capable of being an impartial mediator in the peace process”
      “Secretary-General of the [PA] Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim emphasized… in an interview with the [Chinese state-owned] news agency Xinhua… that there are forces of peace in Israel who need encouragement and motivation in light of the attack of the Israeli right-wing and its policy, ‘which will only lead to an explosion in the region, the elimination of the hope for peace, and turning the conflict into a religious conflict, which is something that we oppose.’ He emphasized that all of us ‘currently have an interest in establishing a just peace in the region, in light of the strengthening of terror and increase of [terror] organizations in the region – especially because terror and terrorists exploit the topic of the occupation as publicity material to justify their crimes.’”

PLO official warns of “religious war” because of “violations” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including “alleged Temple organizations” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: "Qurei: The extremists and settlers are pushing the situation in Jerusalem in the direction of a religious war"
      "PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the [PLO] Department of Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei warned against the outbreak of a religious war in Jerusalem as a result of the acts and violations of the Israeli occupation and its settlers. Qurei explained today (Tuesday) [Aug. 1, 2017] in a press statement that the 'alleged Temple organizations' are implementing a policy of incitement. He noted that they announced the organization of a procession with many participants from the new gate of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and called for wide participation today in invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The head of the [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs said that the violations that are escalating in the holy city [of Jerusalem] are a crime that is encouraged by the Israeli occupation government, which is fully responsible for the violence and terror that are taking place."

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Fatah youth movement calls for “widening confrontations with the occupation,” if Jerusalem is “harmed” – “it means opening the gates of hell before the occupiers” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
Headline: "The Shabiba calls for widespread participation in a Friday of Ribat as a sign of support for Jerusalem"
      "The Fatah Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a statement in which it saluted 'the resolve and Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) of the members of our people, its women, young, elderly, national forces, and religious institutions in Jerusalem, which are currently proudly defending the Arabness of Jerusalem, the Islamicness of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the honor of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation.' The Shabiba movement also appreciated the position of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership, their latest decisions regarding Jerusalem, including stopping all types of contact with the occupation, and their call to the members of our people to carry out Ribat in order to defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also admired the position of the Palestinian leadership to aid the resolve of the Palestinian citizens in Jerusalem. Fatah's Shabiba demanded that its sons, activists, and supporters, and all of the young Palestinians widely participate in a Friday of Ribat, to widen the circle of the confrontation with the occupation forces and the herds of settlers, to open all the fronts in the villages, cities, and refugee camps, and to widen the area of confrontation so that it will include all of the settlements and roads that serve them, in order to convey the message of the young Palestinians that Jerusalem is a Palestinian taboo, and that harming it means opening the gates of hell before the occupiers."
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PA Ambassador repeats libel to Archbishop of Cyprus: Israel Judaizes Jerusalem, strives to take over Islamic and Christian holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
Headline: “Ambassador Hassan briefed the Archbishop of Cyprus regarding the occupation’s violations in Jerusalem”

“Ambassador of Palestine in Cyprus Walid Hasan briefed Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem and the Israeli violations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below. Israel decided to remove the measures on July 24, 2017 –Ed.).
During his meeting with the archbishop of Cyprus in the diocese palace for the end of his role as ambassador of the State of Palestine and head of the council of Arab ambassadors and the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Hassan said that the Israeli policy that is striving to Judaize the holy city [of Jerusalem], to take over the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times threatens to cause the outbreak of a religious war.”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

"Division according to areas and times"
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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no int
PA government: Israel is "targeting the identity, heritage, and faith of the Palestinians in Jerusalem," which will "ignite a religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 19, 2017
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah held the government of Israel – as the occupying power – fully responsible for the harm to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
During the weekly government meeting led by him, which was held yesterday [July 18, 2017] in Ramallah, the prime minister warned against the consequences of the occupation government’s steps in Jerusalem, which began last Friday [July 14, 2017] with the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (the Temple Mount was closed for two days and afterwards metal detectors were placed at the entrances to the site in response to a terror attack there in which 2 were murdered)… [The PA government] emphasized that what is happening constitutes blatant aggression and an Israeli plan that is targeting the identity, heritage, and faith of the Palestinians in Jerusalem, and their presence in the occupied holy city – something that is only liable to intensify the tensions in Jerusalem in particular and in the region in general, to lead to an explosion of the situation, and to ignite a religious war for whose disastrous consequences the government of Israel will be fully responsible.”
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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, July 15, 2017


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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Following terror attack, Fatah calls on Palestinians to go to Al-Aqsa Mosque to defend it from Israel  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2017
Headline: “Wall-to-wall national and Arab condemnation of the occupation’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The Fatah Movement called on the Palestinians to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque following Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu’s] decision to completely close the mosque yesterday (Friday) [July 14, 2017] (the Temple Mount was closed in response to a terror attack at the site that morning in which 2 Israeli border policemen were murdered, see note below. It was reopened on Sunday, July 16, 2017 –Ed.).
The movement said in a press statement yesterday: ‘The Israeli occupation and the systematic Israeli policy of oppressing the members of our Palestinian people, particularly in Jerusalem, preventing the free access of believers to the holy sites, and the repeating invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas by settlers are the root of the problem. They are the beginning of the endless cycle of violence, and they are the factor that necessarily leads to Palestinians being murdered over and over in cold blood, with no consideration for the sanctity of the site and the sanctity of life...’”
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Dean of Islamic schools calls on Muslims to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 15, 2017
Official PA TV program Inside, on the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for two days after a terror attack was committed there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; hosting Dean of the Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine Sheikh Imad Hamato

Dean of the Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine and host of weekly PA TV show in Islam Sheikh Imad Hamato: "We [the Palestinians] are people that do not know our history correctly. We have a deed of ownership from Allah for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We have a deed of ownership from our lord, Allah’s Messenger [Muhammad]…
We must all be at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [expressing our full] emotions, this is a call over those good radio waves, that every Muslim should reexamine his faith. We fear that Allah will examine our hearts and find that we are mired in emotions that will not please Him. Every Muslim must fulfill the obligatory commandment to assist the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is not enough that you say that your identity is Muslim, and it is not enough that you say that your identity is Christian. You must ask forgiveness of Allah and carry out the commandment of Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, around this mosque taken hostage."

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Fatah official: “I call for a popular resistance that is capable of incorporating the masses” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 14, 2017
Headline: “Zaki: The illusion of peace has put Israel into a state of extremism, and the Palestinians must carry out popular resistance"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the imaginary peace has caused Israel to live in a state of extremism and stupidity, and noted that the time has come for the world to recognize that the occupation is still committing crimes through which it strives to take revenge on all of the holy sites…
He said: 'Since 1967, nobody has dared to close the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Its closure today proves that Israel has come out in an attack against the monotheistic religions, and it is a wild battle against the tenets of faith and religion by wild law-breaking gangs that kill morning and night as if the killing of Palestinians is permissible, while anyone who kills Israelis is an aggressor and a terrorist, and therefore this is a completely unacceptable situation.' […] He added: 'I call for a popular resistance that is capable of incorporating the masses, and I call on the Palestinians to bear their responsibility and show the world that the occupation is carrying out the worst kind of terror, and [popular resistance] is the right of the Palestinian people.’”
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PA TV: Jews are “evil... satans," Palestinians descend from Canaanites  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 6, 2017
 
Official PA TV narrator of Palestine This Morning "Palestine - the nearest point between heaven and earth, and the craving of the [Israeli] invaders. The world has been filled with their evil, and these satans have caused devastating corruption through the land of love and peace... The seed of Canaan ambushed them... The [Palestinian] revolution instilled hope, it played [the tune of] the struggle with words and rifles, and it sang the song of Palestine." [Song:] "My weapon has emerged. My weapon has emerged."Visual: Arch-terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir “Abu Jihad”
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Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which murdered a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA Security Forces Spokesman glorifies all who carry out “Ribat” in Jerusalem 
Source: Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, June 18, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of  PA Security Forces Official Spokesman and General Political Commissioner of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority Adnan Al-Damiri

Posted text: “Blessings, honor, and pride to all those to whom Allah granted the honor to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem
#The_people_of_Jerusalem”

Al-Aqsa preacher calls to "destroy Trump" and for extermination of Jews 
Source: YouTube channel "Aqsa Calls", May 21, 2017
Al-Aqsa Calls YouTube channel, speech by Salafist preacher Ali Abu Ahmad at the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Salafist preacher Ali Abu Ahmad: "Servants of God, the Satan from the White House, [American President Donald] Trump, who does not have even the most minimal human and ethical values, will meet with the rulers of the small countries of destruction in order to talk to them about moderate Islam. Trump will be in Saudi Arabia, and afterwards will visit the Jewish entity, and afterwards the Vatican, and in this way he will visit all three religions. This means that Trump wishes to strike a blow against Islam and the Muslims by [saying] there is no hatred towards Judaism and Christianity, and starting form today we will be an example of tolerance and love and cooperation in order to strike a blow against the Muslims, who Trump calls the extremists, and we have no one but Allah to depend upon…
The Muslim prisoners in the occupation's prisons are hunger striking, while the rulers of Saudi Arabia spend millions in order to receive the head of the heretics, Trump. Servants of God, this is indeed a crusade against Islam and the Muslims. Servants of God, nation of Islam, your rulers are going out to action, but not to save you, but rather to plot against you…
The traitor from Jordan has enlisted his army, but not to liberate the destination of Allah's messenger [Muhammad's] Night Journey (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), but rather to murder Muslims in Syria, in order to please his masters…
Allah, provide us with the righteous caliphate soon, according to the prophets' custom. Allah, destroy Trump and the plotters. Allah, destroy all of the Jews."
PA Grand Mufti states that supporting prisoners is a religious obligation: "They are the spearhead of this honorable people, which is carrying out Ribat" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Grand Mufti calls to support the prisoners’ [hunger] strike”
     “Thousands of residents of occupied Jerusalem, its suburbs, its towns, and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) prayed the Friday prayer yesterday [April 21, 2017] at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas…
During the Friday sermon at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein saluted the prisoners who are hunger striking in order to achieve their freedom and their rights. He emphasized that support for the prisoners is a religious legal obligation…
He noted that the prisoners’ dignity obligates us to support them in all fields and at all levels, and said: ‘They are the spearhead of this honorable people, which is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the land of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey’…
In the Friday sermon the grand mufti also reviewed the aggression and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which are being committed before the eyes and ears of the world. He condemned the aggression of the extremist Jewish organizations towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the direct auspices of the occupation government. He also emphasized that [the occupation government] will not change by one iota the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims.”
PA Mufti: “Extremist Jewish Temple organizations” are carrying out attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which heralds “religious war”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] grand mufti warned against the call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defile it”
   “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the calls of those who are called ‘the extremist Jewish Temple organizations’ to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and participate in an event called ‘offering the Passover holiday sacrifice,’ which they intend to hold in the area of the Umayyad palaces adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque ( See note below –Ed.)…
He explained that continuing the attack against the sites that are holy to the Palestinians, and prime among them the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, turns the region into a ticking bomb and heralds an imminent religious war, which will have results whose scope and consequences are unforeseeable, and he held the occupation authorities fully responsible for this.”

"Extremist Jewish Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including The Temple Mount Institute, The Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, The Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount and Students for the Temple Mount, which spread awareness of the importance of the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage people to visit the site.
Preceding the Passover holiday in April 2017, the Temple Mount Institute petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice to practice the Passover sacrifices at the Davidson Center just south of the Temple Mount, but the petition was rejected by the court.

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.
PA Mufti’s religious ruling: The Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims by divine right and therefore can’t be negotiated 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2017
Headline: “A fatwa emphasizes that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims”
     “A fatwa (i.e., Muslim religious ruling) signed by [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein, Chairman of the Islamic Waqf Council Abdul Azim Salhab , and Head of the Supreme Muslim Council Sheikh Ikrima Sabri was issued in Jerusalem yesterday [March 19, 2017]. [The fatwa] emphasized that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims worldwide, and not only to the Palestinian people…
(The following is text from the Fatwa –Ed.)
‘The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims worldwide, and not only to the Palestinian people. This divine right is valid and exists until Judgement Day, and therefore there is no place for compromising on it, holding negotiations about it, and conceding one grain of soil [from the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza].’”
Al-Aqsa preacher claims Temple Mount, including the Western Wall, belong only to Muslims 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 11, 2017
Headline: “More than 40,000 held Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas”

“More than 40,000 [Arab] citizens from Jerusalem and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) held Friday prayers at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount) today [March 11, 2017]…
Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Ismail Nawahdah emphasized his opposition to the occupation’s law regarding banning the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer). He also emphasized that the occupier is striving with its laws and statements regarding banning the call of the Muezzin, and in its considering the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a holy site for Jews, ‘to turn the entire region into a center of religious conflict.’

In addition, he emphasized that ‘The Al-Aqsa Mosque and all that is around it is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), with all of its plazas, passageways, domes, walls, and what is underneath and above it, and only the Muslims have a right to it and no one else but them.’”

On Feb. 12, 2017, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was authorized by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is now pending parliamentary approval. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution and is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in
PA Minister of Religious Affairs warns that Muezzin Law is "liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: "The grand mufti condemned the limiting of sounding the Muezzin"
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned what is called the Muezzin Law, which was approved by the Israeli occupation authorities in a first reading [in the Israeli Parliament].
He said in a statement from the Dar Al-Ifta (lit. house of religious ruling – the Jerusalem Mufti’s office –Ed.) today, Thursday [March 9, 2017], that the attack against the mosques comes as part of a planned policy. He explained that the mosques in all of Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, are being subjected to a fierce attack by the occupation authorities as part of the extremism they use to harm the holy sites. This is so, whether by ongoing attacks against them or by burning them, destroying them, or closing them with false excuses…
[PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf] Ida’is demanded that the international community, with its states, governments, bodies, and relative organizations, intervene to stop these attacks against the mosques, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… He also described this decision as racist and held the occupation authorities responsible for the consequences that are liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Proposed Israeli law regulating noise is “racist” which will lead to “religious war for the entire region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 9, 2017
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the approval of the law to ban sounding the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) by what is called the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Israeli government (sic., the law, which does not specify any religion, was approved in its first reading by the Israeli Parliament on March 8, 2017; the Ministerial Committee authorized it on Feb. 12, 2017). He said that this law expresses racism that has strays beyond the political dimensions into religious dimensions, which herald a religious war for the entire region due to a blow to the freedom of belief.”

On Feb. 12, 2017, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was authorized by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is now pending parliamentary approval. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution and is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.

PA Foreign Ministry claims Israel is “opening the door to religious wars”, targets “holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The ruling of the occupation’s court regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque is ‘colonialist and illegal’”

“The [PA] Foreign Ministry said that the ruling of the occupation’s court regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque is ‘colonialist, illegal, and mocks international law and the decisions of the international institutions,’ and especially the resolution about [the mosque] that was passed [on Oct. 13, 2016] by UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
The Foreign Ministry statement was published in response to the ruling made yesterday (sic., Feb. 26, 2017) by the Israeli Magistrate Court in occupied Jerusalem, which considers the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) to be the holiest site for the Jews, and determines that they have a right to pray there, and no one has a right to prevent them from reaching the plazas and going up to what it called ‘the Temple Mount’ (see note below –Ed.).
[The ministry] emphasized: ‘This court is using Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) sayings and establishing them as a basis for its ruling, with no connection to any law at all. The fact that the occupation authorities are continuing to target the holy sites, and especially the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, constitutes an outrageous violation of the religious and cultural rights of the Palestinians, who are collapsing under the occupation. It opens the door to religious wars in the region, and this is something that the Palestinian leadership has warned against on several occasions.’”

The reference to a Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruling apparently refers to how on Feb. 26, 2017, the court convicted Sahar Natsheh, a 48-year-old Palestinian woman, for assaulting Israeli Parliament member Shuli Moalem-Refaeli at the Temple Mount over two years prior. Natsheh pushed Moalem-Refaeli and shouted at her to leave the Temple M
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