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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.‎
Lebanese cleric: Greetings to Palestinians who “throw blessed rocks at the Zionist snake… Land is waqf land from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 14, 2018

Official PA TV Live, broadcast of official PA radio station "The Voice of Palestine" program "A New Day," telephone interview with Head of the Islamic Center for Research and Communications in Beirut Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet


Head of the Islamic Center for Research and Communications in Beirut Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet: "I send greetings from Beirut to the children of Jerusalem and all Palestine, the young women and men who throw blessed rocks at the Zionist snake."
PA radio host): "Yes."
Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet: "... The Palestinian brothers - Allah wanted them to be in Ribat forever while defending Jerusalem and every grain of the land of Palestine."
PA radio host: "Yes."
Sheikh Khaldoun Oraymet: "Allah wanted them to be the vanguard of the Arab and Islamic nation and to defend Jerusalem of Islam and the Arabs. This blessed land is a waqf land from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River."
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Abbas’ advisor: “Anyone who thinks that… the nation will sell one inch or millimeter of the blessed and sanctified land of Palestine is just imagining things”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 20, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen, PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail, and Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“Anyone who thinks that the nation has sold its Palestine or its Jerusalem is just imagining things. Anyone who thinks that a day will come when the nation will sell one inch or millimeter of the blessed and sanctified land of Palestine is just imagining things. The entire nation says what [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘The Palestinian, Arab, Muslim, or Christian who will relinquish one inch of Jerusalem has not been born and will never be born.’”
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We’ll take Jerusalem “if not peacefully then by force… Allah, drive out the Jews” - PA TV preacher 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 13, 2018

Friday sermon broadcast from the Al-Omari Mosque in El-Bireh by one of the mosque's regular preachers


Al-Omari Mosque preacher: "At the [Ninth International Islamic Jerusalem] Conference they determined that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine... and that it is a religious, Shari’ah, and historical right of the Muslims, and of no one else but them... Its participants... clarified that the Jews are an arrogant and tyrannical enemy that is occupying the land of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine, and that they have no right to arrogance, tyranny, and occupation... Allah willing, we will soon take what was taken from us, if not peacefully then by force... How long did the European Crusaders live in this country? They lived here nearly 100 years, but by Allah's will, they left it humiliated.
They left it humiliated and disgraced, dragging their tails behind them, because Allah inscribed for this [Islamic] nation eternity and victory... Allah, protect our Al-Aqsa Mosque and our Jerusalem for us, and return it to the rule and sovereignty of the Muslims. Allah, drive the Jews out of it, humiliated and disgraced , by means of those [the Muslims] who are monotheists, humble, and purified."
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PA Mufti: Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Palestine are "an Islamic waqf until Judgment Day," and forbids selling or relinquishing it to "enemies" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2018
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has forbidden easing the transfer of ownership of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine to enemies.
The mufti stated yesterday [April 12, 2018]: 'Palestine, that includes within it Jerusalem, is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) land [and] it is forbidden by Shari’ah law to relinquish it or ease the transfer of ownership of it to enemies, because it is part of the Islamic public property. Granting ownership over Islamic territory or part of it to enemies is invalid and constitutes treason.'
He added: 'Whoever sells his land to his enemies or takes compensation for it sins, as in doing so he aids in the removal of Muslims from their homes. Almighty Allah connected those who remove Muslims from their homes and those who aid in doing so to those who fight against Muslims because of their religion.' He [the Mufti] also emphasized that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine, and that the American declaration regarding Jerusalem and considering it the occupation's capital is an invalid and illegitimate decision, as one who has no ownership cannot transfer something that belongs to someone else."
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Abbas’ advisor: Palestinians should come to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and preform Ribat there, “to thwart the plans of the occupation and its settlers to turn it into a Jewish synagogue”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 14, 2018
Headline: “Al-Habbash from the Ibrahimi Mosque: The Shari’ah court will remain and the occupation will disappear”
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that ‘The Israeli occupation will disappear, and we from the heart of Hebron emphasize that we remain here, together with our institutions that certify the Islamicness of this land and its Palestinianness - and the best proof of this is the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs).’ … These statements were made during a tour that Al-Habbash held in the Old City of Hebron today, Tuesday [March 14, 2017], in order to be updated on the Israeli violations and actions against the residents of the place… Al-Habbash also encouraged the citizens to come to the Ibrahimi Mosque and to routinely perform Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to thwart the plans of the occupation and its settlers to turn it into a Jewish synagogue.”
Abbas' advisor: We don't want religious conflict, but Israel does, attacks holy sites, great ugliness characterizes them 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 9, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of sermon by Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Brother believers, in the framework of the conflict with the occupation we have always said, and the Palestinian leadership has repeated: We do not want to ignite a religious battle or religious conflict. We do not want to make the conflict religious. Because, simply put, we do not hate the religions, we do not hate people because of their faith, and our motto is ‘there is no coercion in religion’…
However, while we act in this way, every day several fools come out against us who fan the flames of religious struggle, and they want to make the conflict religious – starting with attacking the holy sites, targeting the holy sites, and targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the mosques and churches in Palestine… if a Muslim went out and belittled the Torah, for example – Heaven forbid, we do not do something like this, and it is not fitting for us to do something like this. But if it happened, Heaven forbid, what would their responses be? [...] They would accuse us of ‘Antisemitism,’ as if they are Semites and we are from Mars. These people - our response to them is not curses, we will not curse them – they have enough ugliness that we do not need to curse them, as the curses would be less than the ugliness that characterizes them.”

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Fatah: US Vice President Pence “defiled the Al-Buraq Wall” 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission‎, Jan. 23, 2018

Linked article and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture

Posted text: “[US Vice President Mike] Pence defiles the Al-Buraq [Wall] (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza, and the occupation forces reinforce their presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Head of the Supreme Muslim Councilresponds to US official's statement on Western Wall being part of Israel in future: The Western Wall "is an Islamic waqf that will remain as such until Judgment Day" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 18, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Muslim Council: The Al-Buraq Wall is an Islamic waqf and will remain as such”
        “Head of [the independent organization] the Supreme Muslim Council and [head] preacher in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ikrima Sabri came out with a statement in response to what was reported in the media outlets regarding the claim of senior American officials that ‘The Al-Buraq Wall (sic., the official said “the Western Wall,” see below for actual quote) will be part of Israel in the end !’
He said: ‘This is a false claim and arrogance that has crossed all lines, and these loud ones do not understand that the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is part of the western wall of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that it is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) that will remain as such until Judgment Day.’
He added: ‘No one in the world has a right to do as they please with the Al-Buraq Wall, whether he is a Muslim or not a Muslim, and whether it’s the US or someone else, as all of these are completely invalid acts.’”

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Editor-in-Chief of official PA daily after US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: “Interference with its history or attempt to change its status… will lead to violence and an explosion of the region... this will open the gates of Hell” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the PA media campaign for Jerusalem

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija: “There is a very important slogan and we adhere to it: ‘If the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) passed, the Trump promise [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] will not pass.’ We will act on this basis in the official and private Palestinian media and Arab media… The future of Jerusalem is the future of the peace and stability in the region. Any interference with its history or attempt to change its status in any way other than the negotiation table will lead to violence and an explosion of the region in a way whose end will be bad. Simply, the message is: Jerusalem is the gate to peace in the region and the world; and at the same time, Jerusalem is the gate to war, and to violence and terror, if it does not achieve its freedom and its historical status regarding Palestine as the capital of the State of Palestine, and as a great city of tolerance and peace for the whole world…
It cannot be that we will be dragged into the matter of religious struggle, as this will open the gates of Hell in the region. When faiths clash with each other, there is much bloodshed… It is foolishness to think of changing the history and identity of Jerusalem… Jerusalem is a great city of all of the religions, not only of Islam and Christianity; it is a great city of all of the religions.”

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Abbas’ advisor calls on all Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, carry out Ribat there, and “protect its sanctity”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the occupation state is playing with fire when it attempts to change the status quo in Jerusalem…
Al-Habbash demanded that the members of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem and in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, and protect its sanctity…
Al-Habbash warned the occupation government not to take any crazy steps regarding the holy city and the holy sites in it following the reckless and irresponsible decision of the American administration (i.e., to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to it).”

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Abbas’ advisor incites religious war: US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital is “a crime against humanity... How do Muslims... allow this sin? … It will open the gates of hell” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 8, 2017

Official PA TV, Friday prayers at the mosque at the PA headquarters in Ramallah, sermon by Mahmoud Al-Habbash
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Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "This crime that American President [Trump] committed [by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] is not only against Palestine, but also against all of humanity, against the Muslims, and against the Christians. How does he allow himself to give the keys to Jerusalem to those who are not its people? He wants to repeat the sin and crime of [former British Foreign Secretary] Balfour... How do the Muslims of the world allow this sin? How do the Christians of the world allow handing over the keys to [the Church of] the Holy Sepulchre to those who are not from Jerusalem, to those who are not Palestinians... It could be that everyone knows and everyone assumes that this sin, which the American president committed, will open the gates of hell, as Sheikh Al-Azhar said – not only in the East, but in both the East and the West. Nobody should think, wherever he is in the world, that he will be able to prevent the consequences of this sin... Jerusalem is ours and not yours. It has been ours for 5,000 years and it will remain ours until Allah will inherit the earth and whoever is on it."
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PA Minister of Religion: US President Trump “declared and incited a religious war” when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel`s capital  
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “I say that when the hostile one [US President Donald Trump] signed this criminal decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], he declared and incited a religious war.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Hamas official: “Palestine, which is soaked in the blood of the Martyrs… all of Palestine is ours, and it is pure Islamic Palestinian land… we do not understand anything but the language of resistance and Jihad” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: "Hamas: Our goal is to liberate Palestine and end the [Hamas-Fatah] rift"
      "The Hamas Movement in Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip and its military faction, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, held a military procession and press conference in order to announce the beginning of the events for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the [Hamas] Movement in the district. In the speech that he gave, movement leader Hammad Al-Raqab emphasized: …‘Palestine, which is soaked in the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the sacrifices of our people, all of Palestine is ours, and it is pure Islamic Palestinian land that constitutes a part of the Arab and Islamic nation.' He explained that we are standing today and seeing before us the buds of the liberation army, and we do not understand anything but the language of resistance and Jihad. He also emphasized that despite the tragedies, persecution, expulsion, assassinations, and ongoing wars, we see the determination in the eyes of our people to continue on the path of resistance. He added: 'Trust the resistance – the victory, honor, and resistance are near, and we are continuing on this path until victory.’"
PA Security Forces spokesman on US decision on Jerusalem: The Palestinian people will defend Jerusalem “with all of its capabilities;” "Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat in Jerusalem” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 6, 2017
      “General Political Commissioner [of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority] and [PA] Security Forces Official Spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri said that if the American administration transfers its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel], this will put the US in a confrontation with all of the peoples of the region and the entire world. This will also turn it from a state that is biased in favor of the occupation into a state that is a partner in the occupation, will endanger its interests in the region, and will disprove its false claims according to which it respects international law and the decisions of international bodies…
He added that everyone must prepare for the next step after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem [as the capital of Israel], and said that the Palestinian people, with all of its components, will not accept this and will come out with all of its capabilities to defend Jerusalem, which is not only Palestinian, but also Arab and Islamic, and Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and its surroundings; we will defend it and protect this precious diamond with all of our force."
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Fatah spokesman on possible US embassy move to Jerusalem: “This blatant American attack will ignite the entire region;” claims move is “deliberate attempt” to spark a “religious conflict”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will turn Washington into a party that is harming the peace process"
      "The Fatah Movement said that the position of the US regarding transferring its embassy to Jerusalem is a serious violation of all of the international decisions and a crossing of all the red lines, which is liable to cause tension in the entire region. Fatah Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said yesterday evening [Dec. 5, 2017] that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is clear aggression against the rights of the Palestinian people, and that it will confirm that Washington cannot remain a party in the peace process, but rather [will become] a party that is harming the peace process in the Middle East. He added that… this blatant American attack will ignite the entire region, as Jerusalem lives in the heart of every Arab, Muslim, and Christian, and the American step constitutes a deliberate attempt to turn the conflict with the occupation into a religious conflict in the region."

PA daily: “Extremist Jews defiled the Dome of the Rock plaza”, PA spokesman: Israel is “harming the holy sites,” which will lead to a “terrible religious conflict” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: “Settlers defile the Dome of the Rock plaza under the protection of the occupation forces”
         “In a dangerous precedent, a group of extremist Jews defiled the Dome of the Rock plaza after they ascended to it following a change in the path of the daily invasions…
[PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement yesterday [Dec. 3, 2017] that the settlers’ invasion of the Dome of the Rock plaza constitutes outrageous persistence and insistence by the government of Israel in harming the holy sites…
The official spokesman held the government of Israel fully responsible for the crimes committed by the gangs of settlers against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He warned that the goal of the aggressive and escalating steps against Jerusalem and the holy sites – and prime among them the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – is to ignite the spark of a terrible religious conflict.”

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Abbas advisor: The Temple Mount will remain a “purely Islamic” mosque under Muslim sovereignty, despite Israeli “acts of falsifying history and distorting historical facts” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 26, 2017
     "Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash… explained that the Palestinians in all of their varieties and leaders, and the Arabs and Muslims together with them, will never allow the occupation authorities to impose their sovereignty over the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), which was and will remain a purely Islamic mosque, over which non-Muslims have no sovereignty. This is as was determined by divine decree in the holy Quran and also by UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolutions, despite all the acts of falsifying history and distorting historical facts that the Israeli occupation state is attempting to carry out."

Note: Israel has publically stated multiple times that it has no intention whatsoever of changing the status quo at the Temple Mount.
Abbas’ advisor on religion: All Muslims must visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat in it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2017
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized the brotherhood between the Muslims in all countries of the world… Al-Habbash said this yesterday [Oct. 27, 2017] during a Friday sermon at the Mercies of the World Mosque in Hyderabad, India…
He noted that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is occupied because of the rift between the Muslims [internally] and because of their weakness, and that Al-Aqsa Mosque will not revert to being under the rule of Islam until the Muslims unite.
Al-Habbash demanded that the Muslims act to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque and fill it through visits from around the world... [Al-Habbash added:] ‘This is the least the Muslims must do today – to fill the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to visit it, to close themselves inside it, and to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it – as is being done in Jerusalem by the Palestinians who are struggling against the occupier and carrying out Jihad through Ribat, prayer, and closing themselves in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas.’ He continued: ‘My advice to you is to make a decision in your hearts to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that today you turn the visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque into part of your Jihad…’”

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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.
Fatah Facebook quotes Arafat on anniversary of his death: Palestinians will engage in “Ribat (religious conflict over Islamic land) until Judgment Day” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 24, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text is a quote by Arafat:
“This is my people, the people of giants, which is [engaged] in Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) until Judgement Day
It is the [people] of which one of its boys or girls will wave the flag of Palestine over the churches of Jerusalem, its towers, and its walls.
They think that this is still far off, but we think that it is near, and we will be the ones who are right, Allah willing.
And we will be victorious despite them.”

Text on image: “The Fatah Movement
The 13th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of
Leader and symbol
Yasser Arafat”

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