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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 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].’”
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.

Palestinian woman echoes Palestinian leaders: Promised Land = Land where Jews will be gathered to be exterminated 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 19, 2017

Fatah-run Awdah TV reporter:
"Dear viewers, our question today is: Are you optimistic about the rise to power of American President Trump? [...]
Palestinian woman: "We always put our hopes in Allah. This is the promised land. The Jews think it is promised to them, but what was promised was to gather them in order to exterminate them by a divine decree." [Fatah-run Awdah TV, Pulse of the Homeland, Feb. 19, 2017]

The woman’s message is repeating both Fatah and Hamas leaders' interpretations of Islam:

Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki: "These Israelis have no belief, no principles. They are an advanced instrument of evil... I believe that Allah, will gather them so we can kill them."  [Official PA TV, March 12, 2014]
Hamas religious official Muhammad Salah Abu Rajab: "Here are the Zionists, who have gathered from all around. They occupy and usurp Jerusalem and its environs, and so the promise of Allah is realized: 'We will bring you forth in [one] gathering' (Quran, Sura 17:104) so that it will be easier to slaughter and kill you."  [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 22, 2014]
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Hezbollah head, Hassan Nasrallah, has reportedly expressed a similar expectation: ''If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." [The Daily Star (Lebanon), Oct. 23, 2002]
PA Mufti threatens "severe complications" if US embassy is moved to Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2017
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein: “We say in light of the things that Jerusalem is suffering from, such as declarations and plans, like the plans of US President [Donald Trump] who promised during his election campaign to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem... We must say that keeping this promise holds great dangers and a concern of severe complications that only Allah knows where they will lead. How can the Palestinian people, which has made many sacrifices, which has sacrificed processions of Martyrs (Shahids) one after the other, and which has given for the goal thousands of prisoners, the students of freedom who defend the fundamentals of the noble people, our people who is engaged in Jihad and Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), our people and our leadership and all members of our people will not be silent if this promise is kept and the American president transfers the embassy to Jerusalem. We say to the American president and to the entire world, Jerusalem has a people, and it has residents, and it has a nation [that will stand by it]. Even if there are people who will not take the appropriate position regarding Jerusalem, all of the Arab and Islamic peoples will in no way agree to Jerusalem being harmed…"

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Fatah: US embassy move is "explicit and open declaration of war" and "a blow to every prospect and effort for peace" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 16, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“A statement from the Palestinian National Liberation Movement ‘Fatah’:
O masses of the heroic Palestinian people,
O descendants of the first Martyrs (Shahids) and bearers of the flag of the struggle,
O protectors of Jerusalem and the holy sites, and gatekeepers of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,
O those who exalted Allah chose to defend the land of the fathers, to protect their national heritage, and to continue the path of the revolution that was started by the first leaders, who protected their achievements with their souls and died while still defending our honor and our national identity,
 
Today, we stand before a historical turning point and a true national test, as our holy sites and our eternal capital (i.e., Jerusalem) – which are the foundations of our existence and the essence of our natural right to exist on this land – are being targeted. There is no meaning in any sort of Palestinian entity or in an independent state if Jerusalem is not its eternal capital…

The reckless inclination to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem by the one who leads the new American administration, [US President-elect Donald] Trump, constitutes a severe violation of all of the international conventions and norms and the crossing of all of the red lines. This constitutes a continuation of the policy of blindly siding with the occupation state, and the implementation of this inclination means an explicit and open declaration of war on the legitimate rights of our people."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem "is liable to push the region towards a religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is demands that the sources of religious authority in Egypt speak about the danger of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is yesterday [Jan. 15, 2017], during his meeting with Egyptian Ambassador Sami Murad, demanded that the sources of religious authority in Egypt, and particularly Al-Azhar and Dar Al-Ifta (i.e., Muslim religious institutions), speak about the danger of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem due to the consequences it will have for international peace and security…
He emphasized that the decision to transfer the embassy means the destruction of the region and strife, and that this is liable to push the region towards a religious war.”
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Fatah: US embassy move "will open the gates of hell" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will open the gates of hell”
     “The Fatah Movement said that if the American embassy is transferred to East Jerusalem (a Jerusalem location for the embassy has not yet been specified –Ed.), the gates of hell will open in the region and in the world. It added that this will prevent any chance of peace and stability in the region.
Fatah Revolutionary Council member and spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi emphasized on Saturday evening [Jan. 14, 2017] in a press statement that East Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state according to the law, the international institutions, and the UN resolutions regarding our issue, the last of which was [UN Security Council] Resolution 2334.
Al-Qawasmi emphasized that Fatah, the Palestinian people, and all free people in the world will not allow this step to pass. [He added that it] ‘harms our history, our religion, our cultural heritage, and our legal right to our land and to our holy sites,’ and that ‘We will defend our Jerusalem and our land, no matter how many sacrifices will be required.’”
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Head of PA Jerusalem council: US embassy move "turns the war into a religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2017
Headline: "Jerusalem is protected by international decisions, but the occupation continues to violate them"
     "Expert on international law [and Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Hanna Issa… said about the latest reports on US President-elect Donald Trump's intention to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem: 'These threats constitute a grave violation of the laws, and a violation of American foreign policy, American and international decisions, and all norms."…
He concluded: 'This is a dangerous situation that threatens the nation and turns the war into a religious war that he does not want. Trump's statements about transferring the embassy this coming May [2017] mean the annexation of East Jerusalem and declaring it as the "capital of Israel.'"
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Abbas' advisor on religious affairs calls on Imams and Christian clergy to preach about the dangers of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash called on Imams of mosques in Arab and Muslim states to focus on the dangers of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem"
     "Supreme Shari'ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas'] Advisor on Religious [and Islamic] Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash yesterday [Jan. 12, 2017] called on religious scholars and Imams of mosques in the Arab and Islamic world to speak in the Friday sermons about the dangers of transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem.
Al-Habbash related in a press statement to the dangers inherent in the US taking this unwise step, due to its implications for international peace and security.
He added: 'We call on the Imams of mosques in all Arab and Islamic states to deal with this grave matter during the Friday sermons. We also hope that the Christian clergy will also do this in their religious sermons this Sunday, as Jerusalem has an important place in the hearts of more than 1.3 billion Muslims in the world. In addition, it is also holy to Christians, and we do not agree to the damaging of its religious status and its identity.'
He continued: 'Everything could collapse if they transfer the embassy to Jerusalem and damage its value and meaning, as this could open wide the door to scenarios that no one wishes for. This is because the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the first direction of prayer for the Muslims and the third holiest “Noble Sanctuary.” Jerusalem also includes holy sites important to Christians, and primarily the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.' Al-Habbash said: 'Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes an unacceptable step as it contradicts international law, and we hope that the administration of [US] President[-elect] Donald Trump will not take such a step.’"
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Head of PA Jerusalem council: Embassy move is support for "Judaization" of Jerusalem, will lead to "religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
     "Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places, Fatah Revolutionary Council member,] and professor of international law Hanna Issa thinks that the American proposal to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem is 'settlement in a new guise and support for the violations and new steps of Judaization that the occupation authorities are committing in the holy city [of Jerusalem].'
He emphasized that this step will have disastrous consequences for the peace process, the two-state option, and the security and stability of the region, and will lead it into a religious war…
Issa emphasized that the Palestinian response will be the revoking of the recognition of Israel as a step of resistance by the PA and the PLO to the illegal decision to transfer the embassy."
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Fatah official: US embassy move will be "a sign of the end of the world" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
Headline: "Zaki: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will absolve us of all the agreements and turn Palestine into a war zone"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not allow the transfer of the American embassy, and will be absolved of the previous decisions and agreements. He also warned against turning Palestine into a war zone if the new American administration decides to transfer it.
Zaki said today, Wednesday [Jan. 11, 2017], in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'The transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem will be a sign of the end of the world.' He added: 'The attack against the place of [Prophet] Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven and Jesus' resurrection contradicts the religious and international understandings,' and he warned against the terrible dangers whose course cannot be predicted. Zaki emphasized that no power in the world can prevent the Palestinians, Muslims, and Christians as one from carrying out their national obligation to defend their occupied capital, and said: 'There is no Palestinian state without Jerusalem.'
Zaki said that he is convinced that the statements of US President-elect [Donald] Trump that were used during the election campaign cannot be implemented on the ground in Palestine and noted that this trend appeared in the 1960s when [former Israeli Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion proposed it in order to establish the occupation state in Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple."
 
Published in Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 11, 2017; and in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017.

 
PA daily: Embassy move is an "annihilation of the two-state solution" and "could cause the outbreak of a religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
Headline: “Trump’s position regarding Jerusalem is the benchmark”
Excerpt of an op-ed by Bassem Barhoum, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “First of all, transferring the American embassy is a sort of new Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that determines the issue of Jerusalem in advance in favor of Israel, despite it being one of the final resolution issues in the Oslo Accords. This constitutes a change in the outlook of the new American administration regarding the peace process and its perception regarding the principles of the political solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and this is undoubtedly a sort of annihilation of the two-state solution and the Palestinian issue in general.
Secondly, the step could cause the outbreak of a religious war that is liable to encourage terror and extremism.
Therefore, it will not be coincidental that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas will describe the step, if it happens, as aggression against the Palestinian people, as it is a direct threat to global peace and is liable to eliminate the hope for peace.
Here there is no choice but to wonder: How does Trump say that the fight against terror and ISIS is at the top of his priorities, and at the same time take a step that could cause the outbreak of a religious war and encourage extremism, violence, and terror?”
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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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Fatah official: Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem will “will drag the region into a situation of tension, more violence, and a threat to the interests of the US” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2017
Headline: “Radwan: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is aggression”
    “Fatah Revolutionary Council member Raed Radwan said that transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, if this is indeed carried out, is a type of aggression towards the Palestinian people, its holy places, and its principles, and an explicit declaration that the American embassy sides with the Israeli occupation.
In a radio interview yesterday [Jan. 10, 2017], Radwan emphasized the unity of the Palestinian people against the attempts to legitimize the settlements and the occupation. He said: ‘There are institutions of the American administration and state institutions which will prevent Trump from fulfilling this promise, which will drag the region into a situation of tension, more violence, and a threat to the interests of the US in the Arab and Islamic world.’”
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PLO official: “Transferring… the [US] embassy [to Jerusalem] will be a hostile position and a declaration of war against our people and our Arab and Islamic nation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2017
Headline: “Ramallah: A demonstration against the American House of Representatives resolution and Trump[‘s decision] to transfer the embassy to occupied Jerusalem”
       “Citizens led by leaders and representatives of the national activity forces and popular activists demonstrated yesterday evening [Jan. 10, 2017] at Al-Manara Square in the center of Ramallah against the American House of Representatives resolution regarding [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334 (i.e., the House of Representatives rejected UN resolution 2334 on Jan. 5, 2017), and against the statements of US President-elect Donald Trump, who called to transfer Washington’s embassy to Jerusalem as a priority of American foreign policy…
Palestinian Liberation Front (i.e., a PLO faction) political bureau member Abu Saleh Hashem said that the demonstration is a prelude to a series of activities, whose goal is to express popular protest alongside the official protest against the American policy, and to warn against transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem.
He added that Trump’s transferring of the embassy will be a hostile position and a declaration of war against our people and our Arab and Islamic nation, which by necessity will cause damage to the American interests in the region, due to [the American administration] being a partner of the occupation.”
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Fatah official: “Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is a denial of the truth that Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian land” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2017
Headline: "Dalal Salameh: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is a denial of the international decisions"
       "Fatah Central Committee member Dalal Salameh said that the matter of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is a denial of the truth that Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian land. She emphasized the unity of the national position to fight against every decision regarding its transfer. She also demanded a clear Arab, Islamic, and international position. Salameh said in an interview with Radio Mawtini yesterday (Tuesday) [Jan. 10, 2017]: 'The matter of transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is completely unacceptable.' She emphasized that the Palestinian leadership and the national factions, and primarily the Fatah Movement, object and are continuing the legitimate struggle against the occupation in order to strengthen the rights and legitimacy of our people on the ground . Salameh emphasized that the possibility of the embassy being transferred must be fought against, through a strong and unified internal Palestinian position, and through clear Arab, Islamic, and international positions."
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Supreme Muslim Council: “If the US transfers the embassy to Jerusalem, it declares war on the original residents of Palestine, and also on the Arabs and Muslims” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 10, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Muslim Council warned against transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem”
      “[The independent organization] the Supreme Muslim Council warned today, Tuesday [Jan. 10, 2017], against the danger of transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  The Muslim Council said in a statement: ‘Transferring the embassy means official US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, and in this way the US will put itself in a situation of clear contradiction, because the US took on itself the patronage of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which necessitates postponing the discussion on the issue of Jerusalem until the final stage of the negotiations! And how does it now want to rule in the matter of transferring the embassy to Jerusalem!’ [...]
If the US transfers the embassy to Jerusalem, it declares war on the original residents of Palestine, and also on the Arabs and Muslims. Therefore, we declare our absolute opposition to transferring the embassy, and condemn the biased American policy in favor of ‘Israel.’”
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Senior Fatah official: "Attempts [to move the US embassy to Jerusalem] are liable to inflame the violence and create an atmosphere that will lead to more tension” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: "Erekat: The attempts of the American Congress to revoke or modify [UN] Resolution 2334 are a revolt and incitement against international law"
     "Secretary[-General] of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat yesterday [Jan. 7, 2017] condemned the American Congress vote by a large majority to condemn [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334 against the settlements, and its intention to revoke or modify the UN resolution and stop the UN funding. This is concurrent with submitting a bill regarding the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem. He described these regretful attempts as a revolt and incitement against international law and the UN resolutions… He added: 'These attempts are liable to inflame the violence and create an atmosphere that will lead to more tension, not only in Palestine, but also on the Arab, Islamic, and international levels. What is needed now is to implement the resolutions of the international institutions, to put an end to the occupation, which is the main reason for violence and terror, and to recognize the State of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to realize the sovereignty of its state in the 1967 borders and in its capital, East Jerusalem, as this is the only solution for bringing peace and stability to the region and the world."
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