"The most dangerous season of Judaization" has begun
By Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus
Three days ago, on the Jewish fast day 17th of Tammuz, which sets off a three-week-period of mourning for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Temples, the Palestinian Authority warned that "the most dangerous season of Judaization" has begun:
"Among the extremist Jews, today is a Talmudic holiday considered the beginning of the most dangerous season of Judaization, and it is what is called 'the fast of Tammuz,' and is a prelude to the anniversary of what is called 'the destruction of the alleged Temple' (i.e., Tisha B'Av; see note below)."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2019]
The PA characterizes the visit of any Jew to the Temple Mount - the holiest place in Judaism - as "an invasion" and "a break in." They claim the Muslims have the sole right to the entire Temple Mount, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all its buildings and plazas, and even the Western Wall, which they refer to as the Al-Buraq Wall. Despite historical evidence, Palestinians claim that there never was a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount and they deny any Jewish historical connection to the land of Israel in general and to Jerusalem and the Western Wall in particular.
As Palestinian Media Watch has shown, the PA refers to the Jewish Temple exclusively with the term "the alleged Temple" and to all Jews who want to exercise their right to visit the Jewish holy place as "extremist Jews." Any visit by a Jew to the Temple Mount is referred to as a "desecration" and any reference to Jewish history or discovery of Jewish artifacts are referred to by Palestinians as "Judaization."
Rooted in this Palestinian narrative, the PA Ministry of Religious Affairs "condemned" the visits by Jews to the Temple Mount on Sunday as "break-ins to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" and called the Jewish day of mourning the Temple one of the "Judaizing Talmudic holidays." Knowing that a three-week-period of mourning the Temples' destructions from the 17 of Tammuz until Tisha B'Av had started and that many Jews would be visiting Jerusalem's holy places at this time, the official PA daily warned of the "most dangerous Judaization season." In addition, the Deputy PA Minister of Religious Affairs Husam Abu Al-Rub threatened that the so-called "break-ins" by "extremist Jews" "herald a great danger that will cast its shadow over the entire region," unless the international community and the Arab and Islamic nations "work to stop" them.
PA Chairman Abbas himself and his "presidential office" have said that Jews "desecrate" and "defile" them when they visit what the Palestinians claim are exclusively Islamic holy sites. Even official PA radio has broadcast a song with the lyrics:
"The Zionist" has "defiled the mosques and churches" in the cities of "Haifa, Ramallah, Gaza, Jaffa, Ramle, Acre, and occupied Jerusalem."
[Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 19, 2018]
The following is a longer excerpt of the report in the official PA daily referring to the "most dangerous Judaization season":
Headline: "'The Temple organizations' call for widespread break-ins into the Al-Aqsa Mosque today - and the [PA Ministry of] Religious Affairs condemns [them]"
"Organizations that belong to what is called the alleged 'Temple organizations' union' (see note below -Ed.) called on their supporters and the settler public for widespread participation in break-ins to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque today, Sunday [July 21, 2019], for the purpose of Judaizing Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) holidays (i.e., the 17th of Tammuz, a fast day commemorating the breach of Jerusalem's walls before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE).
Among the extremist Jews, today is a Talmudic holiday considered the beginning of the most dangerous season of Judaization, and it is what is called 'the fast of Tammuz,' and is a prelude to the anniversary of what is called 'the destruction of the alleged Temple' (i.e., Tisha B' Av; see note below).
The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs condemned the calls issued by the alleged Temple organizations to their supporters and the settler public to participate in break-ins to the Al-Aqsa Mosque...
[Deputy PA Minister of Religious Affairs Husam] Abu Al-Rub called on the international community and the Arab and Islamic nations to work to stop these blows that herald a great danger that will cast its shadow over the entire region."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2019]
"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.
The PA and its leaders claim all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as a "break-in." 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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Tisha B'Av - Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.