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Jerusalem's Temple/Jewish history denied
Denial of the Jewish history in Jerusalem and the existence of the Jewish Temple is a central component PA political ideology. This denial started with Yasser Arafat and continues to be reiterated by academics, politicians and religious leaders. The PA systematically distorts the ancient history of Jerusalem, ignoring the vast historical documentation and thousands of archeological finds related to Jewish history that have been found in Jerusalem.

This music video, broadcast regularly on PA TV through 2008 and 2009, denies any historical connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem, repeats the libel that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and calls on Allah to protect the mosque. “Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… [Allah protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.”

Full text: “Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, Oh Muslims, Al-Aqsa is ours, our Al-Aqsa screams and shouts, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Arabs and Muslims, no, no, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… My land, my Jerusalem, my blood and my honor will not be scorned. Al-Aqsa is ours, how you suffer! How you have bleed for years! How you scream! How you call out to the millions! What are you hoping for, what are you crying for? Saladin [Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem in 1187] ! Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Allah, protect Al-Aqsa, Oh Allah, Al-Aqsa is ours, [protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.” [PA TV (Fatah) Sept. 23, 2008 – Oct. 25, 2009]
PA daily uses term “alleged Temple” and describes visits by Jews to Temple Mount as “invasions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2016
Headline: “Settlers renew their invasions, warnings of suspicious activities today [July 12, 2016] at the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque”
     "Settlers yesterday [July 11, 2016] renewed their invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate, under heavy protection by special forces of the occupation police.
The invasions were carried out in small groups one after the other, and were accompanied by cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ as a sign of protest from the [Muslim] worshippers during the settlers’ provocative tours of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque [plaza]. [Palestinian] top officials, clergy , and respected national figures in Jerusalem warned against the calls of the alleged ‘Temple’ organizations to their supporters to participate today [July 12, 2016] in widespread invasions in order to hold a memorial service at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] for the killed settler and the rabbi who died recently (13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel and Rabbi Michael Mark, both murdered by Palestinian terrorists –Ed.). They held the occupation institutions responsible for the consequences of these violations.”

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Palestinian-Jordanian proposal submitted to UNESCO rejects Jewish connection to Temple Mount and claims “the Jews have caused serious damage” to the site 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 10, 2016
     Headline: “Israeli efforts to thwart the Palestinian-Jordanian proposal that rejects the connection of the Jews to the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., the Temple Mount)”
“The [Israeli] Hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported today, Sunday [July 10, 2016], that Israel is recently investing increased diplomatic efforts in order to thwart the Palestinian-Jordanian proposal, submitted to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO), that rejects the connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., Temple Mount). The proposal emphasizes that the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] and its surroundings are occupied Palestinian land, to which the Jews have caused serious damage.”

The article refers to a Palestinian-Jordanian resolution proposal denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, which was submitted to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO) in July 2016.
Yediot Aharonot article: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4826294,00.html

PLO accuses Israel of “invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and attempts to impose the occupation’s falsified reality and falsify the history and culture of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Executive Committee decided to immediately implement decisions of the [PLO] Central Council to limit the relations with the occupation”
     “The PLO Executive Committee welcomed the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decision to refuse attempts to falsify history and to emphasize the true and natural Arab Islamic character of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (UNESCO referred to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Buraq Wall in their decision, and mentioned their sanctity to the Muslims, ignoring the names “Temple Mount” and “Western Wall,” and the sanctity of these places to the Jews –Ed.). Likewise, the committee called on the international organization to act to end the daily violations of the holy sites, expressed by invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and attempts to impose the occupation’s falsified reality and falsify the history and culture of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Palestinian state and its people.”
Op-ed in PA daily denies Jewish history: “I challenge… daily to bring me one Jewish archeological remnant from Jerusalem, or to show us a rock from the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 26, 2016
Headline: “Those who pass between fleeting words”
Op-ed by Jihad Al-Khazen, originally published in the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper
     “The terrorist [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu promises not to give up the Golan. I say to him (through a third party because I cannot speak with him) [parentheses in source] that Tel Aviv is not his. The Golan is part of Syria, and all of Israel is occupied Palestine… What I say is that the occupation of Palestine is an evil thing that will end with the return of the occupiers to the place from where they came. I do not expect that the justice will include putting the members of the Israeli government on trial as the Nazis were put on trial after the fall of the Nazis, but just that they will leave, as Mahmoud Darwish requested when he said to them that they ‘pass between fleeting words’ and that they should take their names and get out from on us. All of their news is a crime or lies. The Jewish holiday of Passover falls on the 22nd of this month, and it marks the anniversary of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. According to information I have received from two university professors, which was verified by my friend, the archeologist Zahi Hawass, this whole story is a biblical myth. I challenge them to bring me one archeological remnant from Egypt or Sinai, as I challenge them daily to bring me one Jewish archeological remnant from Jerusalem, or to show us a rock from the alleged Temple.”
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PA Islamic-Christian Council: Jewish presence on Temple Mount for Passover is “desecration,” Israel plans to establish the “alleged Temple” on ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 25, 2016
      “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places… made a statement that the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by a group of settlers and the deployment of special force members in its plaza and corridors, while distancing dozens of Palestinians from it in order to secure the settlers’ ceremonies at the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday, constitute a severe desecration of the sanctity of the mosque and [all of] the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and an attempt to reinforce the Jewish presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

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 government: “Alleged [Jewish] temple groups” want to carry out “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and to organize “Talmudic activities” there (i.e., prayers) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2016
     “During its weekly meeting in Ramallah yesterday [April 21, 2016]… the [PA] government warned of the dangerous calls of the alleged [Jewish] Temple extremist groups and organizations for mass participation in increased invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza as the Jewish holiday season begins, and to organize Talmudic activities on the mosque’s plaza. This is part of the aggressive schemes of the Israeli occupation government, meant to completely take over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaize them. The [PA] government called on its people in the interior (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to Jerusalem to do so, and said to be constantly present in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to retaliate to every possible attack against it.”

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 Islamic-Christian Council: Jews/Israel's "main objective is to reinforce the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza]… in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council: The settler wedding at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is dangerous Judaization”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Wednesday [April 13, 2016], that the fact that extremist settlers held their wedding ceremony within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is a very dangerous step, whose main objective is to reinforce the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] and Jewish rights to it… It noted that the Jews are trying to turn the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a synagogue, in order to hold their religious ceremonies, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
PA bodies protest Israeli Ministry of Tourism maps of Jerusalem that use Jewish names for Jewish religious sites and not the Arabic names 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "The presidential committee and the Foreign Ministry condemned the fact that Israel has forged tourist maps"
     “The [PA’s] Higher Presidential Committee of Churches’ Affairs in Palestine and the [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the fact that the Israeli Ministry of Tourism has left important Islamic and Christian sites off the latest version of a guidance pamphlet, which includes a map of Jerusalem and is meant especially for foreign tourists… Likewise, the committee condemned the fact that the names of ancient sites in the Old City [of Jerusalem] have been changed in a way that serves the Israeli historical narrative, such as the use of 'Wailing Wall' instead of the Al-Buraq Wall, and 'Temple Mount' instead of the holy Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary."
Fatah official claims Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza are "an Islamic Mosque and nothing else" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "Al-Qawasmi: The settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque are an Israeli crime that we will not ignore"
     "Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi stated that the invasions by the extremist settlers, led by the extremist [Yehuda] Glick, of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitute a crime against the Islamic holy sites and the Palestinian people's rights, a scandalous violation of international law, a gross offense against Muslim sensibilities and harming of their rights to their blessed mosque, and an Israeli attempt to establish facts on the ground and turn the settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a routine matter – which will not happen under any circumstances. In a press statement, Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the Palestinian people will come out against Israeli attempts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and establish facts on the ground under different slogans. Likewise, he emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza will remain an Islamic mosque and nothing else, and that it is a red line [that cannot be crossed]. He also added that any attempt to change the status quo before and after the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 will lead to a complete explosion of the situation in the occupied territories."

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."

Archaeologist on PA TV: Israel is "trying to enlist all the archaeological sites in Jerusalem in support of the alleged Jewish history in Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2016
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital on Israel harming tourism in Jerusalem

Archeologist at the Israeli Arab Al-Aqsa Institute for Islamic Trusts and Heritage Abir Zayyad: "They are trying to enlist all of the archeological sites in Jerusalem in support of the alleged Jewish history in Jerusalem. We have a number of examples of this. The most conspicuous example is the city of Jebus, in the village of Silwan, where Jerusalem developed 10,000 years ago, becoming a real city 4,000 years ago. The occupation is always trying to present it to tourists as a city built by David (i.e., King David), or that David lived in, but David has no connection to the antiquities there, as the antiquities are completely Palestinian Arab."
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger from “Israeli plots” to destroy, divide, or replace it with the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 1, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is: More than 109 attacks and violations against the holy sites during the months of January and February"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is stated… ‘The occupation has turned the occupied city of Jerusalem into a military base through widespread and increased deployment of its forces around the holy sites, in various streets, and around the city, as part of a series of intensified Israeli measures.' Likewise, he said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and immediate danger today, which is increasing from day to day, which necessitates the determination of a mechanism of action on the Islamic, Arab, and international level, to deal with the Israeli plots in order to save the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque from destruction, division, and the building of the alleged Temple."

"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. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Cave of Patriarchs and "historic holy sites in Palestine are Islamic and belong only to Muslims" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2016
Headline: “The occupation’s attacks against the noble cave in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron”
     “The Department of Religious Endowments and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) revealed yesterday [March 3, 2016] the grave offensive being carried out by the occupation authorities against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in the city, through excavations within the noble cave, where the graves of the prophets and their wives, peace be upon them, are located…
Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the attacks against the Ibrahimi Mosque, and clarified that no place of religious worship is safe in light of the attacks and crimes being perpetrated against them by the Israeli occupation and its settlers.
He continued: ‘Israel is attempting to completely take over the holy sites through this malicious policy,’ and emphasized that the mosque and historic holy sites in Palestine are Islamic and belong only to the Muslims.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Al-Aqsa Mosque is in “grave and immediate danger” from Israeli plans to divide it or build the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: 109 Israeli violations…”
    “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is stated… that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and immediate danger, and that this danger increases with every passing day. He noted that this requires the consolidation of a method of action on the Islamic, Arab, and international levels in order to fight against the Israeli plans and save the mosque from the threats of demolition, division, or the building of the alleged Temple.”

"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. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
PA TV host: Woman who carry out Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque ”thwart… dozens of invasion and defilement attempts by the herds of settlers, [and the] plans to take over the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and build the alleged Temple in its place” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 29, 2016
Official PA TV program From Jerusalem, about the Murabitat (woman carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) of Jerusalem and schools of Quranic studies

Official PA TV host: “Despite the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s place in the hearts of Jerusalem’s [Arab] residents was the first source of inspiration for the thought of Ribat, it has grown stronger due to the Masatib Al-Alam [project] that has drawn many women and men who wished to receive lessons in religious law and memorization of the Quran in the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque plaza. Women who challenge the occupation using their voices to call over and over ‘Allah is great!’ along with slogans demanding their basic rights to freedom of worship and prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They believe that Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the Palestinian women’s role against the occupation.
The Murabitat phenomenon expresses Palestinian society’s awareness of what the occupation intends to do at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. There was and still is a critical role [for the Murabitat] in thwarting the dozens of invasion and defilement attempts by the herds of settlers, [and the] plans to take over the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and build the alleged Temple in its place.”

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 Council: Israeli plan to build synagogue at Islamic site is “Judaization” and “desecration” of the the Al-Aqsa Mosque, first step to “establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2016
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Thursday [Feb. 11, 2016] that the Israeli plan to build a large synagogue under the waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) Hammam Al-Ayn [Cultural Center], a few meters below the western part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitute Israeli intransigence to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate its sanctity. In a notice, the council described the new plan for the synagogue as ‘a real threat that is added to all the horrors and dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, its Islamic history, and its Arab culture’… Secretary General of the council Hanna Issa said that [the building of] a synagogue and the hundreds of Judaization plans, which target the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything Arab in occupied Jerusalem, are ‘Israeli methods, by which the occupation state strives to Judaize the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque, by coordinated efforts for excavating tunnels underneath it, taking over its Islamic landmarks… and turning them into synagogues and Judaization centers, and opening the gates of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque to extremists and settlers in order to desecrate it, and eventually completely take it over, in preparation for turning it into a synagogue and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.’ It should be noted that the synagogue will be stablished in place of a waqf, which has ancient Islamic archeological remnants, at the site of the waqf the Hammam Al-Ayn, under the ground and very close to the western part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Hammam Al-Ayn Cultural Center is a site with public baths dating from the 1300s and which were in use as such until the early 1970s. In 1998 it was renovated by Al-Quds University and it now serves as a cultural center. The site is considered a waqf by Palestinians/Muslims - an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law.
PA Jerusalem Council: Israel plans to “Judaize” and “desecrate” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic sites, in order to take them over and “establishing the alleged Temple on its [the Mosque’s] ruins”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2016
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council warns: A new synagogue next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
    “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Thursday [Feb. 11, 2016] that the Israeli plan to build a large synagogue under the Hammam Al-Ayn Waqf (i.e., a waqf is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), a few meters below the western part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, is Israeli intransigence to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate its sanctity. In a notice, the council described the new plan for the synagogue as ‘a real threat that is added to all the horrors and dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, its Islamic history, and its Arab culture’… Secretary General of the council Hanna Issa said that [the building of] a synagogue and the hundreds of Judaization plans, which target the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything Arab in occupied Jerusalem, are ‘Israeli methods, by which the occupation state strives to Judaize the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque, by coordinated efforts for excavating tunnels underneath it, taking over its Islamic landmarks… and turning them into synagogues and Judaization centers, and opening the gates of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque to extremists and settlers in order to desecrate it, and eventually completely take it over, in preparation for turning it into a synagogue and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.’ It should be noted that the synagogue will be stablished in place of an Islamic endowment, which has ancient Islamic archeological remnants, at the site of the Hammam Al-Ayn Waqf, under the ground and very close to the western part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA government: The Western Wall "is an inseparable part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza" and "everything it faces… belongs to Muslims alone” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2016
     “The [PA] government... during its weekly meeting held yesterday [Feb. 10, 2016] in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… emphasized that the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) is an inseparable part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, and that everything it faces, whether from the west, north, or south, is an Islamic waqf which belongs to Muslims alone.”
Fatah: “The Israeli aspirations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque continue, due to its attempts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2016
Headline: "Mattour: The occupation's actions will not harm our resolve"
      "Deputy Secretary of Fatah's Jerusalem branch Shadi Mattour emphasized that the occupation state's actions will not lessen the Palestinian people's determination to protect the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and in particular the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In an interview yesterday [Jan. 12, 2016] with Radio Mawtini, Mattour added: 'The Israeli aspirations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque continue, due to its attempts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple."
Fatah official: "When a state is established and we take Jerusalem, the Zionist idea which inspired their hearts will collapse and they will leave, defeated" because of "myth" that Jerusalem is the Promised Land 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Jan. 4, 2016
Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki: "Yasser Arafat has been reborn and the crusade continues. The blood, the sweat, and the tears will be a minor matter when the hope for the return and the establishment of a [Palestinian] state with Jerusalem as its capital is realized. When a state is established and we take Jerusalem, the Zionist idea which inspired their hearts will collapse and they will leave, defeated, because they created the myth according to which Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria are The Promised Land, and they are Allah’s chosen people. They will not be Allah’s chosen people, Ursalim (i.e., infrequently used Arabic name for Jerusalem, parallel to Hebrew name) will be nothing but Al-Quds (i.e., more common Arabic name for Jerusalem), Samaria will be nothing but the Mountain of Fire (i.e., nickname for Nablus), and Hebron will be nothing but the capital of rage, until liberation.”
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PA daily op-ed: The Jewish people never existed 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2016
[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s claim, according to which he has history of 4,000 years in [Hebron,] is nothing but a big lie, because never in history did there exist a so-called Jewish people.”
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