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Jerusalem under assault
Denial of Jewish connection to Jerusalem
Jerusalem under assault
In 2009 the Palestinian Authority has initiated an unprecedented campaign of historical revision and anti-Israel libels concerning Jerusalem, the focal point being the erasure and denial of 3,000 years of Jewish history in Jerusalem.

In addition, the PA disseminates the libel that Israel is acting both to expel Arabs from Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jerusalem libels are designed to evoke religious hatred by portraying Israel and the Jews as a threat to Arabs and Islam.

This section documents the recent intensification of the Palestinian Authority's campaign of distortion, historical revision and hate incitement surrounding Jerusalem.

This cartoon with the caption "Judaization of Jerusalem" shows, from right to left, a sinister-looking Jew first sharing the chair with an Arab and then shoving him off.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official PA daily, Feb 24, 2009]
Denial of Jewish connection to Jerusalem
"Jerusalem is the religious, political and spiritual capital of Palestine - the Jews have no right to it," declared senior PA religious official, Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi, PA Chief Justice of religious court. Accordingly, any Jewish life and development in Jerusalem is labeled as "Judaization." Jerusalem is presented as an exclusively Muslim and Christian city, with no regard to history or archeology, and even the existence of the Temple being denied.
PA daily: Israelis “have no historic connection to this land” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 27, 2014
     “The Jewish State did not actually exist in the long historic sense as the Kingdom of Judah, the location of which I do not know; and if it did exist, it was [only] for a limited period. The Jewish Khazars had a state, which was the accidental result of the encounter between two cultures – Byzantine Christianity and the Islamic Abbasids. After a consultation between their elders, the Khazar tribes decided to adopt a different religion, in order to be able to live peacefully with their Muslim and Christian neighbors – for had they adopted Islam, this would have meant war with Christianity, while had they converted to Christianity, it would have spelt war with Islam. Thus, the Khazar state was created out of a conflict between two religions, and it quickly collapsed, while the Khazar Jews scattered throughout Central Asia. The majority of the Jews of Israel are their descendants, and they have no historic connection to this land [Palestine/Israel].”
PA daily op-ed: “Palestine was never… the setting for any Temple or the other Biblical myths” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for the official PA daily:
     “Should we strive for the militant way of thinking, according to which we cannot relinquish even a single grain of [our] demands or of Palestinian land, on which no non-Arab race has ever tread without being driven out? Palestine was never the cradle of any of the prophets of Israel (the extinct Yemenite Arab tribe, to which the Jews living in Palestine today bear no relation) [parenthesis in source], nor did it ever serve as the setting for any temple or the other Biblical myths. How will we correct history and turn it [Palestine] into clear fact? Will we bear on our shoulders today the trust of the Arab, Islamic and Christian [character] of Palestine through the power of thought, history, facts and the true scientific narrative versus the false Israeli narrative, which is full of fairy tales? ... We are at the beginning of the path started by the founder of the Palestinian state in the 18th century, Daher Al-Omar Al-Zaidani, followed by Yasser Arafat, and the Arab Canaanites and purely Arab and Islamic history that preceded them.”

Note: Daher Al-Omar Al-Zaidani, an Arab native of Ottoman-controlled Galilee, was the independent ruler of Northern Palestine in the mid-18th century. Al-Omar founded the modern city of Haifa and fortified numerous cities, creating – with foreign assistance – an autonomous territory that was legitimized by the Ottoman authorities, who awarded him the title of “Sheikh of the Galilee”. Remembered for his relatively enlightened economic policies and tolerance toward Jews and Christians, Al-Omar is often cited as a pioneer of Arab liberation from foreign occupation and – by some contemporary authors – as a forerunner of Palestinian nationalism.
Abbas’ advisor: Jewish Jerusalem is a “fairy tale” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Nov. 23, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that Arabs and Muslims around the globe, especially those with foreign citizenship, must go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and come together to Jerusalem to support the resolve of its residents. During a political forum held at the embassy of the State of Palestine in Algeria, Al-Habbash said: ‘Our people is now in the last stage of a war of existence and self-coercion against the occupation, which is seeking in any way possible to eradicate our identity, force a Caesarian birth of a Jewish entity and clone an illegal entity at our expense.’… In addition, he emphasized that the occupation – which thinks it has succeeded in winning the geographic war with [its] racist fences and roadblocks and that it will have the last word in the fairy tale of Jewish Jerusalem by taking over the Al-Aqsa Mosque – must be opposed.”
Abbas' advisor: No Muslim will ever accept "non-Muslim sovereignty over even a millimeter of... Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 21, 2014


Abbas’ advisor and Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash delivers Friday sermon in the presence of Mahmoud Abbas: 

     “The [Israeli] violations, arrogance, recklessness, stupidity and foolishness will lead to what we fear - outbreak of a religious war between them [Israelis] and all Muslims... If [war] breaks out, it will not be confined to Palestine’s borders, nor to those of the Middle East. It may spread to the entire world. Wherever there are Muslims, there will be confrontations. Al-Aqsa is a part of the religion, creed and faith of every Muslim, so he will never accept any violation or any attack against it, or any desecration of its sanctity, or any non-Muslim sovereignty over even a millimeter of its land and the land of Jerusalem.”
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Abbas' advisor: Western Wall "is ours and will remain ours" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 7, 2014


Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"All of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas, stone benches, prayer niches and walls, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), including the blessed Al-Buraq Wall - all these are waqf to us (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law). All this is waqf and kharaj land (i.e., land belonging to Muslims) and no one is permitted to sell it or negotiate over it or forfeit it. It is ours and will remain ours. The occupation is the one that will leave."
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Note: Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have ridden during his Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "the farthest mosque" (Quran, Sura 17), and there tied his miraculous flying steed named Al-Buraq to a "stone" or a "rock." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Book 47, Hadith 3424). In the 1920's, Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini decided to identify the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem as that "rock" or "stone," and since then Muslims refer to the Western Wall as the "Al-Buraq Wall."
Jerusalem shakes off its names from foreign rulers leaving only the Arabic “Al-Quds” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 6, 2014

The official Palestinian daily published a cartoon showing a woman symbolizing Jerusalem, shaking the city’s “foreign” names, “Jerusalem,” – written in Hebrew, English and Arabic transliteration – off a road sign, leaving only the Arabic name, Al-Quds.
 
Abbas: “We need to defend” Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a filler showing Christian and Islamic holy places in Jerusalem together with statements by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the need to protect them:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem the first of the two Qiblahs (directions for Muslim prayer. The Second Qiblah is the Kaaba in Mecca). What, have we forgotten? It is also the Jerusalem sacred to Christianity, of course – the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Church of the Nativity [in Bethlehem]. We [Muslims] also have our holy places. We need to protect them and defend them, because they are mine!”
Israeli “attacks” on Al-Aqsa Mosque are part of plan to change Jerusalem’s “Palestinian Arab character” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2014
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas presided over a meeting of the Supreme Committee for Jerusalem Affairs yesterday evening, in the presence of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. The [participants] discussed the latest developments in occupied Jerusalem, especially the settlers’ continuous invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The participants warned of the gravity of Israel’s actions and unceasing attacks and discussed ways to strengthen the resolve of the Palestinian residents in the Holy City and to fight the Israeli violations, whose goal is to cause the Palestinian people to emigrate from Jerusalem and to change its Palestinian Arab character. They warned that the continuation of these provocative attacks and violations would lead to a deterioration of the situation and to an intensification of the cycle of violence, the results of which cannot be foreseen – if Israel continues to allow extremist Jews to continuously invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." However, all visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
PA TV libel: Israel “implant[s] fake Jewish graves” in Jerusalem “to support… [their] fake Judaization stories” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2014
Official PA TV report alleging that Israel has been placing fake graves in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem (near the site of the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives):
Official PA TV reporter: “The list of the means the occupation [uses] to Judaize the Holy City is long. It includes implanting fake Jewish graves in the land of the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, in an attempt to create props and décor to support [their] false claims and fake Judaization stories about this land. Here, in the Wadi Al-Rababa neighborhood of Silwan, north of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the occupation began implanting, three years ago, dozens of fake graves in an area of over 60 dunams – just as it had done in other neighborhoods, where it implanted thousands of fake graves.
Mustafa Abu Zahra, head of the Committee for the Maintenance of Muslim Cemeteries in Jerusalem: “Israel is still falsifying its history and the facts, and places fake graves on the ground. It digs ditches, pours concrete over them, then lays a stone on top and covers it with dirt to make it look hundreds or thousands of years old.”
Official PA TV reporter: “The occupation brought new stones and inscribed Hebrew names on them. It claims these graves are thousands of years old, even though the reinforced concrete is new and the residents of this area have witnessed this crime of forgery… The occupation is Judaizing Jerusalem like an octopus. Here it implants graves, there settlement nests – in an attempt to prove its [longtime] presence on this land. Being a forgery, it is bound to fail.”
PLO official: "The Jerusalem Intifada" will continue because of Jews visiting Temple Mount 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2014
PLO Executive Committee member and member of Political Bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Tayseer Khaled said that "the Jerusalem Intifada" will continue because of the visits of Jews to the Temple Mount, which he called "the Al-Aqsa square."
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Note: This statement was made during a period of high tension in Jerusalem. On Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, 2014, two separate terror attacks took place in which ‎Palestinians ‎drove their cars into pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing 4 and injuring dozens. In addition, on Oct. 29, 2014, Islamic Jihad member Mutaz Hijazi attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount.
Abbas’ advisor: Palestinians are descendants of Jebusite Canaanites, who built Jebus, Jerusalem, 5,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs:
Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Our forefathers and historical lineage, the Jebusite Canaanites, built Jebus, Jerusalem, the City of Peace – the Canaanites called it the City of Peace – 5,000 years ago. Our presence in Jerusalem has not ceased for 5,000 years. Nations and occupations have passed through, and colonialism, whether brief or long. It came and left, but the people of Jerusalem stayed. These wayfarers will move on, while the people of Jerusalem will stay. They have no place in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is ours, not theirs.”
Israel “attempts to erase the real Arab history” in Jerusalem “and replace it with a fake Jewish history which has no roots in this land 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 21, 2014
Official PA TV report on the opening of the “Second Conference of the National Council for Jerusalem – Eternal Capital of Arab Culture”
Official PA TV reporter: “The conference, which was attended by numerous politicians and clerics, as well as by a group of intellectuals, writers and poets from Jerusalem, issued a warning [regarding] the future of the Holy City, in view of the increase in the attacks of the settler herds on the holy places and their attempts to erase the real Arab history and replace it with a fake Jewish history which has no roots in this land.”
Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa: “We are holding this conference in light of the cultural and educational changes being implemented by the Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, such as the change in the school curriculum, the giving of Jewish – not Arab – street names, the construction of over 9,500 fake graves around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the construction of the Strauss Building, higher than the Al-Aqsa Mosque – all of which come as part of [a plan to create] a new culture for Jerusalem.”
PLO official warns of “the Israeli scheme” to build the “alleged Temple” on the “ruins” of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 16, 2014
     “Dozens of activists demonstrated in downtown Ramallah yesterday [Oct. 15, 2014] to protest the occupation’s attacks on occupied Jerusalem, as part of a sit-down strike for the Holy City and [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque] organized by the [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces in the Ramallah district…
Wasil Abu Yusuf, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Front and member of the PLO Executive Committee, said in a speech on behalf of the National and Islamic Forces… that the Israeli scheme regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque includes not merely the division [of the mosque] according to time and place – which is unacceptable – but also the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time 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 implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
PA daily op-ed: “The ‘Jews’” have no right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily:
     “Since the start of the occupation of the territories of the Palestinian state on June 4, 1967, East Jerusalem in general, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, have played a central role in [Israel’s] Judaization and destruction scheme. The fire [in the Al-Aqsa Mosque] on August 21, 1968 (sic., the fire was in 1969), was nothing other than the beginning of a long, multi-stage process aimed toward arriving at what is being prepared at the present political moment. The Netanyahu government, the 19th Knesset (Israeli Parliament), the Judaizing Zionist organizations and the herds of settlers are systematically acting to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to time and place. in addition, they are acting to lead world public opinion astray [by claiming] that the ‘Jews’ have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the so-called Third Temple is ‘located’ in the same place – the site of one of the most important holy places in Islam. Furthermore, they are also acting to prepare world public opinion for the complete destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the annexation of all of East Jerusalem by the Israeli ethnic cleansing state, the advancement of the option of transferring the Palestinians and the derailing of the two-state solution according to the June 4, 1967 borders.”

Notes:
The fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque – In 1969, Michael Rohan, a deranged Australian Christian, set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.

The physical division and division according to time 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 implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Abbas: Israel’s claim to the Temple ‎Mount is “empty and false… a ‎falsification of the history we all know”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 8, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast PA Chairman ‎Mahmoud Abbas’ speech on Israeli ‎aggression on the Temple Mount:‎
     “Every ‎day, we find these [settlers and extremists] ‎trying to enter the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque by ‎any means, in order to establish facts on ‎the ground as they wish. The fact Israel is ‎trying to establish on the ground is the ‎division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque according ‎to time and place, with the empty excuse ‎that it [Israel] has a claim to it. These are ‎empty and false claims, and a falsification ‎of the history we all know.”‎

Note: The physical division and division ‎according to time 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 implement separate ‎prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the ‎site.‎
PA TV complains that Jews use the ‎term “Temple Mount”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 1, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the ‎Judaization of Jerusalem:
Official PA TV reporter: “The Jews even ‎call the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque the ‎‎‘Temple Mount,’ and therefore, their ‎almost daily invasions – which increase ‎on the Jewish holidays, like now – and ‎their attempts to hold religious ceremonies ‎in it, cannot be distinguished from what is ‎‎[being perpetrated] against the entire city.”‎

Note: The PA considers any presence of ‎Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." ‎However, all visitors are subject to rigorous ‎checks by Israeli security personnel before ‎being granted access to the Temple ‎Mount.‎
PA Minister: Israel distorts history by giving “a Jewish character” to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 23, 2014
     “Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and District Governor Adnan Husseini… explained during his meeting with Jorge Lobo, the Portuguese representative in Palestine, on Tuesday [July 22, 2014] at his office in the neighborhood of Al-Barid, that Israel considers itself above the law… He noted that the occupation authorities are pushing the region into an abyss, by coarsely desecrating the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque – completely ignoring the significance of this holy site for over a billion Muslims. Israel uses falsification and fabrication to distort historic and religious facts, with the aim of realizing its false claims regarding the application of a Jewish character [to Jerusalem] and the construction of the alleged Temple over the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA daily denies Jewish history in ‎Jerusalem, referring to “the myth and ‎tale of the alleged Temple”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 22, 2014
     ‎“The settlers renewed their invasions of ‎the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the ‎Mughrabi Gate yesterday [Sept. 21, 2014] ‎in occupied Jerusalem… Witnesses said ‎that the invasions were carried out in ‎small, consecutive groups, each led by ‎one of the extremist leaders or a rabbi, ‎who present Talmudic stories about the ‎myth and tale of the alleged Temple.”‎

Note: The PA considers any presence of ‎Jews on the Temple Mount an “invasion.” ‎However, all visitors are subject to rigorous ‎checks by Israeli security personnel ‎before being granted access to the Temple ‎Mount.‎
Abbas advisor: Temple Mount belongs exclusively to Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2014
‎     “The [PA’s] Supreme Shari’a Judge and ‎Advisor to President [Mahmoud Abbas] on ‎Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, called on the Arab and ‎Islamic governments and nations to work ‎seriously to save the Al-Aqsa Mosque ‎from the schemes of Judaization and the ‎division being planned by the occupation ‎authorities, [which are] similar to what ‎happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., ‎The Tomb of the patriarchs in Hebron). [Al-‎Habbash’s statement came] in view of the ‎rise in the number of cases of desecration ‎of Al-Aqsa by the settlers, and in light of ‎the fact that the occupation authorities ‎have closed its doors to Muslims, with the ‎aim of allowing the settlers to invade it. Al-‎Habbash emphasized that the actions of ‎extremist settlers, Israeli MPs and senior ‎Israeli officials, such as the terrorist [Israeli ‎MP] Moshe Feiglin are doing, will not give ‎any right whatsoever to the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque to non-Muslims, and this could ‎trigger a religious war that would destroy ‎everything. He also emphasized that ‎those who are not Palestinian have no ‎sovereignty over Al-Aqsa, or over any of ‎the Islamic and Christian religious sites, ‎and the right to them belongs exclusively ‎to the Arabs and Muslims... Al-‎Habbash called on the residents of ‎Jerusalem, the Palestinian territories ‎occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) and on ‎anyone capable [of doing so] to go to the ‎Al-Aqsa Mosque to defend it, pray in it and ‎perform Ribat (i.e. religious conflict/war to ‎defend Islamic lands and property) in its ‎plazas, in order to thwart the Zionist plan ‎to divide it.”‎

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Abbas: Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is ‎"a red line" that "we cannot possibly ‎accept"‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2014
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas said Israeli ‎efforts were being made to implement a ‎division according to time [of prayer for ‎Jews and Muslims] in the Noble ‎Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) of ‎Jerusalem. He emphasized that this was ‎‎‘a red line’ that ‘we cannot possibly ‎accept’.’‎
The President said at the opening of the ‎leadership’s meeting last night [Aug. 16, ‎‎2014] at the Presidential residence in ‎Ramallah: ‘We are telling Israel and the ‎world that the Israeli efforts to implement a ‎division according to time in the Noble ‎Sanctuary of Jerusalem are a red line, and ‎we cannot possibly accept this in any way. ‎We will not accept that Jerusalem remain ‎occupied.’”‎

Note:‎ The “division according to time” 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 ‎implement separate prayer times for ‎Muslims and Jews at the site.‎
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