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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.
Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque: “Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are subject to renewed danger… by erasing the characteristics of the holy city and changing its Islamic Arab identity, falsifying its history” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2019
Headline: “50,000 civilians prayed on Friday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Israeli occupation flew gliders over the blessed mosque”
      “Fifty-thousand civilians held Friday prayers yesterday [Feb. 2, 2019] at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, in the shadow of steps that the occupation took at the gates of the blessed mosque and within the streets of the occupied Old City [of Jerusalem]. Friday preacher Sheikh Ismail Nawahda said that ‘Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are going through a cultural, historical, humanitarian, and geographic nakba (catastrophe).’ He added that ‘Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are subject to renewed danger these days, and we are witness to dangerous steps by the occupation that cannot be taken lightly, amid an exploitation of the situation in the region. This is by erasing the characteristics of the holy city [Jerusalem] and changing its Islamic Arab identity, falsifying its history, and reducing the Palestinian presence in it.’”
Fatah official: US is leading “plots” against the Palestinians, including recognizing Jerusalem as “the capital of the Zionist entity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2019
Headline: “Zaki welcomes the chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki welcomed Chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe Ali Al-Qadi yesterday [Jan. 1, 2019]… Zaki welcomed Al-Qadi’s visit to Palestine… and briefed him on the difficult and dangerous situation of the Palestinian cause as a result of the plots that the US, led by [US President Donald] Trump, is leading against the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights – which began with his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist entity and transfer of his embassy to it… Zaki emphasized that the situation necessitates Palestinian unity… in order to deal with the Zionist lobby, which is working to harm the image of the Palestinian national struggle.”

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Fatah official: Cable car in Jerusalem is part of “Judaization” plot to change the city’s nature “through excavations, the theft of history and antiquities”… and creating “facilities for the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2019
      “The so-called Israeli ‘Infrastructure Committee’ ratified the plan for the cable car in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem that will connect the Mount of Olives to the Al-Buraq [Wall] (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza (sic., the cable car project is to go up to the Dung Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City... whose goal is to connect East Jerusalem to West [Jerusalem]… The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the ratification constitutes clear insistence on Judaizing Jerusalem and its landmarks, and making it foreign to its sacred Arab-Islamic-Christian reality.  Secretary-General of the [Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Hanna Issa noted that this plan is most dangerous, as it has a role in the Judaization of the holy city [Jerusalem], as it completes the Judaization plots that are being carried out on the ground through excavations, the theft of history and antiquities, the construction of settlements, the construction of synagogues, and the establishment of Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) parks. Issa added: ‘The cable car that they intend to establish will lead to the destruction of the holy city’s image, and will make Judaizing changes to it that will overshadow its Arabness.’ He emphasized that these new [Jewish] landmarks and parks are nothing but facilities for the alleged Temple.”

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PA media supervisor: “Zionism [is] acting to seize exclusive ownership of Jerusalem through a false narrative that is not supported by history and is also not supported by the [archeological] excavations” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2019
   “General Supervisor of the [PA] Official Media [with the rank of] minister [and General Supervisor of Fatah-run Awdah TV] Ahmad Assaf said that ‘The focus on Jerusalem and what takes place in it is at the heart of our national priorities and at the heart of our defense of the national enterprise.’ During a speech that he gave on behalf of [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas at the Media in the Eyes of Jerusalem Summit…
He said: ‘Jerusalem, with its historical, cultural, and religious status, is the core of the struggle over the narrative; Zionism, its branches, and the occupation governments throughout the generations have acted and are still acting to seize exclusive ownership of Jerusalem through a false narrative that is not supported by history and is also not supported by the excavations – even those they have carried out themselves (sic., historical records and archeological findings confirm the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and Israel). The established fact remains unchanged; Jerusalem – with its past, present, and future – will remain Palestinian-Arab-Islamic-Christian.’”

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Official PA daily reports on a so-called invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by “35 settlers,” who attended “provocative” tours and “listened to explanations about the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2018
Headline: "35 settlers invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"Settlers carried out provocative rapid tours at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and listened to explanations about the alleged Temple."

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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
PA district governor: Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as “a capital for the Jews” was “the most dangerous thing in history” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2018
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, special episode for Christmas at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, hosting Bethlehem District Governor Kamel Hamid

Bethlehem District Governor Kamel Hamid: “The plot against our people has not ended. That is to say, the most dangerous [plot] - that has served as a precedent - when American President [Donald Trump] announced the transfer of the [US] embassy [to Jerusalem]. He did not [just] transfer the embassy; he [also] announced that [Jerusalem] is a capital for the Jews – and this is the most dangerous thing in history.”

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PLO official responding to Australian recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “No part of [Jerusalem] can be recognized as Israel’s capital"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 15, 2018
Official PA TV, on Australia’s decision to recognize “West Jerusalem” as Israel’s capital, telephone interview with PLO Executive Committee member and head of the PLO Department of Diplomacy and Public Policy Hanan Ashrawi

PLO Executive Committee member and head of the PLO Department of Diplomacy and Public Policy Hanan Ashrawi: “[Australian Prime Minister Scott] Morrison wanted to say that there’s a compromise. This compromise is completely unacceptable. We do not want the acceptance or recognition of West Jerusalem as he said – and as Russia did [on April 6, 2017] – [as] Israel’s capital, because all of Jerusalem is subject to the illegal Israeli annexation, and no part of it can be recognized as Israel’s capital… We ask Morrison to take it back. Actually, there was a sharp response to this maneuver through which he attempted to appease his extremist right-wing voters, and particularly the Zionist Christian voters and the Israeli lobby in Australia.”

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PLO officials “denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to [Al-Aqsa Mosque]” 
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 27, 2018
Headline: “Al-Husseini and Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian consul and the previous [consul] regarding the situation in Jerusalem and the developments at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs, [PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, [and PLO Executive Committee member] Adnan Al-Husseini and [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian Consul in Palestine Mustafa Al-Shahat and the previous [Egyptian] Consul Khaled Sami yesterday [Sept. 26, 2018] on the situation in Jerusalem…
Al-Husseini gave the consul a detailed explanation regarding the history of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, its connection to the Muslims, and this city’s religious significance. He also denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to this mosque, and noted that only the Muslims have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Palestinian university president's falsification: Jerusalem “is not connected at all to the Jewish religion” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 15, 2018
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Official PA TV News, on a Jordanian-Palestinian academic conference on Jerusalem titled “Jerusalem: Between History and Religions,” held in Amman, Jordan

Al-Quds Open University President Younes Amr: "I decided to present the Arab-Islamic-Christian version [of history] – against the invalid and false Jewish version – that this city [Jerusalem], which is considered the gate to Heaven, is connected only to the Islamic religion and to the Christian religion, and is not connected at all to the Jewish religion."
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Abbas spokesman says Jared Kushner made “an attempt at deception and a forgery of the history of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 15, 2018
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: There will be no peace without the two-state solution and East Jerusalem as the State of Palestine’s capital”

“Official [PA] Presidential Office Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that [US Senior Presidential Advisor] Jared Kushner’s statements to the newspaper The New York Times show ignorance regarding the reality of the conflict, and constitute an attempt at deception and a forgery of the history of Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites…
He also said: ‘The American understanding of the matters expresses an irresponsible policy that will lead to a destructive vacuum, and constitutes a true danger to the international legal system.’”
PA religious minister: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf, and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2018
Headline: "Ida'is: Sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an exclusive right of the Muslims"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is said that… the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way…
In a statement that he published yesterday [Aug. 27, 2018], Ida'is condemned the attempts to turn the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a place in which ceremonies that are not Islamic are carried out… something which will push for turning the Al-Aqsa Mosque into an arena of religious conflict, and not just political [conflict]."
Abbas’ Fatah: “Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” has no right to Jerusalem or the Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“The Fatah Movement emphasized that Israel has drawn up a plan for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and began to carry it out a long time ago, and this is through the ongoing excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below -Ed.) and harming its foundations and weakening them, in order to make its collapse a matter of time, and to make it look as if it is a natural thing and a chance event.
Official Fatah Movement Spokesperson [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Osama Al-Qawasmi said yesterday [July 26, 2018] in a press release that the rock that fell from the Islamic Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) two days ago (sic., it fell on July 23, 2018) is a dangerous sign of the situation that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings have reached. We emphasize that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, aboveground and below it, and also its surroundings are completely Islamic and the Jews have no right to them…
Al-Qawasmi also emphasized that Jerusalem, with everything within it, is completely Palestinian and Arab
, and that there will be no peace or stability without the end of its occupation by Israel.”
Abbas condemns Jewish Nation-State law, says Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and “there will be no peace, security, or stability for anyone without it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2018
Headline: "Palestinian, Arab, and international condemnations of the ratification of the racist 'nation-state law' in the Israeli Parliament"

"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, that there will be no peace, security, or stability for anyone without it, and that no one can abandon it or ignore it.
These statements were made in a statement published by the [PA] presidential office, in which it condemned the fact that the Israeli Parliament ratified what is called 'the Jewish nation-state law' (see note below –Ed.), and 'its consideration of Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel.'

The presidential office also emphasized that the Palestinian people’s right to return to its country is a sacred and firm right that is anchored in international decisions, and primarily [UN] Resolution 194, which established the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the lands and property from which they were expelled and to receive compensation. The presidential office added that this racist law will not nullify this sacred right."

Jewish Nation-State Law – law passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 19, 2018, which codifies in Israel's Basic Law that Israel is the home of the Jewish nation with Jerusalem its capital, and the Hebrew calendar its official calendar. It establishes Hebrew as the sole official language and grants Arabic a special status, and it recognizes Jewish and Israeli holidays, memorial days, and the Jewish Sabbath as national holidays and days of rest - while guaranteeing the right of all Israeli citizens and residents to celebrate their holidays and days of rest.

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PA Religious Affairs Minister: Israel is planning “the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their [Jews’] alleged Temple;” PA Mufti: Israel wants to “Judaize” Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2018
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the occupation’s actions in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are a dangerous violation… the last of which being the excavations that the occupation institutions are conducting underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate under the Temple Mount; see note below –Ed.). He added that these excavations threaten its structures, plazas, and the lives of the members of our people who visit it… Ida’is emphasized the severity of the recent developments in the Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He noted that this requires a Palestinian, Islamic, and international position appropriate to the violations, which are advancing in a systematic and planned manner up to the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their alleged Temple… On the same matter, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Muhammad Hussein warned that the excavations that the occupation authorities are conducting in the region of the Umayyad palaces… are disastrous. He predicted that all of the Islamic structures in the region would be undermined, and afterwards would be destroyed in order to change the holy city’s identity and completely Judaize it.”
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Palestinian officials: “Judaizing” Festival of Lights in Jerusalem’s Old City is part of a “plan to erase its Arab, Islamic, and Christian nature, and to give an impression that the city is Jewish” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
     “Jerusalem sank into the darkness of the Judaizing Festival of ‘Lights’ (i.e., the Jerusalem Festival of Light) that the Jerusalem Municipality organized over the past week… Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representative Attorney Ahmed Al-Ruweidi said that ‘What is happening in Jerusalem comes as part of a plan to erase its Arab, Islamic, and Christian nature, and to give an impression that the city is Jewish. The “Judaizing” Festival of “Lights” in Jerusalem, which the occupation municipality is holding for the 10th consecutive year (s ic., 9th year), comes as part of a number of Israeli projects… [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh, and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein considered the ‘Judaizing’ Festival of ‘Lights’ as ‘a historical, cultural, and heritage injustice [against] the sites and residents of Jerusalem, and particularly as the festival is taking place at the most important gate of the Old City.’”

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PA government: Light Festival in Jerusalem is "Judaization;" Jerusalem has been Arab "since the dawn of history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2018
      "The [PA] national unity government yesterday [July 1, 2018] condemned the Judaizing festival called the International Festival of Light, which the occupation authorities are holding in occupied Jerusalem. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: 'What the occupation authorities call the International Festival of Light in our occupied capital is nothing but one of the means of Judaization, which the occupation authorities are attempting to impose.' He added: 'The reality requires that the festival be called the Blackout Festival and not the Festival of Light as they call it, as the occupation is attempting to use all means for its dark goals, and this includes the light and its beauty, in order to guarantee that an additional blackout will be imposed on the history and present of the most holy and ancient Arab city…' Al-Mahmoud said that the entire world agrees that East Jerusalem is an occupied Palestinian city, and more than 138 states recognize it as the capital of the State of Palestine. He added that most of the historians, Arabs and foreigners, and among them Israelis too, recognize the Arabness of Jerusalem since the dawn of history (sic., the first Arab conquest of Jerusalem was in 638 CE)."

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Head of Palestinian Football Association accuses Israel of “politicizing” sport, while calling on Argentina to avoid match against Israel in “occupied Jerusalem”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 28, 2018
    “Chairman of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub called on Argentina to avoid participating in the friendly football match [with Israel] that is expected to take place on June 9 [2018] in occupied Jerusalem, as part of the Argentinian national team’s preparations for the World Cup. Rajoub expressed his opposition and condemnation of the Israeli occupation government’s decision to hold the match. He emphasized that Israel is politicizing the sport… This was said in an official protest letter that Rajoub sent to the Argentine Football Association, the South American Football Confederation [CONMEBOL], and also to FIFA and UEFA – both of which Israel belongs to, to the Union of Arab Football Associations, and the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation… Rajoub expressed deep concern over the match being held in occupied Jerusalem, which constitutes clear submission ‘to the heavy political pressures that the government of Israel and its ministers have exerted, as Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev openly boasted.’ He added: ‘Israel, the occupying power, has politicized the sport in a way that contradicts the moral standards and international values that determine the principles of the sport.’”
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Abbas advisor denies existance of Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, calls US ambassador to Israel an "imbecile," and calls all of Jerusalem an "Islamic waqf" until Judgement Day 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 25, 2018
Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "The so-called American Ambassador [David Friedman] in the so-called Israel, in Israel - you saw him and the world saw him standing ostentatiously and arrogantly, in a nauseating way, before a picture of Jerusalem, of the area of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. A picture that expresses the sick dreams of the colonialists, the occupiers - which expresses myths that never existed, a picture of Jerusalem in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) has been removed, and something symbolizing that which is called ‘the Temple' has replaced it (Friedman has clarified that he was unaware of the image in the picture thrust in front of him, and has called it unacceptable; see note below –Ed.)... The ambassador - or it could be said the American 'imbecile' (a play on words in Arabic; the words for ambassador and imbecile are very similar –Ed.) - the American imbecile called Friedman stands ostentatiously before a picture in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) does not appear - it is removed [...] We say clearly and unequivocally: All of Jerusalem, with all of its elements, especially with the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, with every millimeter of it, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which they claim is part of that which is called ‘the Temple' – this is the Al-Buraq Wall – all of this is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) of this nation, until the time [of the Day of Judgment] comes... [W]hoever agrees that control of a millimeter of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, be given to those who are not Muslims or Palestinians – such a person has not been born and will never be born..."

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Abbas’ top advisor: “Every state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem is committing a crime against international law” and the PA will “take steps against the states that commit this crime” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2018
Headline: “Widespread Palestinian rage and condemnation of the transfer of the Paraguayan embassy to occupied Jerusalem”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and that the Israeli occupation state’s attempts to impose a false and imagined legitimacy on the city will fail.
Al-Habbash emphasized in a statement that every state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem is committing a crime against international law and participating in aggression against the Palestinian, Islamic, and Christian rights in the holy city. He added that these states have disgraced themselves, and history will remember them as aggressive states that committed crimes against the Palestinian people.
He said that the leadership will take steps against the states that commit this crime, and will demand that the international community punish those who have violated the sanctity of the international decisions and strayed from the international consensus that has repeatedly emphasized that Jerusalem has been Arab Palestinian from time immemorial.”
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Paraguay transferred its embassy to Jerusalem on May 21, 2018, after the US and Guatemala did so on May 14 and May 16 respectively.
Op-ed in PA daily: Trump is “stupid;” “This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Donald Trump plants a settlement in our Jerusalem”
     “[US President] Donald Trump, who issued the ominous Jerusalem declaration (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) and talks about ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., Trump’s as yet unrevealed Middle East peace plan), continues in his unparalleled stupidity to talk about peace.
We are continuing our just struggle. The US has no place in the Middle East peace. It has lost its position, qualification, and credibility. Donald Trump, who transformed it [the US] from a mediator into an enemy, is leading the hostility…
This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted, and what will remain is the face of free Palestine.”
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