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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.
Fatah leader: Israelis "are strangers to this land both now and historically-speaking" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2015
Headline: “Netanyahu and his five principles”

Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily

“In [achieving] his electoral success, [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu did not rely on his rhetorical skills alone …rather, he stuck to five basic principles designed to project an image and reap success:
1. Netanyahu adopted a policy of instilling fear in the Israelis - as if his radical, terrorist government that opposes evacuating the settlements could promise the Israelis security, livelihood and stability…
2. The second principle [Netanyahu] relies on is the theft and crude falsification of history, based on the assumption that Palestine is the land of his “ancestors” – even though [Netanyahu] and those he represents are strangers to this land both now and historically speaking or [the land of] those he claims are his kings and prophets. This is [merely] a belief, and if he holds it, he has made good use of it to influence the Israeli and international consciousness, which is dominated by the bible’s historical nonsense.
3. The third principle, related to those described above, is that Netanyahu’s reliance on the falsification and theft of history is connected to the strong link created between the false-historic (in the Bible and its adjuncts) and the spiritual-religious [all parentheses in source]. He succeeded in inciting all the Orthodox Israelis (who will soon be the majority of the population), who are eager to steal lands, are thirsty for blood to please their god (against the gentiles), and crave pockets full of money..."

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Fatah spokesman: Israel is “falsifying the facts… to prove the unprovable: that Jerusalem is Jewish” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 12, 2015
        “Fatah spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan said that the marathon set to take place tomorrow, Friday, in Jerusalem, ‘had no other aim than to realize a political agenda of Judaization,’ and that the participation of several countries in the marathon perpetuates the Israeli policy. In a statement to the press on Thursday, he explained that with this marathon, Israel is trying… to impose the Israeli narrative and the Biblical names disseminated by the occupation municipality. Alayan added that in order to realize this, Israel is seeking to replace the names of Jerusalem’s streets and landmarks with Hebrew names, and to prove that Jerusalem, both East and West, is the united capital of the State of Israel, according to Israel – especially considering the fact that [the marathon] will cross the streets of West and East Jerusalem, and will pass through the quarters of the Old City, according to the published map of the marathon route. [Alayan noted that] it was stated on the map that ‘[the marathon] would pass through 3,000-year-old sites in the history of Jerusalem, whereby Israel is acting to falsify the facts in an attempt to prove the unprovable: That Jerusalem is Jewish’…  Alayan noted that the choice of Friday for the occupation activity, and the deployment of 1,000 policemen and 600 civilian security guards was meant to prevent [Muslim] worshippers from reaching the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for the Friday prayer, especially considering that Israel had announced the closing of dozens of roads and traffic arteries during the marathon, which will be held during the Friday prayer.”
Official PA news agency refers to “alleged Temple” ‎in article about Jewish groups visiting Temple ‎Mount 
Source: WAFA news agency, Mar. 4, 2015
Headline: “Increased presence of [Muslim] ‎worshippers thwarts the schemes of the ‎Jewish groups at Al-Aqsa”‎
     ‎“An increased presence of [Muslim] ‎worshippers at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque ‎today, Wednesday [March 4, 2015], ‎prevented the Jewish groups gathered as ‎part of the ‘alleged Temple organizations’ ‎from carrying out schemes and Talmudic ‎activities inside it.”‎

Note: “Alleged Temple organizations” – refers ‎to religious Jewish movements including the ‎Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, The ‎Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount ‎initiative 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 Purim ‎holiday, religious websites such as the ‎Temple Mount News website ‎ ‎[Feb. 23, ‎‎2015] announced a “special visit” to the ‎Temple Mount, which was expected to draw ‎‎“masses of Jews.”‎
Official PA news agency uses term “alleged ‎Temple”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Mar. 3, 2015
Headline: “New invasions of the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque and preparations for the ‘Purim’ ‎celebration in the Old [City of] Jerusalem”‎
     ‎“Jewish groups continued their invasions ‎of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the ‎Mughrabi Gate today, Tuesday [March 3, ‎‎2015]…‎ The Jewish groups include members of ‎the alleged Temple organizations and ‎hold provocation tours around the ‎mosque.”‎

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. ‎
On March 4 and 5, 2015, approximately 50 ‎religious Israeli Jews entered the Temple ‎Mount under police protection to celebrate ‎the Jewish holiday of Purim. ‎
PA libel: Israel's "aspiration" is to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and to build "alleged Temple" 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Feb. 25, 2015
     "It is no secret that the 'Israeli' aspiration since the occupation of East Jerusalem in the war of 1967 has been to first divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque and perhaps even to destroy it, in order to build, eventually, their alleged Temple."
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Note: Al-Asima is distributed with the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and lists as its "general supervisor" Othman Abu Gharbieh, who is a member of Fatah's Central Committee and the Secretary General of the Popular National Conference of Jerusalem, the PLO institution that publishes this bi-weekly.
PA daily: The Western Wall is "Islamic property with a Palestinian identity" 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Feb. 25, 2015
Headline: "Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) - Islamic property with a Palestinian identity"
     "The plot against the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) began during the British occupation, for this occupation's authorities sought to allow Jews access to the Al-Buraq Wall... After the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), Jewish Zionist announcements appeared in Western newspapers calling for the building of their false and alleged Temple, until the situation became such that on Sunday, Sept. 23, 1928, a separating curtain was placed between men and women at the Al-Buraq Wall, and they blew their shofars (rams' horns) there. This roused the Muslims and made them understand that the Jews' ultimate goal was to gradually take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext that it is their false and alleged Temple, and they are starting [to do] this from the Al-Buraq Wall."
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Notes: Al-Asima is distributed with the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and lists as its "general supervisor" Othman Abu Gharbieh, who is a member of Fatah's Central Committee and the Secretary General of the Popular National Conference of Jerusalem, the PLO institution that publishes this bi-weekly.
Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode 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 for Muslims
No Jewish remains have been found in ‎Jerusalem after 48 years of ‎excavations 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 18, 2015
Official PA TV news hosted Fakhri Abu ‎Diab, member of the Silwan and Al-‎Bustan Neighborhood Defense ‎Committee
Official PA TV reporter: “In the 48 years of ‎its existence, the occupation has carried ‎out over 64 excavations beneath the Al-‎Aqsa Mosque and its environs, to search ‎for remains that fit the Judaization ‎narrative for Jerusalem, as Israel presents ‎it.”‎
Fakhri Abu Diab, member of the Silwan ‎and Al-Bustan Neighborhood Defense ‎Committee: “This museum, all the ‎Umayyad palaces and the [archeological] ‎remains in Jerusalem that [Israel] stole. ‎‎[Israel] gathers them in this area and then ‎treats them in a way that obscures [their ‎origin], whether the remains are Islamic, ‎Byzantine or Roman. It obscures them ‎and then carves Hebrew inscriptions on ‎them, [to make it seem as if] this area was ‎the historical homeland of the Jewish ‎people, and as if these properties and ‎artifacts were from the period of the first or ‎second Temple…”‎
Official PA TV reporter: “These are ‎systematic crimes against the Holy City, ‎‎[carried out in order] to search for ‎‎[archeological] remains that support the ‎occupation’s Judaization narrative. So far, ‎nothing has been found after 48 years of ‎excavations and nature has refuted ‎Judaization and falsification.”‎
PA Mufti: Israel “tried to lay the cornerstone for Solomon’s alleged temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2015
     “Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Holy Lands [Sheikh] Muhammad Hussein stressed that the [Al-Aqsa Mosque’s] prayer halls, domes, gates, passageways, stone benches, and auxiliary structures form an inseparable part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque... He [Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] noted that they [Israel] had already attacked the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1996, [at which] the Palestinian people came out against them in what became known as the “Tunnel Uprising” (i.e., the Western Wall tunnel riots, see below), and also in 1996, when they tried to lay the cornerstone for Solomon’s alleged temple, after which the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) came out and confronted them [in clashes] which claimed [the lives] of 20 Martyrs (Shahids). Then came [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s [sic.; should be Ariel Sharon’s] attempt to defile the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] in September 2000, which led to the blessed second Intifada (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Intifada, the PA terror campaign 2000-2005) which started in the Al-Aqsa courtyards in order to defend Al-Aqsa from the attempts to desecrate it, take control over it and provoke the Muslims’ sensibilities…
[Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] added that [Israel is aware that,] in desecrating the holy places and the places of worship, it has ignited a deadly game, and that whoever perpetrates crimes against us and our holy places must bear the consequences..."
From WAFA, independent Palestinian news agency

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PA religious leader: Western Wall ‎belongs to Al-Aqsa Mosque and “non-‎Muslims have no right to it”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 13, 2015
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday ‎sermon from 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:
     ‎‎“As far as we are concerned, the entire ‎Al-Aqsa Mosque, whose area is 144,100 ‎square meters, 144 dunams and 100 ‎‎[square] meters, includes the covered Al-‎Aqsa Mosque, that is, the Southern ‎Mosque, as well as the ancient ‎underground Al-Aqsa Mosque beneath ‎the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Marwani Prayer ‎Hall [Solomon’s Stables], the Dome of the ‎Rock, the courtyards and porticoes, ‎schools and walls – including the Al-‎Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), ‎which is called, and will always be ‎called, the Al-Buraq Wall, whether they ‎like it or not [– all this is the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque]. Even at the time of the British ‎Mandate, the commission sent by the ‎Mandatory authorities to discuss the issue ‎of the Al-Buraq Wall confirmed that it was ‎waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious ‎endowment in Islamic law) belonging to ‎Muslims, and that non-Muslims had no ‎right to it. Sooner or later, Jerusalem in its ‎entirety will return [to us]. It is and will ‎‎[always] remain the capital of Palestine.” ‎

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PA Mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Temple Mount) is "the exclusive right of Muslims" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 12, 2015
Headline: "Grand Mufti warns of the naming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque 'Temple Mount'"
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned about the placement of a sign by the occupation [Jerusalem] municipality near the Council Gate ( i.e., entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount), with the inscription, 'Temple Mount.' The Mufti said this step came as part of the attempts to divide the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews, extend their influence over it and establish facts on the ground inside it, like what happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, in order to realize their aspirations to build the alleged Temple on the ruins of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Mufti explained that with the elections of the occupation authorities approaching, all the parties are trying to draw the votes of the extreme right by increasing the attack on the Palestinian people and its holy places. He emphasized that the Israeli plan to Judaize Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to lay hands on them, is an illusion, because the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque with its courtyards, porticoes and all [other] parts, both those above ground and those below - is the exclusive right of Muslims. He also noted that Jerusalem would retain its Islamic character and Arab identity, and that the occupation would not steal its character and identity, no matter how long it continues its crimes and its falsification of facts."
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Abbas' advisor on religion: "Jews have no right" to Jerusalem 
Source: WAFA news agency, Feb. 11, 2015
Headline: "Al-Habbash demands that UNESCO intervene to prevent the falsification of the facts and history in Jerusalem"
     "Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and the President's [Mahmoud Abbas'] Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, demanded today [Feb. 11, 2015], that UNESCO urgently and immediately intervene to prevent the Israeli occupation from falsifying the facts and destroying the human heritage in Jerusalem. In a press release, Al-Habbash warned of the severity of the escalatory measure implemented by the Israeli occupation municipality crews, in placing a sign in Arabic, Hebrew and English calling the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque 'the Temple of Solomon' near the Inspector's Gate (Council Gate) [parenthesis in source], one of the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Habbash said that Israel's changing of names in the Holy City is a kind of intentional falsification of history and heritage, and a desperate attempt to deny the [city's] Arab and Islamic character and force a new, invented character - the Jewish character. He noted that this was a most dangerous step, heralding grave consequences. Al-Habbash explained that, despite the Judaization actions carried out by the Israeli occupation government and its various branches against Jerusalem, and despite the attempts to eradicate its Arab and Islamic characteristics and the continuing land expropriation and construction of settlements on its land, this will not change the fact that it [Jerusalem] is the religious, political and spiritual capital of Palestine, to which the Jews have no right."
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PA daily article reports on Jewish groups speaking about “the myth of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2015
Headline: “Settlers renew their invasions of Al-Aqsa under heightened security”
     “The settler groups carried out provocation tours at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by explanations of the myth of the alleged Temple that stood on the site of Al-Aqsa, aided by maps including drawings of the alleged Temple.”

From WAFA, official PA news agency

PA Minister of Religion: Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Temple Mount) "is an exclusively Islamic and Muslim right 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 5, 2015
Headline: "Ida'is: The occupation opened the new year with over a hundred attacks and incidents of desecration of the holy places"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is said that the occupation had opened the first month of the new year with over a hundred attacks and incidents of desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs)... He explained that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and direct danger, and that with every sunrise, this danger grows - [a fact that] requires the consolidation of a mode of operation on the Islamic, Arab and international levels, in order to save it [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] from destruction, division or [from] the building of the alleged Temple. He stressed that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all its territories, plazas (i.e., including the Temple Mount), buildings, porticoes and foundations both above and below ground, is an exclusively Islamic and Muslim right."
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PA Council: Israel has taken first step toward "full takeover" of Al-Aqsa Mosque "and the realization of the Jewish dream to rebuild the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2015
     “Secretary-General of the [Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places] Hanna Issa… noted that the Jewish invasions of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] have become a daily occurrence. He also emphasized that the plan to divide the Mosque between Muslims and Jews was [merely] the first step on the path to a full takeover of [the Mosque] and the realization of the Jewish dream to rebuild 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.
PA bi-weekly uses term “alleged Temple” 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Feb. 4, 2015
     “The alleged Temple organizations spare no expense for the construction of the alleged Temple and the realization of the Jews’ ‘right’ to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Note: Al-Asima is distributed with the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and lists as its "general supervisor" Othman Abu Gharbieh, who is a member of Fatah's Central Committee and the Secretary General of the Popular National Conference of Jerusalem, the PLO institution that publishes this bi-weekly.
"Alleged Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including 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 Purim holiday, religious websites such as the Temple Mount News website [Feb. 23, 2015] announced a "special visit" to the Temple Mount, which was expected to draw "masses of Jews."

PA bi-weekly uses term “alleged Temple” to refer to ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Feb. 4, 2015
     “The Israel Antiquities Authority has engraved images of the Star of David, the alleged Temple and other Jewish symbols over the gates of the Old City… The Judaization of the walls [of the Old City] is evidenced by the forgery of the wall’s stones using stones [engraved] with symbols of the alleged Temple. A stone with a Star of David, the symbol the Jews adopted for themselves, was laid inside Herod’s Gate.”

Note: Al-Asima is distributed with the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and lists as its "general supervisor" Othman Abu Gharbieh, who is a member of Fatah's Central Committee and the Secretary General of the Popular National Conference of Jerusalem, the PLO institution that publishes this bi-weekly.
Fatah official warns that Israel getting closer to “reviv[ing] their myth of the… alleged Temple” at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Palestine News Network, Feb. 2, 2015
Headline: “Fatah: The transformation of the New Gate into an Israeli tourist area represents an additional aspect of [Israel’s] Judaization policy
     “In a statement published today, Fatah’s official spokesman in Jerusalem, Raafat Alayan, said that the Israeli occupation’s announcement of the plan to turn the New Gate [of the Old City] into a tourist and commercial area was part of the strengthening of the Judaization policy and the theft of the [Palestinian] cultural heritage… Alayan called on the international community in general, and on the World Heritage Committee in particular, to act immediately towards stopping this crime, which constitutes one in a series of steps with which the occupation authorities are striving, one by one, to extend their control over the Old City and to cut it off from its surroundings, in order to arrive, in the end, at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to revive their myth of the existence of the alleged Temple.”
PA daily continues using “alleged Temple” ‎terminology 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2015
     ‎“The alleged Temple organizations have ‎announced a new educational course for ‎Jewish women on the characteristics and ‎history of the alleged ‘Temple.’”‎
PLO official uses term “the alleged Temple” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 28, 2015
     “PLO Executive Committee Member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei ‘Abu Alaa’ condemned the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas through the Mughrabi Gate by dozens of settlers… In a press release [published] today, Wednesday [Jan. 28, 2015], Qurei strongly condemned the invasion by several groups of settlers, who included several members of the alleged Temple organizations.”

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.
"Alleged Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including 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 Purim holiday, religious websites such as the Temple Mount News website [Feb. 23, 2015] announced a "special visit" to the Temple Mount, which was expected to draw "masses of Jews."
PA daily denies existence of ancient ‎Jewish Temple in Jerusalem by using ‎term “alleged Temple”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2015
Headline: “Settlers invaded the courtyards ‎of Al-Aqsa and female students stood to ‎face them”‎
     ‎“Several of the Al-Aqsa Mosque guards ‎warned of new Jewish ceremonies at the ‎Mosque, as part of which one of their ‎groups gathers around the pillars of the ‎courtyard of the Islamic Museum, west of ‎the Southern Mosque, as a realization of ‎what the Jew Josephus Flavius, the ‎author of the books the Antiquities and ‎Wars [of the Jews] wrote of the alleged ‎Temple: ‘At the time of the Temple, three ‎Jews would gather around its pillars in ‎order to encircle them.’”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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