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"Judaization" of 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]
"Judaization" of Jerusalem
Since Jews are said to have no connection to Jerusalem, nor any right to live in the city, any Israeli action in Jerusalem is defined as "Judaization" and an attempt to erase the city's supposedly authentic Islamic Arab character. The PA has launched an incendiary libel campaign which presents as fact the lie that Israel is acting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to expel Arabs from the city. The goal of this PA alarmist campaign is to promote fear and hatred of Jews and Israelis.

[It should be noted that the PA allegation that Israel is pursuing a policy of ridding Jerusalem of its Arab inhabitants is blatantly untrue. In fact, according to May 2009 statistics released by the Jerusalem Center for Israel Studies, since Israel’s liberation of all of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, Jerusalem's Jewish population has increased by 186%, with the Arab population of east Jerusalem growing by 291%, almost twice the growth rate of the Jewish population.]
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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Call by PLO to boycott the Jerusalem Municipal Elections to protest Israel’s attempts at “Judaization” of Jerusalem published in official PA daily 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
Headline: “The [PLO] Popular National Conference [of Jerusalem] calls to boycott the elections for the occupation’s municipality in Jerusalem”

“The [PLO] Popular National Conference [of Jerusalem] renewed its call to all the members of our people in occupied Jerusalem to completely boycott the elections for the occupation’s municipality in the occupied city, in light of the fact that these elections are an imperialistic arrangement and an inseparable part of the policy of Judaizing the holy city, which is at full strength in different fields.”
General supervisor of PA official media calls to prevent the Eurovision from being held in Jerusalem to prevent “legitimization of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actions, such as Judaization”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
Headline: “Assaf turns to the Arab and European institutions in order to prevent the Eurovision from being held in Jerusalem”
      “General Supervisor of the Official Media, Minister Ahmad Assaf, yesterday [July 3, 2018] thanked Chairman of the Arab States Broadcasting Union Muhammad Al-Awwash, Secretary-General of the Union Abd Al-Rahim Suleiman, and all of the bodies that responded to the call to intervene with European institutions in order to prevent the Eurovision from being held in occupied Jerusalem. It should be noted that Assaf sent dozens of letters to Arab and European bodies, in which he warned against this event being held in Jerusalem due to it being occupied Palestinian land... In his letters, which he sent to the Arab League and to European institutions, he explained that holding the Eurovision in occupied Jerusalem would mean legitimization of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actions, such as Judaization and the destruction of Palestinian houses. He added that this is a severe violation of international law...”

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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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PA Hebron Municipality calls on UNESCO to “to defend the Ibrahimi Mosque from Judaization and change, and the theft of its Islamic characteristics” by Israel  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 22, 2018
Headline: "Condemnations of the aggression against the Ibrahimi Mosque and the opening of a police station of the occupation there"
    "The [PA] national unity government demanded that the international community and the international organizations and bodies, and primarily UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), take responsibility in light of the occupation's ongoing aggression against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e. Cave of the Patriarchs). Official Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud warned yesterday [June 21, 2018] against the results of the settlers' announcement of a musical performance being held within the mosque, in conjunction with the opening of a police station of the occupation within it… The Hebron Municipality also demanded that UNESCO intervene immediately in order to defend the Ibrahimi Mosque from Judaization and change, and the theft of its Islamic characteristics by the Israeli occupation."

Fatah glorifies terrorists who participated in 1929 Hebron Massacre: “They resisted the Judaization, the taking control, and the attempts to forge history”, “these three heroes were and will remain a symbol of pride, honor, and greatness” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 17, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: Hijazi, Al-Zir, and Jamjoum are an example for the people that does not kneel”
      “On the 88th anniversary of the execution of the three heroes Muhammad Jamjoum, Ataa Al-Zir, and Fuad Hijazi (i.e., they murdered Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre and accompanying riots) by the British occupation forces in Acre, the Fatah Movement said that they are heroes who rejected humiliation. It added that they defended the Arab identity of Palestine, and specifically of Jerusalem and the Islamic Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), and they resisted the Judaization, the taking control, and the attempts to forge history.
Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council member and Official [Fatah] Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi emphasized that these three heroes were and will remain a symbol of pride, honor, and greatness, and will remain an example for the Palestinian people that only kneels before the One and Only [Allah].”

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PLO: “Our people will continue to stand firm in the land of the forefathers until Allah gives us victory over the occupation by foiling its Judaization and settlement plots” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2018
Headline: "The PLO and the factions: We will not relinquish the unity and the rights of our people"
       "The [PLO] National Council emphasized on eternal Land Day that our people will continue to stand firm in the land of the forefathers until Allah gives us victory over the occupation by foiling its Judaization and settlement plots and returning our legal national rights, which include the right of return, the right to a state, and the right to self-determination over all the Palestinian national land."
Fatah official in Lebanon: Violence in Jerusalem is "heroic," and a result of Israeli "racist" policies such as "Judaization," and Trump’s "Nazi decision" to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 31, 2018
Headline: "The north"
      "The Fatah Movement organized a mass procession in the Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp that set out from Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat Square in the old refugee camp, with the participation of the Palestinian popular factions and committees in northern [Lebanon]…
Leader of the north branch and Secretary of the factions and Fatah in Nahr Al-Bared Abu Salim Ghneim gave a speech on behalf of Fatah and said: …‘We see the Jerusalem Intifada and its heroic popular resistance as a national achievement that came in response to the racist and criminal policies, the summary executions, the burning of families, the continuation of settlement, and the Judaization and tearing apart of Jerusalem, and also as a natural response to [US President Donald] Trump's Nazi decision to consider Jerusalem the capital of “Israel,” and his threat to transfer his country's embassy to Jerusalem.’"

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PA Education Minister: UK supports PA education, Israel is “Israelizing and Judaizing the education” in Jerusalem  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2018
Headline: “Saidam: Britain has again supported education in Palestine”
     “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam said that Britain has again committed to supporting education in Palestine through several plans and projects whose goal is to advance this essential sector.
This was said during Minister Saidam’s visit with British Minister of [State for the Department for International] Development Alistair Burt in London yesterday [Jan. 23, 2018]…
He explained that in the meeting the ways of supporting education in Jerusalem were also discussed, particularly in the shadow of the brutal attack to which it is being subjected and the incessant violations against this sector: the arrest of children, students, and educators, and the corruption of the collective national identity by targeting the Palestinian schoolbooks, distorting them, inciting against them, and Israelizing and Judaizing the education.”

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Parent committee, with PA involvement, launches campaign to “cleanse” Israeli curriculum from Arab schools in Jerusalem to prevent “Judaization” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 29, 2017
        “The Parent Committee of [Palestinian] Students in the Jerusalem Schools held a press conference yesterday [Dec. 28, 2017] under the slogan The Judaization of the Palestinian Curriculum in Jerusalem.
Director of the Palestinian Education Directorate (i.e., under the PA Ministry of Education) in Jerusalem Samir Jibril, [PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and [Jerusalem] District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini, Head of the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, and Head of the Parent Committee of Students in the Jerusalem Schools Ziyad Al-Shamali were present at the press conference… The parent committee summarized the Judaization plan and the Israeli establishment’s strong attack to Judaize the Arab schools in Jerusalem, starting with falsifying the Palestinian schoolbooks and up to inserting Israeli schoolbooks into Jerusalem’s Arab schools through a variety of ways and means…
The committee decided to launch a campaign to cleanse Jerusalem’s schools of the Israeli curriculum through a plan in which all of the institutions and sources of authority in Jerusalem will participate. It also decided on the means of distributing the roles for implementing the proposed plan in order to distance this danger from our educational institutions once and for all.”

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Fatah in Nablus calls on Palestinians to “come out… in force” against “any attempt to harm the holy city, Judaize it, and change its characteristics,” if US recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: “Fatah in Nablus called for a popular uprising ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ against Trump’s decision”
     “The Fatah Movement in Nablus today, Wednesday [Dec. 6, 2017], called to come out determinedly and in force against American President [Donald Trump’s] decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem. During the emergency meeting convened by Fatah’s Nablus branch today, Fatah called… on the masses of the people, with all of its components and parts, and in all places where it is located, to bear the moral, national, and human responsibility to come out against the aggression that threatens to harm our Islamic and Christian holy sites, and to be ready to express their rejection of the dangerous American bias, if Trump’s speech tomorrow includes a decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem or recognize it as the capital of Israel... Fatah emphasized in a statement that the members of the Palestinian people – who stood [firm] during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented the most spectacular examples of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity.”
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PA government calls on Palestinians to protest against US Jerusalem decision, says those who “stood upright” during previous unrest “will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city" and to "Judaize" it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
     “During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called on the masses of our people – with all of its groups and wherever it is located – to express their opposition to the dangerous American intentions to transfer the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
The government emphasized that the members of our people – who stood upright during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented a spectacular example of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity. The government emphasized that transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will threaten the peace and security in our region and the world.”
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PA official on Palestinian Heritage Week in Hebron: “This area… will remain Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic despite the occupation’s attacks and its attempts to Judaize it” and “fabricate” its history 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 11, 2017
Headline: “Hebron: The opening of Palestinian Heritage Week in the Old City”
       “The [PA] Ministry of Culture and its advisory council, in partnership with the Committee to Renovate Hebron, and in cooperation with the [PA] Ministry of Tourism, cultural centers, and feminist organizations, yesterday [Oct. 10, 2017] opened Palestinian Heritage Week in the Old City, in the center of Hebron…
District Advisor for Old City Affairs Nidal Al-Ja'abari emphasized the connection of Palestinian society to its historical roots, whose source is thousands of years on this land… Head of the Hebron Directorate Atef Al-Jamal referred to Hebron’s history… and said: ‘This area, where Palestinian Heritage Week has been opened, will remain Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic despite the occupation’s attacks and its attempts to Judaize it in various ways. This is a cultural and human heritage that our Palestinian forefathers have created for thousands of years. We must protect and defend it from the fabrication [of history].’”
Palestinian newspaper quotes Islamic religious figure who accuses Israelis of “invading” the Cave of the Patriarchs and “Judaizing” it, and denies any Jewish “right” to the site 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 11, 2017
     “Yesterday [Oct. 10, 2017] an unprecedented escalation in the settlers’ attacks against the religious and civilian sites in the West Bank was recorded. The Israeli occupation forces continued yesterday – on the second consecutive day of the closure of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) to Muslims in occupied Hebron to protect more than 20,000 Jewish settlers who came to the mosque in order to hold ceremonies for the Sukkot holiday…
Director and Head of the Guardians of the Ibrahimi Mosque Sheikh Hafzi Abu Sneineh said that the occupation authorities are Judaizing Hebron in different ways, including through the media, while pointing out that the number of settlers who invaded the Ibrahimi Mosque during the Sukkot holiday that the Israeli media is noting is not precise, and that through this they are trying to draw additional settlers to visit Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque. [Abu Sneineh] said: ‘The Ibrahimi Mosque will remain a religious site for Muslims only, and the Jews have no right of any sort to it.’”

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PA Government claims rebuilding of Silwan synagogue south of Al-Aqsa “constitutes a new aggression against Jerusalem” and was done for political, not religious, reasons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] government: The participation of senior Israeli officials in the inauguration of a synagogue south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a new aggression against Jerusalem”

“The [PA] national unity government said that the participation of senior Israeli officials in the ‘inauguration’ of a synagogue south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a new aggression against Jerusalem, and a serious blow to the natural status and the Arab-Islamic landmarks of the city (refers to the reinauguration of a historical synagogue; see note below –Ed.).
Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement yesterday [Aug. 25, 2017]: ‘The [Palestinian] national unity government thinks that the establishment of a synagogue in Silwan, south of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, stems from purely political reasons that are connected to the character of the Israeli occupation government. [The synagogue] is part of the settlement enterprise and has no connection to religion’…
Al-Mahmoud again mentioned the warnings of the leadership and government against the government of Israel’s policy, which is liable to lead to religious wars that nobody wants. He demanded that the international community and free world intervene to put an end to the tensions immediately, and act seriously to establish peace and security in the entire region.”

Silwan synagogue – the Ohel Shlomo Synagogue – A historical Yemenite synagogue in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, which was destroyed after the British expelled the Yemenite Jewish residents of the neighborhood in the 1930s amid Arab riots. In 2015, the Jerusalem District Court evicted an Arab family that was living in the building, and members of the Jewish Ateret Cohanim organization moved in. The synagogue is now being restored (2017).
Israeli Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel and Israeli Parliament
PA Education Minister praises school for being an “honorable example of defiance… against the occupation and its policy of Judaization" whose goal is "to erase [Palestinians’] national identity and their cultural heritage” 
Source: Official Facebook page of the PA government, Sept. 14, 2017

Text and pictures posted on the PA Ministry of Education Facebook page

Posted text:
“[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam emphasized that Jub Al-Dhib School has constituted an honorable example of defiance and resolve against the occupation and its policy of Judaization and racism whose goal is to uproot the Palestinians from their land and to erase their national identity and their cultural heritage.”
Governor of Hebron: Cave of the Patriarchs is “purely Islamic,” Israel’s “racist” steps won’t succeed in “Judaizing” it, lays wreath on “grave of the Martyrs” shaped like map of Israel 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 1, 2017

     “[District Governor of Hebron Kamel] Hamid praised the large and exceptional attendance of the residents who filled the plazas of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs), even though the occupation delayed the worshippers’ arrival through the checkpoints around it. He also emphasized that this is a purely Islamic mosque, and that all of these racist steps will not succeed in Judaizing the mosque and the old city [of Hebron]… Afterwards, Hamid lay a wreath of flowers on the grave of the Martyrs (Shahids) and read the Al-Fatiha Sura [from the Quran] for their souls at the Al-Sheikh neighborhood of Hebron.”

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PA daily: Arrest of Palestinian singer for song glorifying terrorist who stabbed 3 Israelis to death is part of Israeli "killing, abuse, settlement, Judaization, and demolitions" against Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 31, 2017
Headline: "The occupation arrested the composer of 'A Song for Kubar'"
      "The occupation forces yesterday [Aug. 30, 2017] arrested popular singer Muhammad Al-Barghouti (23) and his colleagues, organ player Naji Ali Al-Rimawi and studio owner Nazzal Al-Barghouti, from the village of Kafr Ein north of Ramallah. This was due to a folk song in which he praised his homeland and its Martyrs (Shahids), wounded, and prisoners. (the song glorified terrorist Omar Al-And, murderer of 3 Israelis -Ed.)
Al-Barghouti's arrest was preceded by 'a huge amount' of incitement and racism by the Israeli leaders, which led in recent months and even before that to the cancellation of freedoms, killing, abuse, settlement, Judaization, and demolitions, in blatant violation of human morals and standards... The occupation state - which has a record packed full of assassinations, especially against politicians, artists, writers, and authors - has already closed Palestinian radio stations and news channels on the pretext of incitement in the past..."
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PA religious council head: Israel's goal is to "empty Jerusalem of its Palestinian Arab residents," and to "destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with Solomon’s Temple"  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 29, 2017
Headline: "Dr. Issa: The Israeli plan to revoke the citizenship and isolate 124,000 Jerusalem Palestinians"
      "Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. Hanna Issa warned... in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Monday [Aug. 28, 2017], against the Israeli plan that the Israeli government is carrying out in the holy city [of Jerusalem], whose goal is to empty Jerusalem of its Palestinian Arab residents... He added: '[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's government allows the extremist right, led by [Israeli] Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, to inaugurate Jewish synagogues in areas surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque (apparently referring to the inauguration of a synagogue in the Silwan neighborhood; see note below –Ed.),' and mentioned their intentions to destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with Solomon’s Temple."

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