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Libel: Israel to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Since the Palestinian Authority was established it has systematically indoctrinated young and old to hate Israelis and Jews. Using media, education, and cultural structures that it controls, the PA has actively promoted religious hatred, demonization, conspiracy libels, etc. These are packaged to present Israelis and Jews as endangering Palestinians, Arabs, and all humanity. This ongoing campaign has so successfully instilled hatred that fighting, murder and even suicide terror against Israelis and Jews are seen by the majority of Palestinians as justified self-defense and as Allah’s will.


Throughout history bogus conspiracy accusations have been used to incite hatred, violence, and mass murder. The myriad conspiracy libels concerning Israel, Israelis and Jews are an integral part of the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing hate promotion. PA libels claim that Israel conspires to infect Palestinians with AIDS, spread drug addiction, conspired and successfully murdered Arafat, and more. The PA’s goal has been to inculcate hatred to the degree that fighting and murdering Jews and Israelis will be glorified as heroic self-defense.
Libel: Israel to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque
Both Fatah and Hamas have generated and sustained religious hatred by disseminating the libel that Israel is attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. With close to 100% of Palestinians identifying themselves as believing Muslims, this claim is highly
inflammatory and is often combined with the call to “defend Al-Aqsa” from the Jews. The Al-Aqsa libel includes numerous fabrications: Israel was behind a mosque fire in 1969; Israel is currently digging under the mosque in order to topple it; Israel plans to replace it with a new Temple; Israel is preparing a missile attack on the mosque, and more. This libel has been actively promoted since 1998.
 
This Hamas TV cartoon video depicts demonic Jews digging under the mosque in an attempt to topple it.
 
The following are more examples of the Al-Aqsa libel:
Israel as snake with the head of rifle targeting Muslim and Christian holy sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2016

Cartoon shows a rifle aimed at the towers of a mosque and a church and coiled around them like a snake.  This is a repetition of the PA libel that Israel is destroying the Muslim and Christian holy places.
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Fatah official: “The current Zionist strategy… is based on the effort to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Dec. 16, 2015
     "Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki said that Jordan is considered the present refuge for all oppressed, and emphasized that Jordan's stability is a real strength for Palestine. During the mass rally in the [Jordanian town] Zarka at the compound for professional unions, organized two nights ago [Dec. 14, 2015] by the popular committee for the support of the popular uprising [in Palestine], to mark the anniversary of the Palestinian Stone Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993), he added that the current Jerusalem Intifada is the fruit of the renewed willpower in Palestine, and is an undirected intifada, arising as a result of the inability to coexist with the Zionist occupation… He noted that the Zionist entity carries out organized terror against the Palestinian people, as they are assembling Zionist organizations, like the Zionist Irgun and Haganah (i.e., Jewish defense forces in the pre-state period) gangs, which carry out terror and intimidate. He stated that the right of return of the Palestinian people who was exiled from its land will be guaranteed if Jerusalem is returned, and added that the liberation of Jerusalem can blow up the current Zionist strategy, which is based on the effort to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Fatah official: Palestinian terror is response to Israeli “crimes against our people and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2015
Headline: “Al-Aloul: The Palestinian struggle will not end until the defeat of the occupation”
       “Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul said that the Palestinian struggle will not end as long as the Israeli attacks continue, since the peaceful uprising is in response to the Israeli occupation government’s crimes against our people and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity. Al-Aloul emphasized yesterday [Dec. 5, 2015] in an interview with Radio Mawtini that our people will not be silent about the occupation’s crimes, and will continue to resist until freedom and independence are achieved… Al-Aloul called to increase the pressure on the occupation by all types of popular resistance, whether by participation in activities in the field, or by boycotting its products, in addition to the other types in which every Palestinian citizen needs to participate, because the settlers must be made to live in a state of fear and worry.”
Israeli construction in Wailing Wall plaza is a “callous attack against the Islamic holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2015
Headline: “The [PLO] Executive Committee: The building of Jewish facilities on the Al-Buraq plaza (i.e., the Western Wall) is a callous attack against the Islamic holy sites”
     “The PLO Executive Committee warned against the grave dangers of the occupation municipality’s promise to build Jewish facilities on the Al-Buraq (i.e., Western Wall) plaza in Jerusalem. The committee emphasized that this is a callous attack against the Islamic holy sites, their uniqueness, and their position among the Palestinian people, and the Arab and Islamic peoples. During its meeting yesterday [Dec. 5, 2015] in the presidential compound in Ramallah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, in the presence of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the committee tasked the political committee with the establishment of a mechanism for the implementation of the Central Committee that were made last March, including the limitation of security and economic relations with the occupying authority, ‘Israel.’ The committee emphasized that in order to fight all the expressions of terror in the region and the world and defeat them, it is necessary to end the Israeli occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, in the June 4, 1967 borders. This is because the continuation of the occupation feeds all of the types of extremism and violence in the region and the world.”
Fatah cartoon depicts an Israeli bulldozer destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Nov. 30, 2015
 

Cartoon and text posted on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission on Nov. 30, 2015

The cartoon shows an Israeli bulldozer marked with a Star of David sweeping up the Dome of the Rock, together with everyone who condemns Israel’s actions. There are notices of “condemnation” on the papers.
Text on cartoon: “Excavations to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
Fatah official: “Since ’67 their [Israel’s] goal is to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque”; it was “about to be destroyed” if not for Palestinians “who put fear in their hearts”  
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Nov. 22, 2015
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Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “I say that the general commander [of the intifada] is Allah, because one small boy of 13 carries out an act that a trained group cannot… we have a just cause… Therefore, since ’67 their goal is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Today Israel is 58% religious and 23% ultra-orthodox, and they believe only in establishing the [Jewish] Temple. They were about to destroy Jerusalem, [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] was about to be destroyed. But, praise Allah, these young people put fear in their hearts. That ‘sweet’ [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu who says that ‘Jerusalem is an eternal, united capital’ has begun placing concrete barricades in Jerusalem, which isolates them [the Israelis] from the Arabs.”

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Fatah delayed its 7th conference because it “object[s] to the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: “Al-Zaarir: ‘The Central Committee has decided to postpone the 7th Conference and prioritize strengthening the popular uprising’”
     “Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Revolutionary Council Fahmi Al-Za'arir announced the postponement of the movement’s 7th Conference… Al-Za’arir stated yesterday [Nov. 16, 2015] in an interview with Mawtini Radio: ‘The Fatah movement’s 7th Conference has been postponed, due to the movement’s concern for strengthening the foundations of the Jerusalem uprising and maintaining it.’ Al-Za'arir stressed the importance of holding a general conference of the movement, but prioritized the Palestinian people’s goals, stating: ‘Holding the 7th General Conference is important, but since the establishment of our movement, we prioritize the realization of the Palestinian people’s goals, to end the injustice done to it, and protect all its parts.’ Al-Za'arir added: ‘The movement saw fit to object to the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times, and the settlers’ crimes, including killing, destruction, and arson, as well as to support national committees working to protect the Palestinian citizen,’ and he clarified that these issues delayed the preparations for the movement’s 7th conference. In addition, he stated that he is convinced that the Palestinian people will continue its struggle and conflict against the Israeli occupation, whatever the price may be, until freedom and independence are obtained.”

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.

Abbas denies again existence of Temple; says Jewish extremists plan to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2015
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Israel’s policy will ignite a religious war from which no one will be saved”
Abbas: ‘What we and the brothers in Jordan agreed on with Secretary John Kerry, is to keep the status quo in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque as a place of Muslim worship, under the custody of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and under the administration of the Islamic Waqf (i.e., Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Foundation). This has been the situation since the occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967. However, this started to change later on, after the ominous visit of [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon [to the Temple Mount] in 2000, under Israeli security forces’ protection, which led to the second Intifada, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign, 2000-2005). Since 2000, Israeli governments have been trying to change the situation, and the Israeli police and army forces began entering the plaza of the Sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) wearing uniforms and carrying weapons.  This is also the case with the extremist Jews, who wish, and declare so, to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their alleged Temple in its place. This is while restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshippers, such as the prohibition [of entry] of people under the age of 50, and allocation of specific hours, during which only Jewish presence is allowed. This was a serious warning bell that the Israeli government wants to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times...'"

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Cartoon that shows Israel beheading the Al-Aqsa Mosque compares Israel to ISIS 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2015


Cartoon published in official PA daily
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Nov. 15, 2015
The cartoon shows an Israeli on the left, beheading the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and an ISIS terrorist on the right, beheading a victim dressed in orange, simultaneously and with the same sword, indicating that Israel and ISIS are the same.
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Fatah officials at rally for dead terrorist accuse Israel of trying to “Judaize Jerusalem”, dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and “desecrat[ing] the sites holy to Islam and Christianity” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 14, 2015
     “The rally to eulogize Martyr (Shahid) Muhannad Halabi, which the Islamic Jihad movement organized in the Salim Afandi Hall in El-Bireh on Saturday afternoon [Nov. 14, 2015], turned into a national wedding, during which everyone agreed on the importance of the continuation of the Jerusalem Intifada, a natural response to the occupation’s aggression, settlement and Judaization campaigns...
PLO Executive Committee member and Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Qais Abd Al-Karim ‘Abu Laila’... expressed his pride in the cry [Halabi] uttered for the place from which Prophet Muhammad Ascended to Heaven [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and as a sign of opposition to the humiliation of our mothers and sisters who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He said that this Intifada sent two clear messages, the first to the world, that the existing situation, in which the occupation continue to expand the settlement, to Judaize Jerusalem, and to desecrate the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, cannot continue, and that its continuation will lead to our resistance...
PLO Central Committee Member and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) member Omar Shehadeh [said]: ‘The Intifada which Halabi detonated succeeded in preventing the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and spoke out against the ghost of Jerusalem’s Judaization.’ In addition, he emphasized in this context his belief that in the end our people will liberate its land, and the whole world, from the affliction of the Zionist project.”
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Fatah spokesman: Terror in Jerusalem and Hebron stopped Israel from dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque “by times and areas”  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 5, 2015
Headline: “Alayan demands that the merchants of Al-Wad Street and the Old City of Jerusalem be saved”
      “[Official] Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan… called to the PLO, the Palestinian government, the private sector, and business people to formulate a campaign to aid the Old City and support the resolve of its residents and merchants. [Likewise he called] to go to it [the Old City] and increase the [Palestinian] presence in it. In addition, Alayan demanded that the Palestinian government hold a special meeting on the topic… in order to discuss all outstanding issues connected to Jerusalem… and formulate a local, Arab, and international plan to strengthen the legendary resolve of the residents of the holy city. Alayan emphasized that this legendary resolve succeeded in stopping the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by times and areas.”

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount
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PA daily cartoon: Netanyahu holds Dome of the Rock as captive 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2015

The cartoon shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu encircling the Dome of the Rock with his metal arms. The Dome of the Rock is surrounded by a wall and a checkpoint.
Text in cartoon: "The situation will remain as it is"
The text refers to Netanyahu's statement that he will maintain the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The cartoon hints that the status quo is not sincere and that Israel wants the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza for itself. This echoes the PA libel that Israel plans to destroy the mosque in order to build the Temple.
Cartoon calls to "clean" Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque of Jews 
Source: Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Oct. 28, 2015

In this cartoon, a Palestinian woman is holding a broom and sweeping an Israeli soldier and a religious Jew away from the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
Caption: "Every year, Jerusalem gets cleaner"
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Note: This cartoon was first posted on the Facebook page of the  Palestinian National Security Forces on Nov. 8, 2014. It was published again on Fatah-run Awdah TV on July 17, 2015. The cartoon appeared most recently on the official Facebook ‎page of the Fatah Movement on Oct. 28, ‎‎2015, with the text: “This occupation will ‎pass Allah willing.”‎
 
PLO official: Terror in Jerusalem is “in order to prevent its Judaization and the division of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2015
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: 'We are working on a battle plan for the continued popular uprising'”
"PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf said... yesterday [Oct. 28, 2015] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The residents of Jerusalem, whether they live behind the [separation] wall or in front of it, protect Jerusalem with their bare chests, in order to prevent its Judaization and the division of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ Abu Yusuf said: ‘The leadership of the national forces yesterday (two days ago) authorized a national battle plan during its meeting, in order to continue the popular uprising throughout the homeland, and to emphasize the momentum of the popular participation, in order to protect the rights of the resolute Palestinians and obtain freedom and independence.”
 
"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
PA daily: Netanyahu purposely “harming” Al-Aqsa Mosque to rile Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for the official PA daily
Headline: “The ethnic cleansing scheme”
     “From the very beginning, we have been pointing out that what is being done in Jerusalem in order to cause its [Palestinian] residents to revolt against the occupation is a clear, [Israeli] right-wing scheme which is part of the city’s Judaization, the tightened control over the holy places and the implementation of systematic ethnic cleansing. We stated that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu knows what is takes to provoke the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem: harming the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This happened during his first term in 1996, when he opened the tunnel (i.e., authorized the creation of an exit from the Western Wall tunnel) underneath the mosque, and [the riots that followed] were called the Tunnel Intifada. It also happened when [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon held his provocative visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which led, two days later, to a massacre at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in which dozens of Martyrs (Shahids) were killed, and to the outbreak of the [second] Intifada…
Netanyahu uses all kinds of weapons and laws of oppression, and recruits the machine of lies and accusations against our defenseless people. He fabricates stabbing operations…”
Abbas: Israel “desecrate[s] the holy ‎sites”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] president: ‘We need ‎to preserve the historic situation in the Al-‎Aqsa [Mosque], and the occupation opens ‎the door to religious conflict’”‎
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized ‎that the historic status quo in the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque must be preserved, and warned ‎that if the occupation will continue to ‎desecrate the holy sites, it will open the ‎door to unwanted bitter religious conflict.‎ The president’s words were said during a ‎joint press conference with UN Secretary-‎General Ban Ki-moon, who unexpectedly ‎went to Ramallah in an effort to calm the ‎deteriorating situation in the Palestinian ‎territories…‎
Fatah committee led by Abbas meet to discuss Israel’s “summary executions” and its “desecration” of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2015
Headline: “Fatah Central Committee: ‘The occupation is the root of the problem, and the solution is in its end and the establishment of an independent [Palestinian] state with Jerusalem as its capital”
        “The Fatah Central Committee held a meeting yesterday [Oct. 21, 2015] evening, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The committee discussed the deteriorating situation in the field due to the occupation’s crimes against our people, the summary executions that the occupation’s army and the gangs of its settlers are carrying out, and the desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, first among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a change to whose historic status quo we will not agree to.
[Presidential Spokesman] and Fatah Central Committee member and official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated… that the Central Committee emphasized that the occupation is the root of the problem, and the solution is its [the occupation’s] end, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, in the 1967 borders… At the same time, the Fatah Central Committee praised the masses of our heroic people which is resolute on its land and in its defense of it against the occupation, which has managed to place the Palestinian cause at the head of the international community’s priorities, after Israel’s attempt to isolate the Palestinian people by taking advantage of the fact that the Arabs and the world are preoccupied [with other matters].”
PLO official: Israel is escalating the conflict in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and committing “summary executions of women and children” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2015
Headline: “Al-Salehi: ‘The popular uprising needs to be guarded in order to achieve its goals’”
     “Secretary-General of the People’s Party (i.e., a member of the PLO) Bassam Al-Salehi emphasized that different pressures are being brought to bear on the Palestinian leadership, and especially from the US, to stop the popular uprising against the occupation, and clarified that these pressures will increase due to a number of factors. Al-Salehi stated yesterday [Oct. 18, 2015] in a press release that what is important is not the international pressure, but rather the way these pressures are addressed. He added that all the bodies applying pressure have not contributed anything to the Palestinian position, and they want the situation to return to the way it was. In other words, that Israel will continue to avoid its responsibilities regarding the Palestinians’ rights. Regarding the current events, Al-Salehi clarified that the Israeli escalation, and especially in occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is unprecedented, and the summary executions of women and children are meant to create facts on the ground, and are consistent with the ongoing efforts to put an end to the national rights. He clarified that the Israeli escalation has been met with heroic efforts of challenging [Israel] by the Palestinian side in different regions, which enables the broadening of the popular resistance to the occupation and its exacerbation, in order to achieve the optimal result, which is the end of the occupation, and the establishment of a Palestinian state… Al-Salehi demanded to keep the popular uprising in its current form as a broad popular resistance movement in order to achieve its goals, and not to let it sway from its path in a negative direction, as happened in the second Intifada (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Intifada, PA terror campaign 2000-2005) and [not to] militarize it or bring it to the point of
Fatah objects to “the Judaization and the division (of the Al-Aqsa Mosque)” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 18, 2015
Headline: “The Fatah party supports uprising and calls on the [Palestinian] Legislative Council to convene”
       “Fatah’s parliamentary party confirmed its support of the extensive popular uprising for the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its objection to the Judaization and the division (of the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to times and areas –Ed.).  The party emphasized the Palestinian people’s right to resist the occupation, the ‘oppressor that sits on our chest, until the liberation and establishment of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.’  The party stated in an announcement received by Ma’an [news agency]: ‘We are a people with a right to live like the rest of the peoples of the world, in an independent state on the land of its entire homeland, not on a small part of it, ruled by herds of settlers who ravage it.’
The party sent its honor and admiration to Palestine’s glorious women, who have always proved that they are partners and fighters who lead the ranks.’
Likewise, the announcement emphasized the importance of the unity and rallying around our right to fight and resist until victory and the establishment of the [Palestinian] state.”

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount.
PA daily: Israel is “plotting” to “attack” and “devour” Jerusalem and holy places 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for the official PA daily:
     "As opposed to the bestial statements of the leaders of Israel, who mobilize, enlist and arm their people and encourage it to spill our blood and commit cold-blooded murders, President Mahmoud Abbas has spoken to us with the wise words of one who sees what we don't see, as the occupation wants us to remain inside its favorite cycle, the blood-cycle, and makes us bear the consequences of its provocations and inhuman actions against our people in Jerusalem and our holy places. All the mouths in the [Israeli] right-wing government call for murder while our blood is on their teeth, and all the [Palestinian] mouths call to protect ourselves against the attack planned in advance to devour the holy city, taking advantage of the current Arab weakness. It is possible that the president's insistence on opposing any change [of the status-quo] at the Al-Aqsa Mosque clarifies that what the [Israeli] right-wing government is plotting will fail, because our people is determined to defend its holy places, even if the others abandon us."
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