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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:
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem: Israel Judaizes Jerusalem and plans to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 26, 2014
     “The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… said: ‘Considering the escalation of the occupation’s attack on Jerusalem in an attempt to completely Judaize it, obscure its Islamic characteristics, [and] lay hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins – Heaven forbid – we wish to emphasize our previous religious rulings on the matter [of visits to the mosque by non-Palestinian Muslims, which read] as follows:
a. The plazas, walls, buildings, courtyards, domes, colonnades and stone benches of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, everything underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything above it, are Waqf (an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) until Judgment Day, and the Muslims have an exclusive right to them, which they share with no one."
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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Jews plan "to construct their alleged Temple on the ruins of the houses of Allah" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2014
Op-ed by Baha Rahal
     “The series of Judaization actions in Jerusalem has been going on since the beginning of the occupation of the city and since the Arab armies were defeated and fled the battlefield in June 1967, abandoning the land of the Mi'raj (Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven) and the Resurrection of the Dead to the occupation, which has tightened its grip on the city and begun to put forth mendacious and absurd claims and to invent [things] based on myths and fables…
Alone, Jerusalem counts the time [remaining]; alone, it stands in confronting a merciless enemy, who doesn’t hesitate to implement its plans and policy against the Holy City. This policy is not confined to isolating the city with the racist wall or driving out the residents of Jerusalem, and does not stop with the demolishing of homes, but aims for the destruction of the Islamic and Christian holy places in order to construct their alleged Temple on the ruins of the houses of Allah and the places of worship. This is the real challenge undermining the stability of Jerusalem these days – at a time when we are hearing a few hesitant voices that condemn or denounce. We do not hear the voice of the majority in the Arab and Islamic world, or the world at large – a fact which the occupation state sees as a golden opportunity, especially in the wake of the so-called ‘Arab Spring,’ the fighting going on in several countries, the explosions and violence in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and other places. These days, the Arabs are split and divided… O brothers, o friends: There is no time to wait when [one is confronted] with an enemy racing against time. The time has come for you to desist from your old habit of condemning the occupation, which understands only the language of power.”
PA minister accuses Israel of planning to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build Temple 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the continuing settlement and Judaization of the holy city [Jerusalem], the attacks on its holy sites, the escalating Israeli aggression against Jerusalem, the falsifying of its history with the aim of erasing its cultural, human and historical heritage, and the demographic and geographic changes in the city are all moves that are null and void according to international law, the decisions of the international institutions, and the Geneva and Hague Conventions for the Protection of Cultural Property.
In addition, he warned again of the danger of the racist Israeli violations being planned against [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque], the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs), and the rest of our people’s holy sites, all of which confirm that Israel’s aim is to tighten its control over [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque], in preparation for destroying it and building their alleged Temple.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Islamic-Christian Council: Israel plans to build "the alleged Temple on the ruins of the [Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 6, 2014
     “The Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Sites warned of the Knesset [Israeli parliament] decision to form a subcommittee to examine the degree of applicability of the Israeli government’s decision to allow settlers to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for three and a half hours each day, especially during the holiday of Passover. The council noted that this move comes as part of the present Israeli plan to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews and to extend Jewish control over it. In addition, it [the Council] warned that Israel may create facts on the ground by dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque similarly to the [way it did the] Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, an action that would signify the start of the realization of the narrative of the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Mosque.”
Israel's goal is Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem in preparation for building third Temple 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     “The Israeli attack on [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque] has crossed all political lines and is adding fuel to the flames of Palestinian public wrath, in order to ignite political fires and clothe them in religious garb. In addition, it complements and is consistent with the parallel, worrisome trend, that is meant to achieve several objectives, among them: … the exploitation of the Arabs’ present state of weakness in order to advance the process of the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular and of Jerusalem as a whole, in preparation for the construction of the third Temple on its ruins.”
PA minister accuses Israel of goal to rule over Al-Aqsa; refuses to recognize Israel's "existence in Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 28, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound. The sermon was delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “In the occupation state (i.e., Israel), they are talking about a tale, about a lie and [the] insane [idea] of extending Israeli sovereignty to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. What sovereignty is this? Whoever told you we even recognize your existence in Jerusalem? Whoever said we recognize your right to even a single millimeter of the land of Jerusalem? Who said this? You even talk about [having] sovereignty over our hearts, over our faith, over our religion. Who said this? Who can imagine such insanity? This insanity will not end well. It will not end well; it will not lead to anything good. They must understand that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not a red line. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a line of fire that will burn any hand that may be extended towards it to harm it.”
PLO Executive Committee member: Israel built a "gigantic synagogue" under Al-Aqsa Mosque's foundation 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2014
     “Ahmed Qurei, ‘Abu Alaa’, PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs… said that Jerusalem is in a very difficult situation, which manifests itself in [the fact] that the occupation government has intensified its racist Judaization measures against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and increased the settlers’ invasions of its plazas, as well as the discovery and instruction tours they conduct inside it, during which they give lessons on the ‘alleged Temple’…
In addition, the head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs rejected the criminal actions being perpetrated by the Israeli occupation authorities, which contradict all norms and international conventions: the ongoing excavations beneath the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He emphasized that these excavations, deep underground, which target the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, have been going on non-stop for years, to the point that a gigantic synagogue has been built beneath the Mosque.”
PA minister of Religious Affairs: Israeli government's "goal is to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2014
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day hosted Mahmoud Al-Habbash, PA Minister of Religious Affairs.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Israel is following a systematic, progressive plan supported by the Israeli government and protected by the Israeli army, and its aim – I’m telling you – is not to divide Al-Aqsa, not to divide Al-Aqsa.”
Host: “To impose [their] sovereignty over Al-Aqsa.”
Al-Habbash: “Its aim is to remove the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Host: "As the final goal."
Al-Habbash: "As the final goal - they don’t want to see the shining, golden, elegant Dome of the Rock."
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Israeli policy threatens Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 21, 2014
     “The Chairman of the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO), Salim Al-Za'anoun, met with former Iranian president Heshami Rafsanjani in Tehran, the Iranian capital. Al-Za'anoun congratulated Rafsanjani, on behalf of the Palestinian people, on the 35th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Iranian revolution, and recalled having been beside the late President Arafat when the latter received [possession of the] the Palestinian embassy, which replaced the Israeli one. He also emphasized to his host, Rafsanjani, the Palestinians’ faith in the continuation of Iran’s support of the Palestinian cause, given its [Iran’s] position as a powerful Islamic axis nation in the region, and described to him the calamities the Palestinian people has been suffering as a result of the aggressive Israeli policy that is supported by the US- specifically, the continuation of settlement [construction], the siege that has been laid on Gaza and the threats to Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA minister: Jews plan on "erecting the alleged Temple on the ruins of [the] Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Jerusalem District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini received the new British Consul General, Dr. Alastair McPhail, in his office in the [Jerusalem] neighborhood of Al-Barid yesterday afternoon [Feb. 10, 2014], and briefed him on the latest incidents that have befallen Jerusalem and its residents.
He [Al-Husseini] explained that the arbitrary measures being implemented by the occupation authorities in the various areas – economic, social, political and legal – in addition to the racist separation fence, the support of the settlers’ provocations and rampages, as well as other factors, have paralyzed life in the Holy City. In addition, he noted that the occupation authorities are desecrating the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and are employing techniques of falsification and fabrication to turn the historical and religious facts upside down, in order to realize their false claims regarding the extension of Jewish character [over the city] and erecting the alleged Temple on the ruins of [the] Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Palestinian delegation warns of Israel’s plan to “destroy” Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the “alleged Temple in its place” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2014
     “A delegation from Jerusalem, headed by Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher and Chairman of the Supreme Muslim Council, had a meeting yesterday [Jan. 30, 2014] -- attended by Ambassador of the State of Palestine [to Qatar] Munir Ghannam -- with [Qatari] Minister of Religious Affairs Dr. Ghaith Bin Mubarak Al-Kuwari. The delegation updated him on recent events in Jerusalem, specifically on the frantic efforts to assault the Al-Aqsa Mosque and make it difficult for Palestinians to reach it, as well as [updated him] on plans -- both disclosed and undisclosed -- to destroy it and build the alleged Temple in its place.”

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "assault." All visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
PA Mufti accuses Israel of acting to build “the alleged Temple” over Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2014
     “The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the occupation authorities’ intention to allow settlers and foreign tourists to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Cotton Merchants’ Gate… The Mufti said that this attack is an integral part of the series of daily attacks whose purpose is to tighten control on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple in its place.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "attack." All visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.

PA daily: “Gangs of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque” under protection of Israeli police 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2013
Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." All visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
Headline:
“Settler invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque continue”
     “Gangs of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Dec. 22, 2013] through the Mughrabi Gate, heavily guarded by members of special occupation police units.
Our correspondent in Jerusalem said that the invasions are carried out in small groups that come one after the other, which include ‘rabbis,’ in order to explain the Talmudic story about the alleged Temple myth and legend.”
Israel uses “forgeries” and excavations to try to turn Al-Aqsa Mosque into a Jewish museum 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2013
Headline: “Physical confrontations between worshippers and 30 settlers who conducted Talmudic rites in the Al-Aqsa plazas”
     “[PLO Executive Committee Member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed] Qurei warned of the danger inherent in the Israeli occupation authorities’ attempts to change the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a Jewish museum through excavation activities and forgeries… This, in addition to constructing Jewish synagogues in the depths of the excavations that are being carried out by what is called the ‘Israel Antiquities Authority’ and the Jerusalem Municipality.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA Council: Israel intends to Judaize Al-Aqsa, take it over and turn it into a synagogue 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2013
     “The [PA’s Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places] condemned the fact that the Israeli occupation police prevented engineers and workmen from the Islamic Trusts Department in occupied Jerusalem to do maintenance work on water supply sources that sustain the Al-Aqsa plazas, confiscated their equipment and forced them to leave the Mosque. It [the Council] also stressed that the Israeli intention to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque in preparation for taking it over completely and turning it into a synagogue.”
Muslim leaders warn of Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 7, 2013
     “Islamic dignitaries in Jerusalem warned of the Israeli occupation’s schemes regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that the suggestion to divide the Mosque between Muslims and Jews is playing with fire. This [was said] at a press conference held yesterday [Nov. 6, 2013] by the Supreme Muslim Council of Jerusalem in order to emphasize that what has happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron will not be repeated at Al-Aqsa.
Chairman of the Islamic Waqf Council Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab said that the conference is being held in the shadow of powerful settlement attacks against the city of Jerusalem. He stressed that Al-Aqsa and its surroundings, around it and beneath it, belong to Muslims exclusively, and Jews have no rights to it… He went on to say, ‘We, in the Islamic Waqf Department, together with masses of our people who can get to Al-Aqsa, stand before this racist attack, raising our voices and calling out as loudly as we can that Al-Aqsa is in danger, and the great Arab and Muslim Ummah (nation) must relate to these dangers… [We] must unify efforts in order to save the blessed Mosque…’
Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein stressed that Al-Aqsa is an Islamic mosque [and is] for Muslims only, and no one will share it with them. He described the occupation’s and radicals’ intrusion into the Mosque as aggression and a direct blow to it… The Mufti added, ‘Enough playing with fire, if they want peace. Enough dragging the region to a blaze that no one can guess how it will end, for attacks on faiths, on religions and on ritual is an attack on security, on peace and on all religious and moral values of this world.’"

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PA council: Israel’s goal is to build “alleged Temple” on ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2013
     “The [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites warned yesterday [Oct. 31, 2013] about marathon consultations and meetings held by the Israeli government in order to authorize the expansion of the Al-Buraq plaza (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount plaza) and turn it into a very large synagogue. It said that this plan constitutes a very great and real danger to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in general and the Islamic Al-Buraq plaza in particular. It also noted that Israel continues to desecrate holy sites and harm their sanctity through Judaization and demolition.
The Council’s Secretary-General Hanna Issa said that the Israeli government’s recent meetings about Judaizing the Al-Buraq plaza – after announcing an additional plan to turn an Islamic archeological site near the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a ritual bath to serve the Jewish women who have been invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque recently – are an obvious declaration of harm [aimed at] all sections of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and [the Israeli government’s] insistence on continuing with plans and initiatives to Judaize the holy city. [This will be done] until the goal is achieved and the Jewish dream is fulfilled: Building the alleged Temple on the ruins of Al-Aqsa, gaining complete control of the occupied city and making it a Jewish city for Jews only.”

Note: In October 2013, Israeli Parliament Member Aliza Lavie announced she will work to make one of the ancient ritual baths, which was discovered near the Temple Mount, functional so that it will serve women ascending the Temple Mount and female residents of the Jewish Quarter [in the Old City of Jerusalem].

PA Minister: Israel desecrates Islamic and Christian sites in Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2013
     “Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and District Governor [of Jerusalem] Adnan Al-Husseini briefed Australian Representative to the Palestinian Authority Tom Wilson … on Jerusalem’s and its residents’ situation, and explained that the arbitrary steps being taken by the occupation authorities have led to a paralysis of life in the holy city. He noted that the Israeli authorities are pushing their people to the abyss with the systematic desecration of holy Islamic and Christian sites, specifically the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while obviously ignoring the significance of this holy place for more than a billion Muslims. He further said that they use forgery and fabrication methods to alter the historical and religious facts, in order to actualize their false statements about the [city’s] Jewish character…
He explained that this systematic policy aims to make the city’s original residents emigrate, [both] Muslims and Christians.”
PLO official: Israel searches for “the alleged Temple” and seeks control over Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 30, 2013
     “Secretary General of the PLO’s Executive Committee Yasser Abd Rabbo… related to the recent planned and calculated Israeli measures and projects to which the city of Jerusalem is subject, for the purpose of imposing a new reality on the city and even on the area of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which faces daily and recurring invasions by settlers in an attempt to divide up [between Jews and Muslims] its space and [visiting] times. This [is happening] in addition to ongoing Israeli excavations conducted under the pretext of searching for the alleged 'Temple,' so that the occupation authorities will be able to tighten their hold and control of it [the Al-Aqsa 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.
”The attempt to divide up [between Jews and Muslims] its space and [visiting] 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 implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Israel preparing to to build “alleged Temple” on “ruins” of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2013
     “[The PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places warned yesterday, Monday [Oct. 28, 2013], against a new Judaization plan aimed against the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s holiness, seeing that the Israeli occupation forces are seeking to turn an Islamic archaeological site near the Mosque into a Jewish ritual bath for women. [The ritual bath] will serve the Jewish women who break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate it…
The Council's Secretary General, Dr. Hanna Issa said that this new plan, alongside hundreds of deliberate Judaization plans aimed against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and anything Arab in the occupied city of Jerusalem, serve as an Israeli means of Judaizing the Mosque. [This is done] by coordinated, increased efforts to dig tunnels beneath it, by taking hold of its Islamic sites, including its mosques and [holy] sites and turning them into synagogues and Judaization centers, [by] opening the gates of the Mosque to unrestrained extremists and settler herds so that they may desecrate it, and finally, by taking complete control of it in preparation for turning it into a synagogue for them and for building the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "break-in." All visitors are subject to rigorous security checks by Israeli security guards before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
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