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Libel: Israel to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque
Libels
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:
PA daily refers to visits of Jews to the Temple Mount as “invasions” of “settlers,” and refers to “alleged ‘Temple organizations’” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2018
Headline: “The Jewish Temple groups call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque this coming Sunday”
     “‘The alleged Temple organizations’ began to tweet the hashtag ‘2,000 on Jerusalem Day,’ whose goal is to cause at least 2,000 settlers to invade the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque by this day [Jerusalem Day, May 13, 2018].”

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PA PM: “Israel… is still attempting to falsify and fabricate history" through actions whose goal is to "strengthen its hold on the sites holy to Islam and Christianity” in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2018
      "[PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah said: 'We have already emphasized and continue to emphasize that Jerusalem is a red line that we will not allow anyone to cross. This city is the cradle of the monotheistic religions, the focus of revelation and divine spirit, the place to which the gazes of all Muslims and Christians are drawn. Israel has and is still attempting to falsify and fabricate history through violations and actions whose goal is to steal the land from its legal owners, and to strengthen its hold on the sites holy to Islam and Christianity.'
Hamdallah added: ‘The fact that the international community continues its thundering silence in the face of what is happening in Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, feeds these Israeli aspirations and enlarges them, and will lead to the conflict becoming a religious conflict, whose outcome no one can predict.' [...] Hamdallah said this in a speech before the International Forum on Jerusalem Endowments held yesterday, Monday [May 8, 2017], in Istanbul, Turkey, in the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."

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PA daily calls visits of Jews to the Temple Mount “invasions” of “settlers,” refers to “alleged ‘Temple organizations’” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2018
Headline: "Dozens of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and calls to invade it on Nakba Day"
       "The alleged ‘Temple organizations’ increased their calls through their websites and social media to their supporters and the settler public to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque on our Palestinian people's Nakba Day (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel)."

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PA daily describes visits of Jews to the Temple Mount as an “invasion” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, describes visits as “provocative” tours with explanations about “the alleged Temple”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2018
Headline: “Over 160 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Over 160 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate with reinforced protection from the occupation forces yesterday [April 19, 2018]. The settlers wore traditional Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) clothing and held provocative tours at the mosque while listening to explanations about ‘the alleged Temple.’”

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PA religious officials: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is "being subjected to an unprecedented attack… and actions to divide it," Israel has "plots to destroy it and build the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2018
        “His Honor the [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, His Honor Acting Jordanian Supreme Shari’ah Judge Dr. Wasef Al-Bakri, Director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, and Deputy District Governor of Jerusalem Abdallah Siyam yesterday [April 2, 2018] in occupied Jerusalem welcomed a Canadian parliamentary delegation, which is currently visiting Palestine…
His honor the mufti… spoke about the dangers surrounding the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque that is being subjected to an unprecedented attack, an increasing rate of change of its Islamic character, and actions to divide it according to areas and times, which will lead to the ignition of a religious war in the region. He also mentioned the plans of settlement and its goals in the Jerusalem area, and explained that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, whose territory is 144 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres), is a purely Islamic site...
Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani briefed the Canadian delegation regarding all of the Israeli violations against the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount)… and mentioned the plots to destroy it and build the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

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Abbas’ advisor: Palestinians should come to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and preform Ribat there, “to thwart the plans of the occupation and its settlers to turn it into a Jewish synagogue”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 14, 2018
Headline: “Al-Habbash from the Ibrahimi Mosque: The Shari’ah court will remain and the occupation will disappear”
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that ‘The Israeli occupation will disappear, and we from the heart of Hebron emphasize that we remain here, together with our institutions that certify the Islamicness of this land and its Palestinianness - and the best proof of this is the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs).’ … These statements were made during a tour that Al-Habbash held in the Old City of Hebron today, Tuesday [March 14, 2017], in order to be updated on the Israeli violations and actions against the residents of the place… Al-Habbash also encouraged the citizens to come to the Ibrahimi Mosque and to routinely perform Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to thwart the plans of the occupation and its settlers to turn it into a Jewish synagogue.”
Abbas' advisor: We don't want religious conflict, but Israel does, attacks holy sites, great ugliness characterizes them 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 9, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of sermon by Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Brother believers, in the framework of the conflict with the occupation we have always said, and the Palestinian leadership has repeated: We do not want to ignite a religious battle or religious conflict. We do not want to make the conflict religious. Because, simply put, we do not hate the religions, we do not hate people because of their faith, and our motto is ‘there is no coercion in religion’…
However, while we act in this way, every day several fools come out against us who fan the flames of religious struggle, and they want to make the conflict religious – starting with attacking the holy sites, targeting the holy sites, and targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the mosques and churches in Palestine… if a Muslim went out and belittled the Torah, for example – Heaven forbid, we do not do something like this, and it is not fitting for us to do something like this. But if it happened, Heaven forbid, what would their responses be? [...] They would accuse us of ‘Antisemitism,’ as if they are Semites and we are from Mars. These people - our response to them is not curses, we will not curse them – they have enough ugliness that we do not need to curse them, as the curses would be less than the ugliness that characterizes them.”

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Fatah official attacks US over Jerusalem decision, demonizes Israel, and accuses Israel of “defilement of the sanctified places in Jerusalem,” and calls riots and terror attacks as “epics of courage” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 6, 2018
Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub: “What American President [Donald Trump] did when he omitted Jerusalem with a single stroke from the final resolution issues provides a recipe for continuation of the war and adds fuel to the fire, and this is inappropriate conduct... The US, led by Trump, is working to cover up for the organized state terror that is being led by a government that includes extremist fanatics, while the actions of murdering and arresting children, destroying homes, and expropriating lands constitute the height of terror, which requires international intervention to restrain its wild behavior... The official, settlement, rabbinic, and Jewish extremism is what feeds the phenomena of extremism in the region, through that which the settlers are committing with the support of the occupation government: arson, murder, expropriation, imprisonment, humiliation, and defilement of the sanctified places in Jerusalem – and especially the incessant invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is thanks to American support and partnership…
The people of Jerusalem – who in July 2017 recorded epics of courage with their bared chests by defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem (refers to riots and terror attacks; see note below –Ed.) – raise their eyes to the young Muslims through you (i.e., participants at the conference) with much hope, faith, and resolution.”

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Sec-Gen of PA Islamic-Christian Council: Israel “has been waging a war against the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem since 1969, as Jewish extremists set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire in 1969” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2018
       “At a press conference held by the [PA] Ministry of Information in Ramallah yesterday [Feb. 28, 2018] under the title The Consequences of Israel Imposing Taxes on the Churches in Jerusalem, Muslim and Christian clergymen emphasized that the [failure of] the decision to obligate the churches of occupied Jerusalem to pay taxes (the proposed tax would not apply to churches but rather only to properties belonging to churches –Ed.) is due to the will power of our people in Jerusalem and the united stand of its Muslims and Christians…
[Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. [Hanna] Issa said: ‘Israel is attempting to weaken the Palestinian presence of Muslims and Christians in Jerusalem through this. It has been waging a war against the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem since 1969, as Jewish extremists (sic., he was a mentally ill Christian Australian) set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire in 1969, and this was also preceded by the burning of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on June 7, 1967 (PMW could find no record of such an event –Ed.).’”

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PA Mufti calls on Palestinians to come to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque, “regardless of the price and sacrifices that this will require” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] mufti warned against the consequences of the attack on the sanctity of the mosques and churches”
        “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the dangerous consequences of desecrating the sanctity of the mosques and churches in holy Jerusalem… (possibly refers to Israeli measures to collect taxes on church-owned properties in Jerusalem, not churches themselves; the proposed measures were later frozen –Ed.) He also again emphasized the need to invest the greatest efforts in order to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and strengthen the presence there to defend it, while emphasizing our people’s adherence to their mosque regardless of the price and sacrifices that this will require.”
PA daily op-ed: Israel is trying to ignite a religious war, is waging “wars” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to destroy it and build “what is called ‘the Third Temple’ on its ruins” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Israel’s war against the churches”
     “The Israeli colonialism state is continuing to wage its wars against the Islamic and Christian houses of worship (refers to measures to collect taxes on church-owned properties in Jerusalem, not churches themselves; the proposed measures were later frozen –Ed.) in order to ignite a religious war and turn the conflict from political to religious. It has not stopped its wars against the Al-Aqsa Mosque at all levels, and is still continuing to force through its terrorist agenda from a religious point of view. This is in order to force through a division according to times and areas, ahead of destroying the mosque and building what is called ‘the Third Temple’ on its ruins.”

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PA daily: “Alleged ‘Temple’” organizations call on supporters to carry out “many invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to celebrate Jewish holiday of Purim 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2018
Headline: “Calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque in large numbers for the Jewish Purim holiday”
       “The alleged ‘Temple’ organizations have called on their supporters to participate in large numbers in many invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the coming two days in order to celebrate the Purim holiday. These extremist organizations have explained that these invasions are important to them and to their supporters. They noted that during the invasions there will be ceremonies and special sweets for the Purim holiday, in addition to special Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) songs and prayers.”

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PA daily: Settlers “broke into” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, heard about “the alleged ‘Temple’ during their provocative and suspicious tours” of the Temple Mount 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2018
Headline: “40 settlers invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Forty settlers broke into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Feb. 21, 2018] through the Mughrabi Gate under heavy security from the occupation forces. Sources said that the settlers listened to explanations about the alleged ‘Temple’ during their provocative and suspicious tours throughout the mosque.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion” or “break-in.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PLO delegation participates in conference in Iran, expects “support on the ground, particularly in occupied Jerusalem, in the captive Al-Aqsa Mosque, and in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2018
Headline: “Al-Za’anoun participates in the discussions of the Sixth Support for Our People Conference (sic., Support for the Palestinian Intifada Conference) in Tehran”
      “A delegation of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) led by [Chairman of the Palestinian National Council] Salim Al-Za'anoun will participate in the discussions of the Sixth Support for the Palestinian People Conference (sic., Support for the Palestinian Intifada Conference), which will be convened in Tehran, the capital of Iran, on Feb. 21-22, [2017]…
Chairman of the Political Committee of the [Palestinian] National Council Khaled Mismar said: ‘Our people that is standing firm on the occupied homeland expects true support from this conference – not only through pretty statements and speeches that will be given by those who are invited, whom we thank. Our people in all of its cities, villages, and refugee camps wants to feel this support on the ground, particularly in occupied Jerusalem, in the captive Al-Aqsa Mosque, and in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. There are many ways to send this support, and the participants in the conference will be able to find a way to do that.’”
President of Al-Quds University on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: The US "must understand that the Palestinian people will resist this decision… whatever the cost of its resistance" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2018
Headline: "The president of Al-Quds Open University speaks at a conference on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena"

"President of Al-Quds Open University and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Prof. Younes Amr spoke at a conference organized yesterday [Jan. 29, 2018] by the [Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement and the student council at the Yatta branch of the university on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena…
He said that [US President Donald] Trump's promise (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and promise to transfer the US embassy to it; see note below) is more dangerous to the Palestinian people than the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), by virtue of which Britain gave Palestine to the Jews, and therefore Trump and his racist administration – which is biased in favor of the occupation – must understand that the Palestinian people will resist this decision with all of its strength and will not let it pass, whatever the cost of its resistance to the decision may be. At the moment we are at the stage of popular resistance to the decision, and it is possible that it will move on to a different stage.
He explained that the Canaanite Palestinian people has been under many occupations, all of which have passed, and that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas spoke correctly when he said: 'We are remaining here and will not leave; the occupation is the one that will leave. Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation is meaningless, and our people and its leadership will continue to defy and stand firm. The Jews have no religious connection to [Jerusalem], and their connection to it is a connection of military occupation (sic., the last sentence in this quote was said by Younes Amr, not Mahmoud Abbas).'

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Fatah: US Vice President Pence “defiled the Al-Buraq Wall” 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission‎, Jan. 23, 2018

Linked article and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture

Posted text: “[US Vice President Mike] Pence defiles the Al-Buraq [Wall] (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza, and the occupation forces reinforce their presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque
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PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2018

On Dec. 6, 2017, the day US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, official PA radio and TV started rebroadcasting Abbas' 2014 call for violence and rebroadcast it 41 times in the next 4 weeks.

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine - 28 times between Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."
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Palestinian imam repeats libel: “The criminal Jews… invented a Temple… with the goal of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 19, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, hosting Imam of the Silwad Mosque Sheikh Taleb Al-Silwadi

Official PA TV host: “Honorable Sheikh, at this point especially, and in our talk about the second among mosques, meaning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, no Temple or synagogue was built before it, or any of those mistaken statements.”
Imam of the Silwad Mosque Sheikh Taleb Al-Silwadi: “Correct, the criminal Jews – in other words, they talk about the alleged Temple of Solomon. They invented a temple, planned, and so forth with the goal of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque… and the Al-Aqsa Mosque will never be destroyed, Allah willing, and it will remain exalted and Jerusalem will, Allah willing, be a capital and it will forever remain the capital of the State of Palestine, Allah willing.”
Girl’s antisemitic poem on PA TV: “Why did you bring the Jews to us, who defile Jerusalem and its great mosque?” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 15, 2017

Palestinian girl Hiba, on the Giants of Endurance PA TV program:
"This poem is because of [US President Donald] Trump's decision that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel:
[Former British Foreign Secretary] Balfour, you vile person, what did you do to our people?
Is your conscience quiet?
Go in your grave toward the blazing fire
You are the one that expelled us, do not ask for help
You drank our blood from a goblet, and brought this fate down upon us…
You brought to our people those who orphaned small children
You have turned the best of our people into Martyrs and prisoners
Why did you bring the Jews to us, who defile Jerusalem and its great mosque?"
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PA daily cartoon depicts Trump as Santa, gifting Dome of the Rock and the Holy Sepulchre to Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 14, 2017

Cartoon published in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump dressed as Santa Claus giving the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to Israel, represented by a soldier with Israeli flag on his helmet.
The cartoon is in response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and his decision to move Jerusalem there.
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Abbas’ advisor calls on all Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, carry out Ribat there, and “protect its sanctity”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the occupation state is playing with fire when it attempts to change the status quo in Jerusalem…
Al-Habbash demanded that the members of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem and in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, and protect its sanctity…
Al-Habbash warned the occupation government not to take any crazy steps regarding the holy city and the holy sites in it following the reckless and irresponsible decision of the American administration (i.e., to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to it).”

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Terrorist who stabbed an Israeli posted will expressing desire for Martyrdom for Al-Aqsa before the attack: “Our blood is cheap for you, O our homeland, O our Jerusalem, O our Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Facebook page of terrorist Yassin Abu Al-Qur’a, Dec. 10, 2017

Text posted on the Facebook page of terrorist Yassin Abu Al-Qur’a hours before he committed a terror attack in Jerusalem on Dec. 10, 2017, stabbing and critically wounding an Israeli security guard

Posted text:
“For Allah we have risen
And asked to wave the flag
Let the glory return to the religion
And let the splendor return to the Al-Aqsa Mosque
And let our blood be spilled
Our blood is cheap for you, O our homeland, O our Jerusalem, O our Al-Aqsa Mosque”

Yassin Abu Al-Qur’a – Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli security guard outside Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station on Dec. 10, 2017. Al-Qur’a was arrested while trying to flee the scene.

According to the Israeli Security Agency, Al-Qur’a’s will was inspired by a verse calling for Martyrdom that appears in his PA schoolbook. Click "full article" for the translated text
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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Fatah official: Trump stole from the Arab nation, gave keys to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Jews 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub
: “What [US President Donald] Trump did today [Dec. 6, 2017] is an act of theft [from] the Arab nation in a live and direct broadcast. This is a coup against the historical, legal, and religious place of Jerusalem. Today Trump gave the keys of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and [Church of the] Holy Sepulchre to the Jews.”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
PA daily: “Extremist Jews defiled the Dome of the Rock plaza”, PA spokesman: Israel is “harming the holy sites,” which will lead to a “terrible religious conflict” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: “Settlers defile the Dome of the Rock plaza under the protection of the occupation forces”
         “In a dangerous precedent, a group of extremist Jews defiled the Dome of the Rock plaza after they ascended to it following a change in the path of the daily invasions…
[PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement yesterday [Dec. 3, 2017] that the settlers’ invasion of the Dome of the Rock plaza constitutes outrageous persistence and insistence by the government of Israel in harming the holy sites…
The official spokesman held the government of Israel fully responsible for the crimes committed by the gangs of settlers against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He warned that the goal of the aggressive and escalating steps against Jerusalem and the holy sites – and prime among them the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – is to ignite the spark of a terrible religious conflict.”

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Abbas advisor: The Temple Mount will remain a “purely Islamic” mosque under Muslim sovereignty, despite Israeli “acts of falsifying history and distorting historical facts” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 26, 2017
     "Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash… explained that the Palestinians in all of their varieties and leaders, and the Arabs and Muslims together with them, will never allow the occupation authorities to impose their sovereignty over the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), which was and will remain a purely Islamic mosque, over which non-Muslims have no sovereignty. This is as was determined by divine decree in the holy Quran and also by UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolutions, despite all the acts of falsifying history and distorting historical facts that the Israeli occupation state is attempting to carry out."

Note: Israel has publically stated multiple times that it has no intention whatsoever of changing the status quo at the Temple Mount.
PLO official: “Herds of settlers are escalating the invasions and desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s pure plazas” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 26, 2017
Headline: “Qurei: The escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead only to more extremism, violence, and instability”
    “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei warned against the dangers and consequences of the fact that groups of the herds of extremist settlers are invading the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas from the Mughrabi Gate…
Qurei said: ‘This is a most sensitive and dangerous matter. The fact that the herds of settlers are escalating the invasions and desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s pure plazas – under the protection and umbrella of the Israeli occupation government, which is doing all it can to facilitate their entry into the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, walking around in them, doing as they please with them, and holding Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in them – constitutes a provocation of the Muslim worshippers’ sensibilities.’”

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PLO education official: Israel has falsified Jerusalem's "consciousness and memory," excavates under the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to steal it, and appropriates Palestinian culture  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on PA Ambassador to UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Mounir Anastas being appointed Rapporteur of the UNESCO Cultural Committee, hosting Secretary-General of the PLO Palestinian National Council for Education, Culture, and Science Murad Al-Sudani

Secretary-General of the PLO Palestinian National Council for Education, Culture, and Science Murad Al-Sudani: ""There is no time, hour, minute, day, month, or week that it [Israel] does not penetrate the innards of the city [Jerusalem] in order to falsify its consciousness and memory, and in order to excavate under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and above it with the goal of stealing...
[The Israelis] have attributed to themselves the Palestinian Viper (i.e., known as the Viper of the Land of Israel and the scientific name Vipera Palaestinae), the Palestinian Gazelle (i.e., known as the Gazelle of the Land of Israel), Palestinian embroidery, the Palestinian debka (i.e., a type of dance), the Palestinian keffiyeh (i.e., Arab headdress), and most of the Palestinian foods – humus, the broad bean, falafel, [and] shakshouka (i.e., an egg and tomato dish). They steal all of these items in order to create a culture for a people without a culture."

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Palestinian newspaper accuses Israeli lawmaker of “invading” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and of “calling for the establishment of the Temple” on its ruins while visiting the Temple Mount  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Rabbi Glick invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque at Netanyahu’s decision”
     “Godfather of the invasions and Israeli Parliament Member of the extremist Israeli Likud party Rabbi Yehuda Glick invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] together with his son, following permission from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…  In a statement, Glick thanked the Israeli prime minister for allowing him and his son to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of his son’s wedding, while calling for the establishment of the Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Glick made no such call in his message).”

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PA daily: Israelis visiting the Temple Mount on a Jewish holiday carried out “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, organized by “alleged Temple” organizations  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 16, 2017
Headline: “The occupation is continuing to burden occupied Jerusalem – the settlers are renewing the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Yesterday [Oct. 15, 2017] groups of settlers renewed their invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza through the Lion’s Gate [of the Old City of Jerusalem] amid reinforced protection from the occupation forces, and the settlers carried out provocative dubious tours at the blessed mosque plaza. The Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza was witness to widespread invasions by settlers last week, as a response to the calls of what are called the alleged Temple organizations to their activists and to the settler public to widely participate in collective invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza for the Jewish Sukkot holiday.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

"Alleged Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including the Temple Mount Institute, 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.
PA official: Israel excavates under the Al-Aqsa Mosque to destroy it, will claim it was “an earthquake” and build their “third Temple” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 13, 2017

Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem, interview with Sec.-Gen. of the PA Islamic-Christian Council Hanna Issa about Israeli construction and excavations in Jerusalem.

Official PA TV host: "Let's talk about the excavations [in Jerusalem]. We are now at the beginning of the winter season, and the cracks have begun to show clearly in the homes of the [Arab] residents..."

Sec.-Gen. of the PA Islamic-Christian Council Hanna Issa: "They [Israelis] think that they have sovereignty underground (i.e., under the Temple Mount), and they want sovereignty above ground. Through these excavations they plan for the Al-Aqsa Mosque to collapse, and they will say that there was an earthquake, and then they will build their third Temple, Solomon's Temple, as they claim [existed]. "
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Hanna Issa holds the following positions: Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council
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 daily calls Jews visiting the Temple Mount for Jewish holidays “gangs of settlers” who carried out “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque because of “alleged Temple” organizations  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2017
Headline: “Wide-scale invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and clashes in Abu Dis”
    “The Al-Aqsa Mosque was witness to wide-scale invasions by gangs of settlers yesterday [Sept. 28, 2017], with reinforced protection from the occupation forces. The alleged Temple organizations called on their activists through their websites and social media to widely and intensively participate in invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday, Thursday, and in the coming days for the ‘Talmudic Hebrew’ (i.e., Jewish) holidays.”

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PA daily refers to Jews visiting the Temple Mount as “invasions” and “provocative tours,” that heard explanations about the “alleged Temple”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 26, 2017
Headline: “Settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning under increased security”
     “Approximately 120 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Sept. 25, 2017] through the Mughrabi Gate, under increased security by the occupation forces. The invasions were perpetrated by small groups that carried out provocative tours at the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque plaza; they also listened to explanations about the alleged Temple in the area of the ‘locked’ Gate of Mercy, while many worshippers were in the mosque’s plaza.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Fatah spokesman says Israel responsible for terror attacks 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 26, 2017
Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page, shortly after the shooting attack committed by terrorist Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal in which he murdered 3 Israelis

Posted text: “Fatah: Israel alone bears responsibility for the Palestinian responses to the occupation’s crimes against the members of our people
Head of the Communications Office of the Fatah Movement’s Mobilization and Organization Commission Munir Al-Jaghoub said that Israel alone bears responsibility for the Palestinian responses to all of the occupation’s crimes, and that if it continues its incessant aggression against the Palestinian people, it can only expect more violence. He added that the daily Israeli operations and the occupation’s violations against the members of our people everywhere are the reason for every cycle of violence...”
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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
Abbas’ spokesman warns against “Israeli provocations” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that will lead to “disastrous consequences” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2017
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The Israeli provocations will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “[PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina condemned the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who promised to continue to settle the West Bank (see note below –Ed.) and allowed Israeli parliament members to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Aug. 29, 2017].
Abu Rudeina… warned against the Israeli provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that ‘They will lead to disastrous consequences, and the Israeli government will remain solely responsible for this.’ He called to immediately stop all of the steps that are inflaming the religious sentiments at the holy sites.”

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: “Every day the Al-Aqsa Mosque is attacked and desecrated,” calls on Palestinians to come defend it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2017
       “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the fact that the occupation government allowed Israeli parliament members and settler extremists to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a large step of escalation…
He explained that this decision was made while the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being desecrated daily… and the attacks against the peaceful worshippers within it continue, and while the serious Israeli attempts to divide it according to times and areas are continuing, in preparation for its destruction and the building of the alleged Temple in its place… The minister of religious affairs explained that every day the Al-Aqsa Mosque is attacked and desecrated, the archeological artifacts within it are stolen, and excavations damage its foundations…
He added that the Israeli government’s decision to allow Israeli Parliament members to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque today [Aug. 29, 2017] heralds disastrous consequences, and indicates that the occupation is striving to create tension. He also called on the members of our people in Jerusalem and whoever can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and stay in it unceasingly in order to thwart the intentions of the occupation and the herds of settlers, and to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque against desecration and attacks.”

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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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PLO official: Israel is trying to “encircle Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque with settlement construction and synagogues” in order to ensure “the total Judaization” of the city 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2017
       “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs [Ahmed Qurei], …in a press release yesterday (Friday) [Aug. 25, 2017], condemned the fact that 300 settlers inaugurated the synagogue in the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood (i.e., Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem) in the Abu Nab building (i.e., Abu Nab was the Arab family illegally squatting in the synagogue; see note below), which they took control of in 2015… He described this as a real danger that constitutes a declared violation, which joins the Israeli occupation government’s daily violations against Jerusalem… Qurei continued: ‘The Israeli occupation government has been diligently working for a while to encircle Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque with settlement construction and synagogues, in order to establish a new fact on the ground: the total Judaization of the holy city [of Jerusalem].’”

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Family of terrorist who stabbed 3 Israelis to death: We "are pleased" with what he did, attack was "natural" reaction to Israel's actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 25, 2017
Headline: “The family of the person who carried out the Halamish operation: We are pleased with what he did, he did not hint that he would carry out the operation”
       “Khalil Al-Abd - the uncle of Omar Al-Abd (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3) who carried out the stabbing operation that occurred in the Halamish settlement west of Ramallah during the Al-Aqsa Mosque events (refers to Israel’s security steps at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there and ensuing Palestinian riots; see note below –Ed.) - said that [Omar] carried out the operation while understanding what he was doing. He said in a special interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: ‘We as a family are pleased with what Omar did, and we will accept everything that the occupation will carry out with patience.’
He explained that the operation that Omar carried out was in response to the Israeli occupation’s actions against the Palestinian people and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and he held the occupation fully responsible for the operation that Omar carried out…”
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Palestinian Ambassador to the UN falsely claims "Jewish extremists" set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire in 1969 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2017
Headline: “On the anniversary of the attempt to burn the Al-Aqsa Mosque: Ambassador Mansour emphasizes the centrality of the Palestinian cause”
    “The member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) yesterday [Aug. 23, 2017] held an ambassadorial meeting at the UN [Headquarters] in New York. During it, the OIC presidency passed from Uzbekistan to the Ivory Coast. Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour participated in the meeting as the representative of the State of Palestine. In the statements he made at the meeting, Mansour reminded the member states and the participating delegations of the burning of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish extremists in 1969 (sic., the arson was committed by Michael Rohan, a mentally ill Christian tourist), [an incident whose anniversary] falls this month. He said that this incident was the reason for establishing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.”

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PA daily: Israeli MP carried out “Talmudic” (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, allegedly calls to “establish the alleged Temple on the ruins of the mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2017
Headline: “Glick performs Talmudic ceremonies in front of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Extremist Israeli Parliament Member Yehuda Glick and several zealous extremists performed Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in front of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the direction of the Cotton Merchants’ Gate, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) [Aug. 23, 2017]… Extremist Glick is one of the godfathers of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and one of the most enthusiastic in calling to establish the alleged Temple on the ruins of the mosque.”

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PA Foreign Ministry: Israel is carrying out a "systematic attack" against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, "in order to destroy it, burn it, harm it, and threaten its existence by excavating under its foundations" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2017
Headline: “On the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson (see note below –Ed.) – the [PA] presidential office: Every destruction or desecration of the holy sites threatens international security and peace”
          “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said that the generations of governments of Israel have been fully and directly responsible for the attacks on the holy sites in occupied Jerusalem. This is because from the occupation of Jerusalem until today, the systematic attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque has continued– regardless of who is at the top of the political pyramid in Israel –in order to destroy it, burn it, harm it, and threaten its existence by excavating under its foundations.”

Michael Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
Abbas’ advisor: 1969 Al-Aqsa arson was set by a Jew, the fire is still burning today  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 21, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: Every blow to the Al-Aqsa Mosque will set the world on fire”
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that the fire that was ignited at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque 48 years ago, and more precisely on this date in 1969, by Australian Jew [Michael Rohan] (sic., Rohan was a mentally ill Christian) is still burning today, as long as the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the holy city [of Jerusalem] are under occupation."

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PA Council official: Israel’s goal is ”Judaization… destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple on its ruins”  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Aug. 21, 2017
      “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places today, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2017 – which is the 48th anniversary of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – said that the crimes, daily invasions, and Judaization actions that the occupation authorities are carrying out by establishing outposts, excavating tunnels, and preventing worshippers [from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque] are a continuation of the great crime of the arson of the blessed mosque…
Secretary-General of the [PA Islamic-Christian] Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. Hanna Issa said: ‘The arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque was the start of a comprehensive and dangerous plan to Judaize the mosque and completely take control of it.'... He added: ‘The crime against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity in occupied Jerusalem is being continued by changing their names and details. This is as the occupation authorities and extremists still work with all of their energy to implement the goal that they have striven for – destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple on its ruins.’”

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PA daily falsely claims that 1969 Al-Aqsa Mosque arsonist was Jewish, Israel interfered with fighting the fire  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 21, 2017
Headline: “The 48th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson, and the crime continues”
      “Today is the 48th anniversary of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. On Aug. 21, 1969, Jewish extremist Michael Denis Rohan (sic., Rohan was a mentally ill Christian) lit a fire in the eastern wing of the mosque, which spread to all of its contents… The [Arab] civilians succeeded in saving what was left of the Al-Aqsa Mosque before the fire could overcome it, after firefighting trucks came quickly from the cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, and different regions of the West Bank and the Arab towns in order to save the Al-Aqsa Mosque . This is despite the occupation authorities’ attempts to prevent them from doing this, and the fact that they stopped the water to the area around the mosque precisely on the day of the arson (sic., there is no evidence for these claims). The occupation [Jerusalem] Municipality’s firefighting trucks were also intentionally late in arriving so as not to participate in putting out the fire (sic., Israeli firefighters arrived within minutes but rioting Muslims interfered with their work and broke the only fire hydrant at the site). After Israel caught the perpetrator, an Australian citizen who came to Palestine as a tourist, it used the excuse that he was ‘insane’ in order to transport him to the place of his birth, Australia, after he was in a psychiatric hospital next to Acre for a short period.”

Michael Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
Head preacher in Al-Aqsa Mosque, on 1969 arson set by deranged Christian: “The fires have not ended and the Jews’ aspirations regarding the mosque still exist”  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Aug. 21, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “On the 48th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson, [Head of the Supreme Muslim Council and head] preacher in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ikrima Sabri: ‘The fires have not ended and the Jews’ aspirations regarding the mosque still exist. The fires [currently] take different forms, including the invasions of the mosque by the settlers, the Israeli excavations, and the punishment of the Muslims by distancing them from the mosque and arresting them.’”

The image shows Head of the Supreme Muslim Council and head preacher in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ikrima Sabri.

Michael Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Presidential Guard falsely claims that deranged Christian who set fire to Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 wasn’t insane; Israel prevented putting out the fire  
Source: Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guards, Aug. 21, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guard

Posted text: “The 48th anniversary of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
On Aug. 21, [1969,] a large fire broke out in the eastern wing of the Southern Mosque (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself), which is on the southern side of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza]…
Israel caught perpetrator [Michael Rohan], claimed that he was insane, and deported him to Australia. He lived there until 1995, when it was claimed that he passed away. During the period when he received psychiatric therapy and until his death, several [sources] confirmed that he was not mentally ill at all, or something like that…
Israel also stopped the water to the area around the mosque exactly on the day of the arson (sic., there is no evidence for this claim), and the Jerusalem Municipality firefighting trucks were intentionally late in arriving so as not to participate in putting out the fire (sic., Israeli firefighters arrived within minutes but rioting Muslims interfered with their work and broke the only fire hydrant at the site)...”

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PA Libel: "Jews of high position" planned Al-Aqsa Mosque ‎arson in in 1969‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 21, 2017


Documentary narrator:
"From investigations conducted by the Islamic Council it ‎became clear that there was more than one perpetrator [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson ‎in 1969] and that the fire was planned by senior Jews of high position, especially since ‎the roof can only be reached from a wooden spiral staircase located outside the Al-‎Aqsa building. This proves that careful, premeditated measures were taken to ‎completely destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The proof is that the occupation authorities ‎were slow to extinguish [the fire] and that the water supply to the Sanctuary (i.e., the ‎Temple Mount) had been cut off during those hours." ‎
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Note: The fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 was started by a deranged Australian ‎Christian, but the Palestinian Authority for years has attributed it to Israel.‎
The documentary was also broadcast on PA Live TV on the same date in 2013, at an ‎event under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The documentary was also broadcast on PA Live TV on the same date in 2013, at an ‎event under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and on official PA TV on Aug. 21, 2015.
PA Ministry of Information: The 1969 Al-Aqsa Mosque arson proves that the "targeting of the [holy] sites... is a calculated terrorist policy" by successive Israeli governments  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 20, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information: The Al-Aqsa Mosque arson is [an act of] terror to which no statute of limitations will apply”
      “The [PA] Ministry of Information mentioned the 48th anniversary of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque... The ministry emphasized in a statement today, Sunday [Aug. 20, 2017], that the despicable crime of terrorist Denis Michael (sic., Michael Denis William Rohan, a mentally unstable Christian who set the mosque on fire; see note below) and the claim that he was ‘not sane’prove that the targeting of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity is a calculated terrorist policy that has achieved the patronage of the successive occupation governments.The ministry said that the attempt to burn the mosque – the religious and national symbol that constitutes the first direction of prayer [in Islam], the second mosque, and the third [holiest] sanctuary – constitutes limitless terror to which no statute of limitations applies and which is part of the unlimited war against the mosques and churches...
The ministry also again emphasized that the fact that 48 years have passed since the crime of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson does not exempt Israel from accountability or allow it to transgress international law, to hold the sensibilities of the Muslims in contempt, and to attack freedom of worship.”

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Unusual statement by PA Mufti, contrary to usual demonization of Israel and Jews, the Mufti announced Israel had not stolen anything from the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 20, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem: There are no signs of theft of the contents of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
      "[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Muhammad Hussein emphasized that a damage assessment committees’ check of the Al-Aqsa Mosque after the attack of the settlers and occupation forces during recent events (i.e., Israeli security measures following a fatal terror attack; see note below) did not find signs of theft or destruction of the mosque's property."

The mention of “recent events” refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.
PLO official: Summer camps for kids were called “Jerusalem and the Return” due to Israel’s “attempt to take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Judaization of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 19, 2017
Official PA TV program Panorama of the Hour, on the Al-Quds and the Return Summer Camp for children in Gaza, hosting Director-General of Refugee Camps in the PLO Department for Refugee Affairs ‎Mazen Abu Zaid

Director-General of Refugee Camps in the PLO Department for Refugee Affairs ‎Mazen Abu Zaid: “In the shadow of the recent events in Jerusalem, the attempt [by Israel] to take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Judaization of Jerusalem, the summer camps had to be called “Jerusalem and the Return” indicating a very close connection - not just to return to Jerusalem, but to all of the Palestinian villages and cities from which our forefathers were expelled. The close connection to Jerusalem is because it is an important and dear part of our Palestinian land, and it is a basic part of the Muslim and Christian nation’s holy sites. Therefore they need to be named this, as it is important that our small children be aware and know what is happening in [current] events, as they are the foundation of the future."
Abbas representative at ceremony: Israel has a plan to “Judaize Jerusalem and build a synagogue as a prelude to building the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2017
Headline: "Abd Al-Rahim: Netanyahu is a wounded wolf who is attempting to take revenge and complete his plan in Jerusalem"

"Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim emphasized that 'We must be careful about the occupation's plans to Judaize Jerusalem and build a synagogue as a prelude to building the alleged Temple, and we must not close our eyes until victory.'
He added during a speech on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in a ceremony that Al-Quds Open University held yesterday [Aug. 9, 2017] for the launch of the graduation ceremonies of the 20th class of its graduates and to honor the outstanding students: 'We must be careful, as the Israeli assessment is that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is a wounded wolf (PMW could find no such statement in the Israeli media, but this apparently refers to corruption investigations against Netanyahu and those close to him –Ed.) who is attempting to take revenge and complete his plan in Jerusalem, and he has opened the way for the settlers to desecrate our holy sites and expel our people.'"
PA religous official calls on Palestinians to "visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out constant Ribat there and not give the occupation and settlers an opportunity [to harm it]" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2017
Headline: “The Ramallah and El-Bireh Directorate of Religion called to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
          “Director-General of the Ramallah and El-Bireh Directorate of Religion (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Religious Affairs) Sheikh Wafiq Alawi, during the monthly meeting of the imams and employees, called to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out constant Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and not give the occupation and settlers an opportunity [to harm it]. He also explained that the members of our people have recorded and are still recording the most spectacular epics of heroism and belonging to their homeland and their mosque.”

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PLO official supports “national resistance in all of its forms” against Israel, which is trying to “Judaize our sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 4, 2017
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: Despite the difficult conditions, the Palestinian people amazes every day by inventing types of struggle”
       “Palestinian Liberation Front Secretary-General and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf… said that the Palestinian people is inventing unique types of struggle every day, despite the difficult conditions that it is in and the problems in the Arab reality around it or within the Palestinian reality itself. He also emphasized the adherence to national resistance in all of its forms ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) against the conceited settlement occupation that strives to uproot our people, Judaize our sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and eliminate our cause.”

The terms "all means”, "all means of resistance," “all forms,” are ‎used by PA leaders to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.
PLO official warns of “religious war” because of “violations” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including “alleged Temple organizations” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: "Qurei: The extremists and settlers are pushing the situation in Jerusalem in the direction of a religious war"
      "PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the [PLO] Department of Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei warned against the outbreak of a religious war in Jerusalem as a result of the acts and violations of the Israeli occupation and its settlers. Qurei explained today (Tuesday) [Aug. 1, 2017] in a press statement that the 'alleged Temple organizations' are implementing a policy of incitement. He noted that they announced the organization of a procession with many participants from the new gate of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and called for wide participation today in invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The head of the [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs said that the violations that are escalating in the holy city [of Jerusalem] are a crime that is encouraged by the Israeli occupation government, which is fully responsible for the violence and terror that are taking place."

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Fatah accuses Israel of trying to "desecrate" holy sites, and blames Israel for subsequent violence  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: The invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitute a continuation of the racist Zionist extremism"
     "The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah said today [Aug. 1, 2017] in a statement from the information department of the [Fatah] Commission of Mobilization and Organization that the settlers’ incessant invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, under protection of the occupation police, constitute a continuation of the Zionist extremism and a hostile and explicit call to desecrate the sanctity of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity in occupied Jerusalem… The Fatah Movement held the Israeli government – as the occupying force – fully responsible for the consequences of this criminal policy and the popular and legitimate rage of the Palestinian masses that it will awaken."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA daily falsely accuses Israel of attacking, defacing and theft at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during security sweeps following a terror attack there  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2017
    “The occupation did not make do with closing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacking its gates, but also carried out acts of defacing and theft of historical manuscripts, sweeping away soil from around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, uprooting trees, and removing ancient stones from the Lion’s Gate and the alleys of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and it also allowed extremist settlers to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (sic., Israel temporarily closed the Temple Mount following a terror attack there and reopened it with security measures; see note below)."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

The mention of Israeli steps in Jerusalem refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.
PA TV: Jews came to Palestine to “build their alleged Temple.” Once built, “they expect the Messiah will come… the Jews will be redeemed and rule the world for a thousand years” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 28, 2017

Official PA TV program Al-Aqsa Citadels, on the Temple.

Official PA TV narrator: "The Jews came to Palestine looking for a place to settle and a land to occupy. They came because of a Zionist belief and biblical prophecy that they strive to realize: To take over Jerusalem, which they call the Promised Land, and afterwards to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their alleged Temple. They expect that after they build it, the Messiah they are expecting will come, and through him the Jews will be redeemed, and they will rule the world for a thousand years. The Messiah will fight the antisemites, and will rule them according to the Jewish law. All the Jews from the different groups hold this belief about the Temple. First Prime Minister of the [Israeli] occupation government [David] Ben Gurion said: 'Israel has no value without Jerusalem, and Jerusalem has no value without the Temple (sic., Ben Gurion spoke about the significance of Jerusalem, but did not make this statement).'""
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Fatah youth movement calls for “widening confrontations with the occupation,” if Jerusalem is “harmed” – “it means opening the gates of hell before the occupiers” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
Headline: "The Shabiba calls for widespread participation in a Friday of Ribat as a sign of support for Jerusalem"
      "The Fatah Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a statement in which it saluted 'the resolve and Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) of the members of our people, its women, young, elderly, national forces, and religious institutions in Jerusalem, which are currently proudly defending the Arabness of Jerusalem, the Islamicness of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the honor of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation.' The Shabiba movement also appreciated the position of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership, their latest decisions regarding Jerusalem, including stopping all types of contact with the occupation, and their call to the members of our people to carry out Ribat in order to defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also admired the position of the Palestinian leadership to aid the resolve of the Palestinian citizens in Jerusalem. Fatah's Shabiba demanded that its sons, activists, and supporters, and all of the young Palestinians widely participate in a Friday of Ribat, to widen the circle of the confrontation with the occupation forces and the herds of settlers, to open all the fronts in the villages, cities, and refugee camps, and to widen the area of confrontation so that it will include all of the settlements and roads that serve them, in order to convey the message of the young Palestinians that Jerusalem is a Palestinian taboo, and that harming it means opening the gates of hell before the occupiers."
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PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs in official statement: Israeli PM wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
     “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said that the battle of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem is continuing and will only end with the disappearance of the occupation. The ministry explained in a statement yesterday [July 26, 2017] that… it appears that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu thought that this battle would succeed thanks to American aid and Arab, Islamic, and international silence, but Jerusalem’s [Arab] masses and its national and religious leadership surprised him when they rose up to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., they launched violent riots) and prevented the success of his plans. The question that is still being asked is: ‘Will the matters stop at this point or will Netanyahu again repeat his attempts to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times prior to its destruction and the building of the alleged Temple, or will he instead adopt a new and different tactic?’”
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PA Ambassador repeats libel to Archbishop of Cyprus: Israel Judaizes Jerusalem, strives to take over Islamic and Christian holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
Headline: “Ambassador Hassan briefed the Archbishop of Cyprus regarding the occupation’s violations in Jerusalem”

“Ambassador of Palestine in Cyprus Walid Hasan briefed Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem and the Israeli violations regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below. Israel decided to remove the measures on July 24, 2017 –Ed.).
During his meeting with the archbishop of Cyprus in the diocese palace for the end of his role as ambassador of the State of Palestine and head of the council of Arab ambassadors and the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Hassan said that the Israeli policy that is striving to Judaize the holy city [of Jerusalem], to take over the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times threatens to cause the outbreak of a religious war.”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
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PA Religious Affairs Minister tells Palestinians to continue “popular resistance” after metal detectors removed by Israel, “Al-Aqsa belongs only to Muslims” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow, Friday"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is called on citizens to go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in greater numbers tomorrow (Friday) [July 28, 2017] and all of the coming days, despite the Israeli occupation's steps and restrictions that divide [the citizens] from their worship. This is because the next stage is the stage of strengthening the achievements (i.e., Israel’s removal of metal detectors and security cameras that Israel placed at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below) that the residents of Jerusalem obtained thanks to their resolve and popular resistance ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ to the occupation's steps…
He emphasized that the members of the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine have conveyed a clear and unequivocal message to the government of Israel: Our holy sites, and primarily the diamond in the crown, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are not places [that belong to] anybody but the Muslims, who will not be lax in defending them."
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PA daily op-ed: Israeli security measures at Temple Mount are basis for "what they call ‘the Temple,’” first stage in Israeli division and “tak[ing] over” the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 27, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Bakr Abu Bakr, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The intifada from Yasser Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas”
     “The Zionist view regarding the [right to] prayer of Israeli Jews at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., at the Temple Mount), as happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs), is the first and main goal. Likewise, [another] clear goal of placing the ‘sovereign’ metal detectors (see note below –Ed.) is to situate what they call ‘the Temple’ within the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as part of the next stage, in which they will strive to divide the third holiest site to Muslims in the world according to areas, and afterwards will completely take it over.”

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Fatah: Israel has a “plot to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to Judaize them after emptying them of their [Arab] people… on the way to destroying the Mosque and building the alleged Temple” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: “Fatah in Lebanon praises the resolve of the members of our people in the homeland”
     “The leadership of the Fatah Movement in Lebanon praised the sacrifice of the members of our people in the homeland who are groaning from their wounds, silencing their pain, and anticipating the day of victory over the occupation army and those who have carried out crimes against the land of Palestine. In a statement today, Thursday [July 27, 2017], Fatah emphasized that the members of our people in Jerusalem and all of the homeland have proven that they are the ones that are the most capable of taking responsibility, and the most mature in understanding the [Israeli] plot to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to Judaize them after emptying them of their [Arab] people and expelling the worshippers and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), on the way to destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Temple.”
Abbas’ deputy: Israel is facing “intifada and resistance” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 26, 2017
Headline: "Al-Aloul: Our people ignited the Al-Aqsa Intifada for its holy sites, freedom, and sovereignty"

"Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman, [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said that our people carried out intifada in order to resist the occupation's crimes and the decisions and steps of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's government in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel placing metal detectors at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below. Israel decided to remove them on July 24, 2017 –Ed.), and for its sovereignty and freedom. He also emphasized that the leadership has decided to transfer the matter of [Israeli] settlement to the International Criminal Court.
Al-Aloul added in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Wednesday [July 26, 2017]: 'Netanyahu and his extremist government do not understand the status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem in the heart of every Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim, and we think that Netanyahu is currently facing intifada and resistance from our people because of his army’s crimes and the extremist steps of his government.''"
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PA government “demands Islamic nation notice real danger for Al-Aqsa Mosque, obligates Muslims throughout the world to act” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] government decides to establish an emergency committee and immediately implement the [PA] president’s instructions to support Jerusalem”

“During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [July 25, 2017]… led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government emphasized its complete support for the positions presented by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech on Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also emphasized its support for the government’s decision to freeze all of the contacts with the Israeli side until the cancelation of all of the recent steps, particularly in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there that were later removed; see note below -Ed.)…

The government demanded that the Arab nation and Islamic nation notice the real danger posed to the holy city [of Jerusalem] and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which obligates the Muslims throughout the world to act seriously and stand against the dangers encircling the holy city. [It added that] this obligates the international community to act immediately and fulfill its obligations in order to stop the occupation government’s attacks, its racist steps, its Judaizing violations, and the religious war that it is igniting against Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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Abbas encourages Jerusalem riots: “We are with you in all that you have done and are still doing, you are causing us pride” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2017
       “At the beginning of a meeting of the [PA] leadership yesterday evening [July 25, 2017], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that as long as the situation in Jerusalem does not return to being as it was before July 14, [2017], there will be no changes whatsoever (refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there that were later removed; see note below –Ed.). The president added: ‘All of the new Israeli steps on the ground from that date until today need to stop, and then the situation in Jerusalem will return to normal. Afterwards we will continue our work on everything regarding the relations between us and them.’ The president said: ‘Since Israel tried to change the situation, the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem have risen as one (i.e., they launched violent riots –Ed.) You have objected to all of the [Israeli] steps, and we have supported you in what you have done and what you are doing. We are with you in everything that you have done and are still doing, as you are causing us pride, and you are taking care of your Al-Aqsa Mosque, your land, your dignity, your people, your religion, and your holy sites. This is the response to everyone who wants to harm our holy sites. Jerusalem is ours. It is our capital and it is [under] our sovereignty, and therefore what you [Palestinians] are doing is right.’"’
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Fatah encourages riots in Jerusalem, reinforces libel that Al-Aqsa is in danger 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, July 25, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch


Posted text: “At your service, O Al-Aqsa Mosque”

The image shows a clenched fist surrounded by flames. It has the Fatah logo on it that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Text on upper part of image: “The Fatah Movement Bethlehem branch”
Text on lower part of image: “At your service, O Jerusalem
At your service, O Al-Aqsa Mosque”
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Official PA daily columnist: Israelis want to prevent Muslims from coming to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy the mosque, and build the Third Temple 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 25, 2017

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida columnist Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul: "
The step [Israel] took when it placed metal detectors was for the purpose of causing a deterioration of the situation that would impose a full division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [between Muslims and Jews] according to times and areas. And the step that would
have followed this would have been to prevent Muslims from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the first of the two directions of prayer, and the third holiest site [in Islam] – and afterwards the destruction of the mosque and the building of the Third Temple."
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Fatah, despite Israel’s removal of metal detectors at Temple Mount: “With our blood we will thwart the Zionists’ plans” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 25, 2017
Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Text on image: “The surveillance and espionage cameras are a violation of freedom of worship
Freedom of worship is limited by the intelligence cameras
With our blood we will thwart the Zionists’ plans
#No_to_the_cameras”
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Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

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Fatah protests security measures on Temple Mount, tacitly encouraging riots 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 25, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The upper right of the image shows the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while a security camera appears in the upper center, and metal detectors appear at the bottom.

Text on post and image: “No to the occupation
No to the metal detectors
No to the cameras
#The_three_no’s_of_Jerusalem”
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Note: “The three no’s” in Fatah’s post above, echo three other no’s - those of the Arab League’s 1967 Khartoum Resolution: No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with Israel.

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs repeats PA libel: Israel “plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is about Israel’s removal of the metal detectors from the Temple Mount, where they were placed following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered - see note below

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is: "Israel divided [the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Jews and Muslims] regarding [prayer] time, when it admitted the herds of settlers in the morning hours and allowed them to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, and after it began to place metal detectors [at the entrances] it wants to divide it [the Mosque] according to place. It wants to reach what is beyond that, as it has plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place."
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PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns security measures on the Temple Mount following terror attack, praises riots; Abbas’ advisor warns about deteriorating situation 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2017
      “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned all of the steps and measures that the occupation authorities are taking against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… whose goal is to put the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque up for negotiation and to create a new reality, through which different issues of Israeli sovereignty will be forced on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.)…
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said that the members of our people, and especially in Jerusalem, have succeeded in thwarting the aggressive and dangerous Israeli plan through their uprising, and that they are waging the battle on behalf of the Arab world and the Islamic world… Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash demanded that the UN and [UN] Security Council intervene urgently in order to stop the Israeli escalation, before the situation deteriorates further and reaches the point of no return.”

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Editorial in PA daily condemns Israel's "brutal attack against Jerusalem and the plans to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque," promotes Jerusalem riots 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017
Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily

     “After an expanded meeting of the Palestinian leadership, which was held two days ago [July 21, 2017] and was dedicated to a discussion on the ways of dealing with the occupation’s brutal attack against Jerusalem and the plans to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech directed to the Palestinian people. In his speech, he called on all the national activity factions – and particularly on Hamas – to rise above our disagreements, give preference to the national matter over matters connected to the factions, and act for the unity of our people… President Mahmoud Abbas’ call is the call of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is a crucial historical moment: Either there will be national unity to support Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or there will be a more brutal occupation and more dangerous plans. But Palestine will not agree to anything other than unity. It will not agree to a continuation of the occupation, and will not agree that its holy sites be harmed or undergo Judaization.”
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Abbas: Jerusalem must be “purely Arab”, “no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem”; Israel planning to “establish alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017
Excerpt of the full speech of Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, given on behalf of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the opening of the Second National Forum for Scientists in Palestine

“You know that the Palestinian leadership yesterday [July 22, 2017] held a meeting… in order to discuss the current situation and formulate appropriate solutions to deal with the developments. As far as we’re concerned, Jerusalem is our political Qiblah (i.e., the direction for Muslim prayer, Mecca)… to which our compass will not cease to point, no matter what the sacrifices may be. There will be no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem, and Jerusalem must be purely Arab for its Muslims and Christians. We will not agree to Jewish rule or sovereignty over it... My brothers, [Israel] forcing sovereignty on Jerusalem is an old plan for these followers of the Talmud. I tell you that this is not about a division [between Jews and Muslims] according to [prayer] times or areas in Jerusalem (sic., on the Temple Mount), but rather it is a step on the way to establishing the alleged Temple, which they are talking about now in the most open manner and with the utmost recklessness and insolence.”
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Fatah spokesman calls on Hamas to end the rift with Fatah and answer “the call of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the members of our people who are carrying out Ribat” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017
      "In a press statement yesterday [July 22, 2017], Fatah Revolutionary Council member and [Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi demanded that the Hamas Movement immediately heed the call of President Abbas and the leadership, answer the call of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, put an end to the [Fatah-Hamas] rift immediately, and direct the compass towards Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, because Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are bigger than any disagreement. He added: ‘Our hands are extended to Hamas to end the rift, on the basis of Palestine, Jerusalem, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque being bigger than all, and therefore [Hamas] must answer the call of justice, the call of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the members of our people who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic).’”

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Fatah Facebook post condemns Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there: “No to taking over the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 22, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Unacceptable”

Text at bottom of image: “No to half-solutions (i.e., compromises on Israeli security steps at the Temple Mount)
Unacceptable
#Rage_for_Jerusalem”

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Fatah official sends letter of complaint to UN Sec-Gen after he condemned terror attack: Israel is carrying out Judaization in Jerusalem, “excavations are still continuing in order to completely undermine [Al-Aqsa's] structure”  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, July 22, 2017
        "Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki sent a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres in which he mentioned the illegal status of the settlements and settlers, after Guterres condemned the stabbing operation in the settlement of Halamish (i.e., terror attack, 3 murdered). Zaki said in the letter that he sent to Gutteres: 'You must examine the illegal status of the settlement and become aware of the settlers’ crimes against the Palestinian people, its land, and its holy sites…
In addition, the [UN] Security Council's resolutions have condemned and voided all of the Judaization acts that Israel has carried out in Jerusalem... These resolutions have confirmed the illegality of the occupation and demanded that Israel retreat from Jerusalem, as it is part of the lands that it occupied in 1967… Therefore, the Israeli authorities have no right to change or renovate any part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which the Israeli authorities have turned part of it into a synagogue, and the excavations are still continuing in order to completely undermine its structure, which constitutes a war crime.'"

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Spokesman of PA Security Forces: Settlers' "entry" to Al-Aqsa Mosque is cause of violence, denies Jewish connection to the Temple Mount 
Source: Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, July 22, 2017
 Posted text: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is 144 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres) to which the occupation state has no political, religious, human, or moral right. The extremist settlers’ entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is what is encouraging the violence, killing, terror, blood, and hatred, and creating an atmosphere that is appropriate for natural responses of equal value (apparently refers to a terror attack that took place a day before the post, in which 3 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and not a single one of the Palestinians who are defending the principle of their faith and their homeland. The myth of the alleged Temple has been refuted by all of the excavations and archaeologists, even the Jews among them (sic., ample archaeological evidence has proven the existence of the First and Second Temples). After dozens of excavations under the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, they have not found a single [piece of] evidence for this lie. The occupation’s soldiers or its [metal detector] gates do not protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.). [The Al-Aqsa Mosque’s] scholars, its young people, its women, and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at its holy gates are the ones protecting it.”
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Fatah official: “The Israeli occupation is an enemy of the first order;” calls to “protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and to “resist the occupation” 
Source: Safa, independent news agency, July 22, 2017
     "Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said that the Palestinian decision regarding what is happening in Jerusalem is clear, and it is to freeze all relations with the occupation, in all their forms and types... The Fatah deputy chairman added that the Israeli occupation is an enemy of the first order, and it must not exploit the freezing of Palestinian relations with it in order to punish the Palestinian leadership… Al-Aloul directed a message to the Palestinian people and said: 'Let us all unite around a unified position against the occupation, and we must understand that our basic argument is with the Israeli occupation alone. We must join together to protect our land, our Al-Aqsa Mosque, and our Palestinian people. We hope that the Hamas Movement will respond to the repeated call of the president to end the [Fatah-Hamas] rift, because this moment is a dangerous moment and the moment of truth… Al-Aloul called to resist the occupation, as it is not possible to reach any understandings with it in light of the unfair and ongoing Israeli actions against the members of the Palestinian people. The Fatah Central Committee is the one that led the events yesterday in the West Bank, and it is forbidden to submit to the policy of creating facts on the ground that Israel is imposing on us."

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PLO official praises riots and “intifada” for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 22, 2017
     “The [PA] national unity government yesterday [July 21, 2017] again demanded that the world fulfill its obligations and act urgently to stop the dangerous escalation in the occupied Arab city of Jerusalem… It added that the occupation government is rejecting all of the Arab, international, and regional calls, demands, and pressures to stop the steps it is taking (refers to Israel placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and is continuing the dangerous escalation policy through its insistence on trying to change the historical status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in the occupied Arab city of Jerusalem – which constitutes a blatant and completely unacceptable attack on the holiest site to the Arabs and Muslims…
Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf emphasized that our people is rising up (the root of the word is intifada –Ed.) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem with tireless determination in order to defend its Islamic and Christian holy sites… In an interview with the media, Abu Yusuf added that our people’s intifada in Jerusalem and throughout the Palestinian West Bank, as part of the popular day of rage against the occupation’s steps and the actions of the herds of settlers, is thwarting all of the plans being developed by the occupation government and its ally, the American administration.”

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Fatah calls for “day of rage” to “support” the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Safa, independent news agency, July 21, 2017
Headline: "The Fatah Revolutionary Council called for a mass popular uprising on Friday for the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council said tonight [July 21, 2017] that it is monitoring with full interest and seriousness the developments of the occupation's aggression against Jerusalem in general, and against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, through a series of systematic steps that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's government is carrying out against our holy sites and our people in Jerusalem. The Revolutionary Council emphasized in a press statement the necessity that Friday be a day of mobilization and support for the Al-Aqsa Mosque by everyone that can, and also a day of rage against the occupation in all the areas of friction. The council called to organize demonstrations towards Jerusalem from the adjacent cities, villages, and refugee camps. It also directed a blessing of honor and admiration to the members of our people in Jerusalem that are defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque with all their might, alongside the employees of the Waqf and the men and women carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic)."
Terrorists’ final words echo libel that Israel plans to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls Jews “sons of apes and pigs” 
Source: Palestine Today, independent Palestinian news agency (Gaza), July 21, 2017
Headline: “The will of Martyr Omar Al-Abd (i .e., terrorist, murdered 3), who carried out the stabbing operation next to Ramallah”

“My will to you
A blessing and peace will come to the most honored of mankind, the Prophet who was sent [by Allah], our master Muhammad. Read my will, which is also my last words to you. I’m a young person whose age does not exceed 20. I have many dreams and aspirations. In the past I knew that with the help of Allah my dreams would come true. I loved life [and wanted] to sketch a smile on people’s faces. But what sort of life is this? A life in which our women are murdered and our young people are abused, and they defile our Al-Aqsa Mosque, the place of our beloved [Prophet Muhammad’s] Night Journey, while we are asleep. Isn’t it a disgrace for us to sit idle? You whose weapons are covered with rust, you who only take out your weapons for display – aren’t you ashamed of yourselves? They’ve declared war on Allah. Isn’t Allah deserving of you making efforts for Him? They closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel closing the Temple Mount for two days and placing metal detectors at its entrances following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and your weapon did not respond to the call! All that is in my hands is a sharpened knife, and it answers the call of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Be ashamed to show your face! Be ashamed, you who arouse strife (i.e., the Hamas-Fatah rift) among us! Allah will take revenge on you and you will give an accounting before Allah! It is enough that we are all sons of Palestine and sons of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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Abbas expresses pride to UN delegation over Palestinian struggle, claims Israel attempts to “impose new facts on the ground”, endanger the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president expressed his pride in the members of our people, and particularly in Jerusalem, and warned against the continuation of the Israeli steps"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas held conversations with [leaders in] several capitals and yesterday [July 20, 2017] sent a Palestinian delegation to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. This was in order to brief the members of the UN Palestine Committee regarding the rights of the Palestinian people which cannot be renounced, to hold a special and immediate meeting, and to broaden [the scope of] its meetings so that they will include a discussion about the dangerous situation taking place in occupied Jerusalem, and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and to act to publish a position according to which all of the steps taken by the Israeli government regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque must be stopped, the metal detectors (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) must be removed, the historical and legal situation, freedom of worship, and the right of our people and all Muslims throughout the world to exercise their right to hold religious ceremonies freely must be respected, as is anchored in international law."
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Fatah official expresses support for “continuing struggle” of young people against Israel, defense of Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 21, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “Muhaisen: Everything that is happening is a toll for the defense of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque
[Fatah] General Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization [in the West Bank], Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and PLO Central Council member] Dr. Jamal Muhaisen emphasized that despite all of the violations that the members of our people are experiencing and the attempts to stop their struggle and prevent them from praying, the young Palestinians are continuing in their struggle to defend the sites that are holy to Islam. He said: ‘We know well that all that is happening is a toll for the defense of the sanctified site that is the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’”
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PA Governor of Ramallah asks Allah for "mercy on the Martyrs of Palestine" and to "guard... the Al-Aqsa Mosque from evil" 
Source: Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, July 21, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam

Posted text:
“Let us all sound a sincere call for the Al-Aqsa Mosque
O Allah, Master of the Universe, we ask of You to guard Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque from evil. O Allah, protect Jerusalem, its [Arab] residents, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the plot of Your enemies, the enemies of the religion. O Allah, be with [the residents of Jerusalem], strengthen them, and give them victory over their enemies. O Allah, grant us the prayer of the conquerors, or Martyrdom-death (Shahada) at its threshold.
It is in Your hand, and You can bring it
O Allah, have mercy on the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine and on the Martyrs of the Islamic nation
O Allah, Amen
July 21, 2017”
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Fatah during tension in Jerusalem: “Allah, liberate our mosque from the occupation's filth" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 21, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: "O Allah, liberate our mosque from the occupation's filth"

The image shows the Dome of the Rock being cradled in the palms of a person's hands.

Text on image: "A good and blessed Friday"
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Director of Cave of the Patriarchs: Israel is “striving to divide the [Al-Aqsa] mosque according to areas and times and to build ‘the alleged Temple’” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2017
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Ibrahimi Mosque, and the unity of fate”
      “Director of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) Sheikh Hafzi Abu Sneineh emphasized to [the official PA news agency] WAFA that the pressures being exerted on the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the [Israeli] aspirations to take control of them are not something new…
He also said: ‘If the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem will be silent over this policy, the occupation will think that it will be easy for it to completely take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ He emphasized that prayer at its gates is a legitimate right, and the agreement to enter the mosque through the metal detectors (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) is recognition of the occupation’s control and sovereignty over the site, and [the residents of Jerusalem] know best the fact that the occupation is striving to divide the mosque according to areas and times and to build ‘the alleged Temple.’”

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Abbas’ advisor: Metal detectors at Temple Mount entrances are “a blatant blow to the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… a purely Islamic site, to which non-Muslims have no right,” Israel is “pushing the whole region towards… a religious war” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: Israel has no right to interfere in the affairs of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized… that the placement of metal detectors by the occupation authorities and the checking of worshippers by the occupation’s soldiers (both implemented following a terror attack at the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017 in which 2 were murdered; see note below –Ed.) constitute a blatant blow to the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a blow to the role of the [Jordanian] Waqf, and arrogant interference in a purely Islamic site, to which non-Muslims have no right… He added that Israel is playing with fire and pushing the whole region towards the abyss and towards a religious war that will consume everything, and from whose flames nobody will be saved.”

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Fatah official incites against Israel; calls for “day of escalation and refusal of all Israeli steps” in Jerusalem 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 20, 2017
“Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki… said in an exclusive statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that in the last [Fatah] Central Committee meeting, which was held two days ago (Tuesday) [July 18, 2017], they discussed the issue of Jerusalem, the Israeli attacks on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and the steps that the [Fatah] Movement will take on the matter. He noted that the movement has declared this Friday a day of general mobilization to Jerusalem…
He also noted that the [Fatah] Central Committee called on its supporters and members of the organization to turn this Friday into a day of escalation and refusal of all the Israeli steps in the holy city [of Jerusalem].”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
Fatah official encourages Palestinians to participate “as widely as possible” in “day of rage” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Zaki calls for as wide a popular participation as possible in the processions and activities of support for Jerusalem tomorrow”

“Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki today (Thursday) [July 20, 2017] called on the Palestinian and Arab masses to participate as widely as possible in the day of rage tomorrow (Friday), in order to support the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He saluted the resolve of the heroic [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, who have confronted the occupation forces with their exposed bodies and their souls, and have always proven that they are the gatekeepers and defenders of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He added: ‘The first Palestinian rebellion, the Al-Buraq rebellion in the 1920s (i.e., 1929 Hebron Massacre and accompanying riots), broke out from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to defend the Arab and Islamic identity of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount). During it, the three heroes Muhammad Jamjoum, Ataa Al-Zir, and Fuad Hijazi (i.e., terrorists, see note below) died as Martyrs (Shahids) while defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The tunnel rebellion (i.e., Western Wall Tunnel clashes, see note below) also broke out from within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1996, when [then Israeli Minister Ariel] Sharon defiled the mosque’s plazas (sic., the clashes broke out after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened an access tunnel. In 2000, the PA launched its terror campaign of 2000-2005 after Sharon visited the Temple Mount).”

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Abbas’ religious advisor claims Israeli security measures on Temple Mount “constitute aggression against religious and political rights of Muslims”; Fatah claims Israel planning to “empty Jerusalem” of Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Friday is a day of general high-alert and prayers will not take place except at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash called on the international community to act before it will be too late to prevent the deterioration of the situation in the Middle East and the world because of the continuation of the racist Israeli attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Israel placed metal detectors at its entrances after a terror attack in which 2 Israelis were murdered took place there on July 14, 2017; see note below –Ed.).
The supreme Shari’ah judge emphasized that the responsibility for the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the sole right of Muslims, and that the Israeli interference in Al-Aqsa Mosque affairs constitutes aggression against the religious and political rights of the Muslims.

The Fatah Movement yesterday [July 19, 2017] again emphasized its absolute opposition to the Israeli steps of aggression in occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Fatah Revolutionary Council member [and Official Fatah Movement Spokesman] Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement that Fatah will not agree to the implementation of the Israeli plan to empty the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy city [of Jerusalem] of its original inhabitants, the members of the Palestinian people.
Al-Qawasmi added: ‘We and all the members of our people that carries out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) condemn the illegal steps of the occupation authorities, and also oppose entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque through metal detectors.’”

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PA and Fatah officials participate in “day of rage” processions, call for “escalations” after Israeli security measures at Temple Mount following terror atttack  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2017
      "The cities of Ramallah and El-Bireh and the Qalandiya refugee camp yesterday [July 19, 2017] were witness to processions and [solidarity] vigils for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and demonstrations of protest over the occupation placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, amid cries to hold a day of rage on Friday and to generally be on high alert. The Fatah Movement called for a procession in Ramallah and an additional evening procession in the Qalandiya refugee camp, south of the city, and it also held an Islamic-Christian [solidarity] vigil in front of the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs in El-Bireh, in conjunction with similar processions in Tubas, Jenin, and the West Bank, and processions of other forces in Gaza. Fatah and the religious, popular, and young forces and figures yesterday declared a day of rage for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which included mobilization for the holy city, a continuation of the sit-in strike before the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and processions throughout the occupied territories. In Ramallah, Fatah held a procession of 'rage' against the occupation's steps at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that began yesterday afternoon from Marytr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat Square towards Al-Manara Square and the main roads."

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Guest on PA TV: “The Zionist gang will not remove its hands from the holy sites unless it meets armed force… They showed hatred towards Jesus, and plotted to destroy and kill him” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 20, 2017
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting lecturer on Islam at Al-Azhar University in Egypt Ahmed Karima

Lecturer on Islam at Al-Azhar University in Egypt Ahmed Karima: “Wage Jihad against them [the Jews] with your bodies. I say this to you in the language of the honorable religion: The Zionist gang will not remove its hands from the holy sites unless it meets armed force. When has Israel, the criminal gang, agreed to give something for nothing in return? Allah explained what is in their hearts. He said in the Quran: ‘Every time they kindled the fire of war [against you], Allah extinguished it’ (Quran, Sura 5:64, Sahih International translation). Allah mentioned their acts of aggression, such as killing the prophets and messengers, and the hatred they showed towards them. They showed hatred towards Jesus, and plotted to destroy and kill him. Banu Nadir and [Banu] Qurayza (refers to Jewish tribes that Muhammad’s army attacked; see note below –Ed.) plotted against Islam’s Prophet [Muhammad] in Yathrib (i.e., Medina), and their brothers [did so] at Khaibar. They are people who do not live in peace with anyone.”

Khaibar is the name of the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad's army in 628. Many Jews were murdered in the battle, which marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia. There are Muslims who see this event as a precursor to future wars against Jews.
PA official: US is the “head of the snake,” Israel carrying out “Zionist plot against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa” 
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, July 19, 2017
Text and copy of a statement posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki


Posted Text: "[Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki calls urgently on the Arab parties and the Arab peoples to announce a general mobilization to support Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

Text of statement:
"Brothers, comrades, secretary-generals, political party heads, and heads of the national forces in the Arab world…

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PA official: Uprising against Israel over Jerusalem is the “campaign of every Arab and Muslim” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 19, 2017
Headline: "Tirawi calls to support the members of our people in Jerusalem in their defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of Popular Organizations Tawfiq Tirawi] emphasized that what the occupation is doing at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not a security step, but rather a plan of the occupation prepared in advance, which is being implemented at this time by using the latest events at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., terror attack on July 14, 2017, 2 murdered; see note below) as an excuse…
He emphasized that our Palestinian people will not allow the harming of its [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and Jerusalem.
Tirawi demanded that all the national and Islamic factions join the masses of Jerusalem residents, and not leave them on their own in the campaign. He noted that this is the campaign of every Palestinian man and woman, and moreover – of every Arab and Muslim.
Tirawi said that the Israeli occupation must understand that it is not possible that there will be peace or security and stability in the shadow of the escalating violations against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that security solutions will not bring security and stability."

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
PA government: Israel is "targeting the identity, heritage, and faith of the Palestinians in Jerusalem," which will "ignite a religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 19, 2017
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah held the government of Israel – as the occupying power – fully responsible for the harm to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
During the weekly government meeting led by him, which was held yesterday [July 18, 2017] in Ramallah, the prime minister warned against the consequences of the occupation government’s steps in Jerusalem, which began last Friday [July 14, 2017] with the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (the Temple Mount was closed for two days and afterwards metal detectors were placed at the entrances to the site in response to a terror attack there in which 2 were murdered)… [The PA government] emphasized that what is happening constitutes blatant aggression and an Israeli plan that is targeting the identity, heritage, and faith of the Palestinians in Jerusalem, and their presence in the occupied holy city – something that is only liable to intensify the tensions in Jerusalem in particular and in the region in general, to lead to an explosion of the situation, and to ignite a religious war for whose disastrous consequences the government of Israel will be fully responsible.”
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PA officials: Jews have “no connection” to Temple Mount, continued Israeli “crimes in Jerusalem” will lead to “more violence and spilling of blood in the entire region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2017
Headline: "Sources of authority in Jerusalem call to boycott the metal detectors, and Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"The Islamic sources of authority in Jerusalem… called on residents of Jerusalem and Palestine to resist all of the Israeli occupation's cruel steps, which are being expressed by a change in the historical status quo, and include placing metal detectors at the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates. They called not to use [the metal detectors] under any circumstances and not to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque through them.
In a joint statement, Islamic sources of authority yesterday [July 17, 2017] called on citizens to go up to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray and serve Allah. They said: 'If they continue to require entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by passing through metal detectors, we call on the members of our people to pray and devote themselves to serving Allah before the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the streets of Jerusalem, and its alleys.'
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is called on citizens to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to pray at the places they can reach, and to support the members of our people in Jerusalem, who are living these days under the swords of the right-wing [Israeli] government…
Ida'is also issued instructions to focus on the occupation government’s unprecedented attacks and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the next Friday sermon…

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PA official: Israel changing Temple Mount status quo with placement of metal detectors; “more dangerous” than attack by “Jewish extremist” on Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), July 18, 2017
Headline: "Tayseer Khaled: Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are the main concern of the leaders of the Arab and Islamic states"

"PLO Executive Committee member and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) political bureau member Tayseer Khaled called on the Arab and Islamic governments to act to curb the dangers threatening Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque now when it is clear that the government of Israel is using the events of last Friday in the area of the mosque and its plazas (i.e., terror attack on July 14, 2017, 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) as an opening to change the status quo step by step, from letting worshippers pass through metal detectors, to the division of one of the holiest sites in the eyes of Arabs and Muslims according to areas and times (i.e., separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews).
He noted that what is happening at this time at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is much more dangerous than what has happened through all the years of the occupation, including the fire that broke out at the mosque after Jewish extremist Dennis Michael (sic., Michael Dennis Rohan, an Australian Christian; see note below) ignited a fire in its western wing on Aug. 21, 1969."

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza
PA PM: Israel is escalating situation at Al-Aqsa Mosque, will lead to stronger Palestinian reaction 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2017
Headline: "Hamdallah talks on the phone with his Jordanian counterpart about the latest developments in Jerusalem"

"[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki talked yesterday [July 17, 2017] on the phone about the latest developments in Jerusalem and about the dangerous Israeli escalation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to the placement of metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.)…
Hamdallah emphasized his absolute opposition to Israel's security excuses, whose purpose is to justify its steps of escalation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He warned against the Israeli plans to change the status quo in Jerusalem, to harm the religious and historical status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to impose more limitations on the freedom of worship there.
He also emphasized that the Israeli military escalation, especially in Jerusalem, will lead to a deterioration of the security situation and an intensification of the reactions."

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
Fatah cartoon depicts Israel as a vulture closing its beak over the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, July 17, 2017

Cartoon posted on the Fatah in Lebanon’s website Falestinona

Headline: "The closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

The cartoon shows a vulture with a Star of David on its beak and the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza with the Dome of the Rock in its mouth.  The “closure” refers to Israel closing the Temple Mount for two days and then placing metal detectors at its entrances following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli policemen were killed.

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PA Security Forces spokesman: The “Israeli government’s insistence on taking control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the pretext of the Temple myth is the main basis of the religious conflict that Jewish extremism and terror want to ignite” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 16, 2017
Headline: “Al-Damiri: The occupation government is opening the door to a religious conflict”
      “General Political Commissioner [of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority] and Official Spokesman of the [PA] Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri said that the extremist Israeli occupation government is opening the door to religious conflict and war by escalating its steps of oppression against the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, against Jerusalem, and against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel installing metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017; see note below –Ed.)…
He said: ‘The extremist Israeli government’s insistence on taking control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the pretext of the Temple myth is the main basis of the religious conflict that Jewish extremism and terror want to ignite.’”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
PLO official: Israeli security measures after terror attack are part of “plan whose goal is to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and afterwards to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple in its place" 
Source: Al-Quds, July 16, 2017
Op-ed by Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs and PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Qurei

      “The provocative steps that the occupation authorities took in all of Jerusalem, and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, since Friday morning (the placing of metal detectors following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 were murdered; see note below –Ed.), have aroused all of the Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic nightmares at once and brought back to memory all of the similar steps that Israel took against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron about half a century ago, which led to the division of the mosque [between Jews and Muslims] by times and areas… And we see with our own eyes the first steps that are paving the way for the implementation of the plan whose goal is to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and afterwards to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple in its place…"

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PA officials blame Israel for terror attack on the Temple Mount, following Israeli “policies against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem," including "securing the settlers’ daily invasions” of the Mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 16, 2017
      “Today, Sunday [July 16, 2017], popular bodies and figures and Jerusalem institutions opposed all of the recent Israeli steps that the occupation forces are attempting to force [through] within the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the plazas of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), and the Old City in occupied Jerusalem (refers to how Israel stationed metal detectors at the entrance to the site in response to a terror attack on the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017 –Ed.). This came as part of a meeting that was described as significant...
In the meeting the following matters were emphasized:
1. The occupation authorities are the ones responsible for the events and actions that have taken place since last Friday (July 14, 2017), which are a product of the occupation’s policies against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, including securing the settlers’ daily invasions of the Noble Sanctuary, continuing the settlement policy, destroying homes, and imposing exorbitant taxes on the [Arab] civilians of Jerusalem.
2. The Israeli occupation is the one responsible for transferring the confrontation that took place outside the Noble Sanctuary to within it last Friday (i.e., Israel temporarily closed the Temple Mount for two days in response to the attack), which confirms the occupation’s intent to exploit what occurred (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) in order to carry out its plans, whose goal is to change the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Palestinian reactions to terror attack on Temple Mount call Israeli responses “a crime,” “acts of terror,” and an “aggression against faith and religion that will drag the region into a religious conflict”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2017
     "In a first precedent since 1969, the occupation forces yesterday [July 14, 2017] closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque until tomorrow (Sunday), prevented [Arab] citizens from praying within it, and turned occupied Jerusalem into a military base. They deployed hundreds of their people in the city's neighborhoods, and used the armed confrontation that took place yesterday morning at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered; see note below) as an excuse for it. Three residents of Umm Al-Fahm – which is within the Green Line (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel; the Green Line is the ceasefire line between Israel and the neighboring Arab countries, 1949-1967) - died as Martyrs (Shahids) and 2 of the occupation's soldiers (sic., border policemen) were killed [in the confrontation]…The [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) said that the fact that the Israeli occupation authorities closed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and did not allow holding the Friday prayer there for the first time since 1969 constitutes a crime, a dangerous precedent, and blatant aggression towards the holy sites and the right and freedom of the Palestinians – Muslims and Christians alike – to hold their religious ceremonies..."

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Op-ed in PA daily criticizes terror attack at Temple Mount as not serving Palestinian interests, but claims Israel has plan to “Judaize” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2017
Excerpt of op-ed by Bassem Barhoum, regular columnist for the official PA daily

        "Nobody disputes the fact that the Israeli occupation is the main problem, and that it is the root of the violence and terror. Why is this occupation, its soldiers, its police, and its intelligence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and around it? And why are they in all of the occupied Palestinian territories at all?[…] The word 'resistance' must not prevent us from thinking of the tragedy that this operation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered; see note below) is likely to bring down upon the Al-Aqsa Mosque and us, especially considering the fact that we know the Israeli-Zionist plans which target [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] with the false claim that it is the 'Temple Mount.' The word 'resistance' must not scare us or prevent us from criticizing it when this 'resistance' serves the enemy or any regional side that is not the Palestinian side, to whom the cause and the land belong.
Also, the wonder at the timing [of the operation] must be tied to its general context, [and] to the fact that the occupation state believes that in the shadow of the growing crises of the Arab nation and the hated [Fatah-Hamas] rift, it has a golden opportunity to complete the plan to Judaize Jerusalem, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular. The completion of this [plan] and the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [between Jews and Muslims] according to areas and times required a trigger from Israel’s viewpoint – and now they have obtained it through this operation…"

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Dean of Islamic schools calls on Muslims to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 15, 2017
Official PA TV program Inside, on the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for two days after a terror attack was committed there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; hosting Dean of the Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine Sheikh Imad Hamato

Dean of the Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine and host of weekly PA TV show in Islam Sheikh Imad Hamato: "We [the Palestinians] are people that do not know our history correctly. We have a deed of ownership from Allah for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We have a deed of ownership from our lord, Allah’s Messenger [Muhammad]…
We must all be at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [expressing our full] emotions, this is a call over those good radio waves, that every Muslim should reexamine his faith. We fear that Allah will examine our hearts and find that we are mired in emotions that will not please Him. Every Muslim must fulfill the obligatory commandment to assist the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is not enough that you say that your identity is Muslim, and it is not enough that you say that your identity is Christian. You must ask forgiveness of Allah and carry out the commandment of Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, around this mosque taken hostage."

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Fatah Facebook promotes violence: "Rage for the Al-Aqsa Mosque!" 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, July 15, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch

The image shows overlaid pictures of a masked Palestinian with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) on his head, barbed wire, and a masked Palestinian with his arms raised in front of the Dome of the Rock.

Text on image: “Rage for the Al-Aqsa Mosque!”
Posted text: “Calls to escalate the confrontations with the occupation forces at the friction points in response to the continued closure of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic.)”

Note: Israel closed the Temple Mount for only two days following a terror attack on July 14, 2017, when Israeli Arab terrorists murdered two Israeli policemen. When Israel reopened the Temple Mount, Palestinians have refused to enter the site in protest of Israel placing metal detectors at the entrance.
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Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.

Fatah Facebook rebroadcasts Abbas' call to prevent Jews "in any way" from “defiling our holy places,” following terror attack on the Temple Mount  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 15, 2017


Text and video posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It's not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places.”
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Following terror attack, Fatah calls on Palestinians to go to Al-Aqsa Mosque to defend it from Israel  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2017
Headline: “Wall-to-wall national and Arab condemnation of the occupation’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The Fatah Movement called on the Palestinians to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque following Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu’s] decision to completely close the mosque yesterday (Friday) [July 14, 2017] (the Temple Mount was closed in response to a terror attack at the site that morning in which 2 Israeli border policemen were murdered, see note below. It was reopened on Sunday, July 16, 2017 –Ed.).
The movement said in a press statement yesterday: ‘The Israeli occupation and the systematic Israeli policy of oppressing the members of our Palestinian people, particularly in Jerusalem, preventing the free access of believers to the holy sites, and the repeating invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas by settlers are the root of the problem. They are the beginning of the endless cycle of violence, and they are the factor that necessarily leads to Palestinians being murdered over and over in cold blood, with no consideration for the sanctity of the site and the sanctity of life...’”
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Fatah official: “I call for a popular resistance that is capable of incorporating the masses” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 14, 2017
Headline: “Zaki: The illusion of peace has put Israel into a state of extremism, and the Palestinians must carry out popular resistance"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the imaginary peace has caused Israel to live in a state of extremism and stupidity, and noted that the time has come for the world to recognize that the occupation is still committing crimes through which it strives to take revenge on all of the holy sites…
He said: 'Since 1967, nobody has dared to close the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Its closure today proves that Israel has come out in an attack against the monotheistic religions, and it is a wild battle against the tenets of faith and religion by wild law-breaking gangs that kill morning and night as if the killing of Palestinians is permissible, while anyone who kills Israelis is an aggressor and a terrorist, and therefore this is a completely unacceptable situation.' […] He added: 'I call for a popular resistance that is capable of incorporating the masses, and I call on the Palestinians to bear their responsibility and show the world that the occupation is carrying out the worst kind of terror, and [popular resistance] is the right of the Palestinian people.’”
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Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque, following terror attack there, glorifies Martyrdom, but suggests Jews\Israel is using the terror attack to take over the Mosque  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2017
Video of Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi in his twice weekly lesson at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, referring to the terrorist attack that took place at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border policemen were murdered

Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi: "Let us return to what happened today (July 14, 2017). First of all, my brothers, we do not want anyone to criticize us. We view every person that defends the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the religion of Islam as a person that has abandoned his world for Allah, and view him as one of the righteous, the Martyrs (Shahids), and the God-fearing whose actions are acceptable in the eyes of Allah – but we say that it is possible that the supporters of Satan used him to achieve their goals… The police station – I remember this from when I was a child – is a place where a Jew was once killed. What did they do? They took over a whole building because a Jew was killed there. According to their customs, everywhere that [a Jew] was killed it is their right to place a memorial monument to the killed. This is something we know, and I am sure that everyone knows it, and it cannot be that anybody that wants to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque would put the Al-Aqsa Mosque in this dangerous situation unless, as we said, they are using their tricks to draw this person into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that is what happened in our opinion."

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Fatah responds to accusations of inciting violence: The “true incitement” is by Israel, which carries out “invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and attempts to “Judaize” the Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 10, 2017
Headline: "Al-Qawasmi: The occupation, settlement, and invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The Fatah Movement rejected the Israeli accusations against the Palestinian leadership, the movement, and the Palestinians in general, according to which they are inciting to violence. The movement emphasized that the true incitement is inherent in the continuation of the occupation, settlement, ongoing invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas, and attempts to divide and Judaize the purely Islamic Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron.
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement today, Monday [July 10, 2017]… that everyone must understand 'that the Palestinian people is the victim of the Israeli occupation, and not as Israel tries to portray [the situation].’"

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

Abbas’ religious advisor: Jews have no right to Temple Mount; Netanyahu is dragging region toward a “merciless religious war” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: Netanyahu is dragging the region in to a volcano of religious war"

"Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisions are a sort of declaration of war against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and a dragging of the region to the opening of a volcano of merciless religious war that will bring about total destruction, and by whose fire everyone will be burned.
Al-Habbash said this after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced the cancellation of the ban on Israeli Parliament Members and ministers entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount)…
He noted that this step is a blatant violation of the international resolutions regarding the holy sites in the holy city [of Jerusalem], and of the occupying authority’s obligation to defend them and prevent the falsification of their history with false claims that have no connection to history or human civilization.
Al-Habbash noted that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all facilities of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), are an Islamic site that belongs only to the Muslims, and that nobody but them has a right to it. This is based on the divine decision that appears in the Al-Isra Sura [of the Quran] (i.e., describing Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey – see note below), in addition to the international decisions on the matter and the latest UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolutions that affirmed the Islamicness of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary. Al-Habbash also noted that the Palestinians will not let their Al-Aqsa Mosque be subjected to violations and desecration by the extremist gangs and the Israeli right, which is leading Israel and the region to disasters, wars, and destr
Fatah lauds UNESCO vote denying Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, condemns Israeli "excavations" against "holy sites"  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 4, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: The UNESCO resolution shows Israel’s limited influence in the world and reflects our viewpoint regarding Jerusalem"
     "Fatah Movement Spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal welcomed the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) vote in Poland today [July 4, 2017] on the resolution that determines that Israel does not have sovereignty over our capital Jerusalem, and condemns the excavations that the occupying authority is carrying out against our holy sites in the capital. Nazzal said in a press statement: 'The vote of this body on this issue does justice to the historical facts and also reflects the global position that opposes the occupation’s policy and refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the occupation’s capital.’"
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PA religious council head: Israel is excavating a “network of tunnels” under the Al-Aqsa Mosque “to the point that its foundations are liable to collapse,” and “continuous Ribat must be carried out” there  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 29, 2017
Headline: "Issa: An archive must be established that deals with the holy sites in order to tie them to the nation's memory"
       "Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa said… that the situation that Jerusalem is in is most difficult, and that the real dangers surrounding the sites holy to Islam and Christianity are changing the reality in the city. He noted that the occupation’s tyranny has not skipped the churches, as the churches - like the mosques – are being set on fire, destroyed, and desecrated, and racist slogans are being written on them… He explained that one of the blows by the Israeli occupation authorities against the holy sites is the excavation of a network of tunnels under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, to the point that its foundations are liable to collapse at any moment… He added: 'Continuous Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) must be carried out at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the houses of prayer in it, and at its plazas, in order to rebuff every Israeli attack and defend it.’"

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs compares thwarted terror plot in Mecca to alleged Israeli “terrorist acts” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is: The terrorist act at the Holy Mosque [in Mecca] targets all of the Muslims in the world"
      "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the cowardly terrorist act that was planned to be carried out two days ago [June 23, 2017] at the Holy Mosque (i.e., Mecca’s Grand Mosque) in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia…
He added: 'Every respectable person in this world must condemn these cowardly terrorist acts and their ilk in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., Israel’s alleged “terror,” a PA libel often repeated by PA leaders –Ed.).’"

On June 23, 2017, Saudi Arabian security forces thwarted a terror attack that was planned to take place at Mecca’s Grand Mosque.
PLO official condemns “invasion” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish visitors; called on Palestinians to carry out Ribat there  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2017
Headline: “Qurei condemned the settler procession in occupied Jerusalem”
      “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei condemned the invasion by more than 700 extremist settlers of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, which constitutes a dangerous precedent like no other…
Qurei called on the members of our people and everyone who can to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there. This is particularly in light of the escalation of tension in the Old City [of Jerusalem] and its surroundings due to the streaming and gathering of settlers in unprecedented numbers in order to hold processions (see note below –Ed.), which the occupation government called for and which will pass throughout the Old City and the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas."

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Al-Quds University professor claims Israel erases history, planning to establish Third Temple 
Source: Al-Quds, May 22, 2017
Headline: "Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh: Israel uses excavations to spread the biblical narrative and establish the Temple"

"Professor of History and Antiquities at Al-Quds University and Director of the Tourism and Antiquities Directorate of the [Jordanian] Endowment Department Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh said that the general goal of the Israeli archaeological excavations is to erase the Canaanite Arab cultural characteristics and the historical continuity of the Palestinian people from the past to the present, and to give this continuity to Israel.
During the speech he gave at “The City of Jerusalem After 50 Years of Israeli Occupation: Future Horizons Conference”… he added: ‘The goal of the archaeological excavations is to pave the way for the establishment of the Third 'Temple' in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to discover remains from the First or Second Temple and the continuation of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall). Their goal is also to attempt to prove the history of the Bible and the events and texts included in it, and thus to prove Israel's right to Palestine and that they have returned to here and are not new immigrants and colonialists.’"
PA religious official: Israel is carrying out “daily invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, May 18, 2017
Headline: “Issa briefed [PLO] Executive Committee member Ismail regarding the situation in Jerusalem”
     “Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. Hanna Issa today, Thursday [May 18, 2017], briefed PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem… Issa related to the ongoing daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas and its places of prayer by the unbridled extremists and the occupation forces, in addition to the building of settlements and outposts, the excavation of tunnels, and the desecration of the holy sites.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Palestinian religious leader praises UNESCO decision, says “Jews have no connection to Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2017
Headline: "40,000 held Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"In his Friday sermon [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque], Head of the Supreme [Muslim] Council in Jerusalem [and head preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque] Sheikh Ikrima Sabri called for greater support for the hunger striking prisoners in the occupation's prisons until their just demands are obtained …
The Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher praised UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which decided two days ago [May 4, 2017] that Jerusalem is an occupied city and that 'Israel' has no connection to it…
He explained the danger of the settlers’ daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that the Jewish groups photograph their invasions and spread them through the worldwide media outlets in order to encourage the Jews of the world to come to Palestine, and to mislead the world into thinking that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Jews.

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PA daily reports that "alleged Temple organizations" called on Israelis to "participate in widespread and group invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 2, 2017
Headline: "Dozens of settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and calls to invade it today"
     "Alleged Temple organizations called on their supporters through their media websites and social networks to participate in widespread and group invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque today, Tuesday [May 2, 2017], for the passing of 69 [years] since 'the establishment of their state' (Palestine's Nakba) [parentheses in source] (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel)."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Cave of the Patriarchs is "only ours, Palestinians' and Muslims', and the Jews have no right to it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 25, 2017
Headline: “Thousands marked the Anniversary of the Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “The plazas and passageways of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) were filled yesterday [April 24, 2017] with thousands of civilians and visitors from various districts of the homeland and outside of it for the purpose of holding religious ceremonies and participating in the central ceremony held by the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs to mark the Anniversary of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces are sowing fear in the hearts of the [Palestinian] civilians and [condemned ] their racist acts, and said: ‘This mosque will remain the beating heart of Hebron, one of the most important and prominent symbols of our Islamic nation. It will be only ours, Palestinians’ and Muslims’, and the Jews have no right to it.’
[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… praised those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and at the Ibrahimi Mosque, and mentioned the attack against the buildings and plazas of the destination of the Night Journey of [Allah’s] Messenger (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), blessings and peace be upon him, as well as against those visiting it. [He said that] this necessitates the maximum efforts to defend it, liberate it, carry out Ribat there, and visit it in order to defend it from the occupation’s ongoing plots of Judaization.”

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PA Islamic-Christian Council warns against "Judaization attacks" and "excavation of the tunnels underneath the foundations of the mosque, which places it in danger of collapse" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 24, 2017
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council blesses our people for the Anniversary of the Night Journey”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places yesterday [April 23, 2017] blessed the Muslims in general and the Palestinians in particular for the Anniversary of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey. It warned against the danger surrounding Jerusalem in light of the Judaization plans and Judaization attacks being carried out by the occupation authorities and their extremist organizations…
In its statement, the Council warned against the Judaization and destruction that the holy plaza of Jerusalem is undergoing, as the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayer and dances have become daily, in addition to the continued excavation of the tunnels underneath the foundations of the mosque, which places it in danger of collapse.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Grand Mufti condemns "agressions" against Al-Aqsa, claims "Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Grand Mufti calls to support the prisoners’ [hunger] strike”
     “Thousands of residents of occupied Jerusalem, its suburbs, its towns, and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) prayed the Friday prayer yesterday [April 21, 2017] at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas…
During the Friday sermon at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein saluted the prisoners who are hunger striking in order to achieve their freedom and their rights. He emphasized that support for the prisoners is a religious legal obligation…
He noted that the prisoners’ dignity obligates us to support them in all fields and at all levels, and said: ‘They are the spearhead of this honorable people, which is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the land of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey’…
In the Friday sermon the grand mufti also reviewed the aggression and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which are being committed before the eyes and ears of the world. He condemned the aggression of the extremist Jewish organizations towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the direct auspices of the occupation government. He also emphasized that [the occupation government] will not change by one iota the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims.”
PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs warns that "extremist settlers" are invading and desecrating Al-Aqsa 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Apr. 20, 2017
Headline: "The Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned against the continuation of the occupation's crimes against the holy city [of Jerusalem]"
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs… yesterday [April 19, 2017] warned in a press statement against the grave dangers befalling the holy city [of Jerusalem], and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, in light of the flow of hundreds of extremist settlers to the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount), their invasions of it, and its desecration, with the accompaniment of top Israeli leadership members.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA accuses Israel of promoting “invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to... Judaize the holy city [of Jerusalem],” calls on Palestinians, incl. those “in the Palestinian Interior occupied in 1948” to carry out Ribat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2017
         “In its weekly meeting held yesterday [April 18, 2017] in the Jenin district… the [PA] government condemned the racist policy of oppression that is being implemented against the worshippers and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), men and women alike, in addition to preventing them from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque and praying there. This is at a time when the Israeli government is scheming, providing official cover, and implementing a policy of incitement that calls on the settlers to make daily and unprecedented broad invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish a new status quo, whose goal is to Judaize the holy city [of Jerusalem] and erase its Arab and Islamic characteristics. The government referenced the danger in the occupation government’s insistence on turning the conflict into a religious conflict, which will escalate the situation, place the city in true danger, and constitute a crude challenge and declaration of war against the Muslims, their holy sites, and the entire Islamic world. The government called on the guards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its gatekeepers, on all of the worshippers and the Jerusalem civilians, and on our people in the Palestinian Interior occupied in 1948 (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) to visit and carry out Ribat at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque..."

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Al Aqsa official: "Judaization plan of Jerusalem has reached a most high level, and its central target is the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2017
Headline: “The occupation has turned Jerusalem into a military base on the pretext of the 'Jewish Passover holiday' celebrations"
     "Director of Shari'ah Education at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Najeh Bakirat said that the Judaization plan of Jerusalem has reached a most high level, and its central target is the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He continued: 'We completely understand that the occupation is planning to seize the city [and turn it] from the capital of the Palestinian people into a Jewish capital… and to build what is called the 'alleged Temple' on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
PA daily calls Jews’ visits to the Temple Mount “invasions… suspicious and provocative tours” in which they heard explanations about the “myth of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2017
Headline: "Widespread invasions and attempts to hold Talmudic ceremonies at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The gangs of settlers yesterday [April 13, 2017] continued their widespread group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the morning hours…
Groups of settlers, which included dozens of extremists in traditional Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) dress, took suspicious and provocative tours of the mosque one after the other, and listened to explanations regarding the myth of the alleged Temple that was at the location of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA government condemns “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls for Palestinians to carry out Ribat there  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2017
    “The [PA] government warned against the consequences of the calls being made by the extremist Jewish organizations to carry out widespread invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas on the eve of the 'Hebrew Passover' holiday, by participating in events of making the Passover sacrifices in the area of the Umayyad palaces, south of the mosque (see note below –Ed.).
The government condemned the Israeli policy of incitement that calls on the settlers and extremists to carry out widespread and unprecedented invasions, while imposing racist restrictions against the [Arab] worshippers and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) from among the women and men, and preventing them from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque and praying there. The government called on the members of our people and everyone able to do so to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to pray there, to carry out Ribat at its plazas, and to stand against the settlers' invasions.”
 
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PA official daily: Israel plans to “Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “establish Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2017
Headline: "The occupation has imposed destruction on the Al-Aqsa Mosque buildings through widespread night invasion operations"

"Occupation forces yesterday [April 11, 2017] sowed destruction in the Al-Aqsa Mosque buildings, and left behind extensive devastation after large numbers of occupation force members invaded [the buildings] two days ago late at night…
The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the intentional operations of devastation and desecration that the occupation forces committed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its buildings constitute Israeli insistence on harming the sanctity of the mosque and stirring up the emotions of all Muslims.
The council warned that the reckless settlers and extremists will continue the daily operations of invading the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Hebrew Passover holiday. The council also viewed this as part of the occupation state's progress in its plot to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the realization of the Jewish dream of establishing the Temple on its ruins."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Ministry of Information: Israeli narrative in Jerusalem is “full of lies and deception,” Israel has “attacked the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity... [and] falsified… all testimony to the firm Palestinian right” to the city 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2017
Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Information: The occupation’s tourism breathes falsification and terror”

“The [PA] Ministry of Information said that the occupation’s efforts to advance a tourism project in order to tell the Jewish narrative in the Old [City of] Jerusalem constitute a continuation of the dark racism, and reflect tourism that breathes falsification and terror… The ministry emphasized yesterday [April 5, 2017] in a statement that the project of what is called the ‘Jerusalem Municipality’ and the [Israeli] Ministry for Jerusalem Affairs… proves to the world the truth about the Israeli narrative, which is full of lies and deception, and that there is no field of sports, art, tourism, culture, or heritage that is not emptied of content and colored with dark racism..."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa, "Judaizes" Jerusalem, and "attempts to steal our heritage and culture" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 4, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: 99 Israeli violations of freedom of worship”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is warned against the dangers of the occupation’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
The minister of religious affairs explained that those who are called ‘the alleged Temple organizations’ have strengthened their calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas (i.e., the Temple Mount) during the Hebrew Passover holiday and sacrifice Passover sacrifices there…
He said that the steps that the occupation government is carrying out have begun to move to the most dangerous stage for the future of the holy city [of Jerusalem] by giving a green light to the settlers and extremist Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to do as they will in its holy plazas and to carry out shameful acts that desecrate the sanctity of the site (See note below –Ed.)…
Ida’is explained that in the shadow of the Arab and Islamic silence and international conspiracy, the Zionist occupation authorities are continuing their plans to erode occupied Jerusalem and take all of the Islamic characteristics from it while using all of the arbitrary means to Judaize the city and expel the original [Arab] Jerusalem residents from it: taking control of the lands and establishing settlements on them, the continuation of the excavations under our blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… and the many attempts to steal our heritage and culture – and this is not the first time: a Jewish ‘archaeologist’ attempted to steal a stone from the ancient Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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PA Islamic-Christian Council warns of Israeli "plot to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the dream of the Jews to establish the Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council: Public calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places today, Monday [April 3, 2017], warned against the attempts of the ‘alleged Temple organizations’ to call on settlers to broadly participate in group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque starting this Thursday, in preparation for large events for the Hebrew Passover holiday in the middle of the this month.
The council said in a statement that the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas by dozens of extremists under the protection of the occupation forces are part of the Israeli occupation state’s progress in its plot to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the dream of the Jews to establish the Temple on its ruins.”

"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."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PLO official claims Israel carries out assassinations of youth and crimes against Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “Qurei condemns the occupation’s crimes in the holy city”
     “PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei ‘Abu Alaa’ warned against the severity of the incessant Israeli violations and the dangerous escalation that [Israel] is carrying out in occupied Jerusalem, its environs, and against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. [He also warned against] the crimes that are being committed, which reflect the Israeli occupation government’s way, and against the violations that harm all areas of life: arrests in the ranks of the young people and assassinations on the ground, the latest of which was the assassination of young 17-year-old Ahmed Ghazal (i.e., terrorist, stabbed 3) in the area of Al-Wad Street, which leads to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Ahmed Ghazal – a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed two Israeli civilians in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 1, 2017. Ghazal fled the scene, and after being cornered by police he stabbed an officer before being shot and killed.
PA Mufti: “Extremist Jewish Temple organizations” are carrying out attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which heralds “religious war”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] grand mufti warned against the call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defile it”
   “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the calls of those who are called ‘the extremist Jewish Temple organizations’ to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and participate in an event called ‘offering the Passover holiday sacrifice,’ which they intend to hold in the area of the Umayyad palaces adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque ( See note below –Ed.)…
He explained that continuing the attack against the sites that are holy to the Palestinians, and prime among them the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, turns the region into a ticking bomb and heralds an imminent religious war, which will have results whose scope and consequences are unforeseeable, and he held the occupation authorities fully responsible for this.”

"Extremist Jewish Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including The Temple Mount Institute, 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 Passover holiday in April 2017, the Temple Mount Institute petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice to practice the Passover sacrifices at the Davidson Center just south of the Temple Mount, but the petition was rejected by the court.

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA daily: Jews carried out "provocative invasions" of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and heard explanations about the "alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2017
Headline: “Settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupation’s soldiers attacked students and civilians in Abu Dis”
      “Settler gangs yesterday [March 30, 2017] renewed their provocative invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, amid reinforced protection from the occupation’s special police forces. Students of Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) elementary schools wearing kippahs (Jewish skullcaps) with a Star of David on them took part in the invasions, and they received explanations about the alleged Temple.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Fatah official blasts Israel's "attempts to Judaize the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and prime among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the claim of the alleged Temple" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “Beirut: Al-Ahmad updated religious figures regarding the occupation’s violations against the holy sites”
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon Azzam Al-Ahmad met yesterday [March 25, 2017] with [Grand] Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian , in the presence of Palestinian Ambassador in Lebanon Ashraf Dabour and Secretary of the PLO Factions in Lebanon Fathi Abu Al-Ardat.
Al-Ahmad updated Mufti Derian regarding the situation in Palestine and the challenges before which the Palestinian cause stands in resistance to the occupation, its settlement projects, and its attempts to Judaize the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and prime among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the claim of the alleged Temple. He also updated him regarding the struggle that the Palestinians are carrying out through all possible ways, and the Jerusalem residents in particular, in order to defend the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity and the Palestinian Arab identity of Jerusalem, and also regarding the Palestinian struggle to end the occupation and establish an independent state.”
PA religious council falsely claims that Israel is “systematically erasing all that is Arab in Palestine” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Fatwa Council: Our people will not submit to the Judaization of the education [system] and the ban on the Muezzin’s call”

“The [PA] Supreme Fatwa Council… warned against the intention of the occupation authorities to establish a fund for what is called ‘the alleged Temple Mount Heritage’ (i.e., it was reported on March 13, 2017, that Israeli ministers plan to establish a fund to educate about the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount –Ed.), as a realization of the policy of Judaizing Jerusalem, its holy sites, and the Old City. This is amid contempt for the UNESCO (UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016] that negated any religious connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), and considers them a pure Islamic heritage…
On another matter, the council warned against the danger of legalizing a ban on the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer, see note below), which comes as part of the insane attack against Jerusalem, the holy sites, the mosques, and the churches. This is part of a planned policy whose goal is to erase the Islamic and Arab presence in Jerusalem and all of the occupied Palestinian territories. The council explained that the attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque is old and new, as it has constituted a target since the occupation of Jerusalem, and it was already burned and the blood of its worshipper visitors who were executed by the occupation was spilled on its ground, alongside the ongoing ban on worshippers to reach it (sic., Muslims have access to the Temple Mount, while the Jordanian Waqf bans Jewish prayer at the site and limits Jewish access –Ed.). The council also explained that the mosques and churches in all of Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, are subject to a strong attack by
PA TV claims all of the Temple Mount “belongs to Muslims,” denies Western Wall was “place of worship” for Jews before Balfour Declaration in 1917 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 15, 2017

Official PA TV filler The TV Lexicon, on the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“The status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

Official PA TV narrator: "The term ‘the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque’ (i.e., the Temple Mount) means the historical status, in other words the natural status as was accepted and continued throughout the previous historical periods. This status is unchangeable. The accepted status is that this is a mosque that belongs only to the Muslims, including all that is in it such as the buildings, the plazas within it, the areas around it, and all that is connected to it outside of it... There is no documentation that the Jews made the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) a place of worship at any time, except after the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) of 1917."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs warns of “dangers” and “Judaization” against Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls on the Arab and Muslim preachers to talk about the topic of Jerusalem in the Friday sermons"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is today (Tuesday) [March 14, 2017] called on the mosque preachers in the Arab and Islamic world to talk about the dangers surrounding Jerusalem in their Friday sermons in order to assist the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially following the approval of the [first reading of] the law that bans sounding the call to prayer in the mosques by the occupation authorities.
Ida'is said that the Israeli aggression that is escalating in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque obligates the preachers and guides in the Arab and Islamic world to increase the awareness of the congregation of worshippers to the aggression, attacks, and invasions that are taking place in Jerusalem…
He emphasized that all of the Israeli Judaization initiatives will not dissuade the Palestinians from continuing to defend their holy sites."

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PA daily describes Jews visiting the Temple Mount as an “attack,” holding “Talmudic rituals” and hearing “explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 10, 2017
Headline: “Settlers continue to attack the Al-Aqsa Mosque in a focused manner and are holding Talmudic ceremonies”
     “A group of settlers yesterday [March 9, 2017] held Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) rituals at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the protection of the occupation forces… while they heard explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple, using maps on which the alleged Temple was positioned in place of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “attack.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs warns that Muezzin Law is "liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: "The grand mufti condemned the limiting of sounding the Muezzin"
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned what is called the Muezzin Law, which was approved by the Israeli occupation authorities in a first reading [in the Israeli Parliament].
He said in a statement from the Dar Al-Ifta (lit. house of religious ruling – the Jerusalem Mufti’s office –Ed.) today, Thursday [March 9, 2017], that the attack against the mosques comes as part of a planned policy. He explained that the mosques in all of Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, are being subjected to a fierce attack by the occupation authorities as part of the extremism they use to harm the holy sites. This is so, whether by ongoing attacks against them or by burning them, destroying them, or closing them with false excuses…
[PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf] Ida’is demanded that the international community, with its states, governments, bodies, and relative organizations, intervene to stop these attacks against the mosques, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… He also described this decision as racist and held the occupation authorities responsible for the consequences that are liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region."

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PA government: Israel is working to "Judaize" Jerusalem and "shake the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2017
     "During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… the [PA] government emphasized that the decision of the Israeli magistrate court in occupied Jerusalem - according to which the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy site for Jews and they have a right to pray there - is an invalid decision. This decision was issued by the occupation's court in an attempt to provide a legal character to the justification of the extremists’ attacks and the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to render valid the occupation’s crimes against Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity...
In addition, this is also about the exposure of the falsehood of the Israeli narrative, with which the occupation has been misleading global public opinion and the international community for many decades, and which it has attempted to impose with military force from the first day of the occupation of the holy city. Today, it attempts this through a decision by the occupation's court... to escalate it as part of its policy to Judaize the holy city - the same policy whose latest expression was carrying out construction work in the area of the Umayyad palaces adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This was not in an attempt to prove any right of the Jews there, as they have already failed to do so despite the excavations that have taken place since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, but rather only to shake the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and cause cracks in its walls."

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PA daily describes visit of Jews to the Temple Mount as “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque which included “provocative tours” and explanations about “the myth of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2017
Headline: “Settlers and the occupation’s Israeli Security Agency invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Fifty settlers and 50 Israeli Security Agency members invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [March 2, 2017]… The invasions were carried out in small and consecutive groups and included provocative tours of the mosque’s plazas, during which the invaders heard explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple that was on the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque “which belongs only to the Muslims, and [is] not a holy site for the Jews… is being subjected to daily attacks by the settlers” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "The mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque that belongs only to the Muslims"
    "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque, which belongs only to the Muslims, and not a holy site for the Jews as the occupation authorities claim.
The mufti explained today, Wednesday [March 1, 2017], at a joint press conference in Ramallah with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to daily attacks by the settlers under the protection of the occupation, which constitutes an attack against the sanctity of the site and the right of the Muslims to this mosque."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “attack.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA minister: Temple Mount is “completely Islamic,” is under “strongest attack history has known” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: More than 95 Israeli attacks and violations against the holy sites and places of worship during February”

“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that… the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016] regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque is most important, particularly at this difficult stage in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque is subject to the strongest attack history has known. Therefore, [he said] it is necessary to implement the resolution on the ground immediately, and the Arabs and Muslims must have a practical plan for the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He explained that in February [2017] the mosque was subject to a strong attack of invasions, lies, and media statements that completely contradict reality. The latest of them was the occupied Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruling, which determined that the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) is holy to Jews and they have a right to pray there, and that no one can prevent them from entering its plazas and going up to what is termed ‘the Temple Mount’ (for the actual ruling see note below –Ed.). This is alongside the claim of the occupation police’s Minister of Public Security [Gilad Erdan] that ‘the Temple Mount’ is the holiest site to the Jewish people, and only to the Jewish people (sic., Erdan did not specify that the site is holy only to the Jewish people -Ed).
Ida’is again emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its plazas, is completely Islamic, and no decision of a court, whatever its name may be, or of any person, will change the irrefutable truth regarding the Islamicness of the site.”

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PA Religious Affairs Minister repeats libel: Israel planning to destroy Al-Aqsa and establish “alleged Temple on its ruins”, igniting religious war “on a daily basis” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs warns of its destruction - landslides south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the occupation’s excavations”

“Landslides occurred yesterday [Feb. 26, 2017]… in the town of Silwan (i.e., a neighborhood in Jerusalem) south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the occupation’s excavations, which are continuing in the area…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is warned against the occupation authorities’ reckless attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the daily excavations that they are conducting around it. He added that the excavations are pushing the region into a furnace of religious war, which the occupation is igniting on a daily basis through these actions. Ida’is emphasized that these daily actions are nothing but a rejection and violation of the decisions of the international institutions, the latest of which was a UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution late last year (i.e., on Oct. 13, 2016, see note below), which confirmed the exclusive right of the Muslims to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall)…
The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said that the landslides… are the beginning of the collapse of the holy city [of Jerusalem], and primarily the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the historical landmarks of Jerusalem. In its statement, the council emphasized that these collapses are only an initial result of the excavations and tunnels that are eroding the land of the holy city. It noted the large network of tunnels that branches out underneath the Old City in occupied [Jerusalem], particularly underneath the foundations of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has turned the ground in the holy city into soft and frail ground that is liable to collapse as a result of light rains. It added that what ha
Fatah Revolutionary Council member warns that Israel "attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through its ongoing excavations in order to build its alleged Temple" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: “Issa: There are 28 tunnels under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City”
     “Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa said that the goal of the destruction and excavation activities that the occupation state authorities are conducting in the Old City [of Jerusalem] and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is to change the Islamic-Christian Arab character of the holy city and to create a Jewish character for it.
Issa said in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Monday [Feb. 27, 2017]: ‘The excavation and destruction activities of the occupation authorities in the holy city and around and under the Al-Aqsa Mosque are part of a calculated plan that is meant to shake the foundations of the mosque, and to change the Islamic-Christian Arab character of the holy city and to create a Jewish character for it.’ He emphasized that the occupation government will fail to achieve its goals even though it is fighting against time to realize this goal.
Issa warned against the occupation government’s attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque through its ongoing excavations in order to build its alleged Temple. He emphasized that it will not succeed in achieving what it wants, despite all of its attempts to impose its rule on the holy city.”
Guest on PA TV: Israeli excavations “falsifying” Jerusalem, aim to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, establish “alleged temple” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2017
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital, on the archaeological remains of an Umayyad Palace and Jewish ritual baths south of the Temple Mount

Silwan and Al-Bustan Neighborhood Defense Committee member Fakhri Abu Diab : “A budget of $62 million is dedicated every year [by Israel] to supporting excavations and tunnels and supporting the settlement and settlers. I am only talking about the Silwan area (i.e., a neighborhood in Jerusalem), the area of the Old City [of Jerusalem], and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore it needs to be clear to everyone that every stone that they are falsifying, and every tunnel they are opening, and every home that is destroyed is a step in the direction of turning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, God forbid, into the alleged Temple. The occupation is acting strategically, step by step, in order to reach the main step, which is destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple.”
PA daily: Israelis visiting the Temple Mount “invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and learned about the “myth of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2017
Headline: “Settlers and the occupation’s intelligence personnel invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “Settlers, intelligence personnel, and occupation soldiers in military uniforms invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning [Feb. 21, 2017]…
The invaders held suspicious and provocative tours throughout the mosque (sic., Jews do not enter the mosque - see below), and received an explanation of the myth of the alleged Temple.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Foreign Affairs Minister repeats libel: Israeli groups “attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque”, Israel is “Judaizing Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: “Al-Malki called on the international community to defend the principle of two states”

“[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki… updated a delegation of the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization ALECSO , led by the organization’s Director-General Abdullah Muharib, regarding the political, cultural, social, educational, and scientific developments in the Palestinian arena…
He reviewed the Israeli steps to Judaize the holy city [of Jerusalem], the latest of which was building Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) biblical parks on the Mount of Olives, as well as Israel’s attempts to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and to impose by force a division according to times. He also warned against the extremist right-wing Israeli groups that are attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to establish the alleged Temple in its place, and added that these extremist groups are investing efforts to become the main engine of the Israeli governments and its direction.”

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.

Preacher in the Al-Aqsa Mosque: Israel has excavated tunnels under the Mosque in order to destroy it in an artificial earthquake 
Source: Al-Msjed Al-Aqsa YouTube channel, Feb. 21, 2017
Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi: “The destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque will be perpetrated through an artificial earthquake. You remember that three or four years ago there were tenders throughout the country for strengthening the houses and government buildings, and particularly those that are close to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They [the Israelis] strengthened their foundations and repaired them so that they will be able to withstand earthquakes up to level 6 on the Richter scale. The Al-Aqsa Mosque, after the excavation activities that have been done on its foundations and the excavation of tunnels under it – we know that there are currently 50 tunnels underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque. These tunnels were meant to weaken it, so that an earthquake of a level 5 intensity on the Richter scale can destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque...”

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PA daily: Jews “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and heard about “the myth of the alleged Temple” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 20, 2017
    “Groups of settlers and more than 50 extremists from the organization Students for the Temple [Mount] invaded the blessed [Al-Aqsa] Mosque in small and consecutive groups, and received explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple.”

"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 Temple Mount.
Fatah official: “US is the enemy, Israel its advanced tool,” Israel destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Feb. 19, 2017
“Fatah Movement leadership member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Abbas Zaki said in an interview with [the website of Lebanese satellite TV channel] Al-Mayadeen.net that the Arabs are incapable of carrying out a quality action against Israel, and added that Iran and its technological and military development, in addition to equations that Hezbollah has imposed, are causing the Israelis to think a thousand times before setting out on any sort of adventure, and [that they] serve as a shield for the Palestinians…

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[Question:] The Fatah Movement is among the bodies participating in the Support for the [Palestinian] Intifada Conference in Tehran. What do you intend to achieve from this conference, and how can such conferences serve the Palestinian cause?

[Abbas Zaki:] This conference is being held while the Americans and the Zionists are seeking shelter with some of the Arabs, who were silent over [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s statements and his claim that he has the best relations with them, and that the solution to the [Palestinian] issue will begin in the region and afterwards [spread to] the Palestinians. When a conference is held in Paris (i.e., the Paris Peace Conference of Jan. 15, 2017), it testifies to the interest in the Palestinian cause. However, when a conference is held in Tehran, which holds a very clear position against the US and Israel, it is a true victory for the Palestinian cause, which causes those with a conscience to feel the spiritual status of Palestine in such a way that it will constitute the kernel and the central cause in the hearts of all the Muslim and Christian believers. Therefore, this conference, which will be held in support of intifada, is a quality addition that grants a global characteristic to our Palestinian cause, regardless of the extent of the support and the surprising changes that this conferenc
PA Supreme Fatwa Council condemns Israel's "plots surrounding the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque," calls on Palestinians to defend it "whatever the cost" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 16, 2017
Headline: "The Fatwa Council: The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque refuses to be divided"
     "The [PA] Supreme Fatwa Council warned today, Thursday [Feb. 16, 2017], against the consequences that will befall the region in general due to the plots surrounding the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a part of the faith of the entire world's Muslims…
The council emphasized in its notice that the process of changing the existing historical situation that the occupation authorities are perpetrating at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque has recently accelerated significantly. He explained that the occupation cannot hide from sight the attempt to falsify the facts and history, as everyone knows the history of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the international and official bodies…
The council urged everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to invest the maximum efforts to do this and to strengthen the presence at it in order to defend it. It also emphasized the devotion of the members of our people to their mosque, whatever the cost and sacrifices may be, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it."
Official PA daily: Settlers hold "suspicious tours" at Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, discuss "myth of the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2017
     “Groups of settlers yesterday [Feb. 13, 2017] continued their provocative invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the occupation forces. The settlers held suspicious tours at the mosque and received an explanation about the myth of the alleged Temple from guides and rabbis.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA daily: Visits of “groups of Jewish settler gangs” are “invasions” and “desecration” the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Settlers held Talmudic prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the occupation army”

“The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque was witness yesterday [Feb. 6, 2017] from the morning hours to consecutive invasions by groups of Jewish settler gangs, which held Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers there amid reinforced protection by the occupation’s special forces. All of this was while tension prevailed at the mosque, and amid the protest calls of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (i.e., “Allah is greatest”) that were heard from the worshippers against the desecration of the blessed mosque.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PLO criticizes UN Sec-Gen for Jewish Temple comments: “Israel has no connection to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, its plazas, its walls, or what is underneath it,” accuses Israel of “violations” at Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 2, 2017
Headline: "PLO: The UN secretary-general's statements are outside the scope of his authority"
       "The PLO Department of International Relations condemned the claims made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an interview with Voice of Israel [radio] regarding the 'Jewishness of the Temple' in occupied East Jerusalem. The department emphasized that Israel has no connection to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, its plazas, its walls, or what is underneath it, and referred to the UNESCO resolution [of Oct. 23, 2016] that determined that the mosque belongs to the Muslims and nobody but them.
The department added that the secretary-general has deviated from his neutrality and his role with this grave statement, and crudely favored the Israeli occupation state, which indicates his clear ignorance regarding the international decisions regarding occupied Jerusalem... The department called on the international community and its organizations in general, and the Arab and Muslim states in particular, to fulfill their roles and come out against these claims that encourage Israel and its extremists to commit many more violations at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and in occupied East Jerusalem in general..."
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PA Mufti calls "on the Arab and Islamic nations... to defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to help them in all possible ways and means" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2017
     “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein] emphasized in a statement yesterday [Jan. 30, 2017,] that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic mosque and no one but the Muslims has a right to it, and only they are allowed to intervene in its affairs. He also emphasized that the mosque has special significance for Muslims worldwide, and the decision to harm it is dangerous and deserving of condemnation by all standards...  The Mufti called on the Arab and Islamic nations to invest their greatest efforts in action to defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and to help them in all possible ways and means. This is in order to protect the holy city and to prevent a policy of imposing facts on the ground, which is being carried out at full steam on the Palestinian land, particularly in Jerusalem and its surroundings, for the purpose of changing its Arab and Islamic characteristics.”
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PA TV libel: Israel “desecrates holy sites, and kills women, children and the elderly” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 14, 2017
Official PA TV program Inside

Official PA TV host: "Most of the program's viewers today [Jan. 14, 2017], or perhaps all of them, expect us to talk about the electricity problem in Gaza in this program. That is what the Israeli occupation wants, and everyone that thinks like it. That is what everyone who does not love the Palestinian people and everyone who does not want the Palestinian people to receive its rights wants. They want us to move away and divert the path from the top and first goal of the Palestinian people, which is the liberation of its land and the liberation of the human being, the Palestinian human being, from everything that the Israeli enemy imposes on him. And therefore in this program we will not discuss the problem of the power outages in the Gaza Strip that sadden us and all members of the Palestinian people, as the basic goal is that the talk will not be turned inward, but rather toward the Israeli occupation that steals our land, desecrates the sites that are holy to us, and kills our children, our women, and our elderly without mercy or a conscience, and without any consideration for international law. Therefore we will devote our program today to the Paris Conference (i.e., part of the French Peace Initiative) that will take place tomorrow [Jan. 15, 2017]."

The French Initiative – A peace initiative proposed by the French PM Hollande’s government in 2015 aimed at reviving peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. A one-day summit was held in Paris on June 3, 2016, attended by foreign ministers of the US, EU countries, and several Arab countries, for the purpose of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. At the end of the summit, participants issued a joint communique supporting a negotiated two-state solution and proposing an international conference before the end of the year. Israelis and Palestinians did not participate in this first summit, the
Fatah official: US embassy move will be "a sign of the end of the world" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
Headline: "Zaki: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will absolve us of all the agreements and turn Palestine into a war zone"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not allow the transfer of the American embassy, and will be absolved of the previous decisions and agreements. He also warned against turning Palestine into a war zone if the new American administration decides to transfer it.
Zaki said today, Wednesday [Jan. 11, 2017], in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'The transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem will be a sign of the end of the world.' He added: 'The attack against the place of [Prophet] Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven and Jesus' resurrection contradicts the religious and international understandings,' and he warned against the terrible dangers whose course cannot be predicted. Zaki emphasized that no power in the world can prevent the Palestinians, Muslims, and Christians as one from carrying out their national obligation to defend their occupied capital, and said: 'There is no Palestinian state without Jerusalem.'
Zaki said that he is convinced that the statements of US President-elect [Donald] Trump that were used during the election campaign cannot be implemented on the ground in Palestine and noted that this trend appeared in the 1960s when [former Israeli Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion proposed it in order to establish the occupation state in Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple."
 
Published in Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 11, 2017; and in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017.

 
PA National Security Forces cartoon shows grotesque Israeli soldier about to devour Al-Aqsa 
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Jan. 11, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces


Posted text: “#Palestinian_[PA_]National_Security_Forces”

In the first panel of the cartoon on the right, marked “1,” a dove with an olive branch in its mouth symbolizing peace is flying over the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, and hearts are floating up to it from the plaza’s towers. In the second panel on the left, marked “2,” an Israeli soldier with a grotesquely large nose and sharp, pointed teeth is seen with his mouth agape, poised to devour the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In response, the towers of the plaza have been replaced by upward pointing knives.
Fatah cartoon: Netanyahu eats Dome of the Rock Mosque as Arabs fight 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 10, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text and text at top right of cartoon: "#Jerusalem"

The cartoon shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the left, with a kippah (Jewish skullcap) on his head and a Star of David on his tie, stuffing the Dome of the Rock into his mouth. On the bottom of the Dome of the Rock is written: "Jerusalem."

To his right two Arabs are oblivious to what he is doing because they are busy fighting each other. On the cloud of dust they are raising by fighting is written: "The Arab state of affairs."
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PFLP: Terror attack was "popular response to the crimes of the occupation... against our people and our holy sites in Jerusalem" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: “The Popular Front blesses the Jerusalem operation”
     “The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) congratulated the masses of our people over the Jerusalem operation (i.e., terror attack, 4 murdered, over 15 wounded), which came as part of the popular response to the crimes of the occupation and the unbridled settlers against our people and our holy sites in Jerusalem and in the occupied homeland."
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PA Islamic-Christian Council repeats libel: Israel’s killing of terrorists is “summary executions,” Terrorists carry out “operations”; Jewish visits to Temple Mount are “invasions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 4, 2017
Headline: "15 Martyrs, 2,030 detainees, and 16,000 extremists who invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the past year"

"The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places yesterday [Jan. 3, 2017] published its annual report on the Israeli violations against the sites holy to Islam and Christianity in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs in 2016…

[According to the report], the occupation forces continued to summarily execute [Palestinians] on the pretext of an attempt to carry out a 'stabbing or shooting' operation. The use of weapons for the killing of Palestinians was the first option of the occupation soldiers, and 13 (sic., the headline indicates 15) residents of Jerusalem died in 2016, most of them young men…

During 2016 the occupation authorities continued to desecrate the holy sites in Jerusalem, and especially the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque; they extended the period of time for invasions in the morning (i.e., the time during which Jews can access the Temple Mount –Ed.), carried out arrests, distanced [Palestinians] from the mosque, broke into the mosque, and attacked the worshippers in order to secure these invasions. Invasions by approximately 16,000 settlers through the Mughrabi Gate were recorded during the year on an almost daily basis. Among the invaders was Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who serves as an Israeli MP from the Likud party."

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Jerusalem Fatah branch repeats libel that Israel plans on destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 3, 2017
Headline: “Jerusalem branch [of Fatah]: The tunnels are a danger that surrounds the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah Movement today [Jan. 3, 2017] warned in a statement against the danger that surrounds the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular and the Old City [of Jerusalem] in general, and also against the danger of their imminent collapse.
This was said after the exposure of networks of tunnels that were opened (a reference to the “Pilgrims’ Path,” see note below –Ed.), other [tunnels] under the Al-Aqsa Mosque that have been used, and additional [tunnels] that connect between Wadi Hilweh, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza.
Fatah Jerusalem Branch Secretary Adnan Ghaith said that these steps by the extremist occupation government and the non-profit organizations of the settlement enterprise are liable to lead to a tightening of the blockade on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its encirclement from all directions, as part of their feverish efforts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.
Ghaith emphasized that the continuation of the excavations weakens the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and causes collapses, cracks in homes, and fissures in walls in the Old City and the Wadi Hilweh region.”

On Dec. 27, 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism unveiled the “Pilgrims’ Path,” an unearthed ancient road under the main road of the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem that was excavated by the Ir David Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The “Pilgrims’ Path” was the main road of Jerusalem during the late Second Temple Period approximately 2,000 years ago, and led from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount.
PA Islamic-Christian Council warns against "extremist Israeli plot surrounding the blessed mosque, whose goal is to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 28, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council warns against the opening of a tunnel underneath the Silwan neighborhood”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said today, Wednesday [Dec. 28, 2016], that the fact that the Israeli occupation authorities have opened a new tunnel in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of
the village of Silwan (sic., neighborhood in Jerusalem), south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, ‘constitutes a completion of the extremist Israeli plot surrounding the blessed mosque, whose goal is to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

On Dec. 27, 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism unveiled the “Pilgrims’ Path,” an ancient road leading under the main road of the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem that was excavated by the Ir David Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The “Pilgrims’ Path” was the main road of Jerusalem during the late Second Temple Period, approximately 2,000 years ago, and led from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount.
PA daily: “Settlers” and students “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while being told about the “myth of ‘the alleged Temple’” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2016
Headline: "86 settlers and Jewish students invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"38 settlers and 48 Jewish students invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate yesterday [Dec. 25, 2016]…
The settlers and students held provocative tours at the mosque, while hearing explanations about the myth of ‘the alleged Temple,' as [Palestinian] worshippers made calls of 'Allahu Akbar' in protest of these invasions."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Islamic-Christian Council accuses Israel of "Judaizing" Jerusalem and digging tunnels under Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council calls for the end of the occupation of the place of Muhammad's Ascent to Heaven"
     "The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places blessed the Arab and Islamic nations upon the birthday of Prophet [Muhammad]…
The council noted that this event pounds on the walls of Jerusalem, even as it is still under the fire of the oppressive occupation and suffering from ruin, expulsion, and destruction, while 'Israel' continues Judaizing the holy city and while the place of the Ascent to Heaven of Allah's Messenger Muhammad (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) is subjected to excavations and tunnels are being dug under it in preparation for its destruction."
PA government calls on Palestinians "in the Interior" (i.e., Israel) and "everyone who can" to "carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas in order to respond to every attack against it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] government: Israel has chosen to perpetuate its settlement project and international society stands helpless"
          "In its weekly meeting led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah that was held in Ramallah... the [PA] government expressed appreciation for the positions of our men and women that are praying and carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), who are standing against the attacks of the Israeli occupation's gangs and thwarting their racist aggressive plans against the first direction of prayer (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque). Likewise, it called on our people in the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel), and everyone who can, to come to Jerusalem to be there regularly and carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plazas in order to respond to every attack against it."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls on Palestinians to "carry out Ribat continuously at the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 5, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: Over 95 attacks and violations against the holy sites and houses of worship last month”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque stands before an unprecedented Israeli escalation in light of the rise in the rates of invasions by the groups of settlers who are currently enjoying wide influence…
Ida’is called on citizens to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) continuously at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs), and not to give the occupation an opportunity, and he praised our residents’ standing firm on their land and their great sacrifices.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “attack” or “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Minister voices libel that Israel seeks to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build "alleged Temple" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2016

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is:
“All that Israel wants is to Judaize the Holy City, take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple. Under Jerusalem there is a city of tunnels belonging to Israel. Yesterday, I was told that Israel has an underground market beneath the Jaffa Gate, which draws many [Palestinian]residents who shop there.”
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Fatah official: Israel is trying to "Judaize Jerusalem," its goal is "the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 15, 2016
Headline: "Dr. Amal Hamad: We will sound the call to prayer everywhere and will not agree to the policy of silencing the voices at our holy sites"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad in a press release today [Nov. 15, 2016] condemned the Muezzin Law measure, according to which the sounding of the call to prayer through loudspeakers will be prevented in Jerusalem…
Hamad noted that the extremist occupation government is acting with all its strength to Judaize Jerusalem and reach its great goal – the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins…
She emphasized that the occupation's policy will not frighten the Palestinian people, and that the call to prayer will continue to be heard in occupied Jerusalem."

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.
Fatah spokesman: Israel plans "to destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 14, 2016
Headline: "Alayan: The fact that the occupation banned the [sounding of the] call to prayer at the mosques expresses a policy of religious war"
     “[Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem and] Fatah Movement leadership member Raafat Alayan emphasized that the occupation is taking advantage of the Arab and Islamic silence and the weakness of the national and Islamic factions, and is striving to implement its plans in the field through the continuation of the settlement and its repeated invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the carrying out of many settlement plots in order to change the status quo in Jerusalem, even to the point of banning [the sounding of] the call to prayers at the mosques.
Alayan noted that the occupation government, which uses all executive, legislative, and judicial means at its disposal, is aspiring to implement the plan announced by many of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's ministers that strives to destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple on its ruins."

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion. For a list of countries with similar legislation, click "full article."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA TV: Israel is “Judaizing” Palestine, committing acts of “forgery and robbery” against holy sites, and “steals our Canaanite heritage” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital, on heritage and folklore

Official PA TV host: “The Palestinian heritage refuses to undergo Judaization, despite the terror of the occupation that attempts to harm our heritage and Judaize it. Palestine, with its people, its land, its history, its trees, and everything within it – it is the faithful protector of our heritage, and it is waging a daily struggle against the occupation, at a time when Israel does not cease its acts of forgery and robbery against the Muslim and Christian holy sites and the antiquities sites - which are the required basis for heritage and national culture - and steals our Canaanite heritage.”


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A photoshopped picture shows Zionist leader Theodor Herzl wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress).
PA to kids: Israel killed Arafat and may kill Abbas 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 11, 2016
Official PA TV program The Best Home, on the death of Yasser Arafat

Official PA TV host: “We want to know who murdered our late leader [Yasser Arafat]. Certainly it is the occupation, but we need to be certain on this issue so that we can turn to the world with facts… They could even kill our [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]…
[In 2002,] the Israeli occupation entered every area of the West Bank and tried to kill many, and it killed many of our [Palestinian] people (reference is to counter-terror Operation Defensive Shield, see note below –Ed.)…
In the end they killed him, Yasser Arafat, because up until his last breath he defended the children of his people in war and in peace, in other words both diplomatically and also with a rifle, with a weapon.”

Palestinian child: “In spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa Mosque, in spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa Mosque. In spirit and blood we will redeem you Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem, millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching towards you, Jerusalem, millions of Martyrs are marching towards you.”

Official PA TV host: “We will follow Yasser Arafat’s path and his promise, and also the path of our current president, leader Mahmoud Abbas, because he wants to see in all of us the future of Palestine, and he wants to struggle for all of us against the occupation’s army. He wants to struggle for us against Israel, which is growing in its military strength - but we are growing in our creativity and we will fight them before the entire world. Allah willing they will soon leave Palestine defeated.”

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Fatah: We must fight against “the plan to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2016
Headline: “Fatah on the anniversary of Arafat’s [death]: We are going to the conference with a revolutionary and creative vision, which is consistent with the revolution’s achievements”

“The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah said in a statement for the 12th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of the president, the leader, the symbol Yasser Arafat: ‘We are going to the Seventh [Fatah] Conference in order to revive our movement, [which is] the backbone of the PLO and the leader of the national enterprise…
Fatah added in its announcement: ‘We adhere to our people’s right to legitimate resistance, and continue mobilizing and organizing our national ranks, in order to fight the plan to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy sites. [We continue] in resistance in order to fight the crimes of the occupation army, the settlers, and the summary executions… alongside our campaign in the arena of international law.’”
Abbas: UNESCO resolution ignoring Jewish connection to holy sites is meant to “prevent harm,” and to condemn “Israeli violations” against East Jerusalem’s “identity” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president: Peace is our strategic goal, and the key to it is the end of the Israeli occupation”
     “[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas said that peace is our strategic goal, that it is an interest of all of us, and that the key to peace is to end the Israeli occupation and to put an end to the historical injustice caused to our people, so that the two states – Palestine and Israel – will live in security, stability, peace, and good neighborliness.
During a press conference that he held in Bethlehem with his Italian counterpart President Sergio Mattarella, His Honor (i.e., Abbas) expressed his constant willingness to make peace with Israel and to implement the two-state solution according to the resolutions of the international institutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. He expressed support for the international peace conference that France is working to convene at the end of this year [2016]. Likewise, he clarified that the role of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and its resolutions is to protect the global human heritage, and as part of this to prevent harm to it and to condemn the Israeli violations that are meant to change the nature and identity of East Jerusalem. He noted that the latest Israeli attacks, which attempted to mix religion and heritage, are incorrect and inappropriate. President Mahmoud Abbas again emphasized the honor he has for Judaism, and the permanent call that Jerusalem be open to worship for all believers of the three monotheistic religions. His Honor expressed support for every regional and international effort to struggle with and uproot the roots of terror, extremism, and violence, which are deserving of condemnation regardless of their source and nature.”

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PA Fatwa Council: "Our people will adhere to their [Al-Aqsa] mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices that will be required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2016
    "The [PA Palestinian Supreme Fatwa] council warned of the regional consequences of an escalation in the rate of the invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a red line for Muslims throughout the world. Likewise, it clarified that the occupation authorities have escalated the rate of their invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for what are called the Jewish holidays, and that these invasions reveal their aggressive intentions towards it and verify the falseness of their claim to commit to retaining the historic status quo that exists there… The council urged everyone who can come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest the maximum efforts to reach it and strengthen the presence there so as to defend it, and emphasized that our people will adhere to their mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices that will be required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it.”
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA TV discounts archaelogical find as a "forgery": Israel "fabricates lies" as part of plan to "build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 29, 2016
Official PA TV News, on Israeli archaeologists casting doubt on the authenticity of the newly found papyrus from 700 BCE on which is written "Jerusalem" in ancient Hebrew script
Official PA TV reporter: "The Israeli media is attempting to use a document which is said to be a certificate on which is written in the ancient Hebrew script 'Jerusalem,' and which was found four years ago. According to the story, Israel attempts to fabricate lies and to find proof of them or to write what it wants about them (i.e., the finds) in order to impose the Israeli plan that aspires to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Here begins the story, in the middle of the West Bank desert (i.e., Judean Desert) a piece of papyrus form the 7th century BCE is found, and according to the claims it is a certificate for the transfer of a certain type of wine that was sent by the king from the town of Na’arata in the Jordan Valley, north of Jericho... The thief who claims that Israel has a history through his pursuit of antiquities thieves – is looking for the first market to display what he stole. Thus also [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, who is attempting to stand in the path of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) after the slap on the cheek he received last week. Against the background of events that have shaken the Israeli archaeologists regarding the level of reliability due to the precedents of forgery of documents with ancient tools and years of excavations, one of the Israeli archaeologists comes out, Israel Finkelstein [from Tel Aviv University], who denies the presence of any connection of the Jews to Jerusalem, or even any archaeological evidence pointing to the location where the Temple was located (sic., see note)."

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PA council: "The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the buildings adjacent to it are about to collapse at any moment" due to Israeli excavations 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 27, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Fatwa Council warned against the collapse of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council condemned the invasions by the Jewish extremists into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., the Temple Mount), which have increased after the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution that determined that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims and negated any connection between the Israeli occupation and the mosque, with its walls, plazas, and lower parts.
The council condemned the personal participation of the occupation’s [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] in the excavation activities that are held under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., see note below), and the decision of the occupation government’s [Israel] Antiquities Authority that calls on every Jewish youth before [army] enlistment to take part in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they are a national obligation (sic., see note below). This is in addition to the participation of settler associations in searches for remnants of the alleged Temple in an attempt to prove any sort of presence of theirs in Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Likewise, the council clarified that these excavations herald [the fact] that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the buildings adjacent to it are about to collapse at any moment, Heaven forbid...
These statements were made during the 145th meeting of the council, led by [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Supreme Fatwa Council Head Sheikh Muhammad Hussein.”

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Fatah: Israel is escalating its “violations” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 26, 2016

Headline: "[Fatah’s] Jerusalem branch: The occupation continues to escalate its violations against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

"The Fatah Movement's Jerusalem branch emphasized in a statement published today [Oct. 26, 2016] that the occupation government and its executive branches are continuing to escalate their violations against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem."

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Fatah: Israeli “searches for the remains of their [Jewish] alleged Temple herald[s] the impending collapse of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Western Wall is Islamic 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016

Headline: "The Jerusalem branch [of Fatah] warns of the impending collapse of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah Movement noted that 2,495 settlers have invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque since the beginning of this month [October 2016]. It said that the rate of the settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque have increased since the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO] resolution, which considers the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) an Islamic heritage [site] to which Jews have no connection. "

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PA Grand Mufti: Israel invades and excavates tunnels under Al-Aqsa in "search for a false and alleged history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
     “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… condemned the dangerous and ongoing escalation by the occupation authorities and its herds of settlers against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, something which is expressed in easing the settlers’ invasions of it and the excavation of tunnels under it in a search for a false and alleged history. He explained that the latest UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution emphasizes that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is Islamic and belongs only to the Muslims.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore, they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

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PA daily: "Netanyahu intends to participate in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque" in attempt to prove "Jews' alleged connection to it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: “Arrogance – Netanyahu intends to participate in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The occupation’s [Israel’s] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised in press statements to personally participate in the removal of soil from under the Al-Aqsa Mosque this week (sic., Netanyahu’s actual statement appears in a note below), and called on the Jewish population to join him…
PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine] Ahmed Majdalani emphasized that Netanyahu’s statements are full of arrogance and haughtiness. Majdalani said in statements to [the official PA radio station] The Voice of Palestine that these statements are meant to thwart the latest UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolutions regarding the Jerusalem [Noble] Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) and [the] Old [City of] Jerusalem through lies and claims about the Jews' alleged connection to it.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Oct. 19, 2016, in the wake of UNESCO’s resolution erasing the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, that his government would help fund the Temple Mount Sifting Project of the Ir David Foundation. The project works to recover archaeological artifacts from approximately 400 truckloads of soil removed from the Temple Mount by the Waqf without supervision in 1999, as part of its illegal construction of the El-Marwani Mosque in the Solomon’s Stables area of the Temple Mount.

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PA daily: Settlers "invaded" Al-Aqsa mosque to discuss "false explanations regarding the myth of the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: "346 settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The [Jordanian] Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem said that 346 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning and afternoon [Oct. 24, 2016]…
The settlers received false explanations regarding the myth of the alleged Temple [that was] in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while the throats of the worshippers made calls of 'Allahu Akbar’ (i.e., Allah is great) in protest against the settlers’ invasions and the tours of provocation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PLO official: Israel is carrying out “desecration of the Islamic holy sites, particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2016
     Headline: “Qurei discussed the developments with the ambassadors of China and the European Union”
“PLO Executive Committee Member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei discussed the situation in the Palestinian arena with Chinese Ambassador to Palestine Chen Xingzhong and European [Union] Ambassador Ralph Tarraf…
Qurei emphasized that the European states need to take an initiating political position against the Israeli plot to thwart the two-state solution plan by continuing the expansion of the settlements, the destruction of the homes, and the desecration of the Islamic holy sites, particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Daughter of terrorist: My father was upset when hearing about “attacks and provocations of the settlers and occupation forces against the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and those carrying out Ribat”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “Musbah, lover of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, separated from Jerusalem as a Martyr before he was supposed to turn himself in to the occupation’s police”
     “Yesterday morning [Oct. 9, 2016] young Musbah Abu Sbeih, 39, died as a Martyr (Shahid) during an armed clash with [Israeli] security forces after a chase near [the neighborhood of] Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem…
The Martyr’s daughter Iman, 17, said in an exclusive interview with Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that her father dedicated his life to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its defense, and he did not calm down when he heard about the attacks and provocations of the settlers and occupation forces against the Mosque and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, and the occupation authorities punished him several times by distancing [him] (i.e., from the Temple Mount), arresting [him], and they even forbade him from entering Jerusalem where he was born..."

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PLO accuses Israel of “systematic acts of Judaization,” “organized terror” against Palestinians in Jerusalem, “particularly” in the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the occupation’s crimes against the residents of Jerusalem”
       “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the ongoing policy of summary assassinations that the occupation authorities are carrying out against the [Arab] citizens in Jerusalem, the latest of which was its shooting of young Musbah Abu Sbeih (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2, see note)...
The [PLO] department said yesterday [Oct. 9, 2016] in a press release: ‘The tension in Jerusalem and its escalation are a result of the policies and acts of the Israeli occupation, its ongoing violations, the systematic acts of Judaization, the settlements, and the theft of lands. All of these have caused and cause greater anger among our people, which defends its holy sites and its legal national rights against the occupation’s arrogance. The [PLO] department emphasized that our people will stand with all its might against this Israeli arrogance and the organized terror being perpetrated against our people standing firm in Jerusalem, and particularly in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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PLO accuses Israel of “systematic acts of Judaization" and “organized terror” against Palestinians in Jerusalem, particularly in the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the occupation’s crimes against the residents of Jerusalem”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the ongoing policy of summary assassinations that the occupation authorities are carrying out against the [Arab] citizens in Jerusalem, the latest of which was its shooting of young Musbah Abu Sbeih (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2) on the claim that he shot at several settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, which led to his death as a Martyr (Shahid) at the scene... The [PLO] department emphasized that our people will stand with all its might against this Israeli arrogance and the organized terror being perpetrated against our people standing firm in Jerusalem, and particularly in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Musbah Abu Sbeih – 39-year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered 2 Israelis and wounded 5 others in 3 drive-by shooting attacks in Jerusalem on Oct. 9, 2016. Abu Sbeih, who held Israeli residency status, began his shooting spree at the Ammunition Hill light rail stop and continued to the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood. He was killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli border police officers during the attack. For more information, click "full article."
PA Council for Jerusalem head warns of “Judaization” in Jerusalem, impending collapse of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 10, 2016
Headline: “Dr. Issa warns of the Judaization policy against Jerusalem”
     “Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa warned today (Monday) [Oct. 10, 2016] against the policy of Judaization being carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities against the holy city [of Jerusalem], and particularly against what is happening at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
This was said during a lecture given by Secretary-General Issa about Jerusalem and the Israeli violations in it at the Al-Fajr Al-Jadid Girls’ Model School in the village of Akav in northern occupied Jerusalem…
The secretary-general clarified that the situation of the city is most grave, and that the real dangers surrounding the sites holy to Islam and Christianity are changing the reality in the city…
He said that one of the attacks that the Israeli occupation authorities are perpetrating against the holy sites is the excavation of a network of tunnels under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, such that its foundations are liable to collapse at any moment.”

Note: The Israeli daily Haaretz has stated that the excavations do not reach beneath the mosque: "The diggers are painstaking to respect the dignity of the Temple Mount. Despite complaints from the Islamic Movement and Palestinian groups, not a single dig penetrates beneath the mount." [Haaretz, May 24, 2016]
Fatah warns Israel must “bear the consequences” of what it is “perpetrating against the Al-Aqsa Mosque... [allowing] settlers to invade it, defile it, and desecrate its sanctity” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 9, 2016
Posted text: "The occupation government and its executive branches must bear the consequences of what they are perpetrating against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the disregard of Muslim sensibilities, and the granting of permission to the settlers to invade it, defile it, and desecrate its sanctity on a daily basis under the umbrella and protection of the occupation police. This, while banning hundreds of men and women from Jerusalem who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and carrying out a policy of distancing [them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and detentions. All of these steps will not be accepted in silence, and residents of Jerusalem will defend the place of the ascent to Heaven (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) of our precious messenger Muhammad, blessings and peace be upon him.
Therefore, we in the Jerusalem branch of Fatah emphasize our adherence to Jerusalem, the strengthening of the [Arab] presence in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City [of Jerusalem], and [that] it will not be abandoned to the extremists and terrorists [of the occupation]..."
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PA National Security Forces posts on Facebook cartoon depicting Star of David imprisoning the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Oct. 8, 2016

Cartoon posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces

The cartoon shows an Israeli flag with barbed wire forming the blue stripes, and security fences forming the Star of David with guard towers at the points, imposing a closure on different PA districts, with Jerusalem represented by the Dome of the Rock Mosque closed off in the center of the security fence Star of David. The PA National Security Forces logo appears in the upper-left corner.
PA National Security Forces posts on Facebook a cartoon depicting an Israeli soldier ‘boxing’ the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Oct. 6, 2016


Cartoon posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces

The cartoon shows an Israeli soldier with “Israel” written on his shirt and a Star of David on his helmet squaring off against the Dome of the Rock Mosque in a boxing ring, indicating the often repeated Palestinian claim that Israel is “attacking” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Mosque. The PA National Security Forces logo appears in the corner.

The PA and its leaders view any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount as an “attack.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA daily: "73 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" to discuss "the legend and myth of ‘the alleged Temple’" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2016
Headline: “Settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a tour for officers at the Al-Qibli Mosque (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) and the Dome of the Rock”
     “Yesterday [Oct. 4, 2016] 73 settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in small and consecutive groups…
A number of the settlers tried to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, while the settlers received explanations from guides regarding the legend and myth of ‘the alleged Temple’ [that was] in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: "No non-Muslim has any connection to" Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) or to Al-Aqsa Mosque, which "is defiled" by "settlers"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 2, 2016
Headline: “Marking the anniversary of the emigration of the Prophet at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs yesterday [Oct. 1, 2016] marked the anniversary of the emigration of the Prophet (i.e., the Muslim New Year) at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) in the Old City of Hebron, in the presence of several official and civilian dignitaries, heads of institutions, and a crowd of civilians.
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is emphasized that the Ibrahimi Mosque will remain an Islamic mosque, as no non-Muslim has any connection to it, and likewise the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is defiled on a daily basis by the occupation and its settlers in front of the world, and particularly in front of the Arab nation and the Muslim nation.”
PA Council warns: "Alleged Temple organizations to hold group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council warns: Extremist calls for group invasions [of Jews] of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said yesterday [Sept. 29, 2016] that the call of the coalition of Alleged Temple organizations to hold group invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the season of Jewish holidays in the month of October constitutes an emphasis of the provocative policy that the occupation authorities, their settlers, and their extremist organizations are adopting. Likewise, the council noted that this desecration of the holy sites is not the first violation, but rather one of the systematic Judaization steps [being taken against] the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

"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 Supreme Fatwa Council condemns "invasions" of Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls on Palestinians to protect the mosque at all costs "until Allah inherits the land and everything in it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: “The Fatwa Council: Exploiting Jerusalem as part of the American election campaign constitutes disrespect of international law”
     “The [PA Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council condemned the election promise that US Candidate Donald Trump made to recognize Jerusalem as the ‘united capital’ of Israel if he is elected as president…
The council warned of the regional consequences of an escalation in the rate of the invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a red line for Muslims throughout the world. Likewise, it clarified that the occupation authorities have escalated the rate of their invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for what are called the Jewish holidays, and that these invasions reveal their aggressive intentions towards it and verify the falseness of their claim to commit to retaining the historic status quo that exists there… The council urged everyone who can come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest the maximum efforts to reach it and strengthen the presence there so as to defend it, and emphasized that our people will adhere to their mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices that will be required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Ministry of Information: We stand with bare hands against "invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the extremist gangs" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: "Ministry of Information: The Al-Aqsa Intifada is a milestone in our struggle"
     "The [PA] Ministry of Information stated in a notice yesterday [Sept. 28, 2016] that the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) is one of the milestones in our national and legal struggle to get rid of the occupation…
The ministry emphasized in the announcement for the 16th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada that the fact that the popular uprising broke out in order to defend the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem), the second mosque, and the third 'sanctuary' (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), proves the depth of our people’s adherence to their Islamic and Christian holy sites, and this is the ongoing daily defense as part of which we stand with [bare] hands against the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the extremist gangs under the protection of the army of the occupation and its police…
The ministry in its statement encouraged the national, Arab and foreign media outlets operating in Palestine to mention the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, and to note the state terror that Israel has perpetrated and still perpetrates against our people, and to bring back the stories of the Martyrs (Shahids), the injured, and the prisoners, who guard the freedom of Palestine with their blood, chains, and suffering."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Cartoon calls to "clean" Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque of Jews 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 29, 2016

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 again on the official Facebook ‎page of the Fatah Movement on Oct. 28, ‎‎2015, with the text: “This occupation will ‎pass Allah willing.”‎ Most recently, the cartoon was reposted to the Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces on Sept. 29, 2016.
 
Fatah official calls on Palestinians and Israeli Arabs to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat there because of Israeli “invasions” on Jewish holidays  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Sept. 28, 2016
Headline: "Alayan: The occupation is carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem"

“Official Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan… called on the Palestinian people in general, and the people of the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem) and our people in the '48 territories (i.e., PA term for Israel) in particular, to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) from the beginning of next week (i.e., the first week of October 2016), in the shadow of the occupation's threats to carry out widespread invasions of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque as part of what they call their holidays (i.e., Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year) that are expected to occur at the beginning of next week.

Likewise, he emphasized that the presence and the Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza are the highest and bravest form of struggle at this time.

Alayan concluded with a blessing and praise of the people of the holy city who stand firm and carry out Ribat in their city despite the Israeli steps that strive to expel them."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PLO official warns a new intifada might begin if Israel continues to allow “invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Sept. 28, 2016
Headline: “On the anniversary of the blessed Al-Aqsa Intifada, Tayseer Khaled warns of the consequences of the settlers’ invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza”
      “PLO Executive Committee Member and Member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s (DFLP) Political Bureau Tayseer Khaled warned of the dangers surrounding the situation in the Palestinian areas. This is if the government of Israel continues its irresponsible policy, limits the freedom of the Palestinian citizens to reach the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and continues to allow the settlers to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., Temple Mount), riot, and hold religious ceremonies in a way that provokes the sensibilities of the Palestinian citizens, especially during the period of the [Jewish] holidays... Tayseer Khaled held the Israeli government fully responsible for the possibility that the situation in Jerusalem might deteriorate.”

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Fatah Facebook post commemorates second intifada, which was meant to “defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to purify it from the occupation’s defilement” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 28, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a Palestinian throwing a rock at an Israeli tank.

Posted text: “Today, Sept. 28, 2000, the Palestinian people began the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), whose path it paved with blood and injuries. It paid a heavy price in order to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to purify it from the occupation’s defilement, and therefore the Palestinians called it ‘the Al-Aqsa Intifada.’”
Fatah Facebook post commemorates the Second Intifada, which was meant to “defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to purify it from the occupation’s defilement” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 28, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a Palestinian throwing a rock at an Israeli tank.

Posted text: “Today, Sept. 28, 2000, the Palestinian people began the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), whose path it paved with blood and injuries. It paid a heavy price in order to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to purify it from the occupation’s defilement, and therefore the Palestinians called it ‘the Al-Aqsa Intifada.’”
Fatah official: Israel "wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 27, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: The date of the convening Fatah’s Seventh Conference will be determined today”
      “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki... emphasized that the [Seventh Fatah] Conference must focus on the national issue, and that we will not agree that the goal of the conference be to please the leaders. Likewise, he emphasized that Fatah and its leadership want to consolidate a worldview in regards to Israel, which wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites, and wants to carry out a [population] transfer…"
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PLO: Israel is carrying out “racist violations against Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 19, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs: The summary executions are organized Israeli terror”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs said: ‘The summary executions being carried out by the occupation authorities are organized Israeli terror…’
The department, in its announcement that was published today, Monday [Sept. 19, 2016], warned against the danger inherent in the Israeli occupation authorities continuing their criminal and racist violations against Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and their carrying out additional crimes through the incessant perpetration of summary executions, which were expressed this morning in the shooting of a young man from Jerusalem (i.e., terrorist stabber Hatem Al-Shaloudi, wounded 1) in the Herod’s Gate region of Jerusalem, which caused him to be seriously wounded.”
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Hatem Al-Shaloudi – 25-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier in Hebron on Sept. 17, 2016. Al-Shaloudi was shot and killed in response by Israeli soldiers. Security camera footage of the incident clearly shows Al-Shaloudi stabbing the soldier.
PA Council: Israel tunnels under the Al-Aqsa mosque "in preparation for a despicable crime and massacre" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Sept. 16, 2016
Headline: "The Islamic-Christian Council: 34 years since the Sabra and Shatila massacre and the crimes continue"
     "The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places emphasized today, Friday [Sept. 16, 2016],… in a statement that the Israeli occupation authorities, with their ongoing violations in occupied Jerusalem, are willingly desecrating the sanctity of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, and attack them with fires, destruction, and impurity. This is in addition to the theft of an entire culture, with all its details and antiquities, and the excavation of networks of tunnels under the Old City of the occupied city [Jerusalem], and particularly under the foundations of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for a despicable crime and massacre against the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem) and the third holiest sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque)."

Sabra and Shatila - Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. In 1982, during the first Lebanon War, Muslim residents of the camps were massacred by Christian Phalangists. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.
PA TV airs song: The "knife will express our rage and will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be harmed" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program Holiday Morning, hosting poet Abdallah Qishta
Poet Abdallah Qishta begins to recite the poem "A Homeland That is Tired of Waiting"
Poet Abdallah Qishta:
"Oh my enemy, others are brighter than you…
You are a Nazi, do not lie and do not call for peace
The chaos of your corruption is running rampant in Muslim countries
Your ebb and flow have come to an end, the illusion has reached its end and dissipated
Your time has come, accursed is your grandfather who brought us the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
[Even if] a period passes, we will not forget and our veins will be renewed
Your fate is shame and disgrace, regardless of what will come to pass.
Tomorrow we will liberate our land and we will lay the cornerstone,
Sometimes with weapons, and sometimes with politics.
The soil always calls to us: 'Come with [your] head held high,
Wear the crown of glory, and break the head of the evil one’
Its [the soil’s] knife will express our rage and will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be harmed…"
Official PA TV host: "We do not deny that the poem is wonderful and the style is very unique, especially as there is an attractiveness to the Nabataean or Bedouin poem, as some know it ."

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
PA Mufti: Israeli excavations try to substantiate "false claims" of "alleged Temple" while attempting to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 9, 2016
     “[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… called on everyone who is able to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest the maximum effort to visit it and strengthen the presence there in order to defend it, and emphasized the adherence of our people to their mosque, regardless of the price and sacrifices this will demand, until Allah inherits the earth and everything on it.
On another matter, Sheikh Hussein clarified that the statements of Israeli archaeologists, according to which they have found parts of floors from the Temple period in excavations that took place under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, are false claims through which they are trying to prove that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was established on the ruins of their alleged Temple. Likewise, he referred to the danger posed by excavations of this type, which pave the way to shaking the foundations of the blessed mosque in an attempt to destroy it and to God forbid establish the alleged Temple in its place.”

Note : The Israeli daily
Haaretz has stated that the excavations do not reach beneath the mosque:
"The diggers are painstaking to respect the dignity of the Temple Mount. Despite complaints from the Islamic Movement and Palestinian groups, not a single dig penetrates beneath the mount." [
Haaretz, May 24, 2016]
Official PA daily describes Jewish visits to the Temple Mount as “attempts to defile the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque with repeated Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) activities” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2016
Headline: “‘Settler wedding’ at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “At the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Sept. 7, 2016] a tense atmosphere prevailed in light of invasions and provocative tours that were held by groups of the settler gangs, and attempts to defile the mosque with repeated Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) activities.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Fatah: Israel won’t succeed in stopping Palestinians from “defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protecting it from the defilement of the extremists” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2016
Headline: “Jerusalem’s Fatah branch: The attempts to empty the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people will meet with failure”
      “The Fatah Movement branch in Jerusalem emphasized yesterday [Sept. 7, 2016] that the occupation forces did not and will not succeed in emptying the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people and those who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and defending it, regardless of how much they strengthen their policy against Jerusalem residents and the Al-Aqsa Mosque guards of distancing [from the site]. Fatah Movement Secretary in Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith said that… these decisions will not prevent the Palestinians from defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protecting it from the defilement of the extremists.”
Fatah: Israel won’t succeed in stopping Palestinians from “defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protecting it from the defilement of the extremists”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2016
Headline: “Jerusalem’s Fatah branch: The attempts to empty the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people will meet with failure”
     “The Fatah Movement branch in Jerusalem emphasized yesterday [Sept. 7, 2016] that the occupation forces did not and will not succeed in emptying the Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people and those who are carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there and defending it, regardless of how much they strengthen their policy against Jerusalem residents and the Al-Aqsa Mosque guards of distancing [from the site]. Fatah Movement Secretary in Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith said that… these decisions will not prevent the Palestinians from defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and protecting it from the defilement of the extremists.”
PA daily: "Settlers carried out tours of provocation at the mosque, while [receiving] explanations about the myth of the 'alleged Temple'" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2016
Headline: “At the same time as calls of the ‘Temple organizations’: Settlers renew their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Settlers yesterday [Sept. 4, 2016] renewed their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] through the Mughrabi Gate, under increased guard and protection by special occupation forces. The settlers carried out tours of provocation at the mosque, while [receiving] explanations about the myth of the ‘alleged Temple’ [that was] in its place, while the worshippers came out against these invasions and tours with calls of protest: ‘Allahu Akbar.’”

"Temple organizations" refers to religious Jewish movements that include 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."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Guest on PA TV: “The occupation wants to tell the Jewish Talmudic false myth"... The Al-Aqsa Mosque will become “a brainwashing center for foreign visitors, and for spreading the narrative and Jewish myth” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 4, 2016

Silwan and Al-Bustan Neighborhood Defense Committee member Fakhri Abu Diab: “The danger is to Jerusalem in general, and specifically to Silwan that is being heavily attacked. This massive Judaization project - in effect through it, the occupation wants to tell the Jewish Talmudic false myth at the expense of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and therefore [the project] is very close, only a few meters from the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In addition, it will become a security center and brainwashing center for the foreign visitors, and for spreading the narrative and Jewish myth.”

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PA minister claims Cave of Patriarchs is a "purely Islamic site," condemns Jewish "invasions" of Al-Aqsa and calls for Ribat 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 1, 2016
Headline: “The occupation closed the Ibrahimi Mosque today, and banned the sounding of the call to prayer 49 times during the past month”
     “The Israeli occupation authorities today, Thursday [Sept. 1, 2016], closed the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, and used the Jewish holidays as an excuse…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the occupation’s decision to close the mosque. He emphasized that it is necessary to act immediately in order to save it and put an end to this and all of the daily violations and attacks. Likewise, he viewed this as ‘an outrageous blow to the Muslims and to the purely Islamic site.’…
He added: ‘In the same way, the occupation continues its policy at the Al-Aqsa Mosque – daily invasions, Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers, and plans to change the face of the land adjacent to it. [Even] the dead were not saved from its policy, especially in the historical Ma’man Allah (i.e., Mamilla) cemetery, which was and still is subjected to the ugliest attack. It [the occupation] is holding an alcohol drinking festival (i.e., the Jerusalem Beer Festival at Independence Park at the end of August 2016) on its land, and there is no need to mention the digging [in graves], the shattering [of tombstones], and the planting of fake graves.’
Likewise, he called to maintain a permanent presence [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque], and to go up to it and continue [carrying out] Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic).”
[WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 1, 2016, Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 4, 2016]

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PLO official: Israel is executing "ancient Zionist plots" to build Temple, Al-Aqsa in danger of "imminent collapse" 
Source: Al-Quds, Aug. 28, 2016
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque fire – the fire is still burning!”
Op-ed by PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei “Abu Alaa”
     “A week ago was the 47th anniversary of the crime of the arson of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Saladin [Al-Ayyubi’s] pulpit, in what appeared to be a situation of troubling silence, broken only by a small number of notices repeated regularly throughout recent years… It can be said that the Jewish logic, which is full of historical grudges and religious myths, through this arson opened a wider door for the perpetration of ancient Zionist plots. Plots whose goal is to determine the future of Jerusalem by creating finalized facts and a new reality, that can defend themselves by themselves in any future negotiation regarding the fate of Jerusalem and the Palestinian areas…
The extremist Zionist groups, those who held the hand of the same Jewish settler (sic) named Michael Rohan when he perpetrated this intentional fire, are those who today hold the reins of government in Israel, and they are those who carry out the operation of Judaizing Jerusalem for all to see, and call with unprecedented determination to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque without encountering any opposition or anyone who will deter them... In fact, these evil Israeli goals are no longer only intentions nested in the heart of small groups of ultra-extremists and settlers, but rather have become an official work plan being implemented in the field, and in particular under the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., the Temple Mount), which currently is subject to imminent collapse due to a series of underground tunnels and passageways.”

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Fatah: Cable car project in Jerusalem is “Judaization project,” part of “next to last stage of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins”  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 28, 2016
Headline: “Fatah warns against the establishment of the cable car project in Jerusalem”

“The Fatah Movement warned against the project being discussed by the Israeli occupation in occupied Jerusalem to establish a cable car that connects the Mount of Olives with the Mughrabi Gate (i.e., to the Temple Mount).

Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized in an interview with the press yesterday [Aug. 27, 2016] that if this Judaization project is implemented, it means that the occupation is in the next to last stage of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
Fatah: Cable car project in Jerusalem is “Judaization project,” part of “next to last stage of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins”  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 28, 2016
Headline: “Fatah warns against the establishment of the cable car project in Jerusalem”
      “The Fatah Movement warned against the project being discussed by the Israeli occupation in occupied Jerusalem to establish a cable car that connects the Mount of Olives with the Mughrabi Gate (i.e., to the Temple Mount). Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized in an interview with the press yesterday [Aug. 27, 2016] that if this Judaization project is implemented, it means that the occupation is in the next to last stage of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
Official PA TV falsely attributes 1969 arson in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to an Israeli  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2016
     Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem, on the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson in 1968
Official PA TV reporter: “Denis Michael Rohan, an Israeli (sic) terrorist of Australian descent, carried out the crime and burned the Al-Aqsa Mosque. And in this way the rising tongues of flame devoured the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its walls.”

Michael Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
PA government repeats libel: “Israel has never… given up on its plans to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque… [has] continued its plans to Judaize it… [and] its crazy effort to establish a mythical alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2016
    “During its weekly meeting yesterday [Aug. 23, 2016] in Ramallah led by [PA Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah… on the 47th anniversary of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque arson crime, the [PA] government warned that Israel has never, since the occupation of Palestine, given up on its plans to take over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. [Israel] already began the first actual steps of taking it over immediately after the eastern part of Jerusalem fell into the hands of the occupation in 1967. [Israel] continued its plans to Judaize it with daily invasions and attacks by the occupation forces and the extremist Jewish groups, encouraged and incited by the occupation government, in order to realize the goal of dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque like the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, and with its crazy effort to establish a mythical alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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PA daily: Jewish groups, incl. US Senator, “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque; PA Mufti falsely accuses Israel of setting 1969 arson 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 24, 2016
Headline: “46 extremists, including a member of the American Senate, invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
       “Jewish extremist groups yesterday, Tuesday [Aug. 23, 2016], invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, accompanied by heightened security from the occupation special police [forces].
The invasions took place in small consecutive groups, one of which included a Jewish (sic., Christian) member of the American Senate from the state of Utah (reference is to Senator Mike Lee –Ed.)… Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… noted that this arbitrary decision (i.e., construction approval for the Beit Haliba museum overlooking the Western Wall) comes at a time when the Palestinians are marking the 47th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson crime of the occupation (sic., fire set by a mentally ill Australian tourist) on Aug. 21, 1969.”

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Child on PA TV: Ben-Gurion intended to “take over Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the Third Temple” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 23, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on PA Ministry of Religious Affairs Little Preacher competition for children

Official PA TV reporter: “As part of its efforts to spread religious awareness and train preachers, the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs in Qalqilya organized the Young Preacher competition, meant to polish the intellectual skills of the children in the area of moderate religious discourse that is far from extremism.”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “We are always trying to raise the level and improve the preaching of Allah’s words, and the presentation of the message of tolerance and moderation.’

Competition participant: “Thus declared Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the occupation state, in his speech to the UN General Assembly: ‘Israel has no meaning without Jerusalem, and Jerusalem has no meaning without the Temple’ (sic., Ben-Gurion made a statement about the significance of Jerusalem to the Israeli Parliament.) This declaration means that Jerusalem has no significance without taking over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple.”

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Abbas and Fatah Central Committee warn of “dangers of Judaization and division threatening the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 23, 2016
Headline: “The president during a meeting of the Fatah Central Committee: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line”
     “The Fatah Central Committee yesterday evening [Aug. 22, 2016] held a meeting led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… Official [PA Presidential] Spokesman and [Fatah] Central Committee member Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the Central Committee discussed several topics connected to the national issues, primarily the dangers of Judaization and division threatening the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and especially the 47th anniversary of the crime of burning the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He added that the Central Committee emphasized the national, Arab, Islamic, and international responsibility to protect the sites holy to Islam and Christianity…
The Central Committee emphasized that there is no statute of limitations for the crime of burning the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It [the Committee] saluted the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) within it [the Mosque] and those defending it, who come out against the settlers’ violations, which are carried out right in front of the occupation army and police and under their guard.”

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PLO official claims Israel wants “religious war,” is “burning” the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the “alleged Temple"  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 22, 2016
Headline: “Qurei calls for Arab and Islamic coordination in order to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Judaization and division”

“Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs [and PLO Executive Committee member] Ahmed Qurei warned of the dangers and consequences of the cruel and unprecedented Israeli attack against the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque… in a pitiful attempt by the occupation government to change the status-quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in preparation for its complete Judaization – from the rejection of the [Jordanian] Waqf’s authority to the increase in the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by the extremist settlers and rabbis…

He said: ‘The Israeli occupation government’s insistence on increasing the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza and preventing [Muslim] worshippers from reaching it, is a step that is part of the implementation of the aggressive and racist Israeli policy that indicates the declaration of a religious war. [The war’s] main target is the holy city and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…’

Qurei added that the occupation authorities are burning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its characteristics, on a daily basis… in order to realize the largest goal of the occupation state: the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.

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Fatah spokesman: Israel is trying to “completely take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to realize their delusion of establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 21, 2016
    “Official Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized that his movement will not wave the white flag and agree to the harming of the blessed Al- Aqsa Mosque, to its division by areas and times, or to an attempt to change its Islamic characteristics by the Israeli occupation. He said this in a press release that he issued on the 47th anniversary of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque arson, and emphasized in his announcement that the Israeli occupation, for the last 47 years and until this moment, is attempting by every way and means to tighten its rule of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and change its historical Islamic characteristics. However, the resolve and resistance of the Palestinian people in general, and the Fatah Movement in particular, stood and still stands against the miserable Israeli attempts to completely take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to realize their delusion of establishing the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

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PA official: Israel aspires to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque and build "alleged Temple" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 21, 2016
Headline: “Fatah: The destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an impossible Israeli dream, and we will defend it”
     “[PA Parliament (Legislative Council) member] Hatem Abd Al-Qader, responsible for the Jerusalem portfolio in Fatah,… clarified that Israel does not only want to turn Jerusalem into the capital of the Israeli political entity, but rather aspires to turn it into a religious capital for all Jews worldwide by building what is called the alleged Temple.”
Official PA daily perpetuates libel that Israel was complicit in 1969 arson attack on Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 21, 2016
Headline: “47 years since the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson”
     “On Aug. 21, 1969, Michael Rohan pretended to be a tourist and entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Bab Al-Ghawanmeh, which is [a gate] in the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., the Temple Mount), after the worshippers held the dawn prayer and left, at 6:30 a.m. to be precise. He took advantage of the fact that the mosque was empty of worshippers at that early hour … and set Saladin Al-Ayyubi’s historic pulpit on fire…
In a performance that was planned in advance, according to analysts, the occupation police arrested Michael Rohan and brought him to trial. The court ruled that he was psychologically unfit [to stand trial] and transferred him to a psychiatric hospital in order to allow him to evade punishment. Five years after the incident, he was transferred to his homeland of Australia, and he died there in 1995 without showing any signs of the psychological disturbance that the occupation government claimed he had.”

Michael Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
PA daily: Israel is “attempting in many ways… to harm” the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to “Judaize” Jerusalem, and is attempting to convince the world that Jerusalem is Jewish  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2016
      “Next Sunday, Aug. 21 [2016], is the 47th anniversary of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque arson in 1969...
Even before the burning of the mosque and until now, the Israeli authorities are attempting in many ways and methods to harm the mosque. They carry out excavations underneath it to build interconnected tunnels, something which has led to the destruction of the foundations of the mosque in the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount)... The Israeli authorities are still making efforts to Judaize Arab Jerusalem. They are always attempting to hide the Dome of the Rock, considered a symbol of Arab Jerusalem, from the eyes of the world in a pathetic attempt to convince the world that Jerusalem is not Arab, but rather Jewish. Likewise, they continue to incite against the Muslims, and no one rules out the possibility that a different extremist Jew will burn the mosque again. This is in light of the incessant campaign of incitement and desecration that is being carried out under the auspices of [Israeli] MPs, rabbis, and even minsters in the government of [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

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Supreme Muslim Council official warns of "Israeli plots to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2016
Headline: "The occupation bans Tayseer Al-Tamimi from entering Jerusalem"
     "The occupation authorities yesterday [Aug. 17, 2016] banned [former] Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Secretary of [the independent organization] the Supreme Muslim Council Tayseer Al-Tamimi from entering Jerusalem to participate in the meeting of the Supreme Islamic Council, which was set for yesterday afternoon at its seat at the Chain Gate (i.e., one of the gates to the Temple Mount). This was in order to discuss the ramifications of the invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Judaization of the curricula in the schools of Arab Jerusalem.
In response to this step, Al-Tamimi said that it came as part of the Judaization of the holy city and the effort to silence any voice that reveals the Israeli plots to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He promised to continue to protect it and the identity of the holy city and its holy sites.
Al-Tamimi emphasized that occupied Jerusalem is an Islamic Arab city, and that the Jewish presence in it is temporary as it is based on theft by brute force. He added that the occupation will definitely pass in the end, just as all the occupations [of Jerusalem] have passed throughout history. Likewise he warned of the Jewish plots to Judaize it and take control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitutes a part of the faith of every Muslim. [Al-Tamimi noted] that this is a mosque that belongs only to the Muslims, with all its plazas, foundations, gates, domes, and components, and that the Jews have no connection to it."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Fatah spokesman: Israel is attempting to "destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 16, 2016
Headline: “Fatah: Israel plans to cancel Jordan’s sponsorship of Jerusalem”
     “Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan stated that the latest actions of the Israeli occupation at the Al-Aqsa mosque and the invasions of the settlers are part of the effort to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple, while taking advantage of the Arab and Islamic silence and the Palestinian internal rift (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah)...
Alayan emphasized: ‘There is no security coordination with the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza and the West Bank… the security coordination only occurs in a number of humanitarian cases in the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem), and not in the recognized security manner.’”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs repeats libel that Israel has “malicious plan” to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, build third temple 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 16, 2016
Official PA TV News, on Jewish groups on the Temple Mount

Official PA TV reporter: “Jewish organizations are waiting for an official political decision regarding the building of the alleged Temple within a time frame that does not exceed three years.”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “This is a plan organized by the Israeli occupation authorities, even if the tool they are using is the herds of settlers that the Israeli occupation authorities bring in to the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza every day, in order to create facts on the ground and divide it according to areas, and afterwards to carry out the malicious plan and destroy the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Al-Aqsa preacher denounces "extremist scheme to Judaize the holy city" and establish "the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 14, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs called to come and be at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher and First Deputy of the Chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem Sheikh Yusuf Jum’a Salameh warned of the dangers of the settlers’ continued invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He held the occupation authorities fully responsible for these steps of escalation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and the holy sites. At the same time, he emphasized that these attacks constitute part of the occupation’s extremist scheme to Judaize the holy city and to impose Israeli sovereignty on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through an attempt to divide it according to times and areas, in preparation for the establishment of what is called the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.
However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.
Fatah: Israel attempting to “Judaize East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Aug. 13, 2016

Headline: “Fatah: Our holy sites are a red line , and we will not allow them to be Judaized, the world must bear responsibility for the consequences”
      “The Fatah Movement emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity are red lines and the settlers cannot ever be allowed to harm them.
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi: ‘The fact that a Jewish family from the settlement of Kiryat Arba held religious ceremonies at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., memorial for terror victim Hallel Yaffa Ariel on the Temple Mount), and the settlers' repeated invasions of it, are a dangerous matter that heralds an explosion of the situation.’
Al-Qawasmi said that the attempts of the occupation state to Judaize East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitute contempt for the international community and its laws. Likewise, he emphasized Fatah's opposition to the occupation's efforts to turn the invasions into a fait accompli, and recalled the Jerusalem uprising (i.e., several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016) that came in order to express the opposition of the Palestinian people and its leadership to the harm to the sites holy to the Palestinian people.
Fatah demanded that the Arab and Muslim states fulfill their responsibilities, exert active pressure, and [demanded them] to speak in terms of interests with the world nations in order to pressure the occupation state, and it warned against ignoring the dangers and the bad and ominous consequences of the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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PA daily claims settlers and Israeli Antiquity Authority “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, talked about “myth of the alleged ‘Temple’”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 11, 2016
Headline: “Tension at the Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the invasions of teams from the occupation’s Antiquities Authority and settlers”

“Tension prevailed yesterday [Aug. 10, 2016] at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque due to the incessant invasions of settlers in small groups through the Mughrabi Gate, under heavy security of special forces of the occupation’s police. At the same time, teams from the Israel Antiquities Authority invaded it…
The mosque’s guards and worshippers thwarted the attempts of the settlers to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers and ceremonies in the mosque (i.e., at the Temple Mount plaza)… while several extremists gave explanations about the myth of the alleged ‘Temple.’”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA daily reports on “Jewish settlers” who “invaded” the Al-Aqsa Mosque who heard about the “myth of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 11, 2016
Headline: “One hundred and twenty-nine settlers invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque and three were expelled due to Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayer”
      “One hundred and twenty-nine Jewish settlers invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque today, Thursday [Aug. 11, 2016], from the morning until the afternoon prayers… At the head of the groups of settlers stood guides who gave explanations about the myth of the alleged Temple [that was] in place of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Mufti: “What is happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque heralds a dangerous religious war" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: "The Grand Mufti: What is happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque heralds a dangerous religious war"

"[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the repercussions of the grave escalation in the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the attacks against it and its visitors and workers…

He said: 'The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to a strong attack by the occupation authorities as part of the series of [acts] of extremism that they are carrying out in order to harm it through their ongoing attacks against it, while disregarding the international regulations, norms, and laws, and they are acting according to a systematic plan to obliterate everything that is Arab and Islamic in Palestine, and to replace it with a false Jewish alternative.'"

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Official PA daily: “Alleged Temple organizations” ask their supporters to take part in “mass invasions” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2016
Headline: “Settlers are renewing the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and one of its guards was distanced for four months”

“Settlers yesterday [Aug. 7, 2016] renewed their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate in small groups one after the other...
It is worth noting that the alleged Temple organizations have in the past demanded of their supporters that they take part in mass invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during these days, as preparation and arrangement for what is called ‘[the day of] the destruction of the alleged Temple’ (i.e., Tisha B’Av), which will take place on the 14th of this month [August 2016].”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

"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 Temple Mount.

Tisha B’Av is a Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.
PA government: Israel carrying out “daily attacks, invasions, and defilement of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount)” and “planting… illusions and legends that it fabricates about the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 8, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] government: The occupation’s crazy attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque should be condemned and contradicts all laws”
      “Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud condemned in a press release the ongoing invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by the occupation forces, which took place during the day at the same time as the invasion of the Dome of the Rock by an Israeli antiquities expert and [Israeli police] riot forces in order to examine the maintenance and restoration activities being carried out by the [Jordanian] Islamic Waqf department , and which were stopped by force several days ago. Al-Mahmoud stated: ‘This attack comes as part of the daily attacks, invasions, and defilement of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount), one of the holiest sites for Muslims, being perpetrated by the occupation forces in order to turn them into a fact on the ground in accordance with the dictates of the occupation mentality, and as part of the planting of the illusions and legends that it fabricates about the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Fatah cartoon: Netanyahu bulldozing foundations of Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Aug. 7, 2016

Image posted on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission
Image shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a Jewish skullcap , sitting inside a blue bulldozer with a white Star of David on it and destroying the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, represented by an arm.
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PA Minister: Israeli authorities are “pushing the region towards an abyss by their blatant desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2016
Headline: “Al-Husseini updated the Sri Lankan representative in Palestine regarding the situation in occupied Jerusalem”

“[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Governor of the [Jerusalem] District Adnan Al-Husseini called on Sri Lankan Representative in Palestine Fawzan Anver yesterday [Aug. 4, 2016], in a reception held for him in [Al-Husseini’s] office in the Al-Barid neighborhood [in northeast Jerusalem], to advance the movement of tourists from south and east Asia to Jerusalem, Palestine, and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, which will strengthen the Islamicness of this land, disprove the Israeli narratives, and expose the occupation’s false claims.

He noted that the occupation authorities are pushing the region towards an abyss by their blatant desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and their use of forgery and distortion in order to reverse the historical and religious facts.”
Fatah official: Israel has a “Zionist scheme” to gradually take control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, “in order to divide it, and… to destroy it so as to build the alleged Temple” 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Aug. 4, 2016
Headline: “Mattour warns: The occupation’s scheme is being carried out in gradual steps for the purpose of dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and taking complete control of it”
     “Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Movement in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour said that the steps of the occupation forces at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the arrests of its employees, and the stopping of the restoration activities at the Dome of the Rock constitute a Zionist scheme to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to take control of it through gradual daily steps.
Mattour said today, Thursday [Aug. 4, 2016], in an interview with Radio Mawtini, as he warned of the occupation’s scheme to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque and take control of it: ‘The occupation authorities are taking gradual steps to carry out their Zionist scheme.’ He warned the Islamic and Arab states of the danger of these gradual steps, as after them will come complete Zionist control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to divide it, and afterwards to destroy it so as to build the alleged Temple in its place.”
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"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel’s ultimate purpose is “clearing the Al-Aqsa Mosque, imposing the Jewish presence there, and allowing the settlers to desecrate it freely"  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is condemned the arrest of the Waqf’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Restoration Committee director”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces arrested the [Jordanian] Waqf’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Restoration Committee Director [Bassam Al-Hallaq] and three employees of the committee, as well as the continuation of the policy of distancing employees and guards [from the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and their arrest as an advanced step for the purpose of clearing the Al-Aqsa Mosque, imposing the Jewish presence there, and allowing the settlers to desecrate it freely.”
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PA government spokesman: Israel is carrying out "daily invasions" and "desecration" of the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 3, 2016
     "Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud... called on the international institutions and the international community to get involved urgently in order to restrain the occupation and to stop its daily attacks against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and against the occupied city of Jerusalem, through the desecration of the mosque whether by the daily invasions carried out by the herds of settlers under the protection of the occupation forces, or by the ongoing invasions by members of the occupation (i.e., Israeli policemen, border policemen, and soldiers) during which the worshippers within the mosque (the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, Israeli forces refrain from entering the mosque except in extreme circumstances -Ed.) are attacked."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: "[Israel`s] goal is to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is misleading the world on everything concerning the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is described the policy of the occupation government and its steps at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque as ‘malicious .’ He warned that its [Israel’s] goal is to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place. Ida’is said yesterday (Tuesday) [Aug. 2, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The Israeli occupation authorities and its institutions are trying to create facts on the ground at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for falsifying the nature of the site and establishing the alleged Temple in its place.’”
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PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to prevent "Jewish groups" from "invad[ing]" the Mosque on the Jewish day of mourning  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 2, 2016
Headline: “Al-Husseini:  "[...] The Al-Aqsa Mosque and employees are attacked savagely”
       “[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini… called on the city’s people to show solidarity and to help the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s [Jordanian Waqf] guards and employees, particularly at this stage in which they are subjected to arrest and distancing [from the mosque by the occupation]. Likewise, he called to come and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas in the coming days, particularly in light of the calls of the Jewish groups to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the anniversary of what is called the destruction of the Temple (i.e., Tisha B’Av).”
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

Tisha B’Av is a Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.

PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs “demands” Arab world act to stop “daily attacks” against Jerusalem and other holy sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 2, 2016
Headline: “Ida’is: The occupation perpetrated 87 violations and attacks against the holy sites in July”
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is demanded of the Arab and Islamic world and the international community to act immediately to stop the daily attacks that are perpetrated by gangs of settlers against the occupied city of Jerusalem and the holy sites… Ida’is clarified that in Hebron, and particularly in the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs), the occupation authorities have highlighted the level of their arrogance and continued to defile the mosque with a tour held by the one called the deputy director of the civil administration (i.e., Deputy Director of the Israeli Civil Administration Col. Uri Mendes) and another officer from his department.”
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The PA and its leaders consider the Cave of the Patriarchs to be a Muslim religious site with no connection to Jews. Therefore they view any presence of Jews there as an “attack.”
PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs: Situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is “very dangerous,” "requires the constant presence of the Murabitin" there 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2016
Headline: "Al-Husseini: The peace begins from Jerusalem"
      "[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Governor of the Jerusalem District Adnan Al-Husseini... said that the month of August is the most difficult [month] at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in the holy city, and noted the attention to the tension that is prevailing due to the fact that what is called the Day of the Destruction of the Temple (i.e., Tisha B'Av) is approaching…
He said: 'The matter is very dangerous and requires the constant presence of the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’"
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Tisha B’Av is a Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.
PA Islamic Council: Israeli goal is “Judaizing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and turning it into a synagogue, ahead of the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2016
Headline: “The Islamic-Christian Council: The distancing of guards and employees of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [from the mosque] is a racist policy whose goal is to empty it”
      “The [PA’s] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places said yesterday [July 31, 2016] that the barbaric attack by the occupation authorities on the [Jordanian Waqf ] guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Waqf employees who are there constitutes a clear blow to the Waqf and its employees, and an attempt to disrupt them in their work at the mosque in order to implement additional Judaization plans… Secretary-General of the Council Hanna Issa addressed the Israeli extremism, which is expressed in determining facts on the ground by Judaizing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and turning it into a synagogue, ahead of the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins. He noted that the Judaization plan and steps at the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) are gaining momentum, as if the Israeli occupation state – with the help of its settlers and extremists – is in a race against time to realize the Jewish dream: the establishment of the Temple as soon as possible.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Palestinians will “continue to carry out unceasing Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… until the occupation passes" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is condemned the Israeli attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its guards"
      "The honorable [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is condemned the fact that the occupation authorities yesterday [July 28, 2016] distanced a number of [Jordanian Waqf] guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and demanded that the Arab and Islamic world act seriously and responsibly to end the violations that are being carried out against them, against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and against the holy city... Likewise, he noted that as is its habit, the occupation is intentionally working to clear the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas and [remove] those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) within it, and to prevent them from entering it, and it is punishing them by all possible means. He emphasized that our people will continue to carry out unceasing Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque... and will continue to be rooted in its Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of its land until the occupation passes."
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Abbas’ advisor: Israel “persistently defiles the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, July 28, 2016
Headline: “Abu Al-Einein: Palestine is the gate of peace and war”
     “[Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on NGOs and] Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said... that Palestine is the gate of war and the gate of peace, and that Israel must understand that the reason for the violence and the incitement is the fact that it continues to steal our land, continues its colonialist plans, and persistently defiles the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity.”
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PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
PLO condemns “invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [by Jewish visitors]… in order to carry out Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in the pure Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 26, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned of the calls of extremist Jewish organizations to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned of the dangers and consequences of the ongoing racist calls of extremist Jewish organizations who called to carry out a widespread invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by the greatest rabbis of the settlers, in order to carry out Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in the pure Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas.
The department condemned in a press release today, Tuesday [July 26, 2016], the invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by dozens of the herds of extremist settlers from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate, under the heightened protection of the occupation police and its special forces, and the fact that they carried out tours of provocation at the mosque’s plaza in order to take pictures. This was done through response to the calls of these racist terrorist organizations and their ongoing encouragement of settlers to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and defile it by holding Talmudic ceremonies by Jewish rabbis within it.“
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Official Palestinian news agency: Israelis “defile Islamic holy sites under the pretext of them being Jewish [holy sites]” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 24, 2016
     Headline: “Settlers defiled Islamic holy sites in Kifl Hares in Salfit”
“Today, Sunday [July 24, 2016] a group of settlers invaded the village of Kifl Hares (i.e., where the tomb of the Biblical figure Caleb Ben Yefuneh is located) north of Salfit (i.e., near Ariel) in order to defile Islamic holy sites under the pretext of them being Jewish [holy sites]…
Head of the Kifl Hares municipality Abd Al-Rahim Boudhiyeh said that the religious sites Dhu Al-Kifl, Dhu Al-Nun, and Khadem Salah Al-Din are subjected to ongoing defilement and invasions by the settlers who have even burnt them in the past.”
Note: The PA and its leaders consider any presence of Jews at a Muslim holy site as an "invasion" and as defilement. It should be noted that Jews are visiting open areas and not invading private property.
Jewish students visiting the Temple Mount is an “invasion,” who were told about the “legend of the alleged Temple” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 22, 2016
     Headline: “More than 80 Jewish settlers and students invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carried out tours of provocation”
“More than 80 Jewish settlers, including activists of the organization Students for the Temple invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [July 21, 2016]…
A journalist from WAFA (i.e., the official PA news agency) noted that a number of Jewish rabbis accompanied the extremists in their invasion of the blessed mosque, while the group was led by a guide who told the legend of the alleged Temple [that stood] in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Note: The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Students for the Temple – possibly referring to the student organization Students for the Temple Mount that promotes awareness of and the connection of Jews to the Temple Mount. It is one of what the PA refers to as "the alleged Temple organizations.” The term refers to ‎ religious Jewish movements, including the ‎Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, and The ‎Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount ‎initiative, ‎which spread awareness of the importance of ‎the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage ‎people to visit the Temple Mount.

14-year-old terrorist Muawiyah stabbed an Israeli, believing it would stop Jews from "invading Al-Aqsa" i.e., visiting Temple Mount 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 22, 2016

Uncle of terrorist Muawiyah Alqam:
"Muawiyah is in jail like every prisoner. I met with him and spoke with him. His spirit is strong. He always asks me about the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He said plainly and with a good deal of innocence: ‘Maybe after two operations (i.e., terror attacks) they (i.e., the Jews) will stop invading the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’"
Official PA TV host: "It is clear that the small hopes of this child are connected to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Program: Good Morning Jerusalem
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.”  Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

Stabbing attack at a light rail stop in Pisgat Ze’ev - Two Palestinian terrorists, Muawiyah and Ali Alqam, aged 14 and 11, stabbed and wounded an Israeli security guard at a Jerusalem light rail stop in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, on Nov. 10, 2015. The security guard shot and wounded the 14-year-old stabber and the second terrorist was held by passengers until security forces arrived. In July 2016, Muawiyah Alqam was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison.
PA Mufti condemns memorial service held on Temple Mount for murdered 13-year-old as “criminal attack against the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 13, 2016
     Headline: " [PA] Grand Mufti [Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] condemned the holding of a Jewish memorial service at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza"
"[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the holding of a Jewish memorial service (memorial for 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel who was stabbed to death in her sleep –Ed.) at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, as several extreme settlers invaded the mosque plaza in order to participate in this service, under the supervision of the [Israeli] Jerusalem district police commander and senior officers…
The mufti said: 'This criminal attack against the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is nothing but one link in the chain of ongoing escalation, in preparation for imposing the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by areas and times, and it is part of a process to change its existing historical status.' …Likewise, he called to everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest every effort in order to visit it and strengthen the presence there in order to defend it, and emphasized the adherence of our people to their mosque, regardless of the cost and sacrifices required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it."

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PA government condemns “racist” “alleged Temple organizations,” calls on Palestinians to come the the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect it from “invasions,” and carry out Ribat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2016
     Headline: “The [PA] government emphasizes the leadership’s position on the matter of the Quartet report”
“During its weekly meeting, held yesterday [July 12, 2016] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government emphasized the position of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] and the leadership, which rejects the Quartet report…
It condemned the racist calls of the alleged Temple organizations and the daily invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza that are welcomed and encouraged by the occupation government, which provides backing and protection to the activities of these extreme organizations and associations. Likewise, it demanded of the international community that it apply pressure to the occupation government which ignores all of the international laws and conventions when it prevents the arrival of Muslims at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to pray, attacks women and distances them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, hits the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic –Ed.) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and uses weapons against them, and incites settler organizations to invade it. The [PA] government called on our people and everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to carry out Ribat and to pray there at all times, in order to protect it from the settlers and their incessant invasions.”
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PA daily uses term “alleged Temple” and describes visits by Jews to Temple Mount as “invasions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2016
Headline: “Settlers renew their invasions, warnings of suspicious activities today [July 12, 2016] at the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque”
     "Settlers yesterday [July 11, 2016] renewed their invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi Gate, under heavy protection by special forces of the occupation police.
The invasions were carried out in small groups one after the other, and were accompanied by cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ as a sign of protest from the [Muslim] worshippers during the settlers’ provocative tours of the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque [plaza]. [Palestinian] top officials, clergy , and respected national figures in Jerusalem warned against the calls of the alleged ‘Temple’ organizations to their supporters to participate today [July 12, 2016] in widespread invasions in order to hold a memorial service at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] for the killed settler and the rabbi who died recently (13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel and Rabbi Michael Mark, both murdered by Palestinian terrorists –Ed.). They held the occupation institutions responsible for the consequences of these violations.”

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PLO calls on Palestinians to “come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat… in order to defend it from the crimes of the settlers, their ongoing invasions, and their defilement of the site” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 11, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs criticized the dangerous racist calls of the [Jewish] ‘Temple’ organizations to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs criticized the dangerous racist calls of the alleged Temple organizations to carry out widespread invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, with the participation of hundreds from the extreme settler gangs… The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs called on our people and everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and pray there all the time, in order to defend it from the crimes of the settlers, their ongoing invasions, and their defilement of the site.”
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"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.

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA daily reports on “alleged Temple organizations” intention to “invade” the Al-Aqsa Mosque to carry out “Talmudic” prayers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2016
Headline: “Extreme Jewish organizations call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque today”
      “Settler organizations announced their intention to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning [July 10, 2016].
‘The Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (i.e., Palestinian organization founded in 1988 to provide information about the Palestinian territories) stated that the alleged Temple organizations announced that they intend to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to hold their Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers for the souls of the settler Hallel Yaffa [Ariel] who was killed in the settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, and Rabbi Michael Mark who was killed a number of days ago.”

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Palestinian-Jordanian proposal submitted to UNESCO rejects Jewish connection to Temple Mount and claims “the Jews have caused serious damage” to the site 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 10, 2016
     Headline: “Israeli efforts to thwart the Palestinian-Jordanian proposal that rejects the connection of the Jews to the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., the Temple Mount)”
“The [Israeli] Hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported today, Sunday [July 10, 2016], that Israel is recently investing increased diplomatic efforts in order to thwart the Palestinian-Jordanian proposal, submitted to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO), that rejects the connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., Temple Mount). The proposal emphasizes that the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] and its surroundings are occupied Palestinian land, to which the Jews have caused serious damage.”

The article refers to a Palestinian-Jordanian resolution proposal denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, which was submitted to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO) in July 2016.
Yediot Aharonot article: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4826294,00.html

Sermon at mosque calls on Allah to “defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the defilement of the settlers” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 6, 2016
      "Those present held the Eid Al-Fitr prayers at a mosque located in the district’s national security headquarters, where the mosque’s imam Sheikh Ziyad Ali emphasized ‘the teachings of the Islamic religion and the principles of love and tolerance, and that the blessed holiday [Eid Al-Fitr] is an opportunity to strengthen and tighten the connections between different [groups] of our people and its unity.’  Likewise, he called on the supreme and exalted Lord of the Universe ‘to defend the Prophet’s Mosque (i.e., which was hit by a suicide bombing on July 4, 2016) and our people in Saudi Arabia from those seeking to do it harm, and to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the defilement of the settlers.’”
Op-ed in official PA daily repeats libel that Jews set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2016
     Headline: “The Muslim Brotherhood”
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Committee member and regular columnist for the official PA daily
“Turkey is a founding member of an organization for Islamic cooperation that was established after the fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Aug. 21, 1969, in an attempt to defend the lost honor of the Muslims at the occupied Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque that was burned then in a fire of the Jewish settlers!”
Michael Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
Fatah official: Israel attempts to "annex" Jerusalem and "take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque" and "falsify and change its history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 3, 2016
     “[Official] Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized that the fact that not less than 400,000 worshippers came to the Friday prayers to mark The Night of Decree (i.e., when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad), despite the racist separation fence and the occupation’s (i.e., Israel’s) steps, constitutes additional proof of the failure of the Israeli occupation in isolating Jerusalem or of its attempts to annex it. He added that all of the occupation’s attempts to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to try to falsify or change its history will not succeed, whatever the cost may be, and emphasized the need to continue to visit the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque every day of the year.”
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs, PA Mufti warn of “invasions” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and “Israeli plots”, including excavations under the Mosque searching for “alleged remains” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 29, 2016
     Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs"
"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the danger in the sharp rise in the rate of invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza during the blessed month of Ramadan.
These statements were made during the meeting of the minister of religious affairs with the mufti in the Ministry of Religious Affairs' headquarters.
The two emphasized that the dangerous Israeli plots against Jerusalem – that are increasing and are expressed in the continuation of their attempts to interfere in the matters of Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount), with intensive excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of searching for alleged remains, and in the widespread settlement plans in Jerusalem – are nothing but an attempt to change the status quo at Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary."
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Fatah: Stopping Israeli “invasions [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque] is a religious and national command and duty” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 28, 2016
Headline: "Fatah: Stopping the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a religious command and duty"
     "The Palestinian National Freedom Movement Fatah called to go to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there…
Official Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan… emphasized that stopping the settlers' invasions is a religious and national command and duty. Likewise, Alayan demanded that all Muslims of all nations come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in real danger, so that every Muslim in the world must protect it by visiting it and praying at it…"
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Government spokesman: “The aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and injury of those praying there is part of [Israel]`s plans to target all areas of the State of Palestine and our people” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 28, 2016
     Headline: "Israel is playing with fire: 35 injured at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza"
"[PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud warned yesterday [June 27, 2016] of the consequences of the occupation's (i.e., Israel’s) ongoing aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and those praying there during these blessed days of the month of Ramadan.
Al-Mahmoud said: 'The aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and injury of those praying there is part of the occupation government's plans to target all areas of the State of Palestine and our people, and in particular the holy sites and religious symbols.'
He emphasized: 'The Al-Aqsa Mosque, everything within its walls, and everything attached to it from outside, is an Islamic mosque that belongs to the Palestinians who reside in the land and to all Arabs and Muslims according to the historical facts, the natural situation, and the international consensus.'"
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Fatah spokesman: “Violations and the invasions” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque are “pushing the situation toward an explosion,” and the Mosque will be protected “no matter what sacrifices that requires” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 27, 2016
     Headline: “Fatah: The occupation government is responsible for pushing the situation towards an explosion in that it enables the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
“Fatah warned of the repercussions of the violations and the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and considered them to be playing with fire and pushing the situation towards an explosion.
Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line that we will not allow to [be crossed,] no matter what sacrifices that requires.…
Likewise, the Fatah Movement saluted our members, our people, and those performing Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in its plazas, who are defending their land and their holy sites.”
The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Abbas’ advisor: Israel intends to “blow up the situation at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to cause bloodshed,” in order to justify taking it over 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 27, 2016
Headline: “[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor Mahmoud] Al-Habbash warns: Israel is striving for a bloodbath at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash warned today, Monday [June 27, 2016], of the planned Israeli intentions to blow up the situation at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to cause bloodshed, which will enable justifying Israeli steps at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that will lead to taking control over part of it for the occupation... He noted that the ongoing escalation, the consecutive invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and the attempt to spill the blood of the worshippers clearly exposes without a shadow of a doubt the planned Israeli intentions to create facts on the ground, on the way to a division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza according to areas and times.”
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Note: The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel is carrying out “daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… to storm the Mosque and completely take control of it” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 26, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is condemned the occupation's policy at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces (i.e., Israeli forces) invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Ida'is added that the occupation is attempting – through daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, blockading it, searching everyone that enters it, limiting the entrance of worshippers according to a certain age, interfering in its matters, carrying out a policy of deception, forging the Arab and Islamic heritage, and the new-old excavations under and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza – to storm the Mosque and completely take control of it. Ida'is said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza is a completely Islamic site, and it is our right to pray at it and to enter and exit it any time we wish, and that the occupation has no ties to it."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Mufti calls on Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect it and the worshippers there from Israeli “attacks” and “violations” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 26, 2016
Headline: "The grand mufti called to increase the visits to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called on everyone who can to come to occupied Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to go to them in order to stand up to the Israeli occupation that is doing as it pleases with Jerusalem and attacks those worshipping at [the Al-Aqsa Mosque]. Sheikh Hussein said: 'The invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by occupation forces, their attack on those worshipping at it, and their aggression against those guarding it, teachers of the law, and those working in its environs, are nothing but an expression of aggressive policy and Zionist intransigence against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its visitors.' He added that this stage is very dangerous, and warned of the consequences of these violations that offend Muslim sensibilities throughout the world. He called on our people to come out against these violations, whatever the price may be, and clarified that only Muslims have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Ministry of Religious Affairs accuses Israel of carrying out “blatant Jewish project” of “secret excavations” under the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to “to topple the... Mosque and destroy it” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 21, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs warns: The enemy (i.e., Israel) is conducting dangerous excavations underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs warned of an intensification in the Israeli violations and operations that are taking place in the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem) and in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, the last of which was a series of secret excavations that the occupation authorities (i.e., Israel) are conducting around and underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, as they have prevented all legal or media sources from getting involved in this matter and closed the entire targeted region to everyone... The ministry emphasized that the main goal behind this blatant Jewish project is to erase the characteristics of Jerusalem and to topple the Al-Aqsa Mosque and destroy it, so that the Israeli enemy will be able to assert before the entire world that the Al-Aqsa Mosque toppled on its own without any action [being taken], and in this way acquit itself of its despicable crime.”

PA daily glorifies 3 “heroic” murderers of Jews in 1929 Hebron Massacre, who were “protect[ing] the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e, Western Wall), which the Jews planned on taking over” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2016
Headline: “The execution of the heroes [Muhammad] Jamjoun, [Fuad] Hijazi, and [Ataa] Al-Zir – remembered forever”
      “Yesterday, Friday [June 17, 2016], was the anniversary of the execution of the heroic Martyrs (Shahids) of the Al-Buraq rebellion (i.e., 1929 Hebron Massacre), Muhammad Jamjoun, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir, by the British Mandate authorities. On this date in 1930 these Martyrs were executed at the citadel prison in Acre, despite the Arab protests and condemnations.
The story of the three heroes began when British [Mandate] police forces arrested a group of young Palestinians after the Al-Buraq rebellion... The Muslims – including the three heroes – came out in their masses to protect the Al-Buraq Wall, which the Jews planned on taking over, so that the confrontation between the Arabs and the Zionists was inevitable in the various Palestinian areas...”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.

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PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs: Israel is taking “daily steps… against the [Al-Aqsa] mosque, which will lead to the ignition of a religious war… by its allowing herds of extreme settlers to defile its pure plaza” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs condemned the approval of a plan to build a settlement building in Silwan”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs… said that what is taking place in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitutes a great danger in light of the daily steps being taken against the mosque, which will lead to the ignition of a religious war, being directed by the Israeli occupation government against the mosque, by its allowing herds of extreme settlers to defile its pure plaza, closing it to worshippers, and forbidding women to enter it, especially during the blessed month of Ramadan. The department saluted the resolve of our Jerusalem residents, worshippers, Steps of Knowledge students (i.e., a study group at the Al-Aqsa Mosque), and those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), who protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque with their bare chests, and hold off the ongoing invasion of the gangs of settlers.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs: Israel is committing “desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 15, 2016
Headline: “[PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan] Al-Husseini updated a delegation of the Greek Syriza party regarding the situation in Jerusalem”

“[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and [Jerusalem] District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini welcomed a delegation of the ruling Greek Syriza party (Greek PM Alexis Tsipras' ruling far left party whose platform calls for abolishing military ties with Israel and establishing a Palestinian state within the Green Line -Ed.) yesterday [June 14, 2016], and updated them regarding the situation in Jerusalem.

He noted that the occupation authorities (i.e., Israel) are pushing the region towards the abyss with their blatant desecration of the sites holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and with their use of forgery and fabrication to turn the historic and religious facts upside down.”
Abbas: “The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line, we will not allow it to be violated [by Israel]” 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, June 14, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line; we will not allow it to be violated.”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized the need to stop the violations at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and emphasized that it is a red line, and that it is impossible to remain silent in light of the daily attacks and violations befalling it from the occupation and its settlers. These statements were said during a reception that the president held yesterday evening [June 12, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah for guards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque who were distanced by the occupation forces, attended by Fatah Secretary in Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith... The president... [said] that: ‘The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a red line, we will not allow it to be violated.’”
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Note: Published  in official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on June 13, 2016; on the official Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on June 13, 2016 and on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission on June 14, 2016.
Op-ed in religious section of PA daily for Ramadan: At the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israelis “sow death and destruction… desecrate its holiness, kill, attack and spill pure blood” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2016
     Headline: “Al-Aqsa Mosque is calling to you”
Op-ed by Taleb Al-Silwadi, columnist for the official PA daily, in a special daily religion section for the month of Ramadan
“O, fasting public and the Quran, Palestine - mother of the cradle of civilizations, mother of the emissaries, center of the prophets, toward it was the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem) of the Muslims, from it the true Prophet (i.e., Islam’s Prophet Muhammad) ascended to Heaven, from it the resurrection of the dead will commence, on its pure land the true Prophet prayed at the head of the emissary prophets, and in it the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located. It merited great honor that was granted to it by the Master of the Universe, but when the occupiers sow death and destruction in it, desecrate its holiness, kill, attack and spill pure blood, we must stand by its side…
In the blessed month of Ramadan, in which you yearn to go to the mosques, let us visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque every day if we are able to, for the settlers in their plots want to expand their economic horizons by opening the gates of Jerusalem. However, we are people who support the economy of our [own] people and our homeland, and this is an opportunity for us to pray at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs warns against “continued invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza,” calls on Palestinians “to carry out Ribat” there 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2016
Headline: "The [PLO] Department of Jerusalem Affairs warned against the consequences of racist calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "The PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs warned against the consequences of the continued invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by gangs of settlers…
The department called on citizens of all the homeland's districts and everyone who can to visit the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque during the blessed month of Ramadan in order to pray there, to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in its plaza, and to stand against the settlers' invasions."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA government calls on Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat there 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 8, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] government condemned the occupation’s actions in Jerusalem and called to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “During its weekly meeting that was held yesterday [June 7, 2016] in Ramallah, led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called to visit Jerusalem, and for every one of our people who can, to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there. Likewise, it called on the Arab and Islamic world to fulfill their responsibility and support the resolve of the [Arab] citizens of Jerusalem who are the defenders of Jerusalem and guardians of its honorable [Al-Aqsa] Mosque.”
Speakers at PLO ceremony call to “prevent Israel from erasing its [Jerusalem’s] Arab and Islamic identity” and to prevent “division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 2, 2016
Headline: “Qalqilya: The Arab Liberation Front honored the excelling students in the Jerusalem Culture Competition”
     “Spokesmen at the ceremony organized by the Arab Liberation Front (i.e., member of PLO, based in Iraq) in the Qalqilya district to honor the students who won in the study regarding Jerusalem culture in 2015-2016… called to give attention to Jerusalem in order to emphasize our right to it, to prevent Israel from erasing its Arab and Islamic identity, and to prevent the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by areas and times. Qalqilya District Governor Hassam Abu Hamda and Qalqilya Mayor Othman Daoud were present at the event. Daoud praised the excelling students and their achievements, and said that the [Arab Liberation] Front’s interest and their scientific research, and the fact that it held a ceremony to honor the winners is proof of the good education it received under the leader Saddam Hussein, who continued to adhere to his principles and the Palestinian cause until his death as a Martyr.”

"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, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of ‎ changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.
Fatah: Jerusalem Light Festival is attempt to “Judaize” the Old City, depicting a “false story regarding the building of their alleged Temple on the ruins of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2016
Headline: “Fatah said that the festival is one of the biggest attempts to Judaize the holy city – lighting the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem with Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) insinuations for the Hebrew [Festival of] Lights”

“Fatah’s Jerusalem branch said that what is called the Judaizing Festival of Lights, which the occupation’s municipality, the Ministry of Tourism of the occupation’s government, and what is called the Jerusalem Development Authority are organizing for the eighth consecutive year, is one of the greatest initiatives of Judaization in Jerusalem. The [Fatah] branch emphasized that through the festival, they are trying to display a Jewish face for the city, and this is through forgery, falsification, and distortion of the facts, blurring the Arab culture, and hiding all the ancient evidence in the city, which proves its Arabness and sanctity. The branch noted yesterday [May 25, 2016] in a statement that every year the areas where ‘the lights’ are exhibited expand, and they are projected on the walls of the Old City and in its alleys, pictures that simulate its false story regarding the building of their alleged Temple on the ruins of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. In the statement it was emphasized that Jerusalem will remain Arab, despite everyone, and that the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem will come out against any attempts to Judaize it.”
Preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque: “Allah, protect Al-Aqsa Mosque from the impurity of the Jews. Allah, annihilate all of the Jews”  
Source: YouTube channel "Aqsa Calls", May 20, 2016

A sermon by preacher Ali Abu Ahmad at the Al-Aqsa Mosque leading up to the month of Ramadan.

 

PA Mufti: Israel endangers Al-Aqsa Mosque, which belongs to Muslims alone, and “Judaizes” Jerusalem and destroys Islamic antiquities 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 10, 2016
     Headline: “The Mufti and the [Higher] Presidential Committee of Churches’ Affairs [in Palestine] condemned the installation of new security cameras in the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza”
“[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the fact that the occupation authorities have installed security cameras in the Bab Al-Ghawanmeh area in the northwest corner of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza.
The Grand Mufti stated in a press release that… the occupation authorities and settlers do not stop at excavating tunnels, which at the moment pose a real danger to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but are also acting to place security cameras [in it] in order to document what happens there. Likewise, he emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims and it is forbidden for non-Muslims to interfere in its matters. The Mufti called on the local and international bodies and organizations to act to rein in the occupation authorities, who are changing the character of the holy city, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Islamic antiquities, Judaizing and destroying them, and called to the leaders and countries of the Islamic world to fulfill their responsibility and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA spokesman spreads libel that Israel is committing “desecration of the holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2016
     Headline: “The government and Fatah demanded the cessation of the Israeli escalation against Gaza”
“Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud called to stop the dangerous Israeli escalation against our people in the southern regions (i.e., the Gaza Strip)…
Likewise, he again called on the international community to provide protection for our people in the shadow of the continued aggression, settlement, and desecration of the holy sites.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs demands Arab nations defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from “invasions” and “decisions of the Jewish rabbis to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defile it with Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2016
     Headline: “Ida’is: [Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven emphasize the Arab [nature] of Jerusalem and its [Palestinian] nature”
“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is demanded of the Arab and Islamic nations that they defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque, stand determinedly against the settlers’ invasions, and come out against the legal decisions of the Jewish rabbis to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defile it with Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies. In a radio interview yesterday… Ida’is emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims, no matter how many forgeries and fabrications the occupation state makes.”
Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
Islamic-Christian Council: Israel threatens the Al-Aqsa Mosque with “Judaization,” is excavating under the Mosque’s foundations to “collapse and destroy it”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian [Council] blessed the anniversary of [Prophet Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven, and warned against the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and its Judaization”
     “The Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places… warned in its announcement of the Judaization and destruction the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary is facing, as the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza to hold Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers and dances have now become a daily matter, along with the continued excavation of tunnels under the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, which threaten to [cause it to] collapse and destroy it.”

"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.

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount – all of which they consider to be an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - an "invasion." When Jews enter the Temple Mount, they only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the mosque.
PLO accuses Israel of “invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and attempts to impose the occupation’s falsified reality and falsify the history and culture of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Executive Committee decided to immediately implement decisions of the [PLO] Central Council to limit the relations with the occupation”
     “The PLO Executive Committee welcomed the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decision to refuse attempts to falsify history and to emphasize the true and natural Arab Islamic character of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (UNESCO referred to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Buraq Wall in their decision, and mentioned their sanctity to the Muslims, ignoring the names “Temple Mount” and “Western Wall,” and the sanctity of these places to the Jews –Ed.). Likewise, the committee called on the international organization to act to end the daily violations of the holy sites, expressed by invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and attempts to impose the occupation’s falsified reality and falsify the history and culture of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Palestinian state and its people.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Settlers “invaded and defiled” the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 3, 2016
     Headline: “Ida’is: 124 Israeli violations against the holy sites this past April”
“Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is stated… yesterday [May 2, 2016] in a press release that… more than 1,800 settlers invaded and defiled the Al-Aqsa Mosque during April [2016], which raises the number in the last four months to 4,800 settlers.”
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 Islamic-Christian Council: Jewish presence on Temple Mount for Passover is “desecration,” Israel plans to establish the “alleged Temple” on ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 25, 2016
     Headline: “The [PA] Foreign Ministry and the Islamic-Christian Council [for Jerusalem and the Holy Places] condemned the [Israeli] settlement plans in Qalandiya”
“The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places… made a statement that the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by a group of settlers and the deployment of special force members in its plaza and corridors, while distancing dozens of Palestinians from it in order to secure the settlers’ ceremonies at the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday, constitute a severe desecration of the sanctity of the mosque and [all of] the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and an attempt to reinforce the Jewish presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
PA Islamic-Christian Council: Jewish presence on Temple Mount for Passover is “desecration,” Israel plans to establish the “alleged Temple” on ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 25, 2016
      “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places… made a statement that the invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by a group of settlers and the deployment of special force members in its plaza and corridors, while distancing dozens of Palestinians from it in order to secure the settlers’ ceremonies at the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday, constitute a severe desecration of the sanctity of the mosque and [all of] the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and an attempt to reinforce the Jewish presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA government warns of Israeli “schemes” to “completely take over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaize them” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2016
     “During its weekly meeting in Ramallah yesterday [April 21, 2016]… the [PA] government warned of the dangerous calls of the alleged [Jewish] Temple extremist groups and organizations for mass participation in increased invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza as the Jewish holiday season begins, and to organize Talmudic activities on the mosque’s plaza. This is part of the aggressive schemes of the Israeli occupation government, meant to completely take over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaize them. The [PA] government called on its people in the interior (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to Jerusalem to do so, and said to be constantly present in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to retaliate to every possible attack against it.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Official PA daily: Terror wave began because of “escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and its desecration by extremists” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2016
Headline: “Aelia – Fell asleep to the news of her brother Hussein Abu Ghosh’s death as a Martyr and awoke to the demolition of the home”
     “Aelia the 4-month-old baby will never understand that love of Jerusalem – after one of whose historical names she is named (i.e., the Roman colony Aelia Capitolina, built under emperor Hadrian on the ruins of Jerusalem) – in the eyes of the occupation constitutes a crime punishable by spilling blood and the taking of life…
On Oct. 2, 2016, the second day of the mass Jerusalem uprising (i.e., beginning of Palestinian terror campaign 2015-2016) against the escalation of the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and its desecration by extremists, the newest member of the Abu Ghosh family announced her arrival in the world with the first scream of her life – a scream that rapidly merged with the family’s screams of loss and pain as it parted with her oldest brother Hussein (i.e., terrorist who murdered one) [who died] as a Martyr (Shahid)…"

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Ibrahim Allan and Hussein Abu Ghosh – 22 and 17-year-old Palestinian terrorists who stabbed and injured 2 Israeli women outside a grocery store in Beit Horon, between Modiin and Jerusalem, on Jan. 25, 2016. One of the women, 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman, died of her injuries the next morning. Allan and Abu Ghosh were shot and killed by a local civilian security guard.

Fatah spokesman: Jerusalem bus bombing was a “natural response” to Israeli policies, including "repeated invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque"  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 18, 2016
Headline: “In the first official response – Fatah: The operation was a natural response to the occupation’s crimes”
       “Official Fatah spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan emphasized that what happened today [April 18, 2016] on the Israeli bus in occupied Jerusalem was a natural response to the Israeli acts against the Palestinian people, including killing, arrests, blockades, and repeated invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Alayan added that we do not seek or want violence, but at the same time we seek and wish to live in dignity and security. However, the occupation government’s policy aims to drag the region into a cycle of violence, and we have warned the Israeli right-wing government time after time that this policy of escalation will not lead to security for the Israelis. Alayan concluded his words: If Israel is looking for a security solution – there are no such solutions with the Palestinian people, the only solution is for Israel to implement the decisions of the international institutions.”
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Published in Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), and  on the official Fatah Facebook page on April 18, 2016

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."

Jerusalem line 12 bus bombing – A bomb exploded on bus no. 12 in the Talpiyot neighborhood of Jerusalem on April 18, 2016, injuring 21 people, 2 of them seriously. One of the 2 who were seriously injured is thought to be the terrorist who set it off. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
PA Islamic-Christian Council: Jews/Israel's "main objective is to reinforce the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza]… in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council: The settler wedding at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is dangerous Judaization”
     “The [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places stated today, Wednesday [April 13, 2016], that the fact that extremist settlers held their wedding ceremony within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] is a very dangerous step, whose main objective is to reinforce the Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] and Jewish rights to it… It noted that the Jews are trying to turn the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a synagogue, in order to hold their religious ceremonies, in preparation for the establishment of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs: “Extremist Temple organizations… [are] calling to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque” with Israeli government support 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2016
     Headline: "Al-Husseini: The organizations calling to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque are supported by the occupation and their goal is to falsify the true characteristics of Jerusalem"
"Jerusalem District Governor and Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini emphasized that the extremist Temple organizations and the other institutions calling to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque are supported by the occupation government, and said that many of them represent part of the government.
Al-Husseini said yesterday, Thursday [April 8, 2016], in an interview with Radio Mawtini… 'The occupation government is an unruly government which violates the law and thinks only in the language of force…'
Likewise, he emphasized that it denies the Palestinians their rights and tries to falsify the Palestinian antiquities and the Islamic and Christian characteristics."
Fatah official claims there are "Israeli attempts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "Al-Qawasmi: The settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque are an Israeli crime that we will not ignore"
     "Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi stated that the invasions by the extremist settlers, led by the extremist [Yehuda] Glick, of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza constitute a crime against the Islamic holy sites and the Palestinian people's rights, a scandalous violation of international law, a gross offense against Muslim sensibilities and harming of their rights to their blessed mosque, and an Israeli attempt to establish facts on the ground and turn the settlers' invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque into a routine matter – which will not happen under any circumstances. In a press statement, Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the Palestinian people will come out against Israeli attempts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and establish facts on the ground under different slogans. Likewise, he emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza will remain an Islamic mosque and nothing else, and that it is a red line [that cannot be crossed]. He also added that any attempt to change the status quo before and after the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 will lead to a complete explosion of the situation in the occupied territories."

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger from “Israeli plots” to destroy, divide, or replace it with the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 1, 2016
Headline: "Ida'is: More than 109 attacks and violations against the holy sites during the months of January and February"
     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is stated… ‘The occupation has turned the occupied city of Jerusalem into a military base through widespread and increased deployment of its forces around the holy sites, in various streets, and around the city, as part of a series of intensified Israeli measures.' Likewise, he said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave and immediate danger today, which is increasing from day to day, which necessitates the determination of a mechanism of action on the Islamic, Arab, and international level, to deal with the Israeli plots in order to save the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque from destruction, division, and the building of the alleged Temple."

"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.
PLO calls “to expand the popular uprising” (i.e., terror wave) “in order to protect Jerusalem, the holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2016
     Headline: “The Department of Refugee Affairs demands to expand the popular uprising and join efforts to deal with the settlements”
“The PLO Department of Refugee Affairs emphasized yesterday [March 30, 2016] that Land Day was a day of fierce Palestinian defiance against the stealing of the land and its expropriation by the occupation, and a significant turning point in the history our people’s struggle in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) in the West Bank and Gaza…
The department saluted our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem and their uprising, which has been going on for 5 months (i.e., wave of Palestinian terror attacks 2015-2016), in order to protect Jerusalem, the holy sites, and the land. [It also saluted] our people in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel), who stand firm in the face of the occupation’s racist policy.
The department stressed that our people will turn each and every one of its days into a day of protecting the land from the [Israeli] plans and actions to erode it, swallow it, and establish the despicable occupation on it. It stressed that the popular resistance to the settlement enterprise, the occupation, and its settler herds must be escalated, until it (i.e., Israel) is banished from all the territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine.”

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PA Grand Mufti calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque “to stop those [i.e., Israelis] who wish to defile and attack it” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 23, 2016
Headline: "The grand mufti called to increase the visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein called on everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially from Jerusalem and its surroundings and from among the Palestinians of 1948 (i.e., Palestinians living in Israel), to do so, in order to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and pray there in order to stop those who wish to defile and attack it. This is due to the measures being taken by the occupation against it and those who visit it, and the ban on those [Palestinians who are] 50 and under to enter it."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Grand Mufti: “Settlers” are trying to “steal the Islamic Palestinian holy sites,” in order “find their fake history under them” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2016
Headline: “The Grand Mufti condemned the continuation of the Israeli excavations under the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs)”
     “Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the continued excavations that the settlers are carrying out under the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. He announced yesterday [March 7, 2016] that the settlers are acting, under the cover of their racist government, to steal the Islamic Palestinian holy sites, and to paint them in colors fitting their barbaric Zionist beliefs. Likewise, they are trying in vain to find their fake history under them, similar to the destructive excavations taking place under the walls of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel has "policy" to "take over the holy sites" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2016
Headline: “The occupation’s attacks against the noble cave in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron”
      “The Department of Religious Endowments and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) revealed yesterday [March 3, 2016] the grave offensive being carried out by the occupation authorities against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in the city, through excavations within the noble cave, where the graves of the prophets and their wives, peace be upon them, are located… Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the attacks against the Ibrahimi Mosque, and clarified that no place of religious worship is safe in light of the attacks and crimes being perpetrated against them by the Israeli occupation and its settlers.  He continued: ‘Israel is attempting to completely take over the holy sites through this malicious policy,’ and emphasized that the mosque and historic holy sites in Palestine are Islamic and belong only to the Muslims.”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Israel has "policy" to "take over the holy sites" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2016
Headline: “The occupation’s attacks against the noble cave in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron”
     “The Department of Religious Endowments and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) revealed yesterday [March 3, 2016] the grave offensive being carried out by the occupation authorities against the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in the city, through excavations within the noble cave, where the graves of the prophets and their wives, peace be upon them, are located…
Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is condemned the attacks against the Ibrahimi Mosque, and clarified that no place of religious worship is safe in light of the attacks and crimes being perpetrated against them by the Israeli occupation and its settlers.
He continued: ‘Israel is attempting to completely take over the holy sites through this malicious policy,’ and emphasized that the mosque and historic holy sites in Palestine are Islamic and belong only to the Muslims.”