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Abbas: "Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace"‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 22, 2014
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:‎ ‎"We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace." ‎
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Abbas’ advisor: “Christmas is also a Palestinian holiday because Jesus… was ‎Palestinian”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2014
     ‎"Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas' Advisor ‎on Religious and Islamic Affairs... noted that 'We believe in our lord Jesus, peace be ‎upon him, and in his gospel, his prophecy, and his sanctity. In keeping with his creed, ‎we celebrate his birth day just as we do that of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon ‎him, because all prophets are brothers. In addition, Christmas is also a Palestinian ‎holiday, because Jesus, peace be upon him, was Palestinian. He was born in ‎Palestine; lived and was sent [as prophet] to Palestine. Therefore, Christmas has a ‎special Palestinian flavor.'"‎
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Note: This article was originally published in Ma'an on Dec. 21, 2014.
Abbas' advisor: No Muslim will ever accept "non-Muslim sovereignty over even a millimeter of... Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 21, 2014


Abbas’ advisor and Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash delivers Friday sermon in the presence of Mahmoud Abbas: 

     “The [Israeli] violations, arrogance, recklessness, stupidity and foolishness will lead to what we fear - outbreak of a religious war between them [Israelis] and all Muslims... If [war] breaks out, it will not be confined to Palestine’s borders, nor to those of the Middle East. It may spread to the entire world. Wherever there are Muslims, there will be confrontations. Al-Aqsa is a part of the religion, creed and faith of every Muslim, so he will never accept any violation or any attack against it, or any desecration of its sanctity, or any non-Muslim sovereignty over even a millimeter of its land and the land of Jerusalem.”
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Abbas issues lukewarm condemnation of Jerusalem synagogue massacre, highlighting Israel's supposed “aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 18, 2014
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “[The] synagogue [attack] in Jerusalem, which led to the murder of several Israelis: Of course, we strongly condemn such incidents, and under no circumstances do we condone acts of terror against citizens. We say here that just as we condemn this aggression, we condemn the aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem (i.e., the Temple Mount), against the holy places and the burning of mosques (i.e., an allusion to the firebombing of a mosque in a village north of Ramallah on Nov. 12, 2014) and churches, because none of these serves the common interest in the name of which we are acting toward the establishment of two states – the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel. We call for complete respite from all these actions, in order to allow us to continue the diplomatic route and diplomatic activity, which will bring peace to the Middle East.”

Note: On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security Forces that arrived on the scene.
Abbas: “We must all carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 18, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening of the 14th session of the Fatah Revolutionary Council
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “For a while now, Jerusalem has been subjected to the attacks of the settlers, who are aiming to divide the holy compound according to time and place. We know what this means. Numerous attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque have been stopped by those carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) who were present at the holy compound. I say to our people in Jerusalem and the West Bank: We must all carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and we will not let the herds of settlers deride the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We are currently taking the necessary international legal steps in this matter.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Abbas: Proposed law allowing Jews to pray on Temple Mount will lead “the region and the world into a destructive religious war” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a repeat of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech on the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The Israeli leadership is making a big mistake if it thinks history is reversible and that they can establish facts on the ground and divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] according to place and time, as they did in the past at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron – a step they will yet retract. With their actions, they are leading the region and the world into a destructive religious war. Neither the Muslim nor the Christian world will ever accept the Israeli claims that Jerusalem belongs to them. No one, [neither] Muslims nor Christians, will accept that Jerusalem be [anything] but the capital of the State of Palestine, and we will accept no other claims, whatever they may be. Jerusalem is our capital, and we will not give it up. Jerusalem, which was conquered in 1967, is our Jerusalem and our capital, and we will protect it and defend its holy places. We are all Murabitin (i.e., those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) along with the children of Jerusalem.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
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Abbas advisor: Palestinians must go to Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israel has to deal with the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 7, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the demonstrations in Hebron in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque

PA Chairman Abbas’ advisor on NGOs and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein: “This (i.e., demonstrations in support of Al-Aqsa) reflects the setting out to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which the Messenger of Allah called us [to perform.] All the children of the homeland must be present at this clamorous confrontation with the Israeli enemy, which has infested our holy places in Al-Aqsa. For the first time, [the occupation] has entered into the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and is dealing with the Murabitin (those who carry out Ribat, (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there with bullets and tear gas.”

Note: In a Hadith, Muhammad is said to have called Muslims to “set out” for three mosques – Al-Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca), Al-Masjid Al-Nabaw? (in Medina) and Al-Aqsa.
Abbas’ advisor: Allah wants Muslims to carry out Ribat in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 7, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound in Ramallah. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic affairs: 
     “The Prophet Muhammad was the one who commanded us, and we obey him. Allah has chosen us, and Praise be to Allah for this choice. He has chosen us to live in Jerusalem and its environs, and to stand against [the enemy], protest against him, carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) against him, and defend what belongs to the religion and the nation. We will protect the first direction of prayer, the second Mosque, the third Sanctuary after the other two Holy Sanctuaries (Mecca and Medina), the site of Muhammad’s Night Journey and the cradle of Christ. We will protect the land of the prophets from the enemies of the prophets. We will protect the land of the Apostles from the enemies of the Apostles. The campaign being waged in Jerusalem today – I am telling you, brothers – I think it is the final chapter. The final chapter after which our banners will be raised, with the aid of the one, exalted and omnipotent Allah, over the towers of the muezzin of Jerusalem, the churches of Jerusalem, the domes of Jerusalem, and its hills, mountains, alleys and houses.”
Abbas: “We need to defend” Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a filler showing Christian and Islamic holy places in Jerusalem together with statements by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the need to protect them:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem the first of the two Qiblahs (directions for Muslim prayer. The Second Qiblah is the Kaaba in Mecca). What, have we forgotten? It is also the Jerusalem sacred to Christianity, of course – the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Church of the Nativity [in Bethlehem]. We [Muslims] also have our holy places. We need to protect them and defend them, because they are mine!”
Abbas' advisor on terror murders: "We are behind them in every movement, in every action and every deed" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2014


Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Abbas' advisor, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“First of all, allow me to say that we kiss every forehead, every hand and even every foot that carries out Ribat (religious conflict/ war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem... I am not talking about strengthening their resolve; I am talking about participating in their resolve... We are behind them. The leadership is with them. A few days ago, President [Mahmoud Abbas] greeted them, reinforced them and requested more Ribat from them. This statement may have angered the Israelis and the occupation, that the President is inciting the Palestinians from Jerusalem to [perform] Ribat. Yes, we are inciting the people in Jerusalem to [perform] Ribat. Ribat means to protect and to hold on to your ground. We are with them in every movement, in every action and every deed, and we welcome what they are doing at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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PA TV broadcasts 19 times in 3 days Abbas' implicit call for violence in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 4, 2014

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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Note: This video originally aired on Oct. 17, 2014 and was broadcast a total of 29 times that month. It was also broadcast 3 times on Nov. 1 and most recently on Nov. 4, 2014.
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Abbas advisor: Israel plans to ban Muslims from Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that the complete closing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first time [since 1967] was planned by the official establishment of the occupation state. In addition, he said that ‘the claim of the attempted murder of the extremist Yehuda Glick, who engineered the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s plazas and calls for the construction of the alleged Temple over the ruins of the Mosque, was the excuse needed to carry out this premeditated plan to divide Al-Aqsa and permit the Jews to pray in it just like the Muslims. This constitutes the first step toward the complete Judaization [of the Mosque] and toward the banning of Muslims from going to it.’”

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PA meeting attended by Abbas: Israel’s “violations” against Al-Aqsa Mosque are part of plan to make Palestinians leave Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2014
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas presided over a meeting of the Supreme Committee for Jerusalem Affairs yesterday evening, in the presence of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. The [participants] discussed the latest developments in occupied Jerusalem, especially the settlers’ continuous invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The participants warned of the gravity of Israel’s actions and unceasing attacks and discussed ways to strengthen the resolve of the Palestinian residents in the Holy City and to fight the Israeli violations, whose goal is to cause the Palestinian people to emigrate from Jerusalem and to change its Palestinian Arab character. They warned that the continuation of these provocative attacks and violations would lead to a deterioration of the situation and to an intensification of the cycle of violence, the results of which cannot be foreseen – if Israel continues to allow extremist Jews to continuously invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." However, all visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
Abbas advisor: Israel “is planning to carry out a massacre or to burn the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2014
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day hosted Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, advisor to Abbas on Jerusalem Affairs
     “Israel wants to make some incident happen, and on the basis of this incident it will divide [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] according to place. It is planning to carry out a massacre or to burn the Mosque – this is what we saw at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron). It only divided the Ibrahimi Mosque after the Hebron massacre (i.e., when an Israeli extremist gunned down Muslims who were praying in the mosque, see note below).”

Notes: The physical division and division according to time and place refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Cave of the Patriarchs massacre: On Feb. 25, 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a member of an Israeli far-right movement, opened fire on Muslims praying inside the Ibrahimi Mosque at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, killing 29 and wounding 125. Goldstein’s attack was widely condemned in Israel and by Jewish communities in the diaspora; Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin condemned Goldstein’s action, calling it “a loathsome, criminal act of murder” and described Goldstein as “a shame on Zionism and an embarrassment to Judaism.” Rabin also noted that, contrary to what is implied above, Goldstein had acted alone. In addition to verbal condemnation, the Israeli government took concrete steps to prevent similar attacks from occurring, by dividing the Mosque into Muslim and Jewish sections, imposing administrative detentions on several individuals and revoking their weapons permits, and by designating several extremist movements, including Goldstein’s, as illegal terrorist groups.
Abbas to US: Israel responsible for escalating violence in Jerusalem because of its “invasions of Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2014
This article was published during a period of high tension in Jerusalem that included riots in Palestinian areas and numerous terror attacks against Israelis. On Oct. 22, a ‎Palestinian ran over people waiting at a light-rail station in Jerusalem with his car, killing a three-month-old and a 22-year-old. On Oct. 29, 2014, Islamic Jihad member Mutaz Hijazi attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount.

     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent an urgent letter to the US administration, in which he demanded that it intervene quickly to stop the Israeli escalation in East Jerusalem, and especially the settlers’ and extremist Jews’ invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. In his letter, the President warned of the danger posed by the steps Israel is taking to divide the holy places according to time and place. He noted that if [these steps] continue, they will further inflame the situation, which is liable to spin out of control, and held the Israeli government responsible for this grave escalation.”

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Abbas’ advisor warns that Israel may be planning a massacre at Al-Aqsa Mosque or to attack its buildings  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2014
     “At a press conference attended by Jordanian MP Dr. Muhammad Al-Dawaymeh, Attorney Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, the PA President's Office’s advisor on Jerusalem Affairs, warned that Israel may perpetrate a massacre in the Al-Aqsa Mosque or attack its buildings, as an excuse to carry out the plan to divide it according to areas… Al-Ruweidi emphasized that the events of the past two weeks at the Al-Aqsa Mosque indicate that Israel is gradually implementing a planned scheme decided on by the Israeli government – in particular, by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Al-Ruweidi expects the occupation to perpetrate a great crime at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, following which the Mosque will be divided according to areas, as happened at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, where the occupation exploited the massacre (i.e., when an Israeli extremist killed 29 worshippers at the mosque in 1994) that had occurred in order to divide it according to space. In addition, Al-Ruweidi addressed the attempt to inflame the Al-Aqsa Mosque premises by firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas at it, in an attempt to reenact the burning of the Mosque in 1969, or to carry out a massacre in its plazas, after which the plan to divide it according to areas would be implemented.”

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PA TV reports that Abbas called on ‎Palestinians to “carry out Ribat” to ‎‎“defend” Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 18, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast quotes from PA ‎Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the ‎Second Fatah Congress under the ‎following headlines that were visible on ‎the screen:‎
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas emphasizes ‎the need to carry out Ribat (religious war ‎over land claimed to be Islamic) at the ‎blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to ‎defend it.”‎

The following is the excerpt of Abbas’ ‎speech referred to on PA TV:‎


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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PA TV reports on Abbas' speech ‎calling on Palestinians to “defend” Al-‎Aqsa Mosque “in any way whatsoever”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 17, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast quotes from PA ‎Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the ‎Second Fatah Congress under the ‎following headlines that were visible on ‎the screen:‎
     ‎“President [Mahmoud Abbas] calls on his ‎people to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and ‎prevent the settlers from entering it in any ‎way whatsoever.”‎

The following is an excerpt of Abbas’ ‎speech referred to on PA TV:


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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Abbas: Israel’s claim to the Temple ‎Mount is “empty and false… a ‎falsification of the history we all know”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 8, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast PA Chairman ‎Mahmoud Abbas’ speech on Israeli ‎aggression on the Temple Mount:‎
     “Every ‎day, we find these [settlers and extremists] ‎trying to enter the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque by ‎any means, in order to establish facts on ‎the ground as they wish. The fact Israel is ‎trying to establish on the ground is the ‎division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque according ‎to time and place, with the empty excuse ‎that it [Israel] has a claim to it. These are ‎empty and false claims, and a falsification ‎of the history we all know.”‎

Note: The physical division and division ‎according to time refers to a proposed law ‎‎(May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli ‎Parliament that would allow for both Jews ‎and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. ‎The law seeks to implement separate ‎prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the ‎site.‎
Abbas: Israel "would have destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]" if it could 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 8, 2014
Egyptian TV host: "From Bethlehem to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Mr. President, we see a continuous Judaization and desecration of the holy places. What are the practical measures against this [Israeli] plan?"
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "If the Israelis were allowed to go further, they would have gone further and destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. They would have destroyed the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], but I don’t think they will do it... The Israelis are now far more careful in all their steps, because we can hurt them legally and diplomatically - it isn't 'diplomatic terrorism.' We can hurt them legally and diplomatically in the whole world if they continue to behave like that."
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