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Mahmoud Al-Habbash

Mahmoud Al-Habbash was appointed Minister of Religious Affairs by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in June 2009. He served in that position until June 2014, when the Fatah-Hamas unity government was formed. He was then appointed Supreme
Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice.

In a press conference broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV, Al-Habbash explained that when he served as Minister of Religious Affairs, he was responsible for “all activity within the mosques” including the sermons, which require prior approval by his ministry:

“It should be noted that the Ministry of Religious Affairs held the press briefing in the conference hall at the Ministry of Information to talk about the steps taken by the PA in order to regulate the activity of the mosques…
Al-Habbash [PA Minister of Religious Affairs] emphasized that the mosques and everything related to them belong to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, from the employees – the imam, the speaker, the Quran teacher, the librarian, the caretakers and custodians –via the mosque and its adjacent structures… to regulation of the activity and the functioning, in accordance with Shari’ah and civil law…
He emphasized that the Ministry is responsible for all activity within the mosques – the functioning, the centers for Quran study, the calls to prayer, and the sermons – and that the Ministry would not take lightly or be negligent in the fulfillment of its obligation. He noted that the religious lessons, Quran study and other activities going on in the mosques require prior approval by the Ministry.” [Al-Ayyam, Aug. 16, 2010]

In his capacity as minister, Al-Habbash delivered the Friday sermons transmitted on official PA TV, using them to convey different messages to the people. The sermons, many which of are documented on PMW’s website, are a reflection of the messages that the Ministry of Religious Affairs choose to disseminate to the Palestinian people.

A recurring message propagated in Al-Habbash's sermons is that Palestinians are in a Ribat, an eternal religious conflict with Israel. In many of his sermons, Al-Habbash emphasizes the importance of Ribat as a religious duty incumbent upon all Muslim Palestinians, as expressed in the following example:

"Allah has preordained for us the Ribat (religious war) on this blessed land. We are committed to it by Allah’s command. Let no one be mistaken or under the illusion that Ribat (religious war) is a choice and nothing more. It is a commandment that necessitates hardship and requires the person to rush to fulfill this command. If Allah has chosen you for Ribat on the land of Ribat, you, the choicest of God’s servants, then this is an honor. The enemy is patient, it is waiting for the nation to collapse. The struggle over this land is not merely a struggle over a piece of land here or there. Not at all. The struggle has the symbolism of holiness, or blessing. It is a struggle between those whom Allah has chosen for Ribat and those who are trying to mutilate the land of Ribat." [Official PA TV, Feb. 12, 2010]

Abbas' advisor on religious affairs calls on Imams and Christian clergy to preach about the dangers of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash called on Imams of mosques in Arab and Muslim states to focus on the dangers of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem"
     "Supreme Shari'ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas'] Advisor on Religious [and Islamic] Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash yesterday [Jan. 12, 2017] called on religious scholars and Imams of mosques in the Arab and Islamic world to speak in the Friday sermons about the dangers of transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem.
Al-Habbash related in a press statement to the dangers inherent in the US taking this unwise step, due to its implications for international peace and security.
He added: 'We call on the Imams of mosques in all Arab and Islamic states to deal with this grave matter during the Friday sermons. We also hope that the Christian clergy will also do this in their religious sermons this Sunday, as Jerusalem has an important place in the hearts of more than 1.3 billion Muslims in the world. In addition, it is also holy to Christians, and we do not agree to the damaging of its religious status and its identity.'
He continued: 'Everything could collapse if they transfer the embassy to Jerusalem and damage its value and meaning, as this could open wide the door to scenarios that no one wishes for. This is because the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the first direction of prayer for the Muslims and the third holiest “Noble Sanctuary.” Jerusalem also includes holy sites important to Christians, and primarily the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.' Al-Habbash said: 'Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes an unacceptable step as it contradicts international law, and we hope that the administration of [US] President[-elect] Donald Trump will not take such a step.’"
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Abbas’ advisor on religious affairs: If the US moves its embassy to Jerusalem it is “a declaration of war on all Muslims” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 6, 2017


Official PA TV, Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:  "The new American administration intends to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem. In a simple, calm, and rational manner, in clear words that need no explanation and which are unambiguous: Such a step, for every Muslim, is a declaration of war on all Muslims. It's a declaration of war on all Muslims. We are no one's enemies, and we do not want to be. We are not enemies of the US and we do not want to be. However, when something harms our faith and our existence, we cannot stand by and do nothing. We will not agree to this under any circumstances. This will not pass in silence... The entire Muslim world will not accept it, and the entire Christian world will not accept it. Occupied Jerusalem is our eternal capital, the capital of our existence and the capital of our state. In politics there can be compromises here and there... In politics there can be negotiation. However, in matters of religion, faith, values, ethics, and history, there can be no compromises. Therefore, it isn't possible to compromise on or negotiate over Jerusalem. This of course does not mean that we will prevent anyone from considering Jerusalem their direction of prayer. Our Jerusalem will remain open to all believers as it has been. Open to all of the monotheists."
Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs invents Palestinian history: Palestinians have existed in this land “from before Abraham came to it, more than 5,000 years ago” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 30, 2016

Official PA TV, broadcast of Friday sermon by PA Supreme Shari’ah Judge and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, with Abbas in attendance

Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
”They (i.e., the Israelis) have denied our existence and our lives. They have denied that we are a people that has existed on this land from before Abraham came to it, more than 5,000 years ago. We have been on this land in a continuous existence.”
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Al-Habbash claims that there was an ancient Palestinian people that predated Abraham. The Bible says Abraham dwelt “many days in the land of the Philistines.” (Genesis 21: 34). The Bible’s “Philistines” have no connection to the modern Arab Palestinian people. The Philistines were a people of Greek origin who settled in the land of Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age (1150 - 586 BCE) and lived beside the Israelite tribes. The Philistines were exiled by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 604 BCE and ceased to exist as a nation soon afterward.
The land of “Judea” was renamed “Palestine” by Rome in 136 CE, as a punishment to the Jews for participating in the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome, known as “The Bar Kochba Rebellion.” Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion of 637 CE. Arabs of “Palestine” first identified themselves as “Palestinians” in the 20th century.
Abbas advisor: "The Palestinian search and rescue forces took part in putting out the fires in Israel out of ethical and humane motives" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 25, 2016
Official PA TV, Friday prayers at the PA’s presidential headquarters, sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Secretary-General of Abbas’ Presidential Office Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, and Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

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: “In the last two days we have seen, and all the others have seen, the fires that have taken place (i.e., a wave of suspected Palestinian arson attacks in November 2016). We could have stood on the sidelines, and it is possible that no one would have blamed us. And it is even possible that some of the demagogues would have thought that this was the proper position to take. But our values, our religious values and our national cultural values, compel us to take part in putting out these fires. The Palestinian search and rescue forces took part in putting out the fires in Israel out of ethical and humane motives, because of the wonderful culture, and because of the most ethical direction of the Palestinian leadership. These are our values, and we will not deviate from them, even towards those who have done injustice to us and attacked us. Aggression is not a reason for aggression, or for renouncing values.”
Abbas advisor:"Israel is disturbed by the call to prayer because it reminds [Israel] five times a day that this land is Palestinian and a waqf that belongs only to the Muslims" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 14, 2016
Headline: "Al-Habbash: The call to prayer will be sounded and our mosques are full of believers, despite the occupation's opposition"
     "Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash condemned the steps of the occupation with all its institutions... especially in everything regarding the decision of the committee of Israeli government ministers to bring the bill banning the sounding of the call to prayer in the mosques to what is called the 'Israeli Parliament' for ratification.
In a press statement this evening (Monday) [Nov. 14, 2016], Al-Habbash described these steps as steps of oppression and a harsh blow to the freedom of worship… He clarified that these steps will lead the occupation and its leaders to the International Criminal Court as war criminals, especially after the latest resolutions of UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), according to which the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) is Islamic and the Old City of Jerusalem is an exclusively Islamic heritage [site]. He added that Israel has gone crazy in the wake of UNESCO's latest resolutions…
The supreme shari’ah judge emphasized: 'Our mosques will remain full of believers, and no one in this world will be able to silence the call to prayer as long as there is one Palestinian on this land.' He noted: 'Our mosques precede the occupation state; it has never happened and will never happen that they will not sound the call to prayer.' Likewise, he clarified: 'Israel is disturbed by the call to prayer because it reminds [Israel] five times a day that this land is Palestinian and a waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) that belongs only to the Muslims."

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Abbas’ advisor on religious affairs: The entire Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza has always been a purely Islamic property. Not even the Jews ever claimed ownership of it 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 21, 2016

Friday sermon in presence of PA Chairman Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Throughout history the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), its plaza, and all of its facilities, the area of the Dung Gate, and the entire Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) have been a purely Islamic waqf and a purely Islamic property. And no one, [not] even the Jews, ever claimed - they have not claimed ownership of it before. But [now] they are attempting to change world awareness, and they think they can create a right through occupation."
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Abbas advisor: "Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., Western Wall)... are all purely Islamic and Palestinian assets" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 14, 2016


Friday sermon in presence of PA Chairman Abbas, on official PA TV, on Oct. 14, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian land. Jerusalem is the property of the Palestinians. The UNESCO resolution yesterday [Oct. 13, 2016] is a victory for the truth. It is a victory for justice. It is a victory for the true history of this land and for all of humanity. UNESCO's resolution confirms what we think and believe in, that Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., Western Wall) and the Al-Buraq [Wall] plaza are all purely Islamic and Palestinian assets and no one has the right to be our partner in that. No one has the right. We are the owners and we have the right to it. Only the Muslims have the right to the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and the Al-Buraq [Wall] and the Al-Buraq [Wall] plaza which is purely Islamic waqf property... This is a message to Israel from us (i.e., the Palestinians) that we have the right and from all of the international community. [The message] from us is that we will not renounce our right as long as we live. And even if we die, future generations will follow us from our sons and grandchildren who will adhere to this right."
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In addition to being Abbas' advisor, Mahmoud Al-Habbash also serves as the PA's Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice.

Waqf is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law.
Abbas advisor tells Israeli rabbis: "We denounce the killing of innocents" and encourage work towards a "just peace" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Oct. 13, 2016
Headline: "Al-Habbash confirmed to Wattan that he met with Jewish rabbis at the Israeli presidential residence "
     "[Supreme Shari’ah Judge and] Advisor to [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas on Religious [and Islamic] Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash confirmed to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan the veracity of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy report [from Oct. 13, 2016], which stated that a meeting was held that was described as 'unprecedented' between Palestinian figures led by Mahmoud Al-Habbash and top Israeli rabbis, hosted by the occupation [Israeli] President Reuven Rivlin.
The institute stated in its report: 'In the first event of its kind, top Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Muslim religious leaders met, including the greatest rabbis in Israel, top [rabbis] from a prominent Jewish yeshiva in the West Bank, and top advisors on religious affairs to President Mahmoud Abbas, together with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in order to strengthen peace and emphasize their opposition to all forms of violence based on religion.'
In the statement given by the participants it was stated: 'God created life and commanded life. Therefore, we denounce the killing of innocents or any type of attack against the other and believe that the deliberate killing of innocents or an attempt to kill them constitutes terror, whether it is carried out by Muslims, Jews, or others. On this basis, we encourage all our people to act for a just peace, mutual respect for human life, maintaining the status quo of the holy sites, and the eradication of religious hate.'"

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Abbas advisor attacks Trump for promise to move embassy to Jerusalem: "Mr. Whoever you are... will end up in the garbage bin of history" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 30, 2016
Official PA TV, Friday prayers from the mosque at the grave of Yasser Arafat, sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash. Present in the audience: Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, and PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail
Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “The mister called [Donald] Trump, the American presidential candidate, promised that he will transfer the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Does Jerusalem belong to his father, or perhaps to the father of Israel? There are people in Jerusalem, Mr. Whoever you are. Whoever gives that which does not belong to him to one who has no right to it will end up in the garbage bin of history as [British Foreign Minister Arthur] Balfour did before him, but the Palestinian people will remain and Jerusalem will remain.”

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.
Abbas advisor “calls to establish a global coalition to combat extremism and terror,” claims no connection between Islam and terror 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2016
Headline: “Al-Habbash calls to establish a global coalition to combat extremism and terror”
    “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and advisor to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] on Religious and Islamic Affairs [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash called to establish a global coalition to combat the phenomenon of extremism and terror. During his opening speech at the 29th Conference of Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in the city of San Paulo, Brazil, Al-Habbash said: ‘Terror has no religion, ethnicity, or nationality, and Islam must not be blamed for it.’ He noted that the terrorist groups and movements that use Islam in acts of murder and the destruction of human civilization have no connection to Islam, as Islam opposes wild indiscriminate murder.”

Abbas’ advisor: “Jerusalem is Arab Palestinian land“ and “Jews have no right” to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2016
      “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 said that… Jerusalem is Arab Palestinian land, and only Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians have a right to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its components and plazas that reach 148 dunams (around 36.5 acres –Ed.), and the Jews have no right to it under any circumstances.”
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Abbas advisor call on Palestinians to carry out "continual Ribat" at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 10, 2016
Headline: "Al-Habbash was updated regarding the suffering of the citizens in the Old City of Hebron"
     "Supreme Shari'ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas'] advisor on religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash today, Wednesday [Aug. 10, 2016], described the steps of the Israeli occupation government in the Old City of Hebron as racist. This was said during a tour of the Old City of Hebron in order to be updated regarding the violations and inhuman acts being carried out against the residents of the area by members of the Israeli occupation army and the herds of extremist settlers… Al-Habbash encouraged the citizens to go to the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) and carry out continual Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in order to block the way to its takeover by the occupation and its settlers."
Abbas advisor: Palestinians have been in the 5,000 years; Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are “waqf”; conflict is not religious 
Source: Official PA TV Live, July 2, 2016
     Official PA TV program for Ramadan Palestine in the Quran, on who “Palestine” belongs to, different narratives, according to Jews and according to the Quran
Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice, and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Let us suppose that they [the Jews] say that this land has been promised to them for the last 3,000 years. All right, I agree to 3,000 years, and what about 5,000 years [ago]? We [the Palestinians] were [here] 5,000 years ago. And this is while you [Jews] were here 3,000 years ago, and then you left. You were here for 70 years and then left. However, we have been here for 5,000 years and have not left. Who is more deserving of this land, then? Our right to this land is strong according to explicit statements of the honorable Quran, according to our viewpoint and beliefs, and according to the texts of Prophet [Muhammad’s] honor-inspiring Sunna (i.e., Islamic tradition). The struggle between us is not a religious or historical struggle. We refuse to enter struggles or religious problems with them [the Jews]…"

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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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Abbas' advisor: Jews “are thieves who stole the land… we have been here for 5,000 years” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 3, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "They [the Jews] claim that there was a Temple here. Those are unfounded claims, myths, and rumors. However, the problem between us and them is not a problem of religious or historical narrative. The problem is that they are thieves. The problem is that they are thieves who stole the land, and who want to steal the history, but history cannot change and cannot be falsified. The facts bear witness to it. We have been here for the last 5,000 years, and have not left this land. We have not left this land. Our forefathers are the monotheist Canaanites and Jebusites. They are the ones who built Jerusalem, before Abraham was even here."
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There never was an ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion in 637 CE. Arabs first identified themselves as "Palestinians" in the 20th century, after the creation of the State of Israel. Claiming a 5,000 year old Palestinian nation is a historical lie.
Abbas’ advisor: “The Palestinians have been in this land for 5,000 years. Of course, we were the first to reside in this land, there was no one before us” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 1, 2016


Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years. Of course, we were the first to reside in this land. The first to reside in it. There was no one before us. Never was there a period in this history of this land when we were not in it. Over the course of these millennia, many have passed through this land and left. History has turned the page on them, but the land remained as well as its people and its true owners who never changed. This occupation is a transient thing, despite the pain and suffering."
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Note: There never was an ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion in 637 CE. Arabs first identified themselves as “Palestinians” in the 20th century, after the creation of the State of Israel. Claiming a 5,000 year old Palestinian nation is a historical lie.
PA daily: Abbas advisor Al-Habbash under “attack” by Israeli extreme right about his planned participation in debate with Israeli MP 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 29, 2016
     Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the PA's Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, was invited to Hebrew University to debate Israeli MP Ofer Shelah from the Yesh Atid Party on March 1, 2016. PMW produced a report on Al-Habbash to call attention to his ideology and hate speech. The day of the event, Al-Habbash cancelled, citing security threats. His statement mentioned “extreme right wing incitement both within and without the university campus.”
Headline: “Israeli extremists protest the participation of Al-Habbash in a conference at Hebrew University”
“Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash faces strong attack from the Israeli extreme right for his [planned] participation in a conference being organized by the Truman Institute at Hebrew University. The conference, which will deal with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, is meant to take place this Tuesday [March 1, 2016], with the participation of Al-Habbash and Israeli MP Ofer Shelah of the Yesh Atid party."

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Abbas’ advisor defends glorification of terrorists: “We do not incite” – we show “our respect, honor, and appreciation for those who are more honorable than us, the Martyrs” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2015



Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, in Friday sermon made in presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Some accuse us of incitement against others. What incitement? Are we inciting? … If by incitement they are talking about our insistence on holding on to our principles, and our respect, honor, and appreciation for those more honorable than us, the Martyrs who fall for Palestine – if that is what they call incitement – we do not deny this, and are not ashamed of it, and we do not renounce it. Indeed – we cling to our right, our land, our holy sites, our Jerusalem and our Al-Aqsa Mosque… We adhere to our right to defend ourselves.”
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Eulogy promoting death as a Martyr aired on PA TV: "Do not die, but amidst the hail of bullets"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 27, 2015

PA's Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash delivers Friday sermon in presence of Chairman ‎Mahmoud Abbas:
“These are your holy places. This is your Jerusalem. This is your mosque, this is your ‎Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. This is your Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. You should visit them. Come to ‎Palestine, as did that brave and honorable man (i.e., head of the Coptic Church)”‎

PA TV's transmission cuts to funeral of PFLP member, unknown speaker:
“Glory to you, and to you we ‎are loyal. Rest in peace, honorable Martyr. Rest in peace, our honorable Khaled [Jawabreh]. ‘The ‎revolution may last a hundred years or more, and the impatient should step aside’ (quote by founder ‎of terror organization PFLP George Habash). Therefore, comrades, ‘Beware of natural death, do not ‎die, but amidst the hail of bullets’ (poem by Ghassan Kanafani). ‘A covenant was made later on [which ‎guarantees] that you will not be defeated, Victory grows where the field is nurtured with blood’ ‎‎(poem by Islamic scholar Sayyid Qutb). If there are men here who claim glory, the lions of the refugee ‎camp will be the first to reach Heaven. The lions of the refugee camp will be the first to reach Heaven. ‎‎‘Beware of natural death, do not die, but amidst the hail of bullets.’‎
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Abbas’ advisor responds to Israeli condemnation following PMW exposure of his Antisemitic sermon: “We will ignore this nonsense” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2015
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Arabic spokesman Ofir Gendelman’s post followed Palestinian Media Watch’s exposure on Nov. 1, 2015 of an Antisemitic sermon given by Al-Habbash on Oct. 23, 2015. Al-Habbash demonized Jews and Israel using classic Antisemitic hate speech, presenting Jews as "evil" and Israel as "Satan's project."

Headline: “Al-Habbash responds to Gendelman: ‘How bad it is when a racist speaks against racism and a terrorist [speaks] against terror!’”
     “Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, stated that the worst thing that one can hear is a racist who speaks against racism or a terrorist who speaks against terror. Al-Habbash’s statement yesterday [Nov. 2, 2015] came as a response to what was stated by the Israeli occupation’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Arabic spokesman, the extreme Ofir Gendelman, who attacked Al-Habbash and described him as an Antisemite. He added: ‘Gendelman is a man who justifies all the crimes of the Israeli occupation army, and then talks about racism.’ He continued: ‘We will ignore this nonsense, and we will continue on the same path, convinced of what we say and understand. This is our national cause, and the nonsense uttered by the Israeli spokespeople does not shake us.’"
 
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