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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: “it is forbidden for the Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza,” not for religious reasons, rather because “this will lead to results of a religious nature and make the conflict religious” 
Source: i24 News, independent Israeli TV channel, Oct. 4, 2018
Headline: "Al-Habbash to [independent Israeli TV channel] i24 News: Any Palestinian who presents himself as an alternative to the PLO is committing national treason"

"Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, Palestinian [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor [on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash… said that the situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem is most dangerous. He emphasized that 'Many of the political leaders do not understand the sensitivity of the religious sites,' and primarily the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Al-Habbash warned against 'the continued harm to the religious Islamic principles of faith' by Israel, and against turning the conflict into a religious conflict in which there will be no place at all for understanding or suggesting solutions.
He also said that it is forbidden for the Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza ‘not in a religious sense, but rather because this will lead to results of a religious nature and make the conflict religious, despite it not being such.’"
Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs claims Israel plans to carry out a massacre inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Sada Al-Balad, Egyptian news website, Sept. 27, 2018
“The [Egyptian] news website Sada Al-Balad met with Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor [on Religious and Islamic Affairs] and Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash in order to discuss the recent developments in the Palestinian situation…

[Question:] What are the consequences of the Israeli government’s decision to allow settlers to conduct their religious ceremonies at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., no such decision has been made, but a law has been proposed in Israel to divide the Temple Mount into areas and times that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray there, see note below)?

[Al-Habbash:] Israel wants to move its battle against Jerusalem to an advanced stage by allowing the Israeli settlers to conduct their religious ceremonies within the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Jews who visit the Temple Mount do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself and are not allowed to pray there.) ...Israel wants to move its battle against Jerusalem to an advanced stage, and is now organizing not only visits, but also attacks and violations by the Israeli settlers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. From 2000 until today, these violations have been committed with the protection of the Israeli police and the Israeli occupation force, but without them allowing them to conduct any religious ceremony. Now, Israel wants to move to a new stage and allow them to conduct religious ceremonies within the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The meaning of this decision is that a real massacre will be committed within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, because we will not submit, and no Arab or Muslim with a drop of honor and religion could submit, be silent, or agree to non-Islamic ceremonies being conducted within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Abbas Advisor on Religious Affairs insists the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “is a political conflict and not religious, as Israel is trying to market it to the world” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2018
Headline: "Religious leaders again emphasized their support for the [PA] president before his petition to the UN"
       "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 said that President Mahmoud Abbas will go to the UN in a few days accompanied by the support of a popular base that represents all the members of our people from the various monotheistic religions. He also noted that our people’s conflict with the occupation is a political conflict and not religious, as Israel is trying to market it to the world.
Al-Habbash added at a press conference, which was held yesterday [Sept. 13, 2018] in the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah after the president's meeting with a delegation of Palestinian religious leaders, that 'This group of religious leaders, which represents the [different] parts of the Palestinian people, comes to emphasize its commitment to the legitimate Palestinian leadership that is represented by the PLO, and their unity around this leadership, with President Mahmoud Abbas at its head.’"
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Abbas Advisor on Religious Affairs calls US President Trump’s Middle East peace plan “suspicious,” says it “negates the Palestinians’ right to their land,” refers to Israeli settlements as “cancer” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2018
"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 gave Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara a letter from President Mahmoud Abbas that deals with the situation in Palestine and with the bilateral relations between the countries, and this was during a meeting held in the capital Abidjan…
Al-Habbash emphasized during the meeting that the Palestinian leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, continues to oppose all of the suspicious plans and initiatives that the US and Israel are leading in order to eliminate the Palestinian cause through what is called ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan) which negates the Palestinians’ right to their land and to establish their independent state whose capital is Jerusalem, expropriates the Palestinians’ right of return to their land, and swallows up what is left of the Palestinian territories for the benefit of the settlement cancer."
Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs repeats libel: Israel is making “criminal attempts to divide, destroy, and Judaize [the Al-Aqsa Mosque]” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2018
Headline: "Al-Habbash gave a letter from President Abbas to the Ivory Coast president"
      "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… gave the Friday sermon yesterday [Sept. 7, 2018] at the great Plateau Mosque in Abidjan, Ivory Coast… Al-Habbash emphasized the need for the unity of the nation and Muslims throughout the world around the cause of Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, as it is the central cause of the Muslims, and also emphasized the need to stop the ongoing crime against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is bowing under the yoke of the occupation and is being subjected to criminal attempts to divide, destroy, and Judaize it."
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Abbas Advisor on Religious Affairs: “the conflict in Palestine is not a conflict between religions… all of the religions oppose terror” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 31, 2018
“President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Ali Izzat Izetbegovi? who is visiting the State of Palestine as part of an official two day visit, met yesterday with Muslim, Christian, and Samaritan clergy…

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs , Supreme Shari’ah Judge, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice’] Mahmoud Al-Habbash received the guest of Palestine and noted that this meeting that includes figures from all of the monotheistic religions reflects the religious coexistence that exists in Palestine, and that they are one hand and one heart.
He said that the conflict in Palestine is not a conflict between religions, and noted that all of the religions oppose terror.
Al-Habbash added that the Palestinian Jews fly the flag of Palestine in the heart of Jerusalem (possibly referring to Neturei Karta Jews, who are extremist, anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox Jews who deny Israel's right to exist until the Messiah comes and support the Palestinians – Ed.), and our people is also proud of the Christian community and the Samaritan community that constitute an integral part of our people. He also noted that we are striving for peace that is based on freedom and justice.”
Abbas advisor briefs Islamic scholars on the “strong Israeli attack” and “daily violations” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, demands “Muslims worldwide” visit the Mosque and “carry out Ribat there” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2018
Headline: “Al-Habbash discussed the recent developments with the Council of Islamic Scholars of Indonesia”
      “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 discussed the recent developments in the Palestinian cause with Director-General of the Council of Islamic Scholars of Indonesia Abdul Rahman Junaidi yesterday [Aug. 16, 2018]. Al-Habbash briefed Al-Junaidi and the council of Muslim scholars on the situation in the holy city [of Jerusalem], in the shadow of the strong Israeli attack against the holy Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) and the continuation of the daily violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Al-Habbash demanded that Muslims worldwide visit the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there, and particularly the [Muslim] nation’s scholars.”
Abbas Advisor on Religious Affairs claims that up until the establishment of the State of Israel, “Palestine has been a homeland of coexistence, tolerance, and the rejection of violence” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 15, 2018
Headline: “The two-state solution and the establishment of the State of Palestine are the basis for global peace and security”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge, [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 world cannot enjoy serenity and stability as long as the Palestinian people is suffering from the occupation’s crimes…
During his speech at the discussions of the seventh World Peace Forum that is convening in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, Al-Habbash emphasized that Palestine has been a homeland of coexistence, tolerance, and the rejection of violence throughout history, but then it fell victim to a despicable plot that caused the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the members of its people and turned it into prey for the Israeli occupation, which has destroyed its beautiful face and turned the lives of the members of its people into hell…
Al-Habbash added that the monotheistic religions – Islam, Christianity, and Judaism – espouse peace and believe in peace between different peoples as a means and as a goal… However occupied Palestine, which is the land of the divine missions, is suffering from the most despicable racist and colonialist crimes, which herald the destruction of any chance for connection and coexistence between people.
Al-Habbash said before the World Peace Forum that the holy land, Palestine, was and still is the land of the three monotheistic religions, and that it will remain a model of brotherhood and love – but on condition that all of the expressions of the Israeli occupation in the territories of the Palestinian state are ended.”

Abbas advisor claims “occupation” has been going on “for over 70 years,” compares Israel to ISIS 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 14, 2018
Headline: “Al-Habbash participates in the World Peace Forum in Indonesia”

“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 participated in the discussions of the seventh session of the World Peace Forum leading an official Palestinian delegation as the representative of [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas. The forum is convening in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, between the 14th and 16th of this month [August 2018].
Al-Habbash said that the [Palestinian] cause, and particularly the cause of Jerusalem and the holy sites, will be on the agenda of the conference, at which the ways to protect world peace against collapse and bodies that threaten world peace – prime among them the occupation – will be discussed…
He added that today the world is required to protect the values of freedom, justice, and peace between peoples, and to stand against the force of tyranny and injustice – the occupation, which has continued for over 70 years without the occupation state receiving any kind of punishment from the international community…
Al-Habbash noted that the occupation state represents the height of ISIS-ness, because it burns people as happened to child Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Abu Khdeir from Jerusalem and the Dawabshe family (see notes below –Ed.), destroys homes over the heads of those sitting in them, and expropriates lands and property. He added that the international community should not limit its campaign so that it will be against a particular type of ISIS members, while it lets other ISIS members (i.e., Israelis/Jews) sow destruction and set the State of Palestine on fire.”
Abbas Advisor on Religious Affairs: “Either the Palestinians will restore their right, their land, their dignity, and their Jerusalem to themselves, or there will be no stability or security for anyone – neither here nor anywhere in the world." 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 3, 2018
Official PA TV, Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, PA Chairman 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: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "The world, and even the occupation – if they offer us something that includes our rights we will respond to this. However, [if it is] at the expense of our rights – then as Prophet [Muhammad] said: 'No – I will fight them… until my head falls on my chest,’ in other words until I die. And we say this in the wake of the Prophet. We will continue to act and will respond to all of the attempts to harm our cause. And I think that in the next few days, in the near future, we will see responses from the PLO Central Council that will provide an answer to every topic: 'Either [this], or [that]! Either Palestine, or there will be no stability, security, peace, and calm for anyone! Either the Palestinians will restore their right, their land, their dignity, and their Jerusalem to themselves, or there will be no stability or security for anyone – neither here nor anywhere in the world."
 
 
Abbas’ advisor invents Palestinian history: Palestinians have been on this land for 6,000 years, we were here “before Judaism, Christianity and Islam... Peace will begin with the removal of Israel from the occupied Palestinian land” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 12, 2018
Official PA TV News, broadcast of a Fatah Revolutionary Council meeting held in Khan Al-Ahmar, a site where Bedouins have constructed illegal structures on state land

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Today, here, we remember 6,000 years of Palestinianness of this land. Six thousand years since the Arab Canaanites built the city of Jerusalem (sic., the Canaanites were not Arabs), even before our forefather Abraham reached this land. We were here not only before the settlements, we were here before Israel, and we were even here before the Jewish religion, before Judaism, before Christianity, and before Islam. The Palestinians were here and will remain here, and the foreigners will leave… The… call is to the Israeli people – do you want peace? Peace will begin with you leaving here. Peace will begin with the removal of Israel from the occupied Palestinian land and with the transfer of all of the land of occupied Palestine, and primarily Jerusalem with all of its details and contours - the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) - which will be transferred to the independent Palestinian state, as it is responsible for protecting the holy sites.”

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Palestinian officials condemn Israeli minister’s visit to the Temple Mount as an “invasion,” a “provocative tour” that calls for the establishment of the “alleged Temple,” that beats the “drums of religious war” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2018
     "[Israeli] Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in the occupation government Uri Ariel yesterday morning [July 8, 2018] invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) at the head of a group of settlers, from the direction of the Dung Gate [of Jerusalem’s Old City].
Together with the settlers, the Israeli minister held provocative tours at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in traditional Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) garb… Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that the Israeli minister of agriculture's invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the holiest site to the Arabs and Muslims, and his racist and occupation statements, go too far, create tension in our land, the region, and the world, and destroy all hope for peace... Al-Mahmoud added that the statements by Ariel – who from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Jews who visit the Temple Mount do not enter the mosque itself) made an occupation c all with destructive Orientalist-colonialist roots to establish the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is also condemned the Israeli minister of agriculture and Israeli Parliament Member [Sharren Haskel’s] invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.  Ida'is said that the renewal of these invasions is a dangerous escalation and an offense to the sensibilities of millions of Muslims, not only in Palestine but throughout the world… Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash also condemned the recurring invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremist Jews, which are being led by the so-called 'Israeli minister of agriculture,' Uri Ariel...."

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Abbas' advisor reacts to permission for Israeli MPs to visit Temple Mount: Lifting of ban is "a war crime," condemns alleged Israeli "bullying, arrogance, and Zionist ISIS-ism" and "defilement" of Islamic holy sites 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
Headline: “National condemnation of Netanyahu’s decision to allow Israeli Parliament members to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque…  Al-Habbash: Zionist ISIS-ism”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said yesterday [July 4, 2018] that ‘The prime minister of the extremist right in the occupation state [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] has committed a complete war crime against the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, and particularly at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ …
The supreme Shari’ah judge said that ‘The prime minister of the occupation state is engaging in bullying, arrogance, and Zionist “ISIS-ism” against the members of our people and its holy sites, both in Jerusalem and Hebron, by giving relief, support, and protection to the break-in campaigns of the extremist Jews into the holy sanctuaries in Jerusalem and Hebron, to [the sanctuaries’] defilement, and to the attack on the Muslim worshippers, who have the right to manage their holy sites with complete freedom and without the interference of the tyrannical occupation authorities.’"
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The article’s mention of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision regarding the Temple Mount refers to a move in early July 2018, when Netanyahu rescinded his previous ban on Israeli Parliament members visiting the Temple Mount – which had been in place for nearly three years – and allowed them to visit once every three months.

Abbas’ advisor: Islam’s religious war to destroy Israel has started; Israel is the "culture of Satan" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 30, 2018

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Quranic Horizons, lecture on Sura 2:114 of the Quran by 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

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: “Jerusalem is the arena of conflict between us and the colonialist project [Israel]... Jerusalem’s [Al-Aqsa] Mosque apparently is the heading for the eruption of the conflict and The Battle of History between Islam and the enemies of Islam; between the Muslims and the enemies of Muslims; between the Islamic culture in all its splendor and human glory and the culture of Satan attempting to establish oppression and aggression at the expense of the culture of truth and goodness... This mosque is decreed to be the arena of the battle between good and evil. This mosque and this wonderful city - the city of history, religion, and culture, Jerusalem - are decreed to be the heading of the conflict... Jerusalem is the heading of this battle, this conflict, and this round, which I and many others see as the key, as the first step, as the spark of the battle of the ‘‘final promise.’’"
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Abbas’ advisor: “What was done to them [Jews] – in the ghetto, in the Inquisition's courts, and in the Nazis'courts – they want to do this to people” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 30, 2018
Official PA TV program Quranic Horizons, lecture on Sura 2:114 of the Quran by 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

"Today, the most prominent mosque that the people are prevented from coming to is the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Barriers, closures, the closure of routes and gates,and limiting the ages [of worshippers] – this is a new craft that we are hearing of for the first time: You are not allowed to pray because you are younger than 40, and you are forbidden… how nice! What is this? In what period of history are we living? In the Inquisition's courts? What was done to them – in the ghetto, in the Inquisition's courts, and in the Nazis' courts – they want to do this to people. Are we in the Inquisition, or what? Israeli Zionist Inquisition courts that are attempting to demean human dignity, the dignity of the people's religion, and the people's faith in Allah...'"

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PA officials deny Jewish connection to Cave of the Patriarchs, and accuse Israel of “forgery of history and the cultural heritage of the holy sites” in Jerusalem and Hebron 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 26, 2018
    “Director and Guardian of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) Sheikh Hafzi Abu Sneineh condemned [Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli] Cohen’s b reaking into the Ibrahimi Mosque (PMW found no record of Cohen recently visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs –Ed.)… He considered his presence unacceptable and offensive to the sensibilities of the Muslims. He said: ‘The Ibrahimi Mosque is solely a Muslim mosque with all of its territory and parts – the interior and exterior ones. The Jews have no connection at all to the Ibrahimi Mosque (sic., the Jewish Patriarchs and Matriarchs other than Rachel are buried at the site)…'
Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash strongly condemned Cohen’s invasion of the Ibrahimi Mosque under the protection of the Israeli occupation army. In a press release yesterday [June 25, 2018], he said that the attempts of the ruling institution in Israel to establish a new reality at the Islamic sites in the cities of Jerusalem and Hebron will fail and never succeed, because they are based on lies and have no historical, religious, or legal basis.”

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Abbas advisor warns of “desecration” of music performances against Cave of the Patriarchs; demands Palestinians “defend their holy sites, carry out Ribat in them" and punish Israel for "the crimes and acts of forgery of the culture and history” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 22, 2018
Headline: “Al-Habbash warned against the consequences of the Israeli attack against the Ibrahimi Mosque”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash warned of the desecration and attack against the sanctity of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, due to the fact that Israeli terror groups organized music and s inging performances that were conveyed in a direct broadcast on the official Israeli media outlets… Al-Habbash demanded that the members of the Palestinian people defend their holy sites, carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in them, increase their presence within them, go out against the occupation state’s crazy attack, and unify ranks behind the leadership in order to defend the holy sites and punish the occupation state for the crimes and acts of forgery of the culture and history that it is committing.”
Abbas’ advisor: “We’ll rejoice in our state established on all of our land…” “rejoice when the blood of the Martyrs… bears fruit… Your blood was not spilled in vain;” says there’s “no disagreement” between Hamas and Fatah 
Source: YouTube channel of the office of the Supreme Shari’ah Judge, June 15, 2018
YouTube channel of the office of the Supreme Shari’ah Judge, excerpt of sermon by 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 at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah for Eid Al-Fitr - a Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and Fatah Central Committee member 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: “O Palestinian people, you will rejoice with the greatest joy, by the power of Allah, Master of the Universe. We will rejoice in Jerusalem, in our Al-Aqsa Mosque that is liberated, Allah willing; we will rejoice in our state that will be established on all of our land; we will rejoice in the return of the refugees to their homes; we will rejoice when the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) we remember today bears fruit - and we will say to them: Your blood was not spilled in vain. We will rejoice in the suffering of the prisoners, in the result of the suffering of the prisoners, who suffered so we would rejoice. These are the great ones, to whom we send blessings today; they are worthy of blessings for their manliness, for their stability, for their victory, them and their people, over the jailor…"

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Abbas advisor denies existance of Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, calls US ambassador to Israel an "imbecile," and calls all of Jerusalem an "Islamic waqf" until Judgement Day 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 25, 2018
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: "The so-called American Ambassador [David Friedman] in the so-called Israel, in Israel - you saw him and the world saw him standing ostentatiously and arrogantly, in a nauseating way, before a picture of Jerusalem, of the area of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. A picture that expresses the sick dreams of the colonialists, the occupiers - which expresses myths that never existed, a picture of Jerusalem in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) has been removed, and something symbolizing that which is called ‘the Temple' has replaced it (Friedman has clarified that he was unaware of the image in the picture thrust in front of him, and has called it unacceptable; see note below –Ed.)... The ambassador - or it could be said the American 'imbecile' (a play on words in Arabic; the words for ambassador and imbecile are very similar –Ed.) - the American imbecile called Friedman stands ostentatiously before a picture in which the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., the Dome of the Rock) does not appear - it is removed [...] We say clearly and unequivocally: All of Jerusalem, with all of its elements, especially with the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, with every millimeter of it, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which they claim is part of that which is called ‘the Temple' – this is the Al-Buraq Wall – all of this is an Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) of this nation, until the time [of the Day of Judgment] comes... [W]hoever agrees that control of a millimeter of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with all of its elements, be given to those who are not Muslims or Palestinians – such a person has not been born and will never be born..."

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Abbas’ advisor on religious affairs calls US Ambassador David Friedman a “terrorist settler,” says he is “disparaging” Islam 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2018
“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash called on the Arab and Islamic governments, organizations, and peoples to respond to US Ambassador to the occupation state [Israel] David Friedman’s disparaging of the Islamic faith.
Al-Habbash said in a statement that Friedman’s appearance next to a large picture of the Jerusalem sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), where the Dome of the Rock is removed from it and a picture of the alleged Temple is inserted in its place, is a provocative step that constitutes a racist insinuation and criminal incitement for the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (Friedman has clarified he was unaware of the image that was presented to him and called it unacceptable; see note below –Ed.)…
He [Al-Habbash] said: ‘The removal of the sites that are holy to Islam in Jerusalem is a racist goal of the extremists and the extreme right-wing that rules in the occupation state. The awaited goal of these criminals, and among them settler terrorist David Friedman, is to make the Palestinians disappear from Jerusalem and cause them to migrate from it’…
Al-Habbash said: ‘We expect a historic Arab and Islamic response to this racist provocation by the American ambassador. We must not agree to less than an explicit apology from him personally and from the American administration, his final return [to the US], the cancelation of the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the closing of the American settlement that was inaugurated in Jerusalem and falsely called an ‘embassy.’”
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