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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: US Ambassador “motivated by satanic urge” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 8, 2017

Official PA TV, Friday prayers from the mosque at the PA headquarters in Ramallah. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen are in the audience.


Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Supreme Shari’ah Judge: "One of the representatives of the superpowers - who some people consider to be the most expert and knowledgeable people, the greatest supporters of justice, and the greatest democrats - one of them [US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman] spoke several days ago about the occupation, which is clear even to the biggest idiot, and all the more so to a wise man. Regarding the Israeli occupation of the land of Palestine - he [Friedman] said that it is an ‘alleged occupation,’ in other words: ‘You claim there is an occupation? It isn't really an occupation.’ What idiocy is this? What satanic urge motivates these people? These are people who have lost all morals, who watch the oppressed and support the oppressors and stand by their side."
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In an interview with the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post on Sept. 1, 2017, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was asked what had taken him most by surprise since being appointed ambassador.
His response: “'I think the American Jewish community tends to look at Israel somewhat myopically,' he said. The Right, he said, is portrayed as believing that peace is not possible. The Left, he explained, is portrayed as believing that only if the 'alleged
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 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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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
Abbas’ advisor: Israeli minister’s dress with Temple Mount was ”racist and a denial of history,” Jerusalem is “Arab and Islamic,” Temple Mount “belongs only to Muslims” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 18, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash condemned the Israeli minister of culture's harm to the sites holy to Islam"

"Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash condemned the open provocation of extremist Israeli Minister of Culture [and Sport] Miri Regev of the sensibilities of the Muslims and Palestinians by wearing a dress on which was a picture of the holy Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), including the Dome of the Rock and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He described this behavior as racist, a denial of history and culture, and a failed attempt to steal the culture of our people that has been rooted in this land for thousands of years. He also said that if the head of the cultural pyramid in Israel commits theft in broad daylight before the eyes of the whole world, this is proof that all of the occupation state’s institutions are uniting in order to falsify the facts and challenge the decisions of the international community and the world, which have verified that the holy city [of Jerusalem] is Arab and Islamic and that the holy Jerusalem Sanctuary, with all of its sections, belongs only to the Muslims and nobody but them."

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Abbas’ advisor to foreign Muslim audience: Jerusalem is “Islamic by divine decree,” Israel “perpetrates a historical and cultural massacre against the Islamic culture and heritage” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash in a lecture in Bosnia: There is a massacre of the Islamic heritage and culture in Jerusalem"

"Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash gave a lecture at the Islamic College in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia…
During the lecture Al-Habbash spoke about the religious and historical status of Jerusalem. He noted… that the Islamic identity of Jerusalem was established by divine decree and not by human decree, as is stated in [Prophet Muhammad’s] Night Journey [Quranic] Sura …
Al-Habbash said that Jerusalem is now in its most difficult period, in which an invasion of thought and heritage are being perpetrated, and the Islamic identity in it is being erased through an attack led by the occupation through the extremist settler NGOs and the attempt to undermine the awareness of global public opinion. [He added that this is being perpetrated] through a falsification of the facts and through false claims that have no basis in the past or present…
He noted that what is happening in Jerusalem is a historical and cultural massacre against the Islamic culture and heritage…
He also explained that the invitation to the Muslims who are able to do so to visit Jerusalem had the greatest impact on the spirits of the residents of Jerusalem, and that it constitutes a double message: [first] to the occupation, which is that Jerusalem will not be alone and is not easy prey, and [second] to the Palestinians, which is that they are not alone…
Al-Habbash said that visiting Jerusalem and praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is normalization with the Palestinians, and not normalization with the occupation."
Abbas’ advisor: Non-Muslims have no right to Temple Mount, including the Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 15, 2017
Headline: "Al-Habbash in response to the statements of Erdan: Non-Muslims have no right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
       "Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic property that belongs to the Muslims alone by virtue of a divine decision... Al-Habbash emphasized yesterday [Feb. 14, 2017] - in a press release in response to the statements of Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan (about the necessity to gather archeologists to attest to the Jewish history of Jerusalem –Ed.) - that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a pure Islamic heritage, and that non-Muslims have no right to it. He emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the Islamic faith, and prayer there [at the mosque] is the right of Muslims alone. Likewise, the Islamic [Jordanian] Waqf has the legal sovereignty over all facilities of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) – the plazas, the gates, and the walls, including the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall).”

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Abbas advisor: Israeli Muezzin law regulating noise will lead to “ruinous religious war”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 12, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: Israel is dragging the region into a religious war with the law banning the call of the Muezzin”
     “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash condemned the Israeli decision to approve what is called the Muezzin Law, which prevents the freedom of sounding the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) with loudspeakers at mosques (sic., the law does not refer to any specific religion), and particularly in the dawn prayer. He said that these policies are liable to drag the region into a ruinous religious war that will not stop at the borders of Palestine, but rather could even spread to the region and the world.”

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Abbas’ advisor: Israel is the “spark and seed of extremism and terror in the world” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 17, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: The end of the occupation is the magic solution for saving the world from terror”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious [and Islamic] Affairs and Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that the end of the Israeli occupation of the territories of the State of Palestine is the magic solution for the salvation of the Arab region – and perhaps the entire world – from the main excuses used by the ignorant extremists in order to implement their terrorist extremism.
This was said in a speech that he gave today, Tuesday [Jan. 17, 2017], at the International Conference on Fighting Extremism, which was held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina with the participation of 300 researchers, thinkers, and terror experts, under the title The World Is Rising Up: United Against Extremism…

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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 on Religious Affairs meets with families of murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2016
Headline: “Habbash to the relatives: The [PA] president is determined to ensure the release of the Martyrs’ bodies”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious [and Islamic] Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the leadership, and President Mahmoud Abbas at its head, is determined to ensure the release of the bodies of the Martyrs (Shahids) [being held by Israel] and to ease the tragedy of their families. At the same time, he emphasized that the president opposes the impossible conditions that the occupation is placing in order to delay the transfer of the bodies and their burial.
These statements were made during a meeting that Al-Habbash held yesterday [Dec. 15, 2016] at his office in the supreme Shari’ah judge office building with a delegation on behalf of the families of the Hebron district Martyrs whose bodies are being held in the occupation’s [morgue] refrigerators. Al-Habbash clarified that the decision to hold the bodies of the Martyrs and the delay in their release is an Israeli political decision, which is included as part of the extortion of members of our people, making them succumb, and carrying out a policy of collective punishment against their families. Likewise, he noted that it is the right of the families to bury their Martyr sons, and promised them to pass their pleas to His Honor the President.
The families of the Martyrs expressed their appreciation for the positions of the president and for the ongoing aid to ease their suffering, and thanked the supreme Shari’ah judge for his interest in their just cause.”

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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.”

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