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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: Boycott Israel - money spent on Israeli products helps Israel murder Palestinians 
Source: WAFA news agency, Aug. 10, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge [and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on religious and Islamic affairs], called on our people, wherever they may be, to boycott Israeli products of all kinds, and to support the Palestinian food industries in all [possible] ways and with all available means. In addition, in a statement to the press made today, Sunday, he demanded the boycotting of all Palestinian stores that refuse to comply with the call for the boycott. He noted that boycotting [Israeli products] was a religious, national and moral duty, and that it was one of the legitimate means of resistance, guaranteed by all [international] laws and conventions, to achieve our people’s goals and force the Israel occupation to end its brutal aggression against the Gaza Strip and to accede immediately to the demands of our people… He demanded that the preachers in the mosques and on the local media outlets act to explain the importance of the boycott, and to advertise local products. He also noted that the Palestinians must understand that the money they spend on Israeli products becomes the weapon with which their brothers are murdered.”
Abbas advisor: Rival political factions may argue in private, but should present a united front when facing "our enemy" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 8, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast the Friday ‎sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in ‎the presidential compound in Ramallah. ‎The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on ‎Religious and Islamic Affairs
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ ‎Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs: ‎‎“It is not fitting for us to argue among ‎ourselves in the presence of our enemies, ‎or to argue about our decision before our ‎enemy when he is inside our home. As ‎factions, argue as much as you like – at ‎home, behind closed doors. But when we ‎go out to face our enemies – no one is ‎allowed to speak except in the name of ‎Palestine. That was the Prophet’s custom ‎‎– he resolved the argument before the ‎battle inside his mosque, and when they ‎went out, they went out as one.”‎

Note: This was broadcast during the 2014 Gaza war as Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Abbas advisor opposes law allowing both Jews and Muslims to pray on Temple Mount 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 8, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs. He mentions the “physical division and [division] according to time,” referring to a law proposed in May 2013 and currently being reviewed by the Israeli Parliament, that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs: “Our goal is Jerusalem… the occupation perhaps wanted to take advantage of our and the world’s preoccupation with the aggression against Gaza, in order to further the scheme of dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to time, between those who have the right and the foreigners, who have no right to even a single grain of our occupied land or of Jerusalem.
In effect, the battle is here, at the symbol of our existence, the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Gaza is paying the price for Jerusalem… Our goal must remain the expulsion of this occupation and the establishment of a free and independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. Therefore, the Palestinian leadership’s position is that if Israel acts to violate the Palestinian right at the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the so-called physical division and [division] according to time, we will be exempt from everything – negotiations, agreements, everything. Then we will not be bound by anything, and will have a position that might shake the earth beneath their feet.”

Note: The “aggression against Gaza” that Habbash mentions in his statement refers to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
PA Shari'ah Judge calls on the world to “halt the occupation’s plots” against Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2014
     “The [PA’s] Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that if Israel will realize its threats and plans of dividing the Al-Aqsa Mosque physically and according to time, the PLO will be exempted from all commitments with the occupation, and will turn to the International Criminal Court and the Security Council to remove the occupier’s hands from Jerusalem. During a conference in Ramallah, Al-Habbash called for the Arab and Islamic nation and the world to act immediately to save Al-Aqsa and halt the occupation’s plots… [PA Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein emphasized that non-Muslims have no right to interfere in the affairs of Al-Aqsa. He explained that the time has come for Arabs and Muslims to understand the danger surrounding Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa.”

Note: The “physical division and [division] according to time” refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.
Abbas advisor: Murder of Palestinian teen might surpass crimes of the Nazis 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 4, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday ‎sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in ‎the presidential compound in Ramallah. ‎The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on ‎Religious and Islamic Affairs. Among the ‎audience was PA Chairman Mahmoud ‎Abbas.‎
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ ‎Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs: “I ‎call on the world that was surprised by this ‎new Nazism, which perhaps surpasses ‎the crimes of the Nazis… Those who ‎killed Muhammad Abu Khdeir killed all ‎people, killed all the nations, killed the ‎concept of humanity, and the world today ‎must say a true word – not just a word ‎meant for the press or for the sake of ‎politeness or pity… We want punishment ‎for the criminals and justice for the victim.”‎

Note:‎ On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal ‎Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel ‎were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the ‎West Bank. The boys' bodies were found ‎by Israeli security forces near Hebron on ‎June 30, 2014. They appeared to have ‎been shot to death soon after the ‎abduction. Two days later, Palestinian teen ‎Muhammad Abu Khdeir was kidnapped ‎and murdered in Jerusalem in a revenge ‎attack by Israeli extremists. Following this ‎murder, Palestinians took to the streets of ‎eastern Jerusalem in violent and ‎continuous protests. Prime Minister ‎Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli ‎ministers immediately condemned the ‎revenge killing in the strongest terms. ‎Israeli police arrested six Israeli suspects ‎on July 6th; under interrogation, three of ‎the suspects confessed to murdering ‎Khdeir.‎
Abbas advisor: Murder of Palestinian youth is "uglier than the crimes of the Nazis" 
Source: Facebook page of Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Abbas' Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, July 3, 2014
‎     “The crime of the murder of the youth ‎Muhammad Abu Khdeir by settlers is uglier ‎than the crimes of the Nazis in Europe ‎during World War II. The world must not be ‎satisfied with condemning the crime, but ‎must act to punish its perpetrators. The ‎deterrent and just punishment is not merely ‎jail or imprisonment, but execution. Peace ‎and the occupation cannot coexist; either a ‎peace that will ensure truth and justice, or ‎occupation, killing and blood.”‎

Note:‎ On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal ‎Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel ‎were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the ‎West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by ‎Israeli security forces near Hebron on June ‎‎30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot ‎to death soon after the abduction. Two days ‎later, Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu ‎Khdeir was kidnapped and murdered in ‎Jerusalem in a revenge attack by Israeli ‎extremists. Following this murder, ‎Palestinians took to the streets of eastern ‎Jerusalem in violent and continuous ‎protests. Prime Minister Benjamin ‎Netanyahu and other Israeli ministers ‎immediately condemned the revenge killing ‎in the strongest terms. Israeli police ‎arrested six Israeli suspects on July 6th; ‎under interrogation, three of the suspects ‎confessed to murdering Khdeir.‎
Abbas advisor: "The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 20, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs: “The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years. They didn't leave it. Nations came and nations went, empires came and empires went, but the Palestinians are permanent here like the olive tree, rooted here like the mountains, the mountains we see in Palestine. We were here with them and will not leave them until Allah's [Day of] Judgment (i.e., Resurrection Day).”
PA Chairman Abbas is seen praying in the audience
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Abbas advisor warns of plot to bomb Al-‎Aqsa Mosque with remote control plane 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 12, 2014
‎     “Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and the President’s ‎‎[Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, condemned the flying ‎of a small plane equipped with a camera ‎over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by a ‎settler. He described this as a step toward ‎‎[the mosque’s] bombing.‎
The Supreme Shari’ah Judge explained ‎that the plot to bomb the blessed Al-Aqsa ‎‎[Mosque] using a remote control plane ‎bearing large quantities of explosives, or ‎with a small plane piloted by a Jewish ‎suicide bomber, exists in the thought and ‎schemes of Jewish extremist groups. This ‎has been confirmed by the Israeli media in ‎recent years. ‎
Al-Habbash said that the danger hanging ‎over the Al-Aqsa Mosque obligates the ‎international community and the Arab and ‎Islamic world to intervene urgently and ‎quickly, in order to force the Israeli ‎occupation authorities to halt their crimes ‎against the places holy to Islam in ‎Palestine, especially the blessed Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque. He reiterated his call to Arabs and ‎Muslims in the world to visit the Holy City ‎and the holy places more frequently, in ‎order to protect them from the occupation’s ‎schemes to obliterate its [Jerusalem’s] ‎landmarks and judaize it.”‎
PA minister: "We have been on this land for 5,000 years" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Khaled Bin Al-Walid Mosque in Ein Munjid. The sermon was delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "We have been on this land for 5,000 years, perhaps the Palestinian nation itself. Of course, over the course of all these years and long centuries, for over 5,000 years, Many empires and nations came to this land, to Jerusalem, one after the other, They came and went, lived here for a certain period of time, and then left. But the essential substance that remained -- like the rocks of this land, like the grains of sand of this land, like the water of this land, like the air of this land, like the olive tree of this land -- the essential substance that stayed is the Palestinian people. There was no period in history without the presence of the Palestinian people on this land. We are the salt of this earth, we are its essence, we are its air and water and we will never leave it. Many transients left and will leave... This land is ours. The Nakba (i.e., "the catastrophe," Palestinian term for establishment of State of Israel), believe me, the Nakba will pass, just as the others who passed. The foreigners, the imperialism of the Crusaders, lived here for more than 92 years, and then scattered and left. The Tatars came and then left. Others came and left and the land remained with its people, its sons. The Palestinians remained in Palestine, and they will stay until Allah inherits the earth."
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Abbas rep: Palestinian presence in Jerusalem is 5000 years old, Israel threatens the city's Islamic-Christian identity 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 13, 2014
     “The talks at the International Conference for the Support of Jerusalem, organized by the UN, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the Turkish Foreign Ministry, began in the Turkish capital, Ankara, yesterday [May 12, 2014], with the participation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ representative, [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash…
In the speech [given in the name] of the President [Abbas], Al-Habbash asserted that Palestinian presence in Jerusalem dates back over 5,000 years, and that the Palestinians are the only permanent element in Jerusalem, while the others came and went. Al-Habbash described the grave dangers threatening Jerusalem under the Israeli occupation – despite the fact that nobody in the world recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over it. He called on all powers, parties and governments to cooperate in defending Jerusalem and protecting its Islamic-Christian identity.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA Minister of Religious Affairs demands all of Jerusalem for Palestinians, "Or there will be no peace" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 2, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash. The audience included PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and PA Finance Minister Jawad Naji.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Our rights are non-negotiable and we state them clearly. We want a real state with clear borders, with Jerusalem as its capital – and hear [me] well: Jerusalem as its capital, not with its capital in Jerusalem; its capital is the whole of Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem – who ever wishes [otherwise], let them wish [otherwise] and whoever opposes, let them oppose, in spite of them. Jerusalem will be nothing other than ours, or there will be no peace…
Forming one government for one people, one authority, one state, with one leadership and one weapon; with one decision that will lead, in a few months’ time, to free elections, in which the Palestinian people will state its will…
[The new unity government] will concentrate the administrative decisions (i.e., all internal affairs) of the Palestinian government and the Palestinian people under one umbrella, one authority, one weapon and one security [establishment], which will protect the rights of the Palestinian people and the dignity of the Palestinian person.”
PA minister: Israel attempts to "Judaize" Jerusalem, plans to build the "alleged Third Temple" in place of Al-Aqsa 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 15, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that since Israel occupied Jerusalem, it has been working to extend control over it and alter its landmarks, in order to Judaize it and put an end to the Arab presence in it…
In a statement to the press yesterday [April 14, 2014], Al-Habbash said… that the Israeli establishment is seeking to fulfill its dream, with the aim of building what it refers to as the alleged Third Temple in place of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and of completely altering the heritage and culture of the city and its Islamic light . This has become evident in the wake of the series of steps [it has taken] to Judaize [the city], the increase in the number of daily, official invasions [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque], and the intensification and expansion of their media campaign regarding the need to build the alleged Temple.”

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion." However, all visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.
PA minister's duplicity: Tells Israel, "We condemn the killing of any person;" tells Palestinians that terrorist prisoners "committed no crime" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 28, 2014
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "All the Palestinian prisoners who protected [our] land, honor and homeland are prisoners of freedom; they are prisoners of war. They are not criminals, will never be and have never been. Their hands committed no crime. They were defending themselves. They are an inseparable part of this national Palestinian movement and one of its authentic elements."
[Official PA TV March 28, 2014]

Two weeks after giving the above speech, Al-Habbash addressed Israeli media and condemned the murder of an Israeli who was killed in a terrorist attack on the eve of Passover:
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "This Israeli who was murdered, it hurts... We condemn the killing of any person. The principle of killing and violence is completely unacceptable."
[Israel Army Radio, April, 16, 2014]
PA minister: Abbas and the Palestinian people will not agree to make concessions 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 14, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash from the Al-Taqwa Mosque, Al-Tireh.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“I am telling you, brothers, and I am telling the whole world, even the US: you will only hear from the President [Abbas] what you have heard him say in the past. You will not hear from him about concession when there is an [entire] nation behind him. If the President cedes – his people will not forgive him. We will stand with him as long as he adheres to [his] principles. But if he deviates from [his] principles, we will not stand with him, and he will find himself alone. He knows this, and he will tell them (i.e., Israel and the US) so.”
PA minister accuses Israel of planning to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build Temple 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the continuing settlement and Judaization of the holy city [Jerusalem], the attacks on its holy sites, the escalating Israeli aggression against Jerusalem, the falsifying of its history with the aim of erasing its cultural, human and historical heritage, and the demographic and geographic changes in the city are all moves that are null and void according to international law, the decisions of the international institutions, and the Geneva and Hague Conventions for the Protection of Cultural Property.
In addition, he warned again of the danger of the racist Israeli violations being planned against [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque], the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs), and the rest of our people’s holy sites, all of which confirm that Israel’s aim is to tighten its control over [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque], in preparation for destroying it and building their alleged Temple.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA minister of Religious Affairs calls Hamas terrorist murderers “the great ones” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 7, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday prayers from the mosque at the Presidential residence in Ramallah. The sermon, on the victory of the faithful over the infidels with reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, was given by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash; the audience included PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee members Muhammad Shtayyeh and Saeb Erekat.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Habbash expressed sorrow over Egypt’s decision to declare Hamas a terror organization
: “None of us ever imagined that Hamas – after the history of [its] founders, the Martyrs (Shahids), the great ones, like Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Rantisi, [Ibrahim] Al-Makadmeh, Salah Shehadeh, Ismail Abu Shanab and others – would ever be in such a terrible situation.”

Notes: Sheikh Ahmed Yassin – Founder and former head of the Hamas terrorist organization. Hamas is responsible for numerous terror attacks that caused the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi – Co-founder of Hamas. Ibrahim Al-Makadmeh – One of the founders of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and responsible for planning several terror attacks in which 28 Israelis were murdered. Al-Makadmeh was killed by Israel in March 2003. Salah Shehadeh - head of Hamas' military wing the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. He was killed in an Israeli airstrike in 2002. Ismail Abu Shanab – a senior Hamas official.
PA minister accuses Israel of goal to rule over Al-Aqsa; refuses to recognize Israel's "existence in Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 28, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound. The sermon was delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “In the occupation state (i.e., Israel), they are talking about a tale, about a lie and [the] insane [idea] of extending Israeli sovereignty to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. What sovereignty is this? Whoever told you we even recognize your existence in Jerusalem? Whoever said we recognize your right to even a single millimeter of the land of Jerusalem? Who said this? You even talk about [having] sovereignty over our hearts, over our faith, over our religion. Who said this? Who can imagine such insanity? This insanity will not end well. It will not end well; it will not lead to anything good. They must understand that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not a red line. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a line of fire that will burn any hand that may be extended towards it to harm it.”
PA minister of Religious Affairs: Al Aqsa Mosque will remain Muslim-only 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2014
     "Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash… added that that the Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain, by divine decree, a Muslim mosque, will not be shared with anyone, will not be forfeited, and that no one besides Muslims will pray in it."
PA minister of Religious Affairs: Israeli government's "goal is to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2014
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day hosted Mahmoud Al-Habbash, PA Minister of Religious Affairs.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Israel is following a systematic, progressive plan supported by the Israeli government and protected by the Israeli army, and its aim – I’m telling you – is not to divide Al-Aqsa, not to divide Al-Aqsa.”
Host: “To impose [their] sovereignty over Al-Aqsa.”
Al-Habbash: “Its aim is to remove the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Host: "As the final goal."
Al-Habbash: "As the final goal - they don’t want to see the shining, golden, elegant Dome of the Rock."
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PA minister: Western Wall "belongs exclusively to Muslims" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 21, 2014


PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:‎ ‎“This is our land and we will not leave our land. ‎Our Al-Aqsa Mosque – no one has the right – no one has the right to a single millimeter of it. The ‎entire Al-Aqsa Mosque is a pure Islamic-Palestinian right. It is not permissible or acceptable that even a ‎single millimeter of it will be ruled, dominated or seized by these usurping terrorist settlers... The right ‎to pray at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs exclusively to Muslims, exclusively to Muslims... The ‎Al-Aqsa Mosque with its courtyards, its colonnades, its stone benches, its domes, its trees, its walls, ‎includes the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), especially the Al-Buraq ‎Wall... Our land is our land. Our Jerusalem is our Jerusalem. Our Al-Aqsa is our Al-Aqsa. The names will ‎not change. The identity will not change. The place will not change. The Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain ‎the Al-Aqsa Mosque until the Hour [of Resurrection]. We ask Allah the Almighty to watch over it, ‎protect it and liberate it.”‎
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