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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]

PA Minister of Religion praises founder of Hamas as an “exalted national figure” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 13, 2013
Official PA TV broadcast of the Friday sermon given by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
     “Almost ten years after the death of the great leader Yasser Arafat, a leader over whom there was no dispute among the Palestinian people… No one dared come out against him and accuse Arafat of treason. Can Arafat be accused of treason? Can Ahmed Yassin be accused of treason? Can they be accused of treason? They are exalted national Palestinian figures; they are icons. People teach their children about them, about their legacy, their Jihad, their actions and their morality.”

Note: Sheikh Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
Arch-terrorist Ahmed Yassin is "exalted Palestinian figure" - PA Minister of Religious Affairs 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 13, 2013
PA Minister of Religious Affairs:
     "Almost ten years after the death of the great leader Yasser Arafat, a leader over whom there was no dispute among the Palestinian nation... No one dared come out against us and accuse Arafat of treason. Can Arafat be accused of treason? Can Ahmed Yassin be accused of treason? Can they be accused of treason? They are exalted national Palestinian figures. They are icons about whom people teach their children about their legacy, their Jihad, their actions and their morality."
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Note: Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
PA Minister of Religion spreads libel: Israel involved in the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson in 1969 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 23, 2013
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Where is the Al-Aqsa Mosque? ... It is lost. It was set on fire 44 years ago by criminal hands, in the shadow of a criminal occupation, and acting in collusion with the criminal occupation."
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Note: The fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969 was started by a deranged Australian Christian, but the Palestinian Authority for years has attributed it to Israel.
PA minister: PA agreements are modeled after Muhammad's Hudaybiyyah Peace Treaty 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 19, 2013
PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
     "We hate war. We don't want war... The Palestinian leadership's sense of responsibility towards its nation made it take political steps about 20 years ago (i.e., signing the Oslo Accords). Despite the controversy, despite much criticism and much opposition by some, it brought us to where we are today: We have a [Palestinian] Authority and the world recognizes the [Palestinian] state.
All this never would have happened through Hamas' impulsive adventure, but only through the wisdom of the leadership, conscious action, consideration, and walking the right path, which leads to achievement, exactly like the Prophet [Muhammad] did in the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, even though some opposed it...
The hearts of the Prophet's companions burned with anger and fury. The Prophet said: 'I'm the Messenger of Allah and I will not disobey Him.' This is not disobedience, it is politics. This is crisis management, situation management, conflict management...
Allah called this treaty a clear victory...
Omar ibn Al-Khattab said: 'Messenger of Allah, is this a victory? Is this logical? Is this victory? We are giving up and going back, and not entering Mecca. Is that a victory?' The Prophet said: 'Yes, it is a victory.'
In less than two years, the Prophet returned and based on this treaty, he conquered Mecca. This is the example, this is the model."
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PA Minister of Religion: Jerusalem is not an Israeli or a Jewish city 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 10, 2013
PA TV program Religion and the World
PA TV host: “Has anything changed in the [past] 80 years?”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “On the contrary, what [Mufti] Haj Amin Al-Husseini warned of has become reality. There is a planned action that is getting worse, to Judaize Jerusalem and take it out of [both] its human and cultural historical course and place it in a distorted and false history by claiming that it is an Israeli city and a Jewish city etc. Jerusalem was and will remain the city of all believers. Its Arab and Muslim identity endures, is rooted and is prominent throughout history and no one can change it.”

Note: Haj Amin Al-Husseini - Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the time of the British mandate, and spiritual and a political leader of the local Arab population. He strongly opposed Zionism and was behind riots and attacks on Jews. During World War II he actively collaborated with Nazi Germany, meeting Adolf Hitler personally and recruiting Muslims for the Nazi army.
PA Minister: “Armed resistance” (i.e., violence) not possible because Arabs lack military power 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 13, 2013
PA TV program Religion and Politics:
Host Moaz Shraideh: “There are some who propose launching a resistance in the Palestinian areas, in the ‘West Bank’ in quotation marks.”
Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “What resistance?”
PA TV host: “Armed resistance. There were some who demanded that you initiate the armed resistance to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and enough with the speeches etc.”
PA Minister Al-Habbash: “Let’s assume, for argument’s sake, let’s assume this. Let’s say we remove all restrictions from the ‘armed resistance’ in quotation marks. From where will the resistance get weapons? From where will it get money in order to fight? From where? Do we have factories to manufacture this?”
PA TV host: “You’ll find a way.”
PA Minister Al-Habbash: “We don’t need to find a way. There is a [Muslim] nation with a billion and a half [people]. We, the entire Palestinian nation, what percentage are we of this nation? And just as I am responsible for Jerusalem, the Saudi Arabian, the Egyptian, the Jordanian, the Iraqi, the Indonesian, and the Moroccan are all responsible for Jerusalem. I resist as much as I can. This resistance can [only] reach the popular civilian resistance’s limit because I don’t have military power.”
PA Minister: Palestinian prisoners deserve the Nobel Peace Prize 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 1, 2013
Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound. Sermon delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, PA Minister of Religious Affairs.
     “The Palestinian prisoners (i.e., in Israeli prisons for security offenses and terror related crimes)… are paying and have paid a heavy price for defending justice. They are those who are worthy of receiving a Nobel Peace Prize. The Palestinian prisoners are worthy of this prize because they defend justice, defend peace for their nations, for the world’s nations and all the nations on earth. They are not criminals, they demand justice, demand peace, demand humanity, they defend human dignity…”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: "Jesus brought tidings of Muhammad" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 24, 2013
PA Minister for Religious Affairs Mahmoud Habbash: “And a few days ago we welcomed with all grandeur the birthday of Jesus, may he rest in peace, who brought tidings of Muhammad.”

Note: According to PA teachings, which are based on Islam, Jesus prophesized the coming of Muhammad.
PA Minister Religion says "fighting and Jihad" will continue until Palestine becomes a state  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 18, 2013
PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon delivered by PA Minister for Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the Tashrifat Mosque in the PA presidential compound, Ramallah on Jan. 18, 2013. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was in the congregation. Al-Habbash calls for continued “fighting and Jihad” but also states that the “struggle will continue, now, through popular, peaceful resistance.”
     “Brother believers, our struggle and our Jihad will go on. The Palestinian struggle, fighting, and Jihad will not be stopped until our wish and our hope are realized and the State of Palestine becomes fact, just as it has now become a fact according to international law. From a legal point of view, Palestine has become a state. In practice, this state must take shape and be firmly established on the ground. The Palestinian struggle will continue, now, through popular, peaceful resistance that has become the Palestinian consensus.”
PA minister: Continue Ribat and Jihad until Jerusalem is returned 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 21, 2012
PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon delivered by PA Minister for Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the Tashrifat Mosque in the PA presidential compound, Ramallah on Dec. 21, 2012. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Secretary General of his office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, were in the congregation.
     Habbash: “We say to the whole world, we say to the occupation government, to whoever supports the occupation government to whoever defends the occupation government in international forums: As Allah lives, we are continuing what we do; we are continuing our Ribat (religious conflict to defend Islamic land). We are continuing our Jihad. We are continuing with our resolve. We are continuing to hold on, until Allah grants us victory, until Allah grants victory to our cause, until our Jerusalem is returned to us, until our state is established, or until we die. As Allah lives, this is one of two good things: Victory or Shahada (Martyrdom death for Allah). There is no third option. Either victory or Martyrdom death.”
PA minister: Jews have no connection to Western Wall, which is "the sole right of Palestinians" 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 17, 2012
     "Minister for Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that Jerusalem and all its features, its geography, and its Islamic and Christian holy sites, and this includes the Western Wall, are the sole right of Palestinians. (The Arabic throughout the text for the Western Wall is Al-Buraq Wall - Ed.) In a press release he stressed that [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu's recent statements concerning the occupation's (i.e., Israel's) ownership of the Western Wall are nothing but nonsense and an attempt to manipulate both history and geography, and are worthless from a religious, historical, or legal point of view. (See Netanyahu's exact quote below - Ed.) Al-Habbash made clear that Netanyahu's statements about Jerusalem and the Western Wall lack the elementary scientific basis for approaching history which has always proven Islamic ownership of the Western Wall... that no person besides Muslims ever used it as a place of worship, throughout all of history, until the ominous Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917."
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Note: This article was also published in the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Dec. 18, 2012.
PA minister: Israel "spilled blood" in Gaza to gain advantage in upcoming Israeli elections 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 16, 2012
On Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip called Operation Pillar of Defense, with the aim of crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and protecting Israeli civilians from Hamas rocket fire. 
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Al-Habbash said that one of Israel's goals with the operation is
"to use the Palestinian blood spilled in the streets of Gaza in the Israeli election game."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs encourages Ribat in Friday sermon 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 17, 2012
Friday sermon delivered by Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash. In audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas; Secretary General of the Presidential Office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim; Jibril Rajoub.
     Al-Habbash: "This [Al-Aqsa] mosque will remain a mosque. We will not abandon this soil; we will not abandon this land; we will not abandon this mosque. We will remain in it, we will live in it and we will die in it. We will resist through our presence upon our land. We will resist through Ribat (religious conflict/war to defend Islamic land) and resolve; we will resist by building, and we will resist by every means... Ribat upon this land is an honor… Yesterday, this occupation perpetrated a crime. It was carried out by one of the members of the terror movements, who are referred to as the so-called 'settlers'. These settlers are all – all of them – terrorists; terrorists in the full sense of the word. Every settler who lives upon Palestinian land, who steals Palestinian land, is a terrorist."
Minister of Religious Affairs: The "owners of Jerusalem" are the Muslims and Christians 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 10, 2012
Friday sermon, speaker: Minister of Religious Affairs, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash
Present in audience: President Mahmoud Abbas; Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, Secretary General of the Presidential Office.

     Al-Habbash: "The Arabs and Muslims, all of them… are invited to come to Jerusalem, to come to Al-Aqsa [Mosque], in order to tell the whole world: This mosque is ours; we will not abandon it, nor will we abandon the Palestinian people in its struggle [against] the schemes to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In its struggle against the schemes and the plans, which aim to alter the landmarks of Jerusalem and the landmarks of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… Israel does not want the Muslims and the Arabs in Jerusalem. Are we acceding to what it wants? Are we acceding to its [Israel’s] desire, to separate Jerusalem from its owners? The owners of Jerusalem are all the Muslims and all the Christians in the east and the west of the country. Jerusalem is today in great danger… A few days ago we heard some nonsense that has no legal or religious value. It was said by one of the Israeli MPs who wants to propose a law to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews. Simply and firmly [I say] – this is a recipe for blood, fire, and war… No one can imagine that a single centimeter of the Al-Aqsa Mosque will belong to non-Muslims, not even a single millimeter, not even a breath in the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to someone who is not Muslim… These calls and statements are a great danger. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger. These [MPs] are trying to claim a false right to this mosque for themselves … Anyone who wants to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque will burn himself and destroy himself… These worthless calls, uttered by some of the worthless Israeli MPs – we will trample them. They have no value, they are not even worth the dust that our feet tread upon anywhere in this world."
PA Minister of Religion: Israel will pass like chaff in the wind 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 29, 2012
Friday sermon by Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash. Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is in the audience.
Al-Habbash emphasizes that the believing Muslim should never give up or despair, but should stand resolute in the face of difficulty, because anything else is not complete faith in Allah:

     "Al-Aqsa will be Al-Aqsa only, and Palestine will belong only to its people. That's the end of the road. That's what we must be certain of, to believe in… We, Allah be praised, are not heretics and not misled; rather, we follow the path of Muhammad, Allah willing. Until Allah has His word – we will continue in this. We base ourselves on justice, we are resolute upon our land, and adhere to our rights. [Even if] they (i.e., Israel) burn our fields, cut down our trees, burn our mosques, destroy our homes, arrest, kill – we remain here, and they will depart; they will leave. Upon this land there shall remain only that which is useful to people, while the chaff passes with the wind."
PA Minister's different message to foreign audience: Conflict is not religious 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 18, 2011
     "Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, met yesterday at his office with the Norwegian Minister of Church Affairs…
Habbash noted that the Palestinians believe in religious co-existence, love, and tolerance between people, to bring about peace and justice. He said that the disagreement between Palestinians and Israelis is not a religious one, but rather a disagreement whose reason is the [Israeli] occupation and settlement on the Palestinian territories. He also said that security and stability would not be attained in the Middle East unless the occupation was removed, settlement stopped, and an independent Palestinian state established."
PA Minister: Israel is using Eilat terror attack to serve government interests 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 19, 2011
On August 18, 2011, several Palestinian terrorists armed with rifles and bombs carried out a series of coordinated terror attacks near Eilat killing 6 civilians, a soldier and a security officer. Israel responded to the attacks by targeting the leaders of the organization behind the terror attack, the Popular Resistance Committees, killing 5 members of this terror organization and a child in an air strike on Gaza.
PA TV broadcast an interview over the phone with Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Minister of Religious Affairs, on the subject of the attack and Israel’s response:
     "Israel [in its response] is trying to export its crisis... It has found refuge in the situation in which we now find ourselves in the wake of the operation (i.e., terror attack) that took place in Eilat; it has found refuge in it. Now it is trying to escalate the crisis through an attack on the Gaza Strip and attacking civilians in Gaza, in order to try to turn the situation around, in an attempt to confound the internal Palestinian scene and the international political scene, thinking that this might be [a possibility for] escaping the realization [of the Palestinian state] at the UN."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Mosques should only convey messages of "tolerance, love, compassion" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 27, 2011
Headline: “Habbash: We shall not permit utility of the mosques for activities unrelated to their intended use”
     “Ministry of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Habbash, emphasized that he will not permit the mosques to be utilized by various groups and movements for purposes completely unrelated to their intended function. He said that they would continue to be only places that call for tolerance, love, compassion, mutual responsibility, and unity… Habbash called upon the imams and speakers to carry out the Ministry’s instructions, aimed at regulating the activity in the mosques and protecting them.”
PA Minister: "We kiss the hand of every prisoner," their sole crime is love of Palestine 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 15, 2011
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: “We are proud of this [our prisoner’s] crime” – “love for Palestine”
PA TV transmits Friday sermon at the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound, Ramallah, delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Minister of Religious Affairs:
     "We deal with suffering caused by the occupation (i.e., Israel), which holds thousands of Palestinian prisoners – thousands of prisoners, who are moved from place to place in the occupation's prisons; perhaps hundreds of thousands of prisoners, who have been moved from place to place in the occupation's prisons – they have committed just one transgression, they have only one charge [against them], and how good and how honorable is that charge: resistance to the occupation, the effort to be rid of the occupation, national action for the sake of Palestine, for the sake of independence and for the sake of liberty. That is the great charge, that is the charge which we are proud of. Yes. We are proud of this charge, and we are proud of this crime, if they refer to it as a crime. If our love for Palestine is a crime, if our resistance to the occupation is a crime, if our resolve in our land is a crime, then how good and how honorable is this charge! We are proud of this charge… Our resolve does not mean submission; our resolve does not mean foregoing; our resolve does not mean acceptance of the situation as it is. We do not accept this situation. We are acting to change it, and we are acting to be rid of it. Our Jihad for Allah continues until the day of Resurrection; our resolve in this land continues until Allah rules on the matter with certainty. If we have accepted negotiations and peace solutions, this does not mean that we are relinquishing our rights – not in negotiations and not outside of them. There are red lines, which all the decisions of the Palestinian people and all the decisions of
PA Ministry warns of "electronic Judaization" campaign falsifying history of the Al-Buraq Wall [Western Wall] 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2011
     “Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Habbash, said that the Islamic holy places and houses of worship have been subjected, over the past 2 months, to more than 30 attacks carried out by the occupation [Israel] and its settlers.
In a report published yesterday on the subject of Israeli attacks and violations against sites holy to Islam, houses of worship, and Waqf [Islamic Trust] land during January-February, the Ministry of Religious Affairs stated that these attacks included defilement of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas and invasions into them, targeting of Islamic heritage, digging of tunnels and preventing the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque [Cave of the Patriarchs].
The report noted that Jewish organizations had embarked, on Jan. 3, 2011, on a campaign of electronic Judaization, in an attempt to falsify the history of the Al-Buraq wall [Western Wall]. The so-called ‘Western Wall Heritage Foundation’ launched a worldwide electronic service for the i-Phone, making it possible to watch the goings-on at the Al-Buraq wall in real time.
He stated that this service made it possible for the viewer to take a virtual tour of the Al-Buraq tunnel and the tunnel of the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and noted that there is also a service [providing] a worldwide compass which points in the direction of Jerusalem, in order to hold Jewish prayer in the direction of the alleged Temple.”
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