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PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein is PA Mufti and speaker at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the highest religious official in the Palestinian Authority. He was appointed by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

At an event celebrating the anniversary of the founding of Fatah, Hussein presented the killing of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal. He cited the Hadith (Islamic tradition attributed to Muhammad) which states that the Hour of Resurrection will not come until Muslims fight the Jews and kill them:

Moderator at Fatah ceremony: "Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs (i.e., Jews) is a war of religion and faith. Long Live Fatah!
[I invite you,] our honorable Sheikh."
PA Mufti, Muhammad Hussein: "47 years ago the [Fatah] revolution started. Which revolution? The modern revolution
of the Palestinian people’s history.
In fact, Palestine in its entirety is a revolution,
since [Caliph] Umar came [to conquer Jerusalem, 637 CE],
and continuing today, and until the End of Days.
The reliable Hadith (tradition attributed to Muhammad),
in the two reliable collections, Bukhari and Muslim, says:
'The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews.
The Jew will hide behind stones or trees.
Then the stones or trees will call:
"Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."
Except the Gharqad tree [which will keep silent].'
Therefore it is no wonder that you see Gharqad [trees]
surrounding the [Israeli] settlements and colonies.
[Gharqad trees] surrounding, surrounding and surrounding.
That’s the Palestine we are talking about,
with the beginning of the Jihad and the continuation of the Jihad
with the struggle and the procession of the Martyrs."
[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 9, 2012]

This is not the only time that the Mufti has incited to murder and hatred against Jews in the name of Islam. At a funeral ceremony for terrorists, the Mufti promoted terror against Israel, saying that the terrorists’ souls “tell us to follow in their path.” [PA TV (Fatah), May 31, 2012]

He has preached on numerous occasions that Islam is at war with Jews and Israel. In a sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 2010, he preached that the Jews are the "enemies of Allah." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 26, 2010] He has also repeatedly called on Palestinians to carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war) for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as in the following example:

"The Mufti of Jerusalem and speaker at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, praised the residents' response to calls to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to maintain Ribat (religious conflict/war)... His honor [Hussein] appealed yesterday to the Ribat fighters in the Al-Aqsa plazas and emphasized that the practical response to the threats of the occupation… against the Al-Aqsa Mosque is to remain there, in large numbers…”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2012]

The following section documents the PA Mufti’s hate speech against Israel, Israelis and Jews:
PA Mufti condemns memorial service held on Temple Mount for murdered 13-year-old as “criminal attack against the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 13, 2016
     Headline: " [PA] Grand Mufti [Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] condemned the holding of a Jewish memorial service at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza"
"[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the holding of a Jewish memorial service (memorial for 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel who was stabbed to death in her sleep –Ed.) at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, as several extreme settlers invaded the mosque plaza in order to participate in this service, under the supervision of the [Israeli] Jerusalem district police commander and senior officers…
The mufti said: 'This criminal attack against the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is nothing but one link in the chain of ongoing escalation, in preparation for imposing the division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by areas and times, and it is part of a process to change its existing historical status.' …Likewise, he called to everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to invest every effort in order to visit it and strengthen the presence there in order to defend it, and emphasized the adherence of our people to their mosque, regardless of the cost and sacrifices required, until Allah inherits the land and everything in it."

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PA Minister of Religious Affairs, PA Mufti warn of “invasions” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and “Israeli plots”, including excavations under the Mosque searching for “alleged remains” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 29, 2016
     Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs"
"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the danger in the sharp rise in the rate of invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza during the blessed month of Ramadan.
These statements were made during the meeting of the minister of religious affairs with the mufti in the Ministry of Religious Affairs' headquarters.
The two emphasized that the dangerous Israeli plots against Jerusalem – that are increasing and are expressed in the continuation of their attempts to interfere in the matters of Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount), with intensive excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the pretext of searching for alleged remains, and in the widespread settlement plans in Jerusalem – are nothing but an attempt to change the status quo at Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary."
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Mufti calls on Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect it and the worshippers there from Israeli “attacks” and “violations” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 26, 2016
Headline: "The grand mufti called to increase the visits to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called on everyone who can to come to occupied Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to go to them in order to stand up to the Israeli occupation that is doing as it pleases with Jerusalem and attacks those worshipping at [the Al-Aqsa Mosque]. Sheikh Hussein said: 'The invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by occupation forces, their attack on those worshipping at it, and their aggression against those guarding it, teachers of the law, and those working in its environs, are nothing but an expression of aggressive policy and Zionist intransigence against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its visitors.' He added that this stage is very dangerous, and warned of the consequences of these violations that offend Muslim sensibilities throughout the world. He called on our people to come out against these violations, whatever the price may be, and clarified that only Muslims have a right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Mufti presents study refuting Jewish claims to the land, "particularly everything regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its environs”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, May 18, 2016
Headline: “The Grand Mufti participated in the Refutation of the Legal Errors of the Extremists and the Takfiri Summit in Jordan”
     “Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein participated in the Refutation of the legal Errors of the Extremists and the Takfiri (i.e., Muslims who accuse other Muslims of heresy) Summit held by the Jordanian Dar Alaftaa (i.e., the central authority for Fatwahs) in the Jordanian capital Amman… His Honor [Muhammad Hussein] submitted a study to the summit titled The Jews’ Claims in the Land of Palestine – Display and Refutation in which he discusses the virtues of Jerusalem and Al-Sham (Greater Syria – including Syria, Lebanon, Israel and part of Jordan –Ed.), and refutes the Jews’ false claims, and particularly everything regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its environs.”
PA and PLO launch campaign to nominate terrorist imprisoned for 5 life sentences for Nobel Peace Prize 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: "National campaign for the candidacy of the prisoner Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize"
     "At the press conference, Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam, head of the Fatah parliamentary faction Azzam Al-Ahmad, Coordinator of the National and Islamic Forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh District and Secretary of Foreign Relations of the Supreme Council for Monitoring Prisoners' Affairs Issam Bakr, and Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein spoke one after the other, while Secretary-General of the People's Party and head of the Al-Badil list Bassam Al-Salhi gave a speech in the name of the national forces... Al-Salhi called to increase the efforts and widen the scope of the campaign through the launch of a popular campaign to gather as many signatures as possible in support of Marwan Barghouti's candidacy for the prize, out of an understanding of its significance in refuting the false Israeli version which attempts to define Barghouti and the prisoners as criminals."
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PA Grand Mufti calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque “to stop those [i.e., Israelis] who wish to defile and attack it” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 23, 2016
Headline: "The grand mufti called to increase the visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
     "Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein called on everyone who can to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially from Jerusalem and its surroundings and from among the Palestinians of 1948 (i.e., Palestinians living in Israel), to do so, in order to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and pray there in order to stop those who wish to defile and attack it. This is due to the measures being taken by the occupation against it and those who visit it, and the ban on those [Palestinians who are] 50 and under to enter it."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA Grand Mufti: “Settlers” are trying to “steal the Islamic Palestinian holy sites,” in order “find their fake history under them” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2016
Headline: “The Grand Mufti condemned the continuation of the Israeli excavations under the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs)”
     “Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the continued excavations that the settlers are carrying out under the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. He announced yesterday [March 7, 2016] that the settlers are acting, under the cover of their racist government, to steal the Islamic Palestinian holy sites, and to paint them in colors fitting their barbaric Zionist beliefs. Likewise, they are trying in vain to find their fake history under them, similar to the destructive excavations taking place under the walls of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA Mufti venerates Martyrs who "ascended to Heaven" and asks Allah to receive them "alongside the Prophets, the righteous" 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 3, 2016
Headline: “The Grand Mufti led a meeting of district Muftis in Dar Alaftaa, (i.e., the central authority for Fatwas)”
     “Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher His Honor Sheikh Muhammad Hussein and the [Palestinian] district muftis condemned the executions being carried out by the Israeli occupation in the field in unprecedented barbarity against our unarmed young, girls, and children. Likewise, they expressed their sincere condolences to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) who have ascended to Heaven throughout the homeland, which is proud of its people who have sacrificed what is dear to them for the homeland, their holy sites, their honor, and their freedom. Along with this, they again condemned the fact that [Israel] holds the Martyrs’ bodies, an example of the most despicable crime committed against mankind, ethics, religion, and law in our modern world, and they asked of Supreme, Almighty Allah that He receive the Martyrs alongside the prophets, righteous, Martyrs, and those who speak the truth.”

PA Mufti: Western Wall is "an inseparable part" of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and it "belongs only to the Muslims" 
Source: Al-Quds, Feb. 7, 2016
Headline: “The Mufti and Waqf demand the cessation of the excavations in the national palaces and Al-Buraq )i.e., the Western Wall), and that they be returned to them”
    “The CEO of the Islamic Waqf and the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza demanded of Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib in the name of the Jordanian Waqf, which has authority and sovereignty over the Islamic and Christian holy sites, to cancel the implementation of the decision made by the Israeli government last Sunday [Jan. 31, 2016] to create prayer platforms for the liberal Jews at the expense of waqf land (a waqf is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and some of the [other] Islamic endowments in the Mughrabi Gate area, next to the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Western Wall)… The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories [Al-Khatib] said that the attempts to attack the Al-Buraq plaza and its division into Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) places of prayer for the Jews are nothing other than aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and the Islamic endowments. Likewise, he emphasized that the Al-Buraq Wall is the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, and is an inseparable part of the mosque, and everything facing this wall from the west, north or south is no other than an Islamic waqf that belongs only to the Muslims.”
PA Mufti: Murabitin who fight Israeli soldiers at Al-Aqsa Mosque are "fulfilling their obligation" and protecting mosque from "those who seek to harm it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2015
     “At least 20 Palestinians were injured yesterday [Sept. 28, 2015] during confrontations that broke out after the break-in to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the special forces of the occupation, which attacked the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) and worshippers with stun grenades and rubber bullets… About 80 young people have closed themselves in and carried out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa Mosque since two nights ago... Dozens of masked people were seen throwing rocks at the occupation forces. A number of them succeeded in reaching the roof of the museum and the Mughrabi Gate Mosque (i.e., the mosque on the eastern part of the Temple Mount) and throwing rocks on soldiers and Jewish citizens under the [Western] Wall. Likewise, the police surveillance cameras recorded the throwing of Molotov cocktails at the biblical garden near the Mughrabi Gate…
[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the severe consequences of the repeated break-ins of the settlers to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza under protection of the Israeli occupation forces, and [of the consequences of] the attacks against worshippers and Murabitin there. He saluted the protectors of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its Murabitin for fulfilling their obligation by protecting the place to where their Prophet [Muhammad] traveled, and urged everyone who can to come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and carry out Ribat and pray in it, in order to deter those who seek to harm it. He emphasized that the occupation’s actions are fuel to the destructive fire that will come.”

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount a "break-in."
PA Mufti praises Ribat fighters for preventing Jews from “defil[ing]” Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 25, 2015
Headline: “The Mufti condemned the intention of the occupation to consider the Al-Aqsa Ribat fighters an ‘illegal organization’”
     “General Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the occupation authorities’ intention to consider the Al-Aqsa Ribat fighters (Murabitin - i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) an ‘illegal organization,’ in order to deny them the honor of carrying out Ribat, and to allow the Jewish extremists to invade it [the Al-Aqsa Mosque] and defile it. Likewise, he praised those who carry out Ribat, investing their efforts in fulfilling their obligation to protect the destination of their Prophet’s [Muhammad] Night Journey… Hussein called to increase presence and Ribat at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and to pray there a lot, in order that it overflow with people and those who love it.”
Head of the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem claims Israel planned the al-Aqsa Mosque arson in 1969  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2015
Headline: “The occupation continues its efforts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and calls for a popular uprising in support of the Mosque”
      “Head of the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem [Sheikh] Ikrima Sabri stated: ‘The Islamic public throughout the world remembers the burning of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] on Thursday morning, Aug. 21, 1969, committed by the criminal Michael Denis Rohan, and planned by the despicable Israeli occupation…’
Regarding this, Fatah’s Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan stated: ‘Our steadfast people will continue to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in its homeland, and to protect the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] until Judgement Day, regardless of the cost.’”
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Note: Michael Denis William Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
The Supreme Muslim Council was the institution in charge of Muslim affairs during the British Mandate. It was reestablished in 1967. The Council is not an institution under the PA but an independent organization.
PA Mufti and Islamic council warn: Israel's "continued offensive against the Al-Aqsa Mosque warns of a religious war" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2015
     “The [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council condemned the escalation of Israeli calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and hold Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., Jewish prayers) in its pure courtyards. This statement was made during a meeting of the council, led by Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Head of the Supreme Fatwa Council Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, in response to the calls of the extremist, so-called ‘Association of the alleged Temple organizations’ to its supporters to carry out group invasions this Sunday [July 26, 2015], the anniversary of the so-called ‘destruction of the Temple’ (i.e., Tisha B’Av). The council regarded this call as a dangerous escalation, and an official declaration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s inauguration as a Jewish synagogue, as well as a pilgrimage site for Jews to hold their Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., Jewish prayers) at the expense of its Islamic character, and clarified that the continued offensive against the Al-Aqsa Mosque warns of a religious war.  In addition, it stressed that the Israeli plan to Judaize Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] or to lay a hand on them is a delusion , as the only ones entitled to the mosque, its courtyards, corridors, and every part of it, are the Muslims... The council urged the citizens and Muslims in the world who can reach the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], to increase their presence in it, in order to assist it to stand firm against the plots against it, and stressed that our people will hold onto their mosque until Allah inherits the land and everything on it, whatever the required sacrifices may be.”

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PA Mufti and PA Minister: Israel trying to “invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “take it over” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 21, 2015
     “The [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs, Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is, and [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, warned against the danger of what has been reported in the media regarding the intentions of those called the alleged Temple organizations to more fervently invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow [July 22, 2015], Wednesday, another act in the targeting of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s independence, and the Muslims’ absolute sovereignty over it... The two emphasized that the escalating dangerous Israeli plots against Jerusalem, which are seen in attempts to interfere in the affairs of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), in increasing excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the pretext of searching for alleged antiquities, and in intensive settlement plans in Jerusalem, are an attempt to change the status quo in the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary. This is in addition to the continuing Judaization of Jerusalem, its full isolation from its geographical surroundings, and the construction of the racist separation fence… Likewise, the two called on the Palestinian people, wherever they may be, to increase their presence in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to foil all the Israeli plots striving to take it over.”

Note: "Alleged Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, The Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount and Students for the Temple Mount, which spread awareness of the importance of the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage people to visit the site.
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PA Mufti calls on Islamic world to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from “continuing attacks” and “desecration,” warns of “impending religious war 
Source: Al-Ayyam, July 14, 2015
This article was published by WAFA (the official Palestinian news agency) on July 13, 2015, and on Al-Ayyam on July 14, 2015.
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: “PA Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein calls to increase visits to Al-Aqsa”
     “PA Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called to increase visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to thwart the escalating Israeli calls to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque [compound ] and hold Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., Jewish prayers) in its pure courtyards. This was after the extremist Temple organizations called on their supporters to organize a Jewish demonstration in front of the Golden Gate (in Jerusalem’s old city walls –Ed.) this Tuesday [July 14, 2015], the 27th of Ramadan, in order to demand that the Al-Aqsa Mosque [compound] be closed to all Muslims during the anniversary of the so-called ‘destruction of the Temple.’ (i.e.,Tisha B’Av – see note). The Mufti considered this call a dangerous escalation, and explained that the continuing attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, its desecration, and the encouragement of the extremists to visit it, indicate an impending religious war. In addition, he stated that the calls and the aggressive plans inciting to desecrate the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyards and to harm it have increased during the month of Ramadan. The Mufti called on worshippers from Jerusalem and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) and anyone who is able to reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque from across the homeland, to make every effort to visit it and strengthen their presence in it, in order to protect it from the ongoing and increasing attacks against it."
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PA Mufti: Israel’s goal is to “eradicate… [Jerusalem’s] Arab and Islamic identity" by "spreading [the idea of] the alleged Temple and biblical fantasies”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 2, 2015
Headline: “Seventeen million dollars and six new laws for the Judaization of Jerusalem, and a call to take the planners of the settlement [enterprise] to international courts”
     “The ‘Hana Al-Quds’ network for social communication held a press conference yesterday, Monday [June 1, 2015], at the Institute for Modern Media in Ramallah, regarding the continuous invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and their implications… [Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories] Sheikh [Muhammad] Hussein emphasized that non-Muslims have no right to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and it is the obligation of every Muslim and Christian who has holy places in Jerusalem to wake up and protect them because of the major changes the occupation is making to the character of the holy city. Likewise, he emphasized that Al-Aqsa is an Islamic mosque, with all it includes, and that what the occupation is carrying out is a culture war, whose goal is to eradicate the character of the holy city and its Arab and Islamic identity by spreading [the idea of] the alleged Temple and biblical fantasies.”

Note: 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 Mufti lays wreath on grave of Nazi collaborator Hajj Amin Al-Husseini 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 19, 2015
     “The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, met today, Tuesday, with a number of religious leaders and figures in Lebanon and laid a wreath of flowers on the grave of Haj Amin Al-Husseini.”

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 Mufti calls for Ribat at Al-Aqsa Mosque in response to Jews visiting and praying at the site 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 21, 2015
Headline: “The General Mufti condemned the Jewish parties’ call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “PA Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian [Territories] and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the call of Jewish parties, organizations and various public figures to carry out repeated invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque this coming Wednesday and Thursday [April 22-23, 2015], to hold Talmudic prayers (i.e., Jewish prayers) in it and to raise the Israeli flag… Hussein urged every [Palestinian] from Jerusalem and its surroundings and from among the 1948 Palestinians (i.e., Israeli Arabs) who can reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to visit it, to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it and to pray in it in order to stop those who want to invade and desecrate it.”

Note: 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 Mufti glorifies terrorist who stabbed 2 soldiers 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 15, 2015
Headline: “The General Mufti expressed his condolences for the death of Martyr Karakra”
     “PA Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein expressed his condolences on the death of Martyr Muhammad Jassem Karakra from Sinjil, while he [the Mufti] headed a delegation from the Palestinian Fatwa Council, which included his Assistant Undersecretary and Mufti of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil Awadallah, Director of Finance and Administrative Affairs Muhammad Jadallah, and Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations Mustafa A'araj.
In his speech, Hussein said that the Martyrs belong with Allah, and that Palestine will continue to sacrifice everything it holds dear until it is liberated from the oppression of the Israeli occupation. In addition, he said that Martyr Muhammad Karakra is part of the constellation of stars that light up the skies of Palestine, and expressed his condolences to his relatives, [saying] that he died on the land of Palestine. Finally, he requested Allah to receive our Martyrs among the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the Martyrs and the righteous, upon whom Allah has bestowed favor.”

Note: Muhammad Karakra - stabbed and wounded two Israeli soldiers at a check point in the West Bank on April 8, 2015. Karakra was shot and killed by one of the soldiers he attacked.
PA Mufti: Muslims have religious obligation to "liberate Palestine" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 23, 2015
     "The State of Palestine participated in the discussions of the 22nd session of the conference of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Kuwait. Palestine was represented at the meeting by the Supreme Shari'ah Judge of Palestine and President [Mahmoud Abbas'] Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, and the [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein.
The meeting was held in the presence of Muslim scholars and delegations from over 46 countries... The Academy will discuss several political, economic, social and medical issues in the context of Islamic Shari'ah law... The [PA] Mufti headed a meeting under the headline 'Jerusalem: its virtues and visits to it' in which he stressed: 'The land of Palestine is waqf (inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law). It must not be relinquished nor must any part of it be sold... He clarified: 'It is the duty of the leaders of the [Islamic] nation and its peoples to liberate Palestine and Jerusalem, to prevent the Judaization in it, to support its residents and strengthen them - everyone according to his ability and to the extent possible."
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