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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: Prosecute everyone who eats in public during Ramadan  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] grand mufti calls to honor the sanctity of the month of Ramadan”
    "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Muhammad Hussein called to preserve the sanctity of the month of Ramadan (i.e., Muslim month of fasting). In a statement yesterday the grand mufti demanded that the owners of the restaurants and cafés close them during the daytime hours of the month of Ramadan in order to preserve the sanctity of the month. He called on the responsible parties to go after anyone who publicly breaks the fast and put them on trial."
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PA religious officials: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is "being subjected to an unprecedented attack… and actions to divide it," Israel has "plots to destroy it and build the alleged Temple on its ruins" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2018
        “His Honor the [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, His Honor Acting Jordanian Supreme Shari’ah Judge Dr. Wasef Al-Bakri, Director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, and Deputy District Governor of Jerusalem Abdallah Siyam yesterday [April 2, 2018] in occupied Jerusalem welcomed a Canadian parliamentary delegation, which is currently visiting Palestine…
His honor the mufti… spoke about the dangers surrounding the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque that is being subjected to an unprecedented attack, an increasing rate of change of its Islamic character, and actions to divide it according to areas and times, which will lead to the ignition of a religious war in the region. He also mentioned the plans of settlement and its goals in the Jerusalem area, and explained that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, whose territory is 144 dunams (i.e., approximately 35.6 acres), is a purely Islamic site...
Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani briefed the Canadian delegation regarding all of the Israeli violations against the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount)… and mentioned the plots to destroy it and build the alleged Temple on its ruins.”

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PA Mufti calls on Palestinians to come to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque, “regardless of the price and sacrifices that this will require” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] mufti warned against the consequences of the attack on the sanctity of the mosques and churches”
        “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the dangerous consequences of desecrating the sanctity of the mosques and churches in holy Jerusalem… (possibly refers to Israeli measures to collect taxes on church-owned properties in Jerusalem, not churches themselves; the proposed measures were later frozen –Ed.) He also again emphasized the need to invest the greatest efforts in order to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and strengthen the presence there to defend it, while emphasizing our people’s adherence to their mosque regardless of the price and sacrifices that this will require.”
PA Mufti warns of “disasters of wars, anarchy, and instability” in region following US embassy move to Jerusalem, urges Palestinians and Muslims to “sacrifice all that is dear to them” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2018
         “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the severity of the American administration’s decision on transferring its embassy to occupied Jerusalem, which was set for Nakba Day (see notes, Ed.). He said that this testifies to the insolence that those who are biased in favor of the occupation have reached, while they continue to do an injustice to our people and its holy sites and to blatantly harm the Palestinian cause in an attempt to eliminate it. The mufti emphasized that this arbitrary behavior will have severe consequences that the American administration will bear. He explained that the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, if it is carried out, will not be an attack on the Palestinians alone, but rather a blatant attack on the Arabs and Muslims throughout the world…and that it will not serve peace and security in the region, but rather bring upon it disasters of wars, anarchy, and instability. Sheikh Hussein added that the residents of Jerusalem and all of the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims will not submit to this blatant attack, and will sacrifice all that is dear to them in order to confront the American stubbornness.”
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PA Mufti on Pence visit to Western Wall: The Wall is “an inseparable part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that it is an Islamic site” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2018
Headline: “A strike throughout Jerusalem and Palestinian flags wave above the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Pence’s visit”
       “The [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Islamic (sic., Palestinian) Territories [and Deputy Secretary-General and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said to [the official PA daily] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that Jerusalem, with its history and culture… will not change due to American steps.
The mufti added: ‘We are standing today in the plazas of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the same time as US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), in order to emphasize that the Al-Buraq Wall is an inseparable part of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that it is an Islamic site.’”
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PA Mufti: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a “reckless step, which will create a state of anarchy and instability in the region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: "Occupied Jerusalem yearns for those who love it"

"The dangers to which Jerusalem has been subjected lately are not hidden from anyone's eyes, especially [in light of] the news items that speak about US President Donald Trump’s intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel] and to transfer the American embassy to the holy city [of Jerusalem]…
[PA] Mufti of the Holy Lands, [Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman, and Deputy Secretary-General and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said in response to this matter: 'Harming Jerusalem is liable to affect the entire Islamic world…'
Sheikh Hussein emphasized: 'The attempt to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state is harming the religious and historical status of Jerusalem, and will destroy any attempt to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Arabs and the Israelis…'
He noted that 'Everyone will pay the price if Jerusalem is harmed by any reckless step, which will create a state of anarchy and instability in the region
.’"

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Unusual statement by PA Mufti, contrary to usual demonization of Israel and Jews, the Mufti announced Israel had not stolen anything from the Al-Aqsa Mosque  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 20, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem: There are no signs of theft of the contents of the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
      "[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Muhammad Hussein emphasized that a damage assessment committees’ check of the Al-Aqsa Mosque after the attack of the settlers and occupation forces during recent events (i.e., Israeli security measures following a fatal terror attack; see note below) did not find signs of theft or destruction of the mosque's property."

The mention of “recent events” refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.
PA Mufti calls on PA security forces to arrest those who eat in public on Ramadan 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 21, 2017
Headline: "The Grand Mufti calls to respect the sanctity of the blessed month of Ramadan"
     "The [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Chairman of the [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council Sheikh Muhammad Hussein blessed the Islamic nation in general and the Palestinian people in particular for the blessed month of Ramadan (i.e., Muslim month of fasting). He called to preserve its sanctity, and also called on the owners of restaurants and cafés to close them during the daytime hours of Ramadan in order to preserve the month's sanctity. He called on the [PA] Security Forces to act against anyone who breaks the fast in public, in preparation for legal steps against them."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Cave of the Patriarchs is "only ours, Palestinians' and Muslims', and the Jews have no right to it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 25, 2017
Headline: “Thousands marked the Anniversary of the Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
     “The plazas and passageways of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) were filled yesterday [April 24, 2017] with thousands of civilians and visitors from various districts of the homeland and outside of it for the purpose of holding religious ceremonies and participating in the central ceremony held by the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs to mark the Anniversary of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the fact that the occupation forces are sowing fear in the hearts of the [Palestinian] civilians and [condemned ] their racist acts, and said: ‘This mosque will remain the beating heart of Hebron, one of the most important and prominent symbols of our Islamic nation. It will be only ours, Palestinians’ and Muslims’, and the Jews have no right to it.’
[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… praised those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and at the Ibrahimi Mosque, and mentioned the attack against the buildings and plazas of the destination of the Night Journey of [Allah’s] Messenger (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), blessings and peace be upon him, as well as against those visiting it. [He said that] this necessitates the maximum efforts to defend it, liberate it, carry out Ribat there, and visit it in order to defend it from the occupation’s ongoing plots of Judaization.”

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PA Grand Mufti states that supporting prisoners is a religious obligation: "They are the spearhead of this honorable people, which is carrying out Ribat" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Grand Mufti calls to support the prisoners’ [hunger] strike”
     “Thousands of residents of occupied Jerusalem, its suburbs, its towns, and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) prayed the Friday prayer yesterday [April 21, 2017] at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas…
During the Friday sermon at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein saluted the prisoners who are hunger striking in order to achieve their freedom and their rights. He emphasized that support for the prisoners is a religious legal obligation…
He noted that the prisoners’ dignity obligates us to support them in all fields and at all levels, and said: ‘They are the spearhead of this honorable people, which is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in the land of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey’…
In the Friday sermon the grand mufti also reviewed the aggression and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which are being committed before the eyes and ears of the world. He condemned the aggression of the extremist Jewish organizations towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the direct auspices of the occupation government. He also emphasized that [the occupation government] will not change by one iota the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs only to the Muslims.”
PA Mufti, other religious figures: Supporting the Palestinian prisoners is a religious obligation  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2017
Headline: “The Fatwa Council: Supporting the prisoners is a religious obligation”
       “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Chairman of the [Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council Sheikh Muhammad Hussein and the muftis of the districts called on the members of the Palestinian people to participate in activities supporting the Palestinian prisoners in their struggle and hunger strike against the occupation authorities’ racist policy towards them. They said that this is a religious obligation in which everyone must take part.”
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PA Mufti: “Extremist Jewish Temple organizations” are carrying out attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which heralds “religious war”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] grand mufti warned against the call to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque and defile it”
   “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the calls of those who are called ‘the extremist Jewish Temple organizations’ to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and participate in an event called ‘offering the Passover holiday sacrifice,’ which they intend to hold in the area of the Umayyad palaces adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque ( See note below –Ed.)…
He explained that continuing the attack against the sites that are holy to the Palestinians, and prime among them the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, turns the region into a ticking bomb and heralds an imminent religious war, which will have results whose scope and consequences are unforeseeable, and he held the occupation authorities fully responsible for this.”

"Extremist Jewish Temple organizations" refer to religious Jewish movements including The Temple Mount Institute, 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.
Preceding the Passover holiday in April 2017, the Temple Mount Institute petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice to practice the Passover sacrifices at the Davidson Center just south of the Temple Mount, but the petition was rejected by the court.

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’s religious ruling: The Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims by divine right and therefore can’t be negotiated 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2017
Headline: “A fatwa emphasizes that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims”
     “A fatwa (i.e., Muslim religious ruling) signed by [PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Muhammad Hussein, Chairman of the Islamic Waqf Council Abdul Azim Salhab , and Head of the Supreme Muslim Council Sheikh Ikrima Sabri was issued in Jerusalem yesterday [March 19, 2017]. [The fatwa] emphasized that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims worldwide, and not only to the Palestinian people…
(The following is text from the Fatwa –Ed.)
‘The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to all of the Muslims worldwide, and not only to the Palestinian people. This divine right is valid and exists until Judgement Day, and therefore there is no place for compromising on it, holding negotiations about it, and conceding one grain of soil [from the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza].’”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs warns that Muezzin Law is "liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: "The grand mufti condemned the limiting of sounding the Muezzin"
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned what is called the Muezzin Law, which was approved by the Israeli occupation authorities in a first reading [in the Israeli Parliament].
He said in a statement from the Dar Al-Ifta (lit. house of religious ruling – the Jerusalem Mufti’s office –Ed.) today, Thursday [March 9, 2017], that the attack against the mosques comes as part of a planned policy. He explained that the mosques in all of Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, are being subjected to a fierce attack by the occupation authorities as part of the extremism they use to harm the holy sites. This is so, whether by ongoing attacks against them or by burning them, destroying them, or closing them with false excuses…
[PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf] Ida’is demanded that the international community, with its states, governments, bodies, and relative organizations, intervene to stop these attacks against the mosques, and particularly the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… He also described this decision as racist and held the occupation authorities responsible for the consequences that are liable to lead to a religious war that will burn the whole region."

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PA Mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque “which belongs only to the Muslims, and [is] not a holy site for the Jews… is being subjected to daily attacks by the settlers” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "The mufti: The Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque that belongs only to the Muslims"
    "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque, which belongs only to the Muslims, and not a holy site for the Jews as the occupation authorities claim.
The mufti explained today, Wednesday [March 1, 2017], at a joint press conference in Ramallah with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) representative in Palestine Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to daily attacks by the settlers under the protection of the occupation, which constitutes an attack against the sanctity of the site and the right of the Muslims to this mosque."

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 “attack.” 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 criticizes UN Sec-Gen’s statement on Jewish Temple: "The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic mosque and no one but the Muslims has a right to it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Grand Mufti: Guterres’ statements are severe violations”
      “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque [and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem] Muhammad Hussein responded to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ statements regarding the connection between the Jews and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Guterres referred to the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, see below). [Hussein] emphasized in a statement yesterday [Jan. 30, 2017,] that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic mosque and no one but the Muslims has a right to it, and only they are allowed to intervene in its affairs. He also emphasized that the mosque has special significance for Muslims worldwide, and the decision to harm it is dangerous and deserving of condemnation by all standards. Regarding this, he mentioned the UNESCO resolution [of Oct. 13, 2016], according to which the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims and the Israeli occupation has no connection to the mosque, its walls, its plazas, and what is underneath it. In addition, Hussein described Guterres’ statements as ‘severe violations’ and a violation of the international status quo regarding Jerusalem."
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PA mufti: "Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes encouragement of terror" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2017
Headline: “The Mufti of Jerusalem: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes encouragement of terror”
     “[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories [and Deputy Secretary-General and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem, because this has a danger of instability and because it will increase violence and terror in the region and the entire world.
Hussein said yesterday [Jan. 23, 2017] in a radio interview: ‘The special religious, cultural, historical, and symbolic status of Jerusalem for the Arabs, Muslims, and Christians of the world does not allow transferring the American embassy to it.”

PA Mufti threatens "severe complications" if US embassy is moved to Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2017
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein: “We say in light of the things that Jerusalem is suffering from, such as declarations and plans, like the plans of US President [Donald Trump] who promised during his election campaign to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem... We must say that keeping this promise holds great dangers and a concern of severe complications that only Allah knows where they will lead. How can the Palestinian people, which has made many sacrifices, which has sacrificed processions of Martyrs (Shahids) one after the other, and which has given for the goal thousands of prisoners, the students of freedom who defend the fundamentals of the noble people, our people who is engaged in Jihad and Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), our people and our leadership and all members of our people will not be silent if this promise is kept and the American president transfers the embassy to Jerusalem. We say to the American president and to the entire world, Jerusalem has a people, and it has residents, and it has a nation [that will stand by it]. Even if there are people who will not take the appropriate position regarding Jerusalem, all of the Arab and Islamic peoples will in no way agree to Jerusalem being harmed…"

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PA Mufti warns "Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent" on issue of embassy move; Abbas turns to Putin for help 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] mufti emphasized that the Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent if Trump takes this step – the [PA] president calls on Putin to aid in preventing the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem”
     "PLO Executive Committee Secretary[-General] Saeb Erekat said yesterday [Jan. 13, 2017] that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help prevent the US from transferring its embassy to Israel (sic., to Jerusalem). Erekat said that he passed the message from President Abbas to Putin during a visit to Moscow during which he met with [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Erekat said: ‘I passed a letter from President Abbas to Putin. Frankly, in it was a request for aid from Putin, after information reached us according to which US President-elect (Donald) Trump will transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, which as far as we are concerned is considered a red line and a serious matter…’
[PA] Mufti of Palestine Sheikh Muhammad Hussein yesterday condemned Trump’s plan to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He viewed it as an attack on Muslims worldwide.
In a Friday sermon that he gave at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Hussein said: ‘The promise of the president-elect [Trump] to transfer the embassy is not only an attack on the Palestinians, but rather on [all of] the Arabs and Muslims. The Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent when they see the aggression realized at the moment of the transfer of the embassy to occupied Jerusalem.’”
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PA PM at Martyrs' Day event: "On behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and on my behalf, I salute the Martyrs of Palestine, defenders of our land"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2017
Headline: "The [PLO] National Association [of the Martyrs’ Families of Palestine] honored the Martyrs of the Egyptian and Jordanian armies and the first Martyrs of the homeland"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that the Palestinian Martyr (Shahid) has become a global symbol of liberation and freedom, and every Martyr’s name has become connected to a resolute struggle against the occupation and its tyranny, and to the eternal connection to the land and the homeland. Yesterday [Jan. 9, 2017] a ceremony was held to mark Palestinian Martyrs' Day in the hall of the Red Crescent organization in the city of El-Bireh...
Hamdallah said: [...] 'On behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and on my behalf, I salute the Martyrs of Palestine, defenders of our land and our comprehensive national identity, defenders of the homeland and the cause, whose giving constitutes the compass of the activity and the roadmap for bringing our national project to its inevitable fate - the end of the occupation of all of our land, the release of all of the prisoners, and the establishment of the independent State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital, in the 1967 borders.'
He continued: 'We remember all of our righteous Martyrs who paved the path to freedom, independence, and the state with their sacrifice and struggle...'"
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