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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:
Mufti of Jerusalem praises calls “to maintain Ribat (religious conflict/war defending Islamic land)” in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2012
     "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) in its pure plazas in order to defend it. 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 and the extremist Jewish right-wing against the Al-Aqsa Mosque is to remain there, in large numbers… The Ribat fighters in the Al-Aqsa Mosque squares yesterday sounded shouts of 'Allah Akbar'… Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in an announcement: 'The Netanyahu government is pushing the region towards a religious struggle whose results no one can gauge…' A press release said: 'Israel knows well that there will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem, and that the Palestinian leadership has proved to everyone that there will be no solution or stability without the liberation of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Israeli occupation… We have sacrificed thousands of Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and injured people in the Al-Aqsa Intifada (the PA terror campaign, 2000-2005), which was kindled by the will of [former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel] Sharon to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We are prepared to defend Al-Aqsa with our lives.'"
PA Mufti Hussein defends his speech citing Hadith about killing Jews, exposed by PMW 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 3, 2012
On Jan. 9, 2012, PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein delivered a speech presenting the killing of Jews by as a religious Islamic goal. PMW's exposure of the Mufti's speech brought Israeli and international condemnation of the Mufti and the PA. PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem interviews PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein concerning Netanyahu's attack on him in the wake of his statements:
PA TV host: "...Unfortunately, there are sometimes reactions to the Prophet’s hadiths (tradition attributed to Muhammad) that are perhaps not understood – specifically your own recent comments in Ramallah that were misunderstood, and that generated a great many responses... Even the Israeli Prime Minister himself intervened in this matter... Firstly, let's clarify for the viewers the nature of what was said..."
Hussein: "Unfortunately, the truth is that this is an honorable Hadith that was brought in the context of a long speech [delivered] at the 47th anniversary of the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution. I spoke about our people's problems; I spoke about our people's resolve; and I spoke about our people's suffering, on that occasion. The speech led me, naturally, to talk about this people remaining on this land. It came as a message that this nation will continue to pursue Ribat (religious conflict/war to defend Islamic territory) on this land, and mention was made of this Hadith that, to tell the truth, talks about things which will happen at the End of Days. However, by the nature of things, [if we take] religious texts, and separate them, take them out of context and understand them out of context, then certainly, someone who wants to malign, to create propaganda and to blow things out of proportion – will take a piece of what he wants.
PA Mufti denies inciting to murder in speech exposed by PMW 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 2, 2012
PA TV News broadcast report on the "[ethnic] cleansing of Jerusalem" that is being carried out by Israel. The report included a clip showing the PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein commenting on his interrogation by the Israeli police:
     "He accused me of inciting to murder, but I did not incite to murder in the Hadith which he quoted."

Note: On Jan. 9, 2012, PMW exposed a speech delivered by Mufti Hussein, presenting the killing of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal. Because of the speech, Israeli police opened a criminal investigation against the Mufti. To view PMW's bulletin on the Mufti’s speech, click here. To view the PMW bulletin on the Mufti's response, click here. To view PMW's bulletin on the international response to the Mufti's speech, click here.
Investigation of PA Mufti for hate speech, exposed by PMW, is a "despicable racist attack" and "incitement" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2012
On Jan. 9, 2012, the principal PA religious leader, Muhammad Hussein, delivered a speech presenting the killing of Jews by as a religious Islamic goal. PMW's exposure of the Mufti's speech brought Israeli and international condemnation of the Mufti and the PA. The following is a response to the controversy by official PA daily columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
     "The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, is currently under a despicable racist attack which has targeted his person and his life…
The racist attack on Sheikh Muhammad has been joined by the president of the Israeli apartheid state, Shimon Peres; Prime Minister of the extremist Zionist right-wing, Netanyahu; and other Zionist racists, who have called upon the Minister of 'Justice', Yaakov Neeman, and the Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, to open a legal investigation against [the Mufti] Sheikh Hussein. They argue that he 'expressed himself' during a speech he delivered on the 47th anniversary of the [founding of the] Fatah movement 'with grave statements which could increase the tension in relations between Jews and Arabs, and even lead to loss of life', according to Peres' incitement. As for Netanyahu, he opined that the Mufti of Jerusalem had voiced 'Antisemitic' statements! ...
The Prime Minister of the most racist and aggressive government in the history of the apartheid and ethnic-cleansing state, in the history of Israel, launched an unprecedented campaign of incitement against the Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories during the most recent meeting of the Likud faction in the Knesset..."
PA Mufti response to PMW’s exposure of his hate speech: Maintain Ribat (religious conflict/war) in Jerusalem 
Source: Al-Quds, Jan. 25, 2012
On Jan. 9, 2012, the principal PA religious leader, Muhammad Hussein, delivered a speech presenting the killing of Jews by as a religious Islamic goal. The following is the Mufti’s response to PMW’s report on the speech and Netanyahu’s subsequent condemnation of it, in the official PA daily:
     "The right-wing Israeli organization 'Palestinian Media Watch' published an excerpt of the speech delivered by [the Mufti] Sheikh Hussein a few days ago at the ceremony marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution...
Speaking to Al-Quds, [the Mufti] Sheikh Hussein rejected the Israeli attack… In an exclusive statement to Al-Quds in response to the decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to instruct the Attorney General to open an investigation against him [Hussein] on grounds of incitement and Antisemitism, [Hussein] said: 'There is no doubt that all of this turmoil is part of the campaign against Jerusalem, its inhabitants, and its leaders; it is aimed at diverting attention from the actions of the Israeli government and its branches in Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territories – especially the incessant excavations, [the destruction of] the Mughrabi Gate bridge, and the destruction of more Palestinian homes.' ...
He said that the inhabitants of Jerusalem are being constrained and are being prevented from entering Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He emphasized resolve and maintaining Ribat (religious conflict/war) in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
PA Mufti calls for the killing of Jews quoting Islamic Hadith 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 9, 2012
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."
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PA Mufti on PA TV News: "There never was a Temple... for the Jews" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 5, 2012
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein on PA TV News:
     "They [Jews] want to say or suggest that this place (Temple Mount) was once, according to their claim, a Temple. However, in truth, there never was a Temple in any period, nor was there, at any time, any place of worship for the Jews or others at the Al-Aqsa Mosque site (built on the Temple Mount, 705 CE)."
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Fatah official: Israel is “in a race against time to prove and to perpetuate the Jewishness of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 22, 2011
Headline: "During press conference in the holy city – leaders in Jerusalem warn Israel against going through with the destruction of the Mughrabi Gate path leading to the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and the building of a military bridge"
     "Respected personalities and bodies warned against the Israeli occupation going through with the destruction of the Mughrabi Gate path, leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and establishing a military bridge instead. They viewed the implementation of this occupation plot as an open declaration of war. This was during a press conference held yesterday by the Department of Islamic Religious Trusts in Jerusalem and the Supreme Supervisory Committee of the Arab Community in the Palestinian Interior… In his speech, Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said: 'Since their occupation of Jerusalem in 1967 and until today, the Israeli authorities have carried out dangerous – very dangerous – activities in Jerusalem in particular, and in the Palestinian territories in general… The Mughrabi neighborhood, including schools, mosques, and homes, was destroyed in the first few days of the Israeli occupation. At the time they extended what they falsely refer to as the Wailing Wall, which is actually the Al-Buraq Wall. This is a prominently Islamic wall, and it is one of the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is an Islamic trust and an Islamic asset, and no-one but the Muslims has any right to it.' […]
Hatem Abd Al-Qader [Fatah official who holds the Jerusalem portfolio] said: 'Israel is currently in a race against time to prove and to perpetuate the Jewishness of Jerusalem and to turn it not only into the political capital of the Zionist entity, but also into the religious capital of Jews around the world.'"
Mufti of Jerusalem on PA TV: The Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb are heritage sites of the Palestinian people alone 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 2, 2011
PA TV live broadcast from gathering to honor released prisoners from Jerusalem district, Shuafat refugee camp.
     Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine:
"Not so long ago the occupation (i.e., Israel) claimed that the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) and the Bilal Ibn Rabbah Mosque (Rachel's Tomb) are Jewish antiquities, and that goes against the truth and history. Today [now that Palestine has been accepted into UNESCO] we are able to tell the UN, via UNESCO, that these places are cultural and heritage sites of the Palestinian people."
Mufti of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem is an Islamic, Arab city and will never be anything but that” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2011
Headline: "150,000 people hold prayers on first Friday of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque, despite the occupation's strict measures"
     "The Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, called upon the residents [of Jerusalem] to head for the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan and during the rest of the year. He said, 'You advance [on Jerusalem] today in order to declare that you will never abandon a single grain of the soil of your mosque and of your city. You emphasize, through your advance, that Jerusalem is an Islamic, Arab city and will never be anything but that."
Mufti of Jerusalem: "Carry out Ribat" to stop "Israeli attacks and Judaization" of Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2011
Headline: “Our people’s religious leaders are calling for help in order to save Jerusalem”
     “The office of the Chief Religious Justice of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice held a press conference yesterday at the governmental information center at the Ministry of Information in Ramallah, in which speakers addressed the Israeli violations against the city of Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and to Christianity. [...] Attending the press conference were Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice, Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is; Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein; and Deputy Minister of Christian Religious Affairs, Hanna Issa, and representatives of the local, Arab, and world media. [...]
Sheikh Hussein […] noted that in recent years Israel has built 65 synagogues inside the holy city, the latest being the “Hurva” synagogue. The Israelis were optimistic that this would be a prelude to the establishment of the alleged Temple…
Sheikh Hussein noted that several things must be done to stop the Israeli attacks and Judaization, including visiting the holy city, carrying out Ribat within it, and exposing Israeli actions."
Mufti of Jerusalem: Israel built Hurva synagogue as prelude to building "the alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2011
Headline: “Our people’s religious leaders are calling for help in order to save Jerusalem”
     “The office of the Chief Religious Justice of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice held a press conference yesterday at the governmental information center at the Ministry of Information in Ramallah, in which speakers addressed the Israeli violations against the city of Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and to Christianity. [...] Attending the press conference were Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice, Sheikh Yusuf Iddais; Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein; and Deputy Minister of Christian Religious Affairs, Hanna Issa, and representatives of the local, Arab, and world media...
Sheikh Hussein […] noted that in recent years Israel has built 65 synagogues inside the holy city, the latest being the “Hurva” synagogue. The Israelis were optimistic that this would be a prelude to the establishment of the alleged Temple…
Sheikh Hussein noted that several things must be done to stop the Israeli attacks and Judaization, including visiting the holy city, carrying out Ribat within it, and exposing Israeli actions."
Mufti of Jerusalem: Al-Aqsa in danger because of plans to build "alleged Temple" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2011
     “At a press conference, the Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein… stated that the aim of a significant part of the [Israeli] war against Jerusalem is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is the focus of the struggle, and is in danger of being destroyed in order that the alleged Temple can be built in its place.”
Mufti of Jerusalem denies existence of Jewish Temple, referred to as "alleged Temple" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 26, 2010
PA Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Muhammad Hussein on PA TV:
     “They [the Jews] claim that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was built over the ruins of the alleged Temple. The construction of these buildings [by Israel], and the synagogues with the large, wide domes [in Jerusalem] – all of this is meant to erase the remains of the Islamic culture and to replace them with [their] alleged culture, through the power of occupation.”
Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine: “We are Ribat fighters… and will remain on this land until Allah makes his ruling” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 28, 2010
Friday sermon at the mosque of the PA presidential headquarters. 
Speaker of sermon:
Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine. The Mufti notes that Muhammad taught that Muslims/Palestinians are a link in the ongoing chain of Ribat from the dawn of Islam until today.
Mufti Hussein: "We [Palestinians] are Ribat fighters, we are resolute, and we are rooted in this land. Yes, we will be in this land and will remain upon this land until Allah makes His ruling."
Jews have no connection to Jerusalem other than "military occupation" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, July 20, 2010
PA Minister of Culture, Mufti of Palestine, and President of Al-Quds University:
     "The Al-Quds Open University in the Ramallah district yesterday celebrated the publication of the encyclopedic volume of the university’s journal, which deals with Jerusalem ..." [Participants at the ceremony included, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash - Minister of Religious Affairs; Siham Barghouti - Minister of Culture; Sheikh Muhammad Hussein - Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine; Dr. Hana Issa - senior official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, responsible for Christian affairs; Dr. Younes Amr, President of the university, and lecturers at the university.]
"[Minister of Culture] Barghouti said: ‘We at the Ministry [of Culture] and at the universities are partners in collating, studying and inscribing the true version of the history and culture of Jerusalem.’ She drew attention to the fact that the Israeli activities do not end with an attempt to harm the character of the holy city, but attempt to erase and to steal its cultural heritage. [The Mufti] Hussein stated that regardless of the occupation’s actions, Jerusalem will remain Arabic-Islamic... [President of Al-Quds University] Amr drew attention to the fact that the Jews’ connection to Jerusalem is no more than the connection of a military occupation."
Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine: Jews have no right to "Al-Buraq Wall" [Western Wall] 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 9, 2010
PA TV talk show Good Morning Jerusalem. Interview with the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Muhammad Hussein:
     ”They [the Israelis] – in fact, I can say quite unequivocally – are forging history, forging culture, stealing that which exists and attributing it completely to themselves...
We want to say that the Al-Buraq Wall [the Western Wall] is the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and it is an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as was determined by an international committee [Shaw Report on the 1929 riots], which declared that this wall is a religious trust and an Islamic asset, and part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and did not show any right – of either the Jews or others – to this wall. Rather, it is a religious trust and an Islamic asset, part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. At the same time, they have made changes, and completely destroyed the Mughrabi Gate neighborhood [today the Western Wall Plaza]... This was meant to rid the region of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order that afterwards it would be easier to carry out plans related to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, whether destruction of the mosque or the imposition of a new reality at the mosque, in order to build a synagogue or a temple.”
PA Mufti denies Jewish connection to Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 26, 2010
PA Mufti, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein:
     "Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine… in the Friday sermon and prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday… pointed out that the occupation authorities are vigorously embarking on implementing scary, terrifying plans, directed towards the respected plaza of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), which represents part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and is an Islamic trust for Muslims alone.”
Mufti of PA: The Jews are enemies of Allah, threaten Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: , June 25, 2010
Mufti of Palestinian Authority, Muhammad Hussein: 
     "The Al-Aqsa Mosque is threatened by the plans of the enemies of Allah (the Jews), who have violated all faith and religious laws and even deviated from their humanity." Click here to view
PA Mufti denies Jewish connection to Western Wall 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 14, 2010
PA Mufti, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein:
     "The meeting concerned recent developments in the Palestinian sphere, especially the repeated [Israeli] violations against the holy places, foremost among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque… The Mufti warned of implementation of the plans for Judaization of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall), aimed at turning it into a center for the Jewish nation.”
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