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Mahmoud Al-Habbash

Mahmoud Al-Habbash was appointed Minister of Religious Affairs by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in June 2009. He served in that position until June 2014, when the Fatah-Hamas unity government was formed. He was then appointed Supreme
Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice.

In a press conference broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV, Al-Habbash explained that when he served as Minister of Religious Affairs, he was responsible for “all activity within the mosques” including the sermons, which require prior approval by his ministry:

“It should be noted that the Ministry of Religious Affairs held the press briefing in the conference hall at the Ministry of Information to talk about the steps taken by the PA in order to regulate the activity of the mosques…
Al-Habbash [PA Minister of Religious Affairs] emphasized that the mosques and everything related to them belong to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, from the employees – the imam, the speaker, the Quran teacher, the librarian, the caretakers and custodians –via the mosque and its adjacent structures… to regulation of the activity and the functioning, in accordance with Shari’ah and civil law…
He emphasized that the Ministry is responsible for all activity within the mosques – the functioning, the centers for Quran study, the calls to prayer, and the sermons – and that the Ministry would not take lightly or be negligent in the fulfillment of its obligation. He noted that the religious lessons, Quran study and other activities going on in the mosques require prior approval by the Ministry.” [Al-Ayyam, Aug. 16, 2010]

In his capacity as minister, Al-Habbash delivered the Friday sermons transmitted on official PA TV, using them to convey different messages to the people. The sermons, many which of are documented on PMW’s website, are a reflection of the messages that the Ministry of Religious Affairs choose to disseminate to the Palestinian people.

A recurring message propagated in Al-Habbash's sermons is that Palestinians are in a Ribat, an eternal religious conflict with Israel. In many of his sermons, Al-Habbash emphasizes the importance of Ribat as a religious duty incumbent upon all Muslim Palestinians, as expressed in the following example:

"Allah has preordained for us the Ribat (religious war) on this blessed land. We are committed to it by Allah’s command. Let no one be mistaken or under the illusion that Ribat (religious war) is a choice and nothing more. It is a commandment that necessitates hardship and requires the person to rush to fulfill this command. If Allah has chosen you for Ribat on the land of Ribat, you, the choicest of God’s servants, then this is an honor. The enemy is patient, it is waiting for the nation to collapse. The struggle over this land is not merely a struggle over a piece of land here or there. Not at all. The struggle has the symbolism of holiness, or blessing. It is a struggle between those whom Allah has chosen for Ribat and those who are trying to mutilate the land of Ribat." [Official PA TV, Feb. 12, 2010]

Abbas’ advisor: Israel is “the main cause of problems in the Middle East” and is “nourishing extremism and terrorism” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2014
     “A Palestinian delegation headed by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, participated in the Putrajaya International Islamic Art and Culture Festival in Malaysia. During the festival, which was attended by the Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia, Anwar Al-Agha, Al-Habbash gave a speech in which he updated the participants on the difficult situation Palestine is in due to the Israeli occupation. In addition, he emphasized that the occupation was ‘the main cause of the problems in the Middle East,’ and that ‘peace will come only through justice, and security will come only through freedom.’ … Al-Habbash explained that the Israeli occupation is the one who is ‘nourishing extremism and terrorism,’ and that ‘the Muslims’ feelings of historic injustice for what has been done to our people since 1917 are fueling its severe reactions to the West.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Abbas advisor: Israel plans to ban Muslims from Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 31, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that the complete closing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first time [since 1967] was planned by the official establishment of the occupation state. In addition, he said that ‘the claim of the attempted murder of the extremist Yehuda Glick, who engineered the daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s plazas and calls for the construction of the alleged Temple over the ruins of the Mosque, was the excuse needed to carry out this premeditated plan to divide Al-Aqsa and permit the Jews to pray in it just like the Muslims. This constitutes the first step toward the complete Judaization [of the Mosque] and toward the banning of Muslims from going to it.’”

From WAFA, official PA news agency

Abbas’ advisor: “Jews have no right” to Jerusalem 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 31, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Grand Imam of Malaysia Tan Sri Hajj [Ismail] Muhammad emphasized the importance of visiting Jerusalem, as this supports the residents’ resolve in face of the Israeli occupation. These statements were made during a meeting between Al-Habbash and the Grand Imam of Malaysia on Friday [Oct. 31, 2014], in the presence of the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Malaysia, Anwar Al-Agha…
In addition, [Al-Habbash] emphasized the Arab nature of the Holy City and the Islamic nature of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the Jews have no right to either of them.”

Abbas’ advisor: Palestinians are descendants of Jebusite Canaanites, who built Jebus, Jerusalem, 5,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs:
Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Our forefathers and historical lineage, the Jebusite Canaanites, built Jebus, Jerusalem, the City of Peace – the Canaanites called it the City of Peace – 5,000 years ago. Our presence in Jerusalem has not ceased for 5,000 years. Nations and occupations have passed through, and colonialism, whether brief or long. It came and left, but the people of Jerusalem stayed. These transients will move on, while the people of Jerusalem will stay. They have no place in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is ours, not theirs.”

Abbas' advisor: "The entire land of Palestine is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law)" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2014
     "Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that selling or handing over lands and real estate in Jerusalem and all of Palestine to the Israeli occupation or settlers constitutes treason and a violation of Islamic law. He emphasized that anyone committing this crime - whether as a [real estate] agent or seller - is not part of the nation, and must responsibility for his crime. In addition, he issued a call to fight the groups of traitors - to isolate and boycott them in any way possible.
Al-Habbash emphasized that according to Islamic Shari'ah law, the entire land of Palestine is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and is blessed land, and that it is prohibited to sell, bestow ownership or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it."
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Abbas’ advisor: The Balfour Declaration ‎was a “historic mistake”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 14, 2014
     ‎“Prominent Palestinian leaders, individuals, ‎factions and institutions welcomed today the ‎decision of the British House of Commons to ‎recognize the State of Palestine… Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, said that [with its ‎decision] today, Britain was correcting, even ‎if only symbolically, the historic mistake it ‎committed against the Palestinian people in ‎‎1917, almost 100 years ago, by means of the ‎Balfour Declaration, which called for the ‎establishment of a national home for the ‎Jews on the land of Palestine.”‎

Note: The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 ‎was a letter from British Foreign Secretary ‎Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that ‎‎“His Majesty's government view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments ‎to establish the State of Israel.‎

Abbas’ advisor: Gaza war was “genocide” and Palestinians are being “annihilated” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 10, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs. Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki was in the audience.
Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Is the Palestinian people not more worthy of aid [than the victims of Islamic State]? Is it not more worthy of deliverance and protection? The nation that is being annihilated, that is being subjected to genocide – and then they [Israel] are angry with the President [Mahmoud Abbas] for having described what happened in Gaza as genocide. What should we call it? What did the occupation do in Gaza? Crack jokes, perhaps? Go on a hike? Pat the shoulders of the children who died, and then they died? What do you call what happened? What should we call it, if not war crimes and genocide? What should we call it, if not Holocaust?”

Abbas' advisor: Fatah and Hamas agree about "liberating Palestine" (i.e., all of Israel) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 26, 2014


Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and the PA's Supreme Shari'ah Judge, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"The Palestinian national reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas] - how long will arguments and struggles over matters concerning the interests of the Palestinian people, and especially the Gaza Strip, continue?... What are we [Fatah and Hamas] divided about? Do we disagree about Jerusalem, for example? [Do we] disagree about liberating Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea? Disagree about what? What do they disagree about? About a minister responsible for a certain area, about a clerk who needs a job? Issues like these, my brothers, the things, for Allah's sake, all these small [issues] are meaningless compared to the interests of the public."
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Abbas advisor bestows plaque with map ‎erasing Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 21, 2014
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“Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ ‎Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs ‎paid a solidarity visit to several of those ‎injured in the Israeli aggression (i.e., Gaza ‎War 2014) at the Palestine Medical ‎Complex and the Khalil Abu Raya ‎Rehabilitation Centre, which belongs to ‎the Patient’s Friends Society, in ‎Ramallah.”‎

Text beneath image: “Al-Habbash during ‎his visit with the wounded.”‎

The image shows Al-Habbash handing a ‎wounded man a plaque of honor with the ‎Palestinian flag and a map of “Palestine”, ‎which includes all of Israel and the PA ‎areas.

Abbas’ advisor: Boycott Israel - money spent on Israeli products helps Israel murder Palestinians 
Source: WAFA news agency, Aug. 10, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge [and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on religious and Islamic affairs], called on our people, wherever they may be, to boycott Israeli products of all kinds, and to support the Palestinian food industries in all [possible] ways and with all available means. In addition, in a statement to the press made today, Sunday, he demanded the boycotting of all Palestinian stores that refuse to comply with the call for the boycott. He noted that boycotting [Israeli products] was a religious, national and moral duty, and that it was one of the legitimate means of resistance, guaranteed by all [international] laws and conventions, to achieve our people’s goals and force the Israel occupation to end its brutal aggression against the Gaza Strip and to accede immediately to the demands of our people… He demanded that the preachers in the mosques and on the local media outlets act to explain the importance of the boycott, and to advertise local products. He also noted that the Palestinians must understand that the money they spend on Israeli products becomes the weapon with which their brothers are murdered.”

Abbas advisor: Rival political factions may argue in private, but should present a united front when facing "our enemy" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 8, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast the Friday ‎sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in ‎the presidential compound in Ramallah. ‎The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on ‎Religious and Islamic Affairs
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ ‎Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs: ‎‎“It is not fitting for us to argue among ‎ourselves in the presence of our enemies, ‎or to argue about our decision before our ‎enemy when he is inside our home. As ‎factions, argue as much as you like – at ‎home, behind closed doors. But when we ‎go out to face our enemies – no one is ‎allowed to speak except in the name of ‎Palestine. That was the Prophet’s custom ‎‎– he resolved the argument before the ‎battle inside his mosque, and when they ‎went out, they went out as one.”‎

Note: This was broadcast during the 2014 Gaza war as Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.

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

Note: The “aggression against Gaza” that Habbash mentions in his statement refers to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

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

Note: The “physical division and [division] according to time” refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.

Abbas advisor: Murder of Palestinian teen might surpass crimes of the Nazis 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 4, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday ‎sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in ‎the presidential compound in Ramallah. ‎The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on ‎Religious and Islamic Affairs. Among the ‎audience was PA Chairman Mahmoud ‎Abbas.‎
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ ‎Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs: “I ‎call on the world that was surprised by this ‎new Nazism, which perhaps surpasses ‎the crimes of the Nazis… Those who ‎killed Muhammad Abu Khdeir killed all ‎people, killed all the nations, killed the ‎concept of humanity, and the world today ‎must say a true word – not just a word ‎meant for the press or for the sake of ‎politeness or pity… We want punishment ‎for the criminals and justice for the victim.”‎

Note:‎ On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal ‎Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel ‎were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the ‎West Bank. The boys' bodies were found ‎by Israeli security forces near Hebron on ‎June 30, 2014. They appeared to have ‎been shot to death soon after the ‎abduction. Two days later, Palestinian teen ‎Muhammad Abu Khdeir was kidnapped ‎and murdered in Jerusalem in a revenge ‎attack by Israeli extremists. Following this ‎murder, Palestinians took to the streets of ‎eastern Jerusalem in violent and ‎continuous protests. Prime Minister ‎Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli ‎ministers immediately condemned the ‎revenge killing in the strongest terms. ‎Israeli police arrested six Israeli suspects ‎on July 6th; under interrogation, three of ‎the suspects confessed to murdering ‎Khdeir.‎

Abbas advisor: Murder of Palestinian youth is "uglier than the crimes of the Nazis" 
Source: Facebook page of Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Abbas' Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, July 3, 2014
‎     “The crime of the murder of the youth ‎Muhammad Abu Khdeir by settlers is uglier ‎than the crimes of the Nazis in Europe ‎during World War II. The world must not be ‎satisfied with condemning the crime, but ‎must act to punish its perpetrators. The ‎deterrent and just punishment is not merely ‎jail or imprisonment, but execution. Peace ‎and the occupation cannot coexist; either a ‎peace that will ensure truth and justice, or ‎occupation, killing and blood.”‎

Note:‎ On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal ‎Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel ‎were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the ‎West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by ‎Israeli security forces near Hebron on June ‎‎30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot ‎to death soon after the abduction. Two days ‎later, Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu ‎Khdeir was kidnapped and murdered in ‎Jerusalem in a revenge attack by Israeli ‎extremists. Following this murder, ‎Palestinians took to the streets of eastern ‎Jerusalem in violent and continuous ‎protests. Prime Minister Benjamin ‎Netanyahu and other Israeli ministers ‎immediately condemned the revenge killing ‎in the strongest terms. Israeli police ‎arrested six Israeli suspects on July 6th; ‎under interrogation, three of the suspects ‎confessed to murdering Khdeir.‎

Abbas advisor: "The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 20, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs: “The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years. They didn't leave it. Nations came and nations went, empires came and empires went, but the Palestinians are permanent here like the olive tree, rooted here like the mountains, the mountains we see in Palestine. We were here with them and will not leave them until Allah's [Day of] Judgment (i.e., Resurrection Day).”
PA Chairman Abbas is seen praying in the audience
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Abbas advisor warns of plot to bomb Al-‎Aqsa Mosque with remote control plane 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 12, 2014
‎     “Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and the President’s ‎‎[Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, condemned the flying ‎of a small plane equipped with a camera ‎over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by a ‎settler. He described this as a step toward ‎‎[the mosque’s] bombing.‎
The Supreme Shari’ah Judge explained ‎that the plot to bomb the blessed Al-Aqsa ‎‎[Mosque] using a remote control plane ‎bearing large quantities of explosives, or ‎with a small plane piloted by a Jewish ‎suicide bomber, exists in the thought and ‎schemes of Jewish extremist groups. This ‎has been confirmed by the Israeli media in ‎recent years. ‎
Al-Habbash said that the danger hanging ‎over the Al-Aqsa Mosque obligates the ‎international community and the Arab and ‎Islamic world to intervene urgently and ‎quickly, in order to force the Israeli ‎occupation authorities to halt their crimes ‎against the places holy to Islam in ‎Palestine, especially the blessed Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque. He reiterated his call to Arabs and ‎Muslims in the world to visit the Holy City ‎and the holy places more frequently, in ‎order to protect them from the occupation’s ‎schemes to obliterate its [Jerusalem’s] ‎landmarks and judaize it.”‎

PA minister: "We have been on this land for 5,000 years" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Khaled Bin Al-Walid Mosque in Ein Munjid. The sermon was delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "We have been on this land for 5,000 years, perhaps the Palestinian nation itself. Of course, over the course of all these years and long centuries, for over 5,000 years, Many empires and nations came to this land, to Jerusalem, one after the other, They came and went, lived here for a certain period of time, and then left. But the essential substance that remained -- like the rocks of this land, like the grains of sand of this land, like the water of this land, like the air of this land, like the olive tree of this land -- the essential substance that stayed is the Palestinian people. There was no period in history without the presence of the Palestinian people on this land. We are the salt of this earth, we are its essence, we are its air and water and we will never leave it. Many transients left and will leave... This land is ours. The Nakba (i.e., "the catastrophe," Palestinian term for establishment of State of Israel), believe me, the Nakba will pass, just as the others who passed. The foreigners, the imperialism of the Crusaders, lived here for more than 92 years, and then scattered and left. The Tatars came and then left. Others came and left and the land remained with its people, its sons. The Palestinians remained in Palestine, and they will stay until Allah inherits the earth."
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Abbas rep: Palestinian presence in Jerusalem is 5000 years old, Israel threatens the city's Islamic-Christian identity 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 13, 2014
     “The talks at the International Conference for the Support of Jerusalem, organized by the UN, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the Turkish Foreign Ministry, began in the Turkish capital, Ankara, yesterday [May 12, 2014], with the participation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ representative, [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash…
In the speech [given in the name] of the President [Abbas], Al-Habbash asserted that Palestinian presence in Jerusalem dates back over 5,000 years, and that the Palestinians are the only permanent element in Jerusalem, while the others came and went. Al-Habbash described the grave dangers threatening Jerusalem under the Israeli occupation – despite the fact that nobody in the world recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over it. He called on all powers, parties and governments to cooperate in defending Jerusalem and protecting its Islamic-Christian identity.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

PA Minister of Religious Affairs demands all of Jerusalem for Palestinians, "Or there will be no peace" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 2, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash. The audience included PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and PA Finance Minister Jawad Naji.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Our rights are non-negotiable and we state them clearly. We want a real state with clear borders, with Jerusalem as its capital – and hear [me] well: Jerusalem as its capital, not with its capital in Jerusalem; its capital is the whole of Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem – who ever wishes [otherwise], let them wish [otherwise] and whoever opposes, let them oppose, in spite of them. Jerusalem will be nothing other than ours, or there will be no peace…
Forming one government for one people, one authority, one state, with one leadership and one weapon; with one decision that will lead, in a few months’ time, to free elections, in which the Palestinian people will state its will…
[The new unity government] will concentrate the administrative decisions (i.e., all internal affairs) of the Palestinian government and the Palestinian people under one umbrella, one authority, one weapon and one security [establishment], which will protect the rights of the Palestinian people and the dignity of the Palestinian person.”