PA and Fatah personalities
Mahmoud Abbas
Abbas Zaki
Yasser Arafat
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Ibrahim Mudayris
Mahmoud Al-Habbash
Ahmed Qurei
Salam Fayyad
Issa Karake
Jibril Rajoub
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 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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PA Mufti: "Jerusalem and all of Palestine is Islamic land," the Palestinian people "will continue to carry out Ribat at the gates of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 10, 2016


Speech in front of PA top officials, PA ceremony marking the birthday of Prophet Muhammad

PA Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Hussein: "We will establish the Palestinian state despite the doubts of the doubters, because the Palestinian people has the solid will, the Jihadi and combative will. This people of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) that will never leave the plaza of Al-Aqsa (i.e., the Temple Mount) and will never leave Jerusalem with all of its Muslim and Christian holy sites. Allah willing, it will continue to carry out Ribat at the gates of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and at the gates of Jerusalem. The call of Monotheism, the call to prayer, will remain loud and heard in the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, Jerusalem, and all of Palestine, because all of Palestine is Islamic land.”
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PA officials present at speech: PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash

PA Mufti denies Jewish rights on the Temple Mount: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque, with its gates, walls, plazas, and structures, is property of the Muslims alone, and… no one has the right to desecrate its sanctity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2016
Headline: “The Grand Mufti condemns the summary execution crimes that the occupation authorities are carrying out”

“[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein condemned the continuation of the series of incessant Israeli violations and attacks…

The mufti said yesterday [Sept. 20, 2016] in a statement: ‘The occupation authorities continue to execute young Palestinians in cold blood. (Palestinians killed during their attacks against Israelis –Ed.) They receive religious backing in addition to the political, legal, and security backing provided by the Israeli government of settlements and extremism’…

Sheikh Hussein condemned the brutal attack on the Hebron district. He clarified that the occupation is using the pretext that the young people are trying to stab, throw rocks at the occupation soldiers, or other worthless pretexts, which only reflects the determination of the occupation to continue the series of premeditated murders and aggression against the defenseless members of our people…

The mufti condemned the fact that radical right-wing Israeli Member of Parliament Yehuda Glick held religious ceremonies next to the Cotton Merchants’ Gate, one of the gates of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He clarified that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with its gates, walls, plazas, and structures, is property of the Muslims alone, and that no one has the right to desecrate its sanctity.”

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PA Mufti: “Israel has “systematic plan to obliterate everything that is Arab and Islamic in Palestine, and to replace it with a false Jewish alternative” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: "The Grand Mufti: What is happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque heralds a dangerous religious war"

"[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned of the repercussions of the grave escalation in the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the attacks against it and its visitors and workers…

He said: 'The blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to a strong attack by the occupation authorities as part of the series of [acts] of extremism that they are carrying out in order to harm it through their ongoing attacks against it, while disregarding the international regulations, norms, and laws, and they are acting according to a systematic plan to obliterate everything that is Arab and Islamic in Palestine, and to replace it with a false Jewish alternative.'"

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 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.”