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PA religious minister calls on “the Arabs and Muslims to act to save Jerusalem and the holy sites… ‘We... are still warning about the real dangers surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque’”
“Israeli occupation government Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday (Tuesday) [Feb. 26, 2019] (sic., Feb. 24, 2019) through the Mughrabi Gate at the head of a group of settlers… [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is condemned the occupation...”
Feb 27, 2019
PA minister criticizes Israel for searching in mosque for murderer as “cowardly attack against a religious and sacred place of worship… [which] constitutes part of a series of daily attacks against our... holy sites”
"A special Israeli force of undercover soldiers raided the Jamal Abd Al-Nasser Mosque in the heart of El-Bireh yesterday evening [Feb. 8, 2019] and took the film from its security cameras (in order to find the suspect in the brutal murder of an Israeli woman; see note below –Ed.)… [PA] Minister of..."
Feb 9, 2019
PA minister calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Cave of the Patriarchs to “prevent the occupation and its settlers from taking control of it”
Headline: “Ida’is: Employing 17 additional guards at the Ibrahimi Mosque” “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is yesterday [Feb. 7, 2019] announced the employment of 17 additional guards at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs)… Ida’is also urged the citizens to come...”
Feb 8, 2019
PA Religious Minister refers to Israeli settlements as a “cancer”
Headline: "Ida'is dedicated the mosque in Dir Balut and honored those who study the Quran" "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is yesterday [Jan. 24, 2019] inaugurated the Al-Salam Mosque in the village of Dir Balut in the Salfit district. Ida'is emphasized the importance of the mosque’s..."
Jan 25, 2019
PA Religion Minister honors “Martyrs” and “heroic” prisoners, Jerusalem is the capital of “Palestine” for eternity
Official PA TV, live broadcast from the PA headquarters of a ceremony to mark the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, with the participation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “Mercy on our loyal Martyrs (Shahids), [who are] together with the prophets, the...”
Nov 19, 2018
PLO officials “denied that the non-Muslims have any connection to [Al-Aqsa Mosque]”
Headline: “Al-Husseini and Ida’is briefed the new Egyptian consul and the previous [consul] regarding the situation in Jerusalem and the developments at the Al-Aqsa Mosque” “Head of the PLO Department of Jerusalem Affairs, [PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, [and PLO Executive Committee member]...”
Sep 27, 2018
PA religious minister: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf, and that it is impossible to change this fact in any way”
Headline: "Ida'is: Sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an exclusive right of the Muslims" "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is said that… the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including its plazas and surroundings, is a pure Islamic waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law), and..."
Aug 28, 2018
PA Minister of Religious Affairs calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat at the Cave of the Patriarchs
Headline: “Ida’is called for mass Friday prayers at the Ibrahimi Mosque” “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called on our people everywhere it is located to go on Friday [Aug. 10, 2018] to pray at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious...”
Aug 10, 2018
PA Religious Affairs Minister: Israel is planning “the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of their [Jews’] alleged Temple;” PA Mufti: Israel wants to “Judaize” Jerusalem
“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the occupation’s actions in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are a dangerous violation… the last of which being the excavations that the occupation institutions are conducting underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Israel does not excavate...”
Jul 18, 2018
Palestinian officials condemn Israeli minister’s visit to the Temple Mount as an “invasion,” a “provocative tour” that calls for the establishment of the “alleged Temple,” that beats the “drums of religious war”
"[Israeli] Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in the occupation government Uri Ariel yesterday morning [July 8, 2018] invaded the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount) at the head of a group of settlers, from the direction of the Dung Gate [of Jerusalem’s Old City]. Together..."
Jul 9, 2018
PA Religious Minister: “Jerusalem and all of the Islamic sites belong only to the Muslims”
Headline: “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs: Our people will stand against all of Israel’s attempts to impose facts on the ground at our holy sites” “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is emphasized that Jerusalem and all of the Islamic sites belong only to the Muslims, and that...”
Dec 11, 2017
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “second Balfour Promise… given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right”
Headline: “Ida’is: The American administration has given that which does not belong to it to one who has no right to it” “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the American administration’s decision against the holy city [of Jerusalem] constitutes a blatant provocation...”
Dec 7, 2017
PA Minister of Religion: US President Trump “declared and incited a religious war” when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel`s capital
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “I say that when the hostile...”
Dec 7, 2017
PA Minister of Religious Affairs instructs mosque preachers to encourage participation in activities condemning “ominous” Balfour Declaration
Headline: “Ida’is calls on the Friday preachers to urge the civilians to participate in the activities condemning the Balfour Promise” “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is called on all of the mosque preachers to urge the civilians to participate in the activities condemning the ominous...”
Oct 26, 2017
PA Minister of Religious Affairs: “Every day the Al-Aqsa Mosque is attacked and desecrated,” calls on Palestinians to come defend it
“[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the fact that the occupation government allowed Israeli parliament members and settler extremists to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a large step of escalation… He explained that this decision was made while the Al-Aqsa Mosque is...”
Aug 30, 2017
PA Minister of Religious Affairs encourages Palestinian students to join Islamic religious schools
Headline: "Ida'is calls on students to join the Shari’ah schools" "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is noted the great effort that the ministry has invested since the approval of the Shari'ah track as one of the high school tracks in the framework of Government Decision No. 21 of Oct..."
Aug 4, 2017
PA minister of Religious Affairs: "The Al-Aqsa Mosque… belongs only to the Muslims"
Headline: "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs calls to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque" "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheik Yusuf Ida'is called on the citizens to increase their mass arrival to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday [July 28, 2017] and the rest of the coming days despite the..."
Jul 27, 2017
PA Religious Affairs Minister tells Palestinians to continue “popular resistance” after metal detectors removed by Israel, “Al-Aqsa belongs only to Muslims”
Headline: "Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow, Friday" "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is called on citizens to go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in greater numbers tomorrow (Friday) [July 28, 2017] and all of the coming days, despite the Israeli occupation's steps and..."
Jul 27, 2017
PA Minister of Religious Affairs repeats PA libel: Israel “plans to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and establish the alleged Temple in its place”
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is about Israel’s removal of the metal detectors from the Temple Mount, where they were placed following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered - see note...
Jul 24, 2017
PA and Fatah officials participate in “day of rage” processions, call for “escalations” after Israeli security measures at Temple Mount following terror atttack
"The cities of Ramallah and El-Bireh and the Qalandiya refugee camp yesterday [July 19, 2017] were witness to processions and [solidarity] vigils for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and demonstrations of protest over the occupation placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque,..."
Jul 20, 2017
PA officials: Jews have “no connection” to Temple Mount, continued Israeli “crimes in Jerusalem” will lead to “more violence and spilling of blood in the entire region”
Headline: "Sources of authority in Jerusalem call to boycott the metal detectors, and Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque" "The Islamic sources of authority in Jerusalem… called on residents of Jerusalem and Palestine to resist all of the Israeli occupation's cruel steps, which are being..."
Jul 18, 2017
PA Minister of Religious Affairs claims Israel plans “religious war,” only Muslims have the right to Western Wall
Headline: "The occupation has placed the Al-Aqsa Mosque under siege with metal detectors, and the residents of Jerusalem refuse to pass through them" "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is emphasized that the occupation's steps at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to temporary closure and..."
Jul 17, 2017
PA officials blame Israel for terror attack on the Temple Mount, following Israeli “policies against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem," including "securing the settlers’ daily invasions” of the Mosque
“Today, Sunday [July 16, 2017], popular bodies and figures and Jerusalem institutions opposed all of the recent Israeli steps that the occupation forces are attempting to force [through] within the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the plazas of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), and the Old City in...”
Jul 16, 2017