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PA representative at UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque is "intended for Muslim worship alone" and Israeli presence there "defiles the sanctity" of the mosque

Headline: “Anastas: Israel’s claims regarding the thwarting of the resolution regarding Jerusalem in the Heritage Committee are false”
“Head of the Palestinian Delegation to the World Heritage Committee [of UNESCO] Mounir Anastas said that Israel is lying to the media and misleading public opinion with its claims that it thwarted the [proposed] resolution of Jordan and Palestine regarding Jerusalem…
Palestinian Commissioner in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [Anastas] gave thanks for the support of the EU states and all the member states for the proposal submitted by the Arab bloc which protects the use of the name ‘Al-Aqsa Mosque / Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary’ (i.e., Temple Mount) as synonymous names. He demanded that Israel not change the status quo that determines that the Al-Aqsa Mosque / Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary is an Islamic holy site intended for Muslim worship alone, [and said that] the occupation authorities must put an end to the invasions by [Israeli] soldiers or Israeli extremists, as this behavior constitutes a violation that defiles the sanctity and authentic character of the Al-Aqsa Mosque / Jerusalem 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.

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