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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”

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.”

PMW Note: The rate of terror attacks by Palestinians against Israelis increased again in mid-September 2016. As a result, the rate of Palestinian terrorists being injured or killed in response to these attacks has increased. The following are some examples:

Sept. 16

Sa’id Al-Amru – 28-year-old Jordanian journalist who attacked Israeli border police officers with a knife in each hand, trying to stab them at the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City on Sept. 16, 2016. The officers shot and killed Al-Amru, and found additional knives on his person as well. Jordan condemned the officers’ killing of Al-Amru and denied that he tried to carry out a terror attack. However, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented security camera footage of the incident clearly showing Al-Amru trying to stab the officers.

Muhammad Kayed Al-Rajabi – 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier at the Jilbar checkpoint in Hebron on Sept. 16, 2016. In response Israeli soldiers shot and killed Al-Rajabi.

Firas and Raghad Al-Khaddour – Palestinian terrorists, an engaged couple, who carried out a car ramming attack against 3 Israeli youth, injuring them, at the entrance to Kiryat Arba on Sept. 16, 2016. Firas was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers and Raghad was injured and transferred to an Israeli hospital. Raghad left a will stating her reason for participating in the attack was that her sister, Majd Al-Khaddour, was killed at the same junction on June 24, 2016, when she carried out a car ramming attack.

• Rocks thrown at an Israeli bus on the road between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim, injuring the driver.

Sept. 17

Hatem Al-Shaloudi – 25-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier in Hebron on Sept. 17, 2016. Al-Shaloudi was shot and killed in response by Israeli soldiers. Security camera footage of the incident clearly shows Al-Shaloudi stabbing the soldier.

Sept. 19

Ayman Al-Kurd – 20-year-old Palestinian terrorist with Israeli resident status who stabbed and wounded 2 Israeli police officers near Herod’s Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City on Sept. 19, 2016. One of the officers shot and wounded Al-Kurd.

Amir Jamal Al-Rajabi and Muhannad Jamil Al-Rajabi – two Palestinian terrorists and relatives, aged 18 and 21 respectively, who on Sept. 19, 2016, stabbed and wounded an Israeli border police officer next to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The two terrorists were shot and killed by Israeli officers during the attack.

Sept. 20

Issa Taraireh – 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at the entrance to Bani Na’im east of Hebron on Sept. 20, 2016. The soldiers shot and killed Taraireh. Taraireh is a relative of Muhammad Taraireh, who stabbed and murdered 13-year-old American Israeli Hallel Yaffa Ariel as she slept in her bed, in her home in Kiryat Arba near Hebron, on June 30, 2016.