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PA official: All of Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians

Headline: “Abu Shanab responded to Rajoub’s statements: All of Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians”

“Prominent member of the Fatah Movement leadership [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. Hazem Abu Shanab emphasized that all of Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians, and whoever disagrees with this is not a Palestinian.
He said this in a statement that reached [the independent Palestinian news website] Amad today, Sunday [June 4, 2017], in response to [Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub’s statements to the Hebrew [Israeli TV] Channel 2, in which he recognized the Jewish sovereignty over the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) (see note below –Ed.)…
Abu Shanab emphasized: ‘The Al-Aqsa Mosque is ours, as is what is above it, below it, to its right, and to its left. All that is underground and above it up to the sky is ours, until we reach Paradise. All of Jerusalem, the Old [City] and the new, the east and the west, the north and the south, and all that is around it is ours, the Palestinians, historically, geographically, politically, religiously, culturally, educationally, scientifically, and in terms of literature, without any shadow of a doubt, and this has been confirmed by the resolutions of the international bodies and UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).’”

In an interview with Israeli TV Channel 2 on June 3, 2017, Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub said: “[US President Donald Trump] went to the Western Wall, and we understand that it is a holy site for the Jews, and in the end it must be under Jewish sovereignty - there is no argument over that.” The interview was filmed.

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode during his Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "the farthest mosque" (Quran, Sura 17), and there tied his miraculous flying steed named Al-Buraq to a "stone" or a "rock." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Book 47, Hadith 3424). In the 1920's, Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini decided to identify the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem as that "rock" or "stone," and since then Muslims refer to the Western Wall as the "Al-Buraq Wall."

UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions. The resolution was later approved by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Oct. 26, 2016, in a secret ballot in which ten countries voted in favor of the resolution, two opposed, eight abstained, and one country, Jamaica, was absent.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” The resolution condemns “escalating Israeli aggressions” and Israeli “violations” at the site, and calls on Israel “to respect the integrity, authenticity and cultural heritage of Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif… as a Muslim holy site of worship.” The resolution likewise refers to the Western Wall Plaza as the “Al-Buraq Plaza ‘Western Wall Plaza,’” adding quotation marks to the Jewish name for the site.
The resolution was submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan.
The countries voting for the resolution were: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chad, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Vietnam.
Those voting against it were: Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands, the UK, and the US.
Mexico later noted for the record that its position on the issue is one of abstention, although the vote count was unaffected.
Full text here: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002462/246215e.pdf

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
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