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Abbas praises Jersualem rioters who "stood alongside the truth and against the lie"

Headline: “The [PA] president: The residents of Jerusalem stood alongside the truth and against the lie”
          “During a meeting of the [PA] leadership held in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas praised the resolve of the residents of Jerusalem, Muslims and Christians, before the steps of the Israeli occupation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (see note below –Ed.), and [said] that they stood alongside the truth and against the lie.He added: ‘Everyone stood as one, and nobody caused them to bat an eyelid or harmed their determination, and they all announced that prayer would only take place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque if the situation returned to what it was before July 14 [2017].’ He continued: ‘All of the decisions that the [PA] government made will be carried out as they are, and what interests us is to continue supporting our people and their resolve on their land, in their homes, and in their homeland within Jerusalem.’”

The mention of "the steps of the Israeli occupation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque" refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.

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