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PA Ministry of Information: The 1969 Al-Aqsa Mosque arson proves that the "targeting of the [holy] sites... is a calculated terrorist policy" by successive Israeli governments

Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information: The Al-Aqsa Mosque arson is [an act of] terror to which no statute of limitations will apply”
      “The [PA] Ministry of Information mentioned the 48th anniversary of the arson of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, which this year comes after the victory of the leadership and people of Palestine over the occupier, and the removal of the metal detector gates, bridges, and cameras that Israel wanted to impose as a fact on the ground (to prevent further terror attacks, see note below –Ed.). The ministry emphasized in a statement today, Sunday [Aug. 20, 2017], that the despicable crime of terrorist Denis Michael (sic., Michael Denis William Rohan, a mentally unstable Christian who set the mosque on fire; see note below) and the claim that he was ‘not sane’prove that the targeting of the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity is a calculated terrorist policy that has achieved the patronage of the successive occupation governments.The ministry said that the attempt to burn the mosque – the religious and national symbol that constitutes the first direction of prayer [in Islam], the second mosque, and the third [holiest] sanctuary – constitutes limitless terror to which no statute of limitations applies and which is part of the unlimited war against the mosques and churches, the attempts to impose a division according to times and areas on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the approval of the racist law to silence the Muezzins (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) (sic., the law does not specify mosques; see note below), and the repeated invasions of [the mosque’s] plazas by the [Jewish] extremists.
The ministry also again emphasized that the fact that 48 years have passed since the crime of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson does not exempt Israel from accountability or allow it to transgress international law, to hold the sensibilities of the Muslims in contempt, and to attack freedom of worship.”

The mention of metal detectors being taken down 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.

Michael Rohan - deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount, what the Palestinians call the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews. However, Israeli PM Netanyahu has stated on many occasions that the Israeli government has no intention of  changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, which means Jews are allowed to enter the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there or engage in any type of worship.

"Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion. Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.
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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