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Guest caller on PA TV: There is no state called Israel, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a real plan that is being implemented

Official PA TV News, interview with Imam of Al-Zaytuna Mosque in Tunisia Sheikh Hassan Al-Ubeidi on the US President Donald Trump’s anticipated recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, live broadcast

Official PA TV News host:
"What do you say today in light of what Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity are being subjected to, on all of those matters that you must be following?”

Imam of the Al-Zaytuna Mosque in Tunisia Sheikh Hassan Al-Ubeidi: "The subject is, as you said, the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem and the determination of Jerusalem as the capital of so-called Israel. First of all, the viewpoint of Islam regarding this state that claims it is a state: In our Shari’ah [law] a state called Israel does not exist. It is nothing but a country of the exploited Islamic countries that was stolen, which is an enemy of Islam. There is definitely no state whose name is Israel. Regarding the word Israel, it is the name of a prophet - and he is Jacob son of Isaac son of Abraham, not a state. However-"

Host: "Honorable Sheikh, today we are talking about the political side, actions by the Israeli occupation government, and also what the American administration is planning regarding Jerusalem, such as recognizing Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel. What is required of all of us today in order to stop and stand against the plans that harm Jerusalem and its supreme religious symbolism, and even more so its sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity?"

Hassan Al-Ubeidi: "This is an ancient plan. It is found in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion… We are sleeping. We are sleeping while they are implementing the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the State of Israel, which spreads from the Gulf [of Aqaba] to the ocean (sic., Mediterranean Sea). We are sleeping. The Islamic nation is sleeping and it is helping Israel, the West, and the enemies of Islam to realize their aspirations and what they planned in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Therefore, there is no choice but to stand against this and take one position, not only in the framework of the Arab states, or what is called the Arab League. There is no choice [but to do so] in a broader framework, in the framework of all of the Islamic states. There is no choice but to come out against [the plan] in order to prevent this project, which will turn Bait-Al-Maqdis or Jerusalem into the capital of the state that is called Israel. There is no state called Israel!"

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion - an antisemitic forgery describing how Jews allegedly plan to subjugate the world under Jewish rule. It was published in Russia in 1903 and translated into multiple languages. In 1921, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was exposed as a false document.