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Abbas' advisor reacts to permission for Israeli MPs to visit Temple Mount: Lifting of ban is "a war crime," condemns alleged Israeli "bullying, arrogance, and Zionist ISIS-ism" and "defilement" of Islamic holy sites

Headline: “National condemnation of Netanyahu’s decision to allow Israeli Parliament members to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque…  Al-Habbash: Zionist ISIS-ism”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said yesterday [July 4, 2018] that ‘The prime minister of the extremist right in the occupation state [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] has committed a complete war crime against the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, and particularly at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’
In a press statement, Al-Habbash viewed Netanyahu’s decision to allow Israeli Parliament members to invade the plazas of the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) and defile them (i.e., he lifted his ban on visits; see note below) – in a step that transgresses all of the international laws – as ‘an outrageous and insolent violation against the resolutions of one of the UN’s most important organizations – the [UN] Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which determined in more than one resolution that the Noble Sanctuary is a site for Muslims only, that no one but them has a right to the site, and that it is an Islamic heritage and culture site and nothing else’…
The supreme Shari’ah judge said that ‘The prime minister of the occupation state is engaging in bullying, arrogance, and Zionist “ISIS-ism” against the members of our people and its holy sites, both in Jerusalem and Hebron, by giving relief, support, and protection to the break-in campaigns of the extremist Jews into the holy sanctuaries in Jerusalem and Hebron, to [the sanctuaries’] defilement, and to the attack on the Muslim worshippers, who have the right to manage their holy sites with complete freedom and without the interference of the tyrannical occupation authorities.’
Al-Habbash warned that ‘A continuation of the crime mentality led by the occupation government will drag the entire region and the world into a religious war whose results will be disaster for everyone.’ He warned Netanyahu not to be deceived by the prevailing situation of inertness and internal disputes in some of the Arab and Islamic states, or by the American administration’s criminal decisions against Jerusalem, into passing a criminal policy against the members of our people and their holy sites.”
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The article’s mention of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision regarding the Temple Mount refers to a move in early July 2018, when Netanyahu rescinded his previous ban on Israeli Parliament members visiting the Temple Mount – which had been in place for nearly three years – and allowed them to visit once every three months.

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.

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.
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