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PA chief religious justice issues ruling forbidding Palestinians from working on Israeli archeological excavations in Jerusalem, because their alleged goal is to “Judaize” the city and make the Al-Aqsa Mosque collapse

Headline: “Chief justice issues a fatwa (i.e., religious ruling) forbidding working on the excavations under Jerusalem and on the construction of the settlements”

“Chairman of the Supreme Council of Islamic law [and Chief Justice of the PA Religious Court] Sheikh Dr. Tayseer Al-Tamimi… said that it is forbidden to work on the Israeli occupation authorities’ excavations in Jerusalem, whose purpose are to Judaize it and destroy its historical homes and buildings… in order to erase its Arab and Islamic landmarks… [and emphasized] the ban on working on excavations under the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and around it, whose goal is to make it collapse. He noted that this mosque… is an inseparable part of the Islamic faith, and that any action likely to threaten its identity and structure is a blow to the faith and a blow to the religion, and it is forbidden that it be done by any Palestinian.

Al-Tamimi said in a statement published yesterday [Jan. 31, 2010], that this fatwa (i.e., religious ruling) is also partially about the construction of synagogues in the holy city [of Jerusalem] near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and about the construction of settlements, and buying their products. He noted that the settlements were established on Palestinian land that was expropriated by the occupation authorities from its legal owners, and given to thieves and the extremist Jews… and that the fact that [the construction] is the consolidation of the occupation on the land of [Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven. He emphasized that anyone who works on these forbidden things is a traitor to Allah, His Messenger [Muhammad], and the faithful, and must be punished and handed over and tried, and punished with severe deterrent punishments.”