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PA daily calls Jewish mourning period as “the most dangerous season of Judaization… the anniversary of ... ‘the destruction of the alleged Temple’”; Jews visiting Temple Mount referred to as “break-ins”

Headline: “‘The Temple organizations’ call for widespread break-ins into the Al-Aqsa Mosque today – and the [PA Ministry of] Religious Affairs condemns [them]”

“Organizations that belong to what is called the alleged ‘Temple organizations’ union’ (see note below –Ed.) called on their supporters and the settler public for widespread participation in break-ins to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque today, Sunday [July 21, 2019], for the purpose of Judaizing Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) holidays (i.e., the 17th of Tammuz, a fast day commemorating the breach of Jerusalem’s walls before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE).

Among the extremist Jews, today is a Talmudic holiday considered the beginning of the most dangerous season of Judaization, and it is what is called ‘the fast of Tammuz,’ and is a prelude to the anniversary of what is called ‘the destruction of the alleged Temple’ (i.e., Tisha B' Av; see note below).

The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs condemned the calls issued by the alleged Temple organizations to their supporters and the settler public to participate in break-ins to the Al-Aqsa Mosque…

[Deputy PA Minister of Religious Affairs Husam] Abu Al-Rub called on the international community and the Arab and Islamic nations to work to stop these blows that herald a great danger that will cast its shadow over the entire region.”

Temple organizations” refer to religious Jewish movements including the Temple Mount Institute, the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, the Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount, and Students for the Temple Mount, which spread awareness of the importance of the Temple Mount in Judaism and encourage people to visit the site.

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” or a "break-in." 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. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.

Tisha B'Av - Jewish day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 BCE and 70 CE) and the forced exile of most of the Jewish people from the land of Israel.


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