PA Mufti: Allowing Jews to visit Temple Mount is “a continuation of the series of Judaization [efforts] that is attacking Jerusalem and its blessed mosque… [Al-Aqsa] is an exclusive right of the Muslims”
Headline: “The [PA grand] mufti calls to stand against the break-ins into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and make a pilgrimage to it”
“[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called on all those who can to come to occupied Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, to move in their direction to stand against the plans and attacks of the occupation authorities that are doing as they please with the site of our Prophet [Muhammad’s] Ascent to Heaven.
The mufti explained in a statement that he issued yesterday [Aug. 6, 2019] that the demands to allow the Jews to break into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque next Sunday, which falls on the day of blessed Eid Al-Adha (i.e., “the Sacrifice Feast,” which fell on the same day as Tisha B’Av in 2019, hence the requests for Jewish access to the Temple Mount), are dangerous demands that harm the faith of the Muslims worldwide, and [this] stage is very dangerous. The occupation authorities, in their easements for the settlers’ break-ins into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, bear [responsibility] for the consequences of these blows that are harming the sensibilities of the Muslims worldwide. He called on the Palestinians to stand against them and emphasized that this attack is nothing but a continuation of the series of Judaization [efforts] that is attacking Jerusalem and its blessed mosque in order to create a new reality on the ground. He explained that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an exclusive right of the Muslims, and the occupation authorities or others have no right to interfere in its affairs.”
Muhammad Hussein also serves as Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman and Deputy Secretary-General and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem.
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.