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Abbas’ advisor: Palestinians “will never allow the harming of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque’s sanctity, “no non-Muslim has any right” to Jerusalem’s holy sites

Headline: “Al-Habbash: The Israeli minister of security’s (sic.) statements are disgusting and infuriating”


“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that [Israeli] Minister of Security (sic., Minister of Public Security) [Gilad Erdan’s] statements on Jewish prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque (see note below –Ed.) are disgusting, infuriating, and frightening all at once.

Al-Habbash added in a press release – in response to the statements of the occupation state’s minister of public security who demanded to allow Jews to pray within the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) – that the disgust over these statements stems from their racist odor and the mentality that feeds off of crimes and attacks against the rights of others and doing as one pleases with their land, their blood, and their holy sites…

Al-Habbash emphasized that the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian people will never allow the harming of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque’s sanctity, and emphasized that Jerusalem and its holy sites will remain completely Palestinian-Islamic, and no non-Muslim has any right to them. Any violation of this fact will not be answered with silence or submission to any attempt to impose a new status quo on the holy city. We will defend our Jerusalem and our Al-Aqsa Mosque with all of the power and strong will that we have, and will not hesitate to sacrifice all that is precious to us in defense of the Jerusalem Noble Sanctuary.


Mahmoud Al-Habbash also serves as Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice.


The mention of Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan’s statements refer to comments he made in an interview with Radio 90FM on Aug. 13, 2019, in which he said: “I think that there is an injustice in the status quo that has existed [on the Temple Mount] since 1967, and that it is necessary to work to change it so that Jews in the future will be able God willing to also pray on the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site for the Jewish people and the third most significant site in Islam.”