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PA Foreign Ministry: “Alleged Temple" groups have increased the plans of "Judaization" and "invasions" of Al-Aqsa

Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: There is Palestinian, Jordanian, and Islamic activity in the halls of the UN to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs [and Expatriates] explained in a statement yesterday [Sept. 16, 2019] that the occupation authorities have grown accustomed to exploiting the period of the Jewish holidays in order to achieve colonialist political goals at the expense of the Palestinian people’s legal rights, and particularly its right to its Christian and Islamic holy sites and the freedom to reach them. With the approach of the Jewish holidays, the extremist Jewish organizations including the alleged ‘Temple’ organizations have increased the plans of Judaization and extensive invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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 misrepresent all of the Temple Mount as an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they vilify 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.