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PA official notes “danger” in “Talmudic” prayers on Temple Mount, Israel is declaring war on Islam

Headline: “Al-Habbash demands that the Fifth World Fatwa Conference support Jerusalem and protect the holy sites”

“[Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud] Al-Habbash discussed the recent developments in the State of Palestine, including occupied Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with Grand Imam and Al-Azhar Sheikh Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb. He also discussed ways of fighting the escalation by the Israeli occupation state with him.

Al-Habbash said in a statement to [the official PA news agency] WAFA after the meeting… that he briefed the grand imam on the danger in Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and on how it is not transferring the Palestinian money (refers to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terror salaries; see note below –Ed.), which is increasing our people’s suffering. He emphasized [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ determination to pay the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners in full.

Al-Habbash reviewed the leadership’s diplomatic efforts to thwart the so-called ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan). He noted the danger in the settlers’ Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the danger that the mosque is exposed to from this…

He emphasized that Israel’s actions are tantamount to a declaration of war and an outrageous blow to Islam and the Muslims, and added: ‘We are in an open confrontation with the occupation, a matter which necessitates Arab and Islamic support for the leadership’s decisions.’”

Israel's Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law - Israeli law stating that the PA payments to terrorists and the families of dead terrorists is a financial incentive to terror. The law instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA. Should the PA stop these payments for a full year, the Israeli government would have the option of giving all or part of the frozen money to the PA.  The law was enacted by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018, and its first implementation was approved by Israel's Security Cabinet on Feb. 17, 2019, when it decided to withhold 502,697,000 Israeli shekels (approximately $138 million) from the PA. In response, the PA announced it would not accept any of the tax money collected by Israel unless it also included the frozen amount.  During the initial parliamentary vote in 2018, the law's sponsor Avi Dichter said: “The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee received much help in its deliberations... from Palestinian Media Watch who provided us with authentic data that enabled productive and professional deliberations, nuances that are very difficult to achieve without precise data.” [Israeli Parliament website, July 2, 2018]

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