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PA official calls Trump peace plan "fraud deal", and will lead to division of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Headline: “Al-Habbash calls on the Muslim religious scholars and preachers to dedicate the Friday sermon to resisting the deal of the century”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash called on the Islamic nation’s religious scholars and preachers to dedicate the Friday sermon to the topic of Jerusalem, the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the dangers surrounding them as a result of the continuation of the Israeli occupation and the consequences of ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, which he revealed together with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Jan. 28, 2020). He called to declare a decisive position against this crime that will satisfy Allah and His Messenger [Muhammad]…

The supreme Shari’ah judge emphasized that the deal of the century is actually ‘the American-Israeli fraud deal.’ He added: ‘It is not worth the cost of the ink with which it was written, and its only place is in the dustbin of history. Anyone who has a different opinion about it needs to reexamine his mind and conscience, because Jerusalem will only be Palestinian-Arab-Muslim, and it will be the capital of Palestine alone.’

Al-Habbash added: ‘This deal has a clause that is liable to be the most dangerous in all that has been published. It determines that it will be permitted for believers of all of the religions to pray at the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount; see note below), and what this means, in short, is a division of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is something that no Muslim who believes in Allah and Judgment Day can accept.’”

The mention of a clause on prayer at the Temple Mount in US President Donald Trump’s peace plan refers to the following passage on page 16 of the plan: “Jerusalem’s holy sites should remain open and available for peaceful worshippers and tourists of all faiths. People of every faith should be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, in a manner that is fully respectful to their religion, taking into account the times of each religion’s prayers and holidays, as well as other religious factors.”

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