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PA: Jews “broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” which is “for Muslims only”

Official PA TV host: "The break-ins were numerous – over 1,000 settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque…Today the [Muslim] residents of Jerusalem responded. More than 27,000 worshippers prayed at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque’s plazas, and made holiday calls of Allahu Akbar (i.e., “Allah is greatest”) from the heart of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which the Palestinians and Muslims believe is a place of prayer for Muslims only, period. But the alleged Temple organizations and the occupation and its settlers strive to turn this conflict from political to religious… More than 1,000 settlers broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the so-called memorial day of the destruction of the alleged Temple (i.e., Tisha B’Av)."

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 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.

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.

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.

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