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Top PA official: Jews visiting the Temple Mount “defile Allah’s house;” Netanyahu is a “great satan”

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the First Direction of Prayer… The second mosque that Allah gave us is the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs)… These two specific mosques are turning today into the headline of the battle between the truth and falsehood on this land, the battle between good and evil. The occupation [Israel] wants to impose its rule over these two mosques. Of course, all of the occupation’s claims regarding religious and historical rights, the relics and more – all of this is foolishness… Non-Muslims have absolutely no connection to these two mosques… And this bigmouth, this fool [Israel's Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan], says that he wants to hold a conversation with Jordan and the Arab states to regularize the Jews’ prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is he prattling about, the fool, this idiot? What is he saying? What satan has attached itself to his mind and given him the idea that he can obtain even a sign of any kind from an Arab, Muslim, or any free person that he has a right to defile Allah’s house? … And two days ago, his great satan Israeli Prime Minister [Netanyahu] went to defile – yes, he went and defiled (i.e., he visited) the Ibrahimi Mosque... not by virtue of justice, not by virtue of history, and not by virtue of religion, but rather by virtue of lies, oppression, occupation, and aggression… These mosques are ours, and will be solely ours, and will remain ours forever.”

The mention of Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan refers to comments he made in an interview with Radio 90FM on Aug. 13, 2019: “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.”