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Abbas and PA leaders use the term "alleged Temple"

Itamar Marcus  |
Abbas and the PA used term "alleged Temple"
at least 97 times in 2011 and 2012
in its ongoing campaign to deny
Jerusalem's Jewish history

Mahmoud Abbas:
"No peace, security, or stability"
without evacuation of Jews from Jerusalem - "our holy city"

by Itamar Marcus

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has again denied Jerusalem's Jewish history and the existence of the Temple, referring to the "alleged Temple" in a statement this week.

The use of the term "alleged Temple" to deny Jewish history has been Palestinian Authority policy under Abbas for many years. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the entire Palestinian Authority leadership and the structures under its control actively and repeatedly use the term "alleged Temple."

"Alleged Temple" 97 times:
Palestinian Media Watch checked its archives and found that the official PA press reported the use of the expression "alleged Temple" at least 97 times by heads of the PA, its institutions and its media, just in 2011 and 2012. This number refers only to the use of this term. The PA has denied Jewish history in Israel and Jerusalem hundreds of times as part of its official policy, and has also fabricated an ancient Palestinian history in the land. Mahmoud Abbas himself in a speech that was read by his advisor on the eve of Israel's Independence Day, both denied Israel's history and falsely claimed the existence of a 9000 year-old Palestinian history, adding: "Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history." [PA TV (Fatah), May 14, 2011]

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PA leaders cite "alleged Temple"
The following is a partial list of PA officials, institutions, and others cited in the PA press who used the term "alleged Temple," some of them numerous times, in 2011and 2012:
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman
Ahmad Al-Ruweidi, Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
Muhammad Hussein, PA Mufti
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, PA Minister of Religious Affairs
Ahmad Qurei (Abu Alaa), former PA Prime Minister, head of PLO Jerusalem Dept.
Tayseer Tamimi, former PA Chief Justice of Religious Court
Salim Al-Za'anoun, Chairman of the Palestinian National Council
Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Islamic Law
Yusuf Salameh, speaker at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and former Minister of Religious Affairs
Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee
Dmitry Dliani, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council
Kamal Al-Khatib, Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Movement in Israel
Sheikh Ishaq Feleifel, columnist in the religion section of the official PA daily
Adel Abd Al-Rahman, columnist for the official PA daily
Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places
Official PA TV news readers and reporters
WAFA, the official PLO and PA news agency
The PA's official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
To view complete texts and the many other explicit denials of Jewish history in Jerusalem, view the "Rewriting history" section on PMW's website.

The following is from Abbas' statement denying the existence of the Temple, demanding the evacuation of all Jews from East Jerusalem, and claiming Jerusalem to be the "eternal capital" of a Palestinian state:

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
“[Israel’s actions in Jerusalem] ultimately aim to achieve dark goals: Destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple... take over the Muslim and Christian holy sites, and destroy its institutions in order to empty it, uproot its residents, and continue its occupation and Judaization…
All of Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque... will not negate the fact that the city, its Al-Aqsa [Mosque], its Dome of the Rock and its churches are Arab – Islamic and Christian... and will not produce a [Jewish] right based and illusions and legends… There will be no peace, security, or stability unless the occupation [Israel], its settlements and settlers will be evacuated from our holy city and the eternal capital of our state."
[WAFA, Aug. 21, 2012 and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2012]