Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]"
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and without it no State of Palestine can be established. Therefore, the holding of this [Second Fatah] Congress, as well as the success we hope for, and the consent and solidarity of the national public under these circumstances, are aimed not just at the success of the Congress, but at our success [in confronting] the cruel attacks that Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are being subjected to. How can we form one [united] hand to stop this aggression, which the settlers are leading everywhere? It's not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places.”
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Note: This video originally aired on Oct. 17, 2014 and was broadcast a total of 29 times that month. It was also broadcast 3 times on Nov. 1 and on Nov. 4, 2014, and once on Nov. 11, 2015. It was posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on July 15, 2017 and on Nov. 28, 2018.
An excerpt of Abbas' speech was broadcast on the official PA radio station The Voice Of Palestine and on PA TV (with different background footage) dozens of times in in Dec. 2017 - 2018, most recently on April 3, 2018.
Another clip of Abbas' speech aired on Fatah-run Awdah TV in November-December 2018, most recently on Dec. 8, 2018.
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