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Qalqilya governor: Palestinians are carrying out “campaign of Ribat” under Abbas’ orders

In a speech on Oct. 17, 2014, Mahmoud Abbas called on all Palestinians to "carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque from being "defiled" by Israel. PA TV broadcast that specific part of Abbas' speech 19 times in 3 days . In the same vein, the governor of Qalqilya states that Palestinians are carrying out Ribat to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque under the orders of Abbas:
 “During a popular and official meeting, Qalqilya District Governor Rafe' Rawajbeh inaugurated the campaign of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) for Jerusalem and for the Murabitin (those who carry out Ribat) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… Rawajbeh summarized the systematic schemes, official Israeli attacks and the attacks of the settlers on Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, which are aimed at completing the Judaization of Jerusalem and the division of Al-Aqsa according to time and space.
He said: ‘Our campaign today is [being carried out] at the command and under the guidance of the President [Mahmoud Abbas], in order to defend Al-Aqsa and because of the Israeli attacks and schemes to divide it according to space and time. In addition, it comes in view of the fact that some of our brothers are continuing to carry out Ribat inside Al-Aqsa in order to defend its history and the rights of the Muslims.’

Note: The physical division and division according to time refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to implement separate prayer times for Muslims and Jews at the site.

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