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Abbas: There is no Palestinian ‎incitement, Israel “desecrate[s] the holy ‎sites” and “ISIS is found among his (i.e., ‎Jewish) people”‎

Headline: “The [PA] president: ‘We need ‎to preserve the historic situation in the Al-‎Aqsa [Mosque], and the occupation opens ‎the door to religious conflict’”‎
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized ‎that the historic status quo in the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque must be preserved, and warned ‎that if the occupation will continue to ‎desecrate the holy sites, it will open the ‎door to unwanted bitter religious conflict.‎
The president’s words were said during a ‎joint press conference with UN Secretary-‎General Ban Ki-moon, who unexpectedly ‎went to Ramallah in an effort to calm the ‎deteriorating situation in the Palestinian ‎territories…‎
‎[Abbas said:] ‘Our people and our young ‎are not interested in violence and ‎escalation in the field, and I confirm this, ‎and nobody is calling for incitement and ‎hate…’ The president emphasized: ‘We ‎wish to live in peace, security, and ‎stability in our homeland with all our ‎neighbors, and also with the Israelis.’ He ‎reiterated and emphasized that our hands ‎are still extended in peace based on ‎justice, and the denial of our rights and ‎the violence against our people will not ‎benefit anyone.‎
The president said that it could be that ‎there is still a chance for real peace based ‎on the [resolutions of] international ‎institutions, and stated: ‘We do not ask for ‎more than what the international bodies ‎have approved, and we adhere to it.’ ‎Likewise, the president said that if the ‎Palestinian people wins its independence ‎in its state with the 1967 [borders], with its ‎capital in East Jerusalem, the problem of ‎refugees will be resolved according to ‎‎[UN] resolution 194, and our prisoners will ‎be released. This will be the most certain ‎guarantee of security, peace, and stability ‎in our region and in the world.’‎
The president added: ‘[Israeli Prime ‎Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu acquits ‎Hitler of the Holocaust, and says that the ‎one who caused it was [Mufti] Haj Amin ‎Al-Husseini. He acquits Hitler from ‎committing this crime, and blames Haj ‎Amin Al-Husseini for this despicable crime ‎against the Jews. This is a despicable and ‎low way through which Netanyahu wants ‎to change their history in order to blame ‎Al-Husseini.’‎
Regarding the fact that Netanyahu ‎described [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas ‎as ‘ISIS’ (Islamic State), the president said: ‎‎‘We are against ISIS and all the terror in ‎the world, and against the settler terrorists. ‎ISIS and Al-Nusra are found among his ‎people, and yet he calls us ISIS!’ And he ‎continued: ‘We seek peace.’”‎

UN resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, ‎‎1948) states that "the refugees wishing to ‎return to their homes and live at peace with ‎their neighbors should be permitted to do ‎so at the earliest practicable date, and that ‎compensation should be paid for the ‎property of those choosing not to return." ‎Palestinian leaders argue this means that ‎all Arabs who left Israel during the war ‎‎(hundreds of thousands) and their ‎descendants (a few million) have a "right of ‎return" to Israel. Israel argues that the ‎resolution only calls for a limited return and ‎only under certain conditions, especially ‎focusing on the words "wishing to return... ‎and live at peace with their neighbors."‎

Haj Amin Al-Husseini - Grand Mufti of ‎Jerusalem at the time of the British ‎mandate, and spiritual and a political ‎leader of the local Arab population. He ‎strongly opposed Zionism and was behind ‎riots and attacks on Jews. During World ‎War II he actively collaborated with Nazi ‎Germany, meeting Adolf Hitler personally ‎and recruiting Muslims for the Nazi army.‎

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