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December 8, 2014 5:35 pm

PA Minister Falsely Claims Israel is Taking Over the Temple Mount

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Temple Mount. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s minister of religious affairs, Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is, recently said that Israel plans to “take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple,” Palestinian Media Watch reported. In making that false claim, Ida’is directly contradicted remarks by other PA officials that Abbas opposes violence and wants to foster a peaceful atmosphere in Jerusalem.

“All that Israel wants is to Judaize the Holy City, take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple. Under Jerusalem there is a city of tunnels belonging to Israel. Yesterday, I was told that Israel has an underground market beneath the Jaffa Gate, which draws many [Palestinian] residents who shop there,” Ida’is said on official PA television on Dec. 3.

Currently, the Israeli government prohibits only Jews from praying on the Temple Mount, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly vowed to maintain the “status quo” at the holy site. But frequent Palestinian riots and violence have recently taken place there. Palestinian Media Watch said Monday that polling data has “shown that Palestinians consider themselves religious, so the alleged threat against the holy sites comprises an effective tool for PA leaders who wish to incite Palestinians to take action against Israelis.” An April 2014 poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion showed that 44 percent of Palestinians consider themselves “somewhat religious,” while 41 percent say they are “fairly religious.”

Palestinian Media Watch has also documented Palestinian claims that the Western Wall and the entire Temple Mount belong to Muslims.

“All this [Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza] is waqf and kharaj land (i.e., land belonging to Muslims) and no one is permitted to sell it or negotiate over it or forfeit it. It is ours and will remain ours. The occupation [Israel] is the one that will leave,” Abbas’s advisor on religious affairs and supreme shari’ah, Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash, said on official PA TV last month.

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  • Norek

    They will continue to make these false claims since there is an entire world out there who are listening and perpetuating the lies. What is difficult to understand is how they dare complain that Israel is exercising it’s sovereign right to do whatever it takes to keep ‘the peace’ on the Temple Mount. Meaning when the Arabs start their attacks whether physically or verbally the police have every right to stop it. Their constant mixing of who is violating what on the Temple Mount is getting out of hand. The site is in Israels’ capital and Abbu Mazen and none of his cronies can have anything to say about a fact on the ground.

  • Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen is the mastermind financier of the Munich Olympic massacre and the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro his men had killed the wheel chair bound Klinghoffer, they shot him and threw him overboard. There is a criminal conviction against Mahmoud Abbas (a.k.a. Abu Mazen) with life in prison, he is an escaped convict with multiple murders. There was also a reward posted by the German and the U.S. government for his capture

  • Bill

    If you tell a lie loud enough and often enough – do I have to finish the quote. The PA best weapon. And it seems in they have willing listeners.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    What a ridiculous effort to sensationalise the Temple Mount, The Western Wall, and he entire area surrounding them. This area is not going to be violated for any Jewish intention’ and the idea that this advisor on religious affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash has dreamt this nonsensical scenario just exacerbates the situation. Israel promotes and maintains freedom of religion for all of its citizens. There is not any initiative to build a Temple on the Temple Mount at this time. Notwithstanding, every one should have the freedom to pray throughout the entire Temple Mount area. That Jews are singled out as being forbidden to openly pray is contrary to Israeli law and should be contrary to the holiness of the Temple Mount area. If one truly believes that all human beings are created in G-d’s image, then anyone and everyone who wishes to pray should be allowed to do so in peace on the Temple Mount–Jews, Christians, and Muslims.