Abbas lied brazenly to President Trump, claiming that his government “educates for peace” and that the Palestinian Authority is “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.”
“‘Allah, liberate our mosque from the occupation`s filth’ – ‘Jerusalem is ours,'” by Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch, July 24, 2017:
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah continue to endorse the Palestinian riots in Jerusalem, encourage their “escalation,” and present the situation to Palestinians as if the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are in danger and need “defense.”
PA and Fatah leaders have almost entirely ignored the terrorist attack earlier this month, when terrorists shot from within the Temple Mount plaza and murdered 2 Israeli border policemen. However, they are protesting fiercely against the metal detectors Israel has placed as a safety measure at the entrances to the holy site following the attack.
These metal detectors are presented by Palestinian leaders as constituting an Israeli “escalation,” “aggression,” and an “attack” against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They view Israel’s actions as an intolerable violation of the so-called “status quo” on the Temple Mount, and interpret Israel’s security measures there as an encroachment onto what they see as Muslim property only. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that PA and Fatah leaders repeatedly state that all of the Temple Mount, including the Western Wall, belongs to Muslims only. They continuously spread the libel that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is under attack, and that Israel is plotting its destruction in order to build the “alleged Temple.”
An example of the PA’s message to Palestinians not to accept Israel’s security measures on the Temple Mount is seen in the cartoon above, which was published in the official PA daily. A Palestinian kicks over a metal detector, which flips upside down to form the word “ours” in Arabic and completes the statement: “Jerusalem is ours.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017]
To illustrate the alleged “danger” posed by “the occupation” to the Islamic holy site, Abbas’ Fatah called on Allah for help to “liberate our mosque”…
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that Palestinians often refer to the presence of Jews on the Temple Mount as “filth” and a “desecration” of the site – even PA Chairman Abbas has said this.
Abbas has also expressed his “pride” in Palestinians in Jerusalem for their current “resolve.” He has called on Arab and Islamic countries to support Palestinians in their “defense” of the Islamic and Christian holy sites, thereby alluding to the alleged “danger,” while warning Israel of the consequences of showing “contempt for the sentiments of the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims throughout the world”:“The president [Abbas] expressed his pride in the members of our people everywhere, and particularly in Jerusalem and its institutions, over their resolve before the occupation’s severe steps… He emphasized the importance of the solidarity of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation and their standing by our Palestinian people in order to defend the sites holy to Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem… The president warned against contempt for the sentiments of the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims throughout the world, the attempt to impose new facts on the ground, and the continuation of these Israeli steps that blatantly violate the decisions of international parties.”[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2017]
Speaking on behalf of PA Chairman Abbas, and referring to a “meeting of the Palestinian leadership,” Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim stated that Israel’s actions on the Temple Mount are in fact “a step on the way to establishing the alleged Temple”:“Jerusalem is our political Qiblah (i.e., the direction for Muslim prayer, Mecca)… to which our compass will not cease to point, no matter what the sacrifices may be. There will be no Palestinian state whose capital is not Jerusalem, and Jerusalem must be purely Arab for its Muslims and Christians. We will not agree to Jewish rule or sovereignty over it…[Israel] forcing sovereignty on Jerusalem is an old plan for these followers of the Talmud… this is not about a division [between Jews and Muslims] according to [prayer] times or areas in Jerusalem (sic., on the Temple Mount), but rather it is a step on the way to establishing the alleged Temple.”[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017]
An editorial in the official PA daily also repeated the claim that Al-Aqsa is in danger, and that Israel is “Judaizing” the site. It called Israel’s actions on the Temple Mount a “brutal attack against Jerusalem,” and claimed they are a sign of Israel’s “plans to Judaize the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.” The editorial further quoted a speech by Abbas in which he called for unity between Fatah and Hamas:“President Mahmoud Abbas’ call is the call of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is a crucial historical moment: Either there will be national unity to support Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or there will be a more brutal occupation and more dangerous plans. But Palestine will not agree to anything other than unity. It will not agree to a continuation of the occupation, and will not agree that its holy sites be harmed or undergo Judaization.”[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2017]
A Fatah Central Committee member presented Israel’s metal detectors, and the two-day closure of the Temple Mount, as Israel’s attempt at “preventing” Palestinians from praying, and reiterated the claim that Islamic holy sites are in need of “defense”:Posted text: “Muhaisen: Everything that is happening is a toll for the defense of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque[Fatah] General Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization [in the West Bank], Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and PLO Central Council member] Dr. Jamal Muhaisen emphasized that despite all of the violations that the members of our people are experiencing and the attempts to stop their struggle and prevent them from praying, the young Palestinians are continuing in their struggle to defend the sites that are holy to Islam. He said: ‘We know well that all that is happening is a toll for the defense of the sanctified site that is the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.'”[Official Fatah Facebook page, July 21, 2017]…