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Abbas and Fatah Encourage ‘Religious War’ over Temple Mount

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing to openly encourage a religious war to gain exclusive Muslim control over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.


The Temple Mount also houses the Al Aqsa Mosque and Islamic complex, which are built atop the ruins of two Jewish temples. Islamist groups, along with the PA and its supporters, have sought to deny any Jewish connection to the site, claiming it is a Muslim or “Palestinian” holy site.

Muslim extremists have also waged a violent campaign aimed at preventing growing number of Jewish visitors from accessing the site, while systematically destroying ancient Jewish artifacts.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, in an open letter to Palestinian university students beginning the new academic year, Abbas urged them to “carry out Ribat” – an Arabic term for a religious war to maintain Muslim control over land claimed as Islamic.

Text of the letter was posted to the official Facebook page of Abbas’s Fatah faction on August 17, and translated by PMW:

In the name of Allah the Merciful and Compassionate,

And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good. (Quran, Sura 29:69, translation Sahih International)

Allah the Supreme spoke truth.

We will continue to stand firm and carry out Ribat in Jerusalem and its surroundings until Judgement Day. Then the believers will rejoice in the victory of Allah, and will say: ‘When is it [Allah’s victory]? It might be here soon.’

July 30, 2015

The letter was just one of a series of similar statements over the summer inciting violence by Abbas and his Fatah faction, which controls the PA and PLO.

Among other incidents documented by PMW:

  • Last week, on the anniversary of an arson attack


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