Mar 27 2014
Chutzpah is unmitigated gall. But in the case of Muslims, it’s probably a symptom of rampant inbreeding. Palestine Arabs declare that the Western Wall (the holiest place in Judaism) is part of the al-Aqsa mosque and therefore is off limits to Jews.
PalWatch The Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash and the former Chief Justice of the PA’s Religious Court both recently declared that the PA’s Islamic belief and political position is that Jews are prohibited from praying at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA denies Israel’s history and rights in Jerusalem, but these statements by top religious leaders go even further.
The PA claims that the area of the Muslim holy site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, includes not only the mosque itself, but extends over the entire Temple Mount and includes Judaism’s holy site – the Western Wall.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Jerusalem is religion’s trust and history’s trust in the hands of all Muslims, in the hands of this Ummah (Islamic Nation)… The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an authentic part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque only.”
“Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of PA Religious Court:
“Allah decreed that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic and belongs to Muslims alone… It is part of the religious belief of a billion and a half Muslims, andthe Jews have no right to it. No party, no matter how much power and international support it has, can change this established fact by giving the Jews any right to it, or the right to pray in any part of it. The Al-Aqsa Mosque includes all its courtyards… and specifically, its western wall.” [Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2014]