The Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Holy Sites and Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Idis has claimed that the Israeli government is spreading "lies" about the history of Jerusalem, the 3,000-year-old capital of the Jewish people.
According to the sheikh, the fact that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was built on the ruins of the First and Second Temple on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, and that Jews are forbidden from praying at the site by the Jordanian Waqf, is all just propaganda.
Idis said Israel is trying to give Al-Aqsa Mosque a "Jewish Talmudic" nature via daily "break-ins" by "settlers" to the Temple Mount, thereby causing a "desecration" to the site he says is holy to Muslims. He said Jewish visits to the site are meant to make the public think Jews have a connection to the site.
"The carcinogenic plan" of Israel to "Judaize" the Mount and to divide access times allowing Jews to pray at the site, as is done at Hevron's Cave of Machpelah, is a threat to Al-Aqsa, said Idis.
As if these claims were not enough, he went on to accuse Israel of stealing ancient Islamic artifacts from the site and using it to hold events for Jews.