In a July 21 Friday sermon, Sheikh Mahmoud Habbash, advisor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Religious and Islamic Affairs, directed a message toward the entire world, saying that world peace was in danger and that "if you do not act to rein in that racist aggression, which wants to ignite a religious war that will engulf the planet in its entirety... [you] will bite [your] fingers in regret for having been remiss." The sermon, in which he called upon all the Palestinian factions to unite and to "trample all [the Israeli] measures and metal detectors underfoot," was broadcast on the official Palestinian Authority TV channel.
Sheikh Mahmoud Habbash: "Our message is directed, first and foremost, to the occupation: We will trample all your measures, and your [metal-detector] gates underfoot. We shall tear them down! Our people shall tear them down, and we shall tear down your occupation itself! We shall tear down your walls! We shall tear down your measures! Your occupation will not last.
"My message to the Palestinian political forces, factions and groups – it is directed toward all the patriotic factions without exception: All our disputes, no matter how important, are now insignificant. We must not give any consideration to any of our disputes and controversies. We must forget about them, even if only for a little while. For the sake of Jerusalem we must unite. The Palestinian leadership is reaching out to all of you, without any considerations, limitations, or minor considerations. Let us unite under the titles of 'Jerusalem' and the 'Al-Aqsa Mosque.'
"Our fourth message is directed at our nation, at the Arabs and Muslims. We do not want written statements from you. These written statements will be consumed by the fire of the events. Your statements and condemnations are worthless in light of what is happening. Oh Arabs, oh Muslims, we want you to be at the heart of the battle, among us, next to us, in front of us, and behind us. We want you to be with us. Allah wants you to be with us. Allah commands you to be with us. Disgrace will crown the head of anyone who does not take action today, in order to instill in his heart the battle for the defense of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. My final message is directed toward the entire world: World peace is in danger. The peace of each and every country in the world is in danger. From one corner of the world to the other, it is in danger. If you do not take action to rein in that racist aggression, which wants to ignite a religious war that will engulf the planet in its entirety, if the superpowers, the great international blocs, the international organizations and the United Nations, do not take action today – by Allah they will bite their fingers for having been remiss."