When then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan yielded operational control over the dilapidated Temple Mount (following the 1967 Six Day War) to Jordan, there was but one mosque, Al-Aqsa. Now Jordan’s Islamic Trust seeks to defy Israeli law and open the 5th mosque, contrary to their own demands on maintaining the status quo.
By Tsvi Sadan
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has ordered the state to immediately shut the Bab el-Rahmastructure that is facing the Golden Gate, or Gate of Mercy. A month ago, the Islamic Trust (Waqf) that oversees the Temple Mount decided to reopen the structure and turn it into yet another mosque, the fifth atop Judaism’s holiest site. Continue Reading »
Jordanian Minister, “Israel must cease all such acts that offend Muslims worldwide and would only feed religious conflict and extremism in the region.”
By THE JORDAN TIMES
AMMAN (TNS) — Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani on Tuesday condemned an Israeli decision to allow a Passover Sacrifice celebration by activists and supporters near Al Aqsa Mosque, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
“Passover sacrifice” ritual at the foot of the Temple Mount – Sceanshot: Udi Shaham/The Jerusalem Post
Momani blamed the Israeli government for its “provocative and unacceptable practices [carried out] for well-known intentions.”
He said that Israel, as the “occupying power,” must comply with its responsibilities under international and humanitarian laws related to the safety and sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque and any properties of the Jerusalem Wakf Islamic religious trust, instituted by Jordan after Israel’s War of Independence, including the Umayyad palaces south of the mosque where the celebration was organized on Monday, stressing that the venue falls under the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem Wakf Department. Continue Reading »
Palestinians furious with Saudi Arabia for downplaying ‘Importance of Jerusalem’ by contradicting the long told revisionist stories that the Palestinians invented to elevate their relevancy in the Holy Land.
By Israel Today Staff
Proponents of the Palestinian cause have tried to inflate the position of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in Islam, and thereby paint Israel’s sovereignty in this city as an affront to their religion.
But, a couple years ago, renowned Egyptian scholar and novelist Youssef Ziedan acknowledged in a series of television interviews that Jerusalem holds no religious significance for Muslims.
Today, it is common to hear that Jerusalem is Islam’s third holiest city, being the location of the “Al Aqsa Mosque” referred to the in the Koran. Continue Reading »
Expose: Through the publicizing of original sources prior to Israel’s 1967 unification of Jerusalem, Muslim canards about Jerusalem and the al Aqsa Mosque are once again revealed, and proven, to be lies.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar
A well known proverb says “liars need to have good memories.” The reasoning is clear: a liar needs to remember his own lies and whom he told them to in order to avoid contradicting himself and revealing his mendacity. This rule applies to important issues as well. Jerusalem, for instance, whose holiness to Sunni Muslims is based on a late and political interpretation of a Koranic verse, while to Shiite Muslims it is only the third holiest city, ranked below Mecca and Medina (today the city of Najaf in southern Iraq). Continue Reading »
Praising the Palestinians for carrying out their lethal attacks against Israeli civilians in Al-Qaida’s English-language magazine, ‘Inspire,’ the Islamist group says its followers must now strike in the West, “particularly America in their own backyard.”
Al-Qaida praised Palestinians carrying out attacks against Israelis Saturday and called for its followers to carry out similar attacks in the United States in the latest issue of the Islamist group’s English-language magazine “Inspire.”
Kay Wilson, survivor of 2 women brutally attacked while hiking, was saved after being left for dead by their 2 Palestinian knife attackers – Photo: Twitter
In an article titled “Let us Unite for Palestine” the group says “blessed be the hands of the Mujahid that are defending Palestine and al-Aqsa with knives, cars, rocks and everything they have.” Continue Reading »
PM Manuel Valls contradicts UNESCO’s resolution saying, “I want to repeat once again and clearly, with conviction – France will never deny the Jewish presence & Jewish history in Jerusalem. It would make no sense, it is absurd to deny this history.”
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday described a UNESCO resolution on the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem as “clumsy” and “unfortunate” and said it should have been avoided.
Jewish men & women pray at the Kotel (Western Wall) – circa 1900
The Paris-based UN cultural body adopted the resolution on “Occupied Palestine” presented by several Arab countries in mid-April. Continue Reading »
Palestinians at the conference called on the armies of Egypt, Jordan & Pakistan to attack Israel and “free” the Al-Aqsa Mosque, so to unify the Muslim world under a global Caliphate.
By Dalit Halevi
The radical Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has pursued an Islamic Caliphate since 1953, held a massive conference in Ramallah on Saturday, calling upon the armies of Jordan and Egypt to intervene directly and “free Palestine.”
Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters in Ramallah (file) – Photo: Reuters
Thousands participated in the event, which was billed as “Tent of Believers: the Caliphate Through the Path of the Prophet, and the Tent of Hypocrites, Heretics, and Imperialists.” Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu warns of Raed Salah and a recent resurgence in videos & messages posted on Palestinian social media about alleged harm that Israel is doing to change the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to ignite further armed confrontations against Israelis.
By Natasha Rowland
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned that there are ongoing attempts to reignite dwindling tensions in Jerusalem ahead of Pesach, particularly surrounding the Temple Mount.
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu pointed the finger at the leader of the banned northern branch of the Islamic Movement, Raed Salah. Continue Reading »
Although then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan shaped the status quo on the Temple Mount in 1967, PM Menachem Begin made important security adjustments.
• Since then, the status quo has changed immensely, mainly in favor of Muslims who openly wave Hamas or Islamic State flags there.
By Nadav Shragai
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who this week shepherded Israel and Jordan toward the first-ever formal written agreement on the status quo on the Temple Mount, doesn’t know it, but the first seeds of the much talked about Temple Mount status quo were sown about 48 years ago on another hilltop, Mount Scopus. Continue Reading »
Remodeling at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa sparks verbal ‘holy war’ as Israel’s gov’t authorities plead that the work be halted because it could cause irreparable damage, while Jordan’s Waqf officials forbid Jewish involvement.
By The Associated Press
It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.
Workers place carpets over ancient floor designs in the cave under the Dome of the Rock shrine – Photo: AP
But there is no such thing as routine remodeling when it comes to the most contested piece of real estate in Jerusalem, where the presence of a mere screwdriver can threaten to ignite religious tensions. Continue Reading »
In yet another Jerusalem Day Arab attack, residents in Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter reportedly throw rocks at Jewish youths, hitting a girl in the face.
By Ari Yashar
Arutz Sheva has received exclusive reportage on yet another violent Arab attack Tuesday on Jewish youth in the Old City of Jerusalem. Again, Jews celebrating the 47th year since the unification of the 3,000-year-old Jewish capital were targeted.
Ahuva Schwartz, a resident of Jerusalem, reports that a group of 60 Jews, mostly Israeli high school boys along with some families and American seminary student girls, met at the Kotel (Western Wall) on Tuesday night. Continue Reading »
Arab League tabled the likelihood of voicing a complaint to the UN Security Council over alleged “Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa compound.”
The Arab League discussed on Wednesday the possibility of filing a complaint to the UN Security Council over alleged “Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa compound”, the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an news agency reported.
The discussion was part of an “emergency session” that the Arab League called on Tuesday, at the request of the Palestinian Authority (PA) envoy.
The discussion came in response to Tuesday’s Knesset debate about extending Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount.
According to Ma’an, the Arab League council called upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to spread awareness regarding the “dangers” threatening the compound in order to gain support for the complaint. Continue Reading »
At the Temple Mount last Friday during the sermon the imam threatens Obama: “The Caliphate shall return… We desire to cleanse it of the impure.”
By Chana Ya’ar
An Islamic cleric warned the United States government last Friday in a sermon at the Temple Mount’s Al Aqsa Mosque to “take its hands off Muslims.”
The service was led by Imam Al Hammouri, a member of the Jerusalem-based pan-Islamic Hizb ut-Tahrir (party of Liberation) organization, founded in 1953. The group, which boasts a worldwide membership of approximately one million across 40 countries, is dedicated to establishing a worldwide Islamic Caliphate (Muslim Empire) that will force Islamic law upon all of its subjects. Continue Reading »
‘Palestinian’ incitement against Jews; Hamas preacher declares Al Aqsa cannot remain under the control of “asses carrying books.”
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) exposed another disconcerting video of ‘Palestinian’ incitement against the Jewish people. The video relays a Hamas preacher from Khan Yunis, Gaza, which aired on Al Aqsa TV on February 24, declaring that the Al Aqsa mosque cannot remain under the control of “apes and pigs.”
“We say load and clear: The struggle for Palestine is not a political struggle. It is a purely ideological struggle. It is a clear religious struggle between Islam and Zionism. It is a struggle between Truth and Falsehood, between Islam and heresy, between light and darkness, between good and evil,” the preacher stated. Continue Reading »