The announcement came following understandings reached by Israeli and Jordanian officials who’ve been holding intensive talks in the past few weeks in an attempt to reach an agreement to end the tension on the Temple Mount.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
In a move signaling the possible end of the crisis, the Wakf Council announced on Wednesday that it will start “immediate renovation and reconstruction work” at the Golden Gate site on the Temple Mount, also known as Bab a-Rahma. The announcement was made after an emergency meeting of the Wakf Council in east Jerusalem.
The council did not say how long the renovation work at the contested site would continue. Continue Reading »
As soon as the stone from the Western Wall fell, Palestinian officials began rallying to exploit the incident by reviving their century-long charge that ‘the Jews’ were planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount in order to build their Third Temple.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The stone that fell from the Western Wall earlier this week proves that Israel has devised a plan to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a spokesperson for the ruling Fatah faction headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed on Thursday.
An Israel Antiquities Authority crane on Wednesday removed the 200-kg. Continue Reading »
A Hashemite Kingdom spokesman condemns Israelis celebrating Jerusalem Day events, singing & dancing, defines them as ‘settlers desecration of place’s sanctity, harming feelings of Muslims throughout world’.
By Mordechai Sones
The Jordanian government yesterday (Wednesday) strongly condemned the presence of Jews in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Jewish activities there. It referred to Jerusalem Day events, during which 15 Jews who had bowed in prayer down were detained, while others sang Hatikvah.
AntiSemite Abbas spews hatred and incitement against Jews – PMW:YouTube screenshot
According to the Jordanian government’s announcement, this is a blatant Israeli attack by allowing extremists to “storm” the Al-Aqsa Mosque in what is termed “a desecration of the sanctity of the place and an insult to the feelings of Muslims all over the world, reported Ynet. Continue Reading »
Israeli archaeologist were pleased that Jerusalem’s Municipality issued the Jordanian Waqf, ‘stop-work’ papers on the site, saying, illegal building has been going on for years.
By Benny Toker
Archaeologist Dr. Gabi Barkai, a member of the Committee for Preventing the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities, welcomed a decision Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made Tuesday to stop the Jordanian Waqf from building toilets at the foot of the Temple Mount.
Illegal building – Photo: Regavim
More measures are needed to save the site, however, he explained in a special interview with Arutz Sheva.
“Sewage infiltrating areas of the Western Wall tunnels is the dangerous possibility; beyond that there is a danger of flooding,” Barkai said, noting that serious restoration work needs to be done and that there “are not enough stop-work orders.” Continue Reading »
The attempt of Islamic Waqf workers to set up security cameras on the Temple Mount without Israeli authorities’ approval constitutes a provocation, says Jerusalem District Police.
• Prime Minister’s Office: Trilateral agreement stipulates installation must be coordinated by all parties.
By Daniel Siryoti, Gideon Allon, Yoni Hersch & Efrat Forsher
Israeli authorities on Monday prevented the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem from installing security cameras in the Temple Mount compound. A senior source said the move constituted provocation and stressed that security cameras will be set up around the holy site only after the move was coordinated with Israel.
A waqf worker attempting to install a security camera at Al-Aqsa compound, Monday – Screenshot: Israel TV2
The waqf is an Islamic trust that controls and manages the current Islamic edifices on and around the Al-Aqsa mosque. Continue Reading »
Bedouin leaders published a letter sent to Jordan’s King Abdullah, urging the Kingdom to create special military brigades that will attack and liberate Jerusalem from the Zionists.
By Dalit Halevy
More than 50 Bedouin leaders have published a joint statement in which they call on Jordanian King Abdullah to create a military unit tasked with “liberating” Jerusalem.
“Arab regimes in general, and the Jordanian regime in particular have shirked their religious, national, and ethical responsibility towards the most important Arab and Muslim problem, the Palestinian problem,” the statement read, according to the Arabi 21 news site.
“The events in the occupied land and at the al-Aqsa Mosque would not have happened if ti wasn’t for the incompetence of governments and their actions in the service of the Zionists, Americans, and national enemies.” Continue Reading »
UNESCO Director-General issues formal statement ‘deploring’ Palestinian initiative proposed by Arab states, to claim Judaism’s Kotel as part of Al-Aqsa compound saying it “undermines UNESCO’s mandate and efforts.”
By Ari Soffer
In what could be a crucial development, the head of UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has issued a statement roundly condemning the Palestinian Authority bid to claim the Kotel (Western Wall) as a Muslim site.
Jews worship at the Kotel (Western Wall) – Reuters
In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova urged Organization members to reject the proposal, which she said threatened to “incite tensions.” Continue Reading »
New Islamic State video tells Palestinians that the Jihadis will soon arrive in Jerusalem to “help our Palestinian brothers slaughter the Jews.”
By Daniel Siryoti & Israel Hayom Staff
The Islamic State group released a new video Sunday focusing on the wave of terrorism in Israel and tensions surrounding Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and urging a more “aggressive jihad against the Jews.”
Islamic State urges a more “aggressive jihad against Jews” [Illustrative] – Photo: AP
“Fight the Jews any way you can. Terrorize them with explosive devices, tear them to shreds. Cut off the Jews’ heads,” an Islamic State operative asserts on the video. Continue Reading »
The proposal, likely to pass due to Muslim majority in the UNESCO Executive Council, will have Judaism’s Kotel (a.k.a. Western Wall or Wailing Wall in English) renamed Buraq Plaza, and incorporated as part of Islam’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
By Ari Yashar
In an attempt to gain international legitimacy for its rewriting of history, the Palestinian Authority (PA) will submit a resolution to UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) next week claiming the Kotel (Western Wall) as its own.
The proposal calls to have the Kotel in Jerusalem – which is an outer wall of the Temple Mount that is the holiest site in Judaism – recognized as part of Al-Aqsa Mosque located on the Mount, reports Yedioth Aharonoth on Friday. Continue Reading »
Police & Border Guards forces push back rioters into Al-Aqsa mosque after being pelted with large rocks and fired at with firecrackers, finally restoring order.
By Noam (Dabul) Dvir
Riots broke out on the Temple Mount shortly after the complex was opened for visitors on Wednesday morning, the eve of Rosh Hashanah.
Police officer hit by firecracker – Photo: Police
Dozens of masked youth, who set up blockades at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, started throwing firecrackers, rocks and stones at police forces stationed at the Mugrabi Gate.
YASAM and Border Police troops entered the Al-Aqsa compound and pushed the rioters back into the mosque, as rioters continued pelting them with large rocks. Continue Reading »
Jordan condemns Israel’s heavy deployment of police and IDF soldiers at the Temple Mount, claiming Israel is in violation of int’l law.
By Elad Benari, Canada
The Temple Mount became Jewish again on Tuesday, and Jordan didn’t like it.
Temple organizations reported Tuesday morning that about 400 Jews had ascended to the Mount in the morning hours, and that police allowed them in without undue delays.
Jews pray on Temple Mount – Temple Mount HQ
Muslim worshippers, who often harass Jews on the Mount, were not allowed in because police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) had received intelligence about “malicious intentions” and Islamist incitement calling on Arabs to riot and prevent the Jews from entering. Continue Reading »
Jordanian officials summoned Israel’s Ambassador to the country to protest ‘Israeli provocations’ on the Temple Mount.
Jordan’s government-controlled Petra news agency said Monday that government officials had called in the Israeli Ambassador to the country to protest the “Israeli provocations” on the Temple Mount Sunday. Israel closed the Mount to members of the Waqf after Arab youths rioted again Sunday, throwing rocks and stones at Israeli police.
Hamas flags, Muslim Brotherhood symbols on Temple Mount – Photo: Yehuda Glick
The riots were a continuation of unrest that has been going on for several days at Judaism’s holiest site. Continue Reading »
Netanyahu’s conciliatory promises to Muslim world followed a stormy Knesset debate on possible extension of Israeli sovereignty over Temple Mount
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday vowed that his government would not alter the status quo regarding the Temple Mount, a day after Israel’s Knesset held its first ever debate on extending Jewish sovereignty over Judaism’s holiest site.
Temple Mount – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
“The policy of the government of Israel has been and continues to be the maintenance of the status quo at the Temple Mount, including freedom of access for all faiths to the holy sites,” Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev told The Jerusalem Post. Continue Reading »
Jordan expressed its outraged at Israel’s installation of closed-circuit security cameras following attacks on civilians and Israel Police, accuses Israel of violating Muslim religious freedom.
By Maayana Miskin
Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, demanded on Tuesday that Israel remove surveillance cameras at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount, the AFP news agency reports.
“Jordan rejects Israel’s installation of surveillance cameras on December 8 to monitor waqf officials and worshippers, particularly women,” Information Minister Mohammad Momani told state news agency Petra.
“Jordan does not accept that Israel has set up a police station inside the compound. Continue Reading »