Tag Archive for Gate of Mercy

Jerusalem Court gives Islamic authority 60-days to close prayer site

Citing violation of delicate status quo statutes, the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court has given the Jordanian-appointed administrators of the Temple Mount 60 days to respond to its decision to re-close the Golden Gate compound.

By the Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


The Jordanian-appointed waqf council that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem has 60 days to respond to the closure of a disputed compound near the Golden Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court said on Sunday.

The waqf has recently tried to change the status quo near the gate (also known as the Gate of Mercy) by convening in the closed area and holding prayers, but this led to a court-mandated closure. Continue Reading »

Waqf Council chairman rejects Israeli court closure of Gate of Mercy compound

Jordan appointed Waqf Council chairman says Gate of Mercy compound will remain open for Muslims to pray, despite Jerusalem District Court decision to re-seal the area by next Monday.
• Muslim cleric demands Israel permit the Jordanian run Waqf to renovate the Temple Mount building, allow Waqf officials, Waqf guards and worshippers to enter the site.

By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


The Islamic authority that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem has rejected an Israeli court order to close a religious hall that has ignited tension between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police in recent weeks.

Sheikh Abdelazeem Salhab, chairman of the Waqf Council appointed by neighboring Jordan, said Tuesday that the structure, called the Gate of Mercy shrine, would “remain open for Muslims to pray,” despite Israel’s ultimatum to close the site by next Monday. Continue Reading »