The newest crisis emerging on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount has to do with the Islamic waqf’s objection to an Israeli observation post erected atop the Old City’s Golden Gate, to ensure Palestinian Muslims aren’t covertly violating an Israel High Court ruling that protects precious archaeological material.
By Nadav Shragai
In the summer of 2004, history was made on a small scale in the Supreme Court in Jerusalem when the High Court of Justice ruled in favor of a petition filed by a Jewish group to protect the Temple Mount antiquities. In one of the last cases Justice Jacob Turkel handled before retiring, the judge adopted the petition filed by the Committee for the Prevention of Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, forcing the government to take action that went against what was almost natural for it in those days – simply giving in to the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, the body that oversees what takes place on the Mount. 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 »
In an ISIS inspired terror-attack, 3 Arab citizens of Israel planned to open fire at one of the world’s holiest sites, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Three Arab citizens from the village of Um el-Fahm were indicted on Monday for plotting a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount in the name of Islamic State, the Shin Bet security agency announced.
The suspects, identified as 20-year-olds Muhammad Mas’ud Muhammad Jabarin and Imad Lutfi Muhammad Jabarin, as well as a minor, were arrested during January and February in a joint operation by the Shin Bet and the Israel Police
The attack was thwarted thanks to accurate intelligence information that enabled the security forces to arrest the members of the terrorist cell before they could obtain weapons and actualize their plans. Continue Reading »
REPORT: Three tourists with dual Belgian-Turkish citizenships were arrested ascending the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after violent response when they were refused entry as long as they wore T-shirts with Turkish flag on them.
Three Turkish tourists were arrested on the slopes of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Turkish media outlets extensively reported Saturday. The tourists were arrested Friday for assaulting police officers, it was reported, and were still detained and interrogated.
Turkish paper Daily Sabah reported eye witness accounts purporting the Israel Police prevented a delegation of Turkish tourists—some of them children—to enter the Temple Mount complex. Continue Reading »
For his stabbing rampage at a supermarket in Germany, in reaction to Arab media’s incitement at Israel for placing metal detectors at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, a federal prosecutor charged the Palestinian terrorist with murder, and 6 counts of attempted murder.
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Germany’s federal prosecution charged a Palestinian man on Friday with murder and six counts of attempted murder.
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Police outside the Hamburg supermarket where the Palestinian terrorist attacked shoppers, July 2017.
After being arrested for bowing on the Temple Mount, a Waqf employee approached the Jewish visitor and kicked him in the stomach while he was in handcuffs.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
A personal claim of NIS 30,000 was filed against a Waqf employee on the Temple Mount for attacking a Jew and kicking him in the stomach.
Waqf guards ‘observing’ Jews visiting the Temple Mount – Photo: Yaakov Shoham/Wikimedia
The Jewish man had participated in a visit to the Temple Mount six months ago. During his visit to the holiest site in Judaism, the man bowed.
The police arrested the man for exercising his freedom of religion. Continue Reading »
Denouncing Germany’s ‘Fake News’ in the 2nd most read article on the popular website, Bild’s online editor-in-chief warned that by “routinely interchanging perpetrator and victim” the German media attacks on Israel reveal its withdrawal from historical responsibility.
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
The online editor-in-chief of the mass-circulation Bild published Sunday a column filled with blistering criticism over the anti-Israel media in Germany during the Temple Mount clashes.
It was never about ‘metal-detectors’ – More online Incitement to kill Jews – Facebook
“No other country, which suffers under permanent terror, is reported on in Germany in the cynical, ice-cold and heartless manner like Israel is,” wrote Julian Reichelt. Continue Reading »
After the Waqf, the Jordanian body that oversees the Muslim religious site in Jerusalem spoke with Muslim leaders, Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti encouraged worshipers to return to pray atop the Temple Mount.
By Reuters and Elior Levy
Jerusalem Grand Mufti Mohammed Hussein and Muslim elders encouraged worshipers to return to pray at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday after deeming that Israel had removed all security measures installed after a deadly terror attack in the Old City earlier this month that sparked a prolonged period of violence.
Temple Mount Complex – Illustrated by IsraelandStuff
The elders announced their decision after a report from the Waqf, a Jordaninan-backed body that oversees the Muslim religious sites in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
In a tit for tat spat originating from Turkey, their Foreign Ministry spokesman now decrees that life was better for the Jews during the Ottoman Empire (before the Jewish state), ignoring the genocides, or the abuses perpetrated on those who couldn’t pay their ‘jizyah’, the infidel tax.
The Jews should appreciate how good they had it under the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday after Israel responded to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on the Temple Mount crisis by reminding him that the days of the Ottoman Empire are over.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan desperately seeking the prestige once awarded the Ottoman Empire. Continue Reading »
In an agreement facilitated by Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mid-East envoy, the Temple Mount’s magnetometers will be replaced with advanced technologies according to Monday night’s decision from Israel’s Security Cabinet, with an allocated budget of up to 100 million shekels for the sophisticated optic & thermal devices.
By Nitsan Keida
The Security Cabinet decided on Monday night to remove the metal detectors from the Temple Mount.
Temple Mount Security Camera – Ynet
In a statement, the Cabinet said it “accepted the recommendation of all of the security bodies to incorporate security measures based on advanced technologies (“smart checks”) and other measures instead of metal detectors in order to ensure the security of visitors and worshippers in the Old City and on the Temple Mount.”
Until the implementation of the plan, the Israel Police will reinforce its units and carry out additional actions as necessary in order to ensure the security of visitors on the Mount. Continue Reading »
US President Donald Trump’s Middle East Envoy Greenblatt and senior advisor Jared Kushner should arrive in Israel Monday, hoping to relax tensions over Temple Mount’s newly established counter-terrorism security measures.
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Jared Kusher—US President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor—is leading American efforts at deescalating the Temple Mount crisis surrounding the installation of metal detectors, according to a senior administration official on Sunday.
The official said that Kushner is working with Israel, the Palestinians and Jordan in an effort to solve the current calamity together with Trump emissary Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman.
Protesters take to the streets en masse as Jordanian & Turkish leaders do nothing to calm the public over Israel’s placement of metal-detectors to holy site’s entrance, after smuggled weapons onto the Temple Mount were used in killing 2 police officers.
By Elior Levy and Roi Kais
Demonstrations in support of Palestinian worshipers in support of their struggle against the new Temple Mount security measures were held Friday in Jordan and Turkey.
In Amman, Jordan, thousands gathered and shouted epithets against Israel.
Friday’s anti-Israel protest in Amman, Jordan – Ynet
According to reports, the crowd shouted, among other things, “How beautiful it is to kill soldiers from Jerusalem,” with some waving a model of a cardboard missile with the words “Al-Aqsa – Red Line.”
Another demonstration was held in Istanbul, where Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim condemned the use of metal detectors at the entrance gates to the Temple Mount. Continue Reading »
Following Erdoğan’s effort to reach out to Israel’s President Rivlin, the Prime Minister’s Office knowing of the Turkish leader’s position conveyed Netanyahu’s opposition to the planned conversation by objecting strenuously to any Turkish involvement in the current Temple Mount crisis.
By Itamar Eichner
President Reuven Rivlin joined efforts to calm tensions at the Temple Mount Thursday afternoon by announcing his intention to speak with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following a request made by the Turkish leader.
Rivlin attacked those who “preferred to blacken his face instead of acting for the good of the country” following criticism of the planned conversation. Continue Reading »