A Muslim teacher and headmaster of a school in the Arab town of Tamra, in the Lower Galilee, says that Jews should also have the right to pray on the Temple Mount, admitting, it should be a place of worship for all religions.
By Israel Today Staff
The Temple Mount [known to Muslims as Al Haram Ash Sharif] has long been at the center of the Middle East conflict. All three major world religions–Judaism, Christianity and Islam–claim it as holy to their faith. As such, it is much more than just a political flashpoint.
The Muslims control most of the Temple Mount, and use it as a platform for violent protest and to express their displeasure over Israeli politics, and, indeed, the very existence of the Jewish state. Continue Reading »
WATCH and see the newly unveiled path called “Pilgrims’ Road” used by ancient Jewish visitors 2000 years ago during the three great pilgrimage feasts, Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Festival of Shavuot) and Tabernacles (Sukkot), as well as where Jesus spoke to the masses.
By Israel Today Staff
A 350-meter (382 yard) section of a path leading up to the Temple Mount has been opened for visitors after a ten-year excavation project. The newly unveiled passageway is called “Pilgrims’ Road” because it is now clear that this is the footpath that was used by Jews during biblical times to ascend the Temple Mount, bringing sacrifices to the Lord during the three Pilgrimage Feasts–Passover (Pesach) , Pentecost (Festival of Shavuot) and Tabernacles (Sukkot). Continue Reading »
Totally ignoring a closure order issued by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, four Palestinians were detained when transporting room dividers as they continued to carry out illegal construction under the Islamic Waqf’s direction, creating a new mosque at the Golden Gate, the fifth on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
On Sunday night, four suspects were detained at the Temple Mount’s Golden Gate after police officers spotted four men transporting room dividers, intended for installation in the ancient structure recently transformed into the Temple Mount’s newest mosque.
This past March, Regavim, a non-government organization dedicated to the preservation of Israel’s resources and sovereignty through equal and universal law enforcement, petitioned the Supreme Court against the Waqf’s illegal activity at the Temple Mount’s oldest structure. Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
Violent clashes arise after Israel Police sealed off passage-ways to the Temple Mount in search of the terrorists who threw a Molotov cocktail at a Jerusalem police station.
– A Border Policewoman was lightly wounded in the fire-bomb attack.
– Abbas threatens Israel: ‘There will be grave consequences.’
By Yishai Porat
A Border Policewoman was lightly wounded Tuesday after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a police station near Lions’ Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.The police entered the Temple Mount following the attack and closed off all the entrances and exits to the compound in order to locate the perpetrators, which led to violent clashes between the worshippers and Israeli security services. Continue Reading »
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 »
ANALYSIS: Saudi Arabia, Marocco and Erdogan’s Islamist regime in Turkey are strategically interfering in Israel’s internal affairs by funding & inciting Arab activists, and it’s no coincidence that the Wakf & Palestinians are now taking steps to control the Temple Mount, just as Trump’s special advisor has begun to advance the ‘Deal of the Century.’
By Yochanan Visser
Once again Palestinian Arab Muslims, backed by foreign actors, try to stir up unrest over the Temple Mount where they have built numerous unauthorized buildings and mosques.
Last Friday, thousands of Arab Muslims chanting “Allah Hu Akbar broke the status quo on the Temple Mount again when they entered an area known as the Golden Gate or Bab al-Rahma (Gate of Mercy) in Arabic. Continue Reading »
The Old City’s The Gate of Mercy, (or Shaar HaRachamim in Hebrew), also called the Golden Gate, was sealed off by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1541, to prevent the Jewish Messiah, or the Anointed One, Elijah, from passing through, but last week a group of Arab worshipers removed an iron gate that was placed by the Israel Police in 2003 to prevent political activists from entering the Holy site.
BY KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Palestinians declared victory over the weekend after reopening a site on the Temple Mount that had been closed by Israel in 2003.
Thousands of Palestinians, chanting “Allahu Akbar!” Continue Reading »
Official for Abbas’ PA says Israel to blame for a skirmish on the Temple Mount in which violent Waqf guards attempted to remove the kippah from a religious Jewish police officer’s head by force.
By Dalit Halevi
Najah Bakirat, who heads the Al-Aqsa Academy for Waqf and Islamic heritage, on Monday blamed Israel for an incident of violence by Waqf guards that led to the closing of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.
The incident took place when an Israeli officer wearing a kippah entered the Dome of the Rock mosque and was ordered to remove his kippah. Continue Reading »
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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Ahmad A., 26, wanted “to kill as many German nationals of the Christian faith as possible,” the prosecutor’s office said, according to the indictment. He wanted his actions “to be viewed in the context of an Islamic attack, and understood as a contribution to worldwide jihad.”