Tag Archive for Wakf

Palestinians trying to establish fifth mosque on Temple Mount

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 »

Jordan’s Wakf Council announces intention to renovate Golden Gate site

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.



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 »

Turkey assists Palestinian-Jordanian maneuvers to control ‘East Jerusalem’

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 »

Palestinians proclaim ‘victory’ after opening Temple Mount’s Golden Gate

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.



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 »

Esteemed Israeli archeologist admonished on Temple Mount by Jordanian Wakf


Abruptly interrupting Dr. Gabriel Barkay as he lectured US college students, a Palestinian guard warned him to stop referring to the holy site as “Temple Mount”.



One of the nation’s most vaunted archeologists said he was rebuked by a Wakf Muslim religious trust guard and police officer over the weekend for referring to Judaism’s holiest site as the “Temple Mount” during a tour on the compound with US college students.

Jerusalem Prize winner and Temple Mount Sifting Project co-founder, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, on Tuesday said he was guiding an interfaith group of 22 undergraduates from UCLA Sunday morning when he was interrupted by an Arab guard for making the seemingly innocuous reference. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Christians outraged over Hamas destruction of unearthed church ruins in Gaza


West Bank Palestinian Christian cleric asks, “How are the Wakf officials in Gaza different from ISIS when they bulldoze antiquities and a religious and cultural treasure?”



Palestinian Christians on Wednesday expressed anger over the way the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have handled the ancient ruins of a Byzantine church that were uncovered in Gaza City last week.

They said that bulldozers removed the antiquities and continued with their work without supervision. They accused the two big Palestinian parties of seeking to obliterate Christian history and identity in the Holy Land.

Kids removing sand covering carving from ancient ruins, which archaeologists say may be part of a Byzantine church or cathedral dating from around 1,500 years ago, were found in Gaza City April 4, 2016.

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Accusing Israel of “Waging Religious War on Jerusalem”, Jordan Appoints 52 Wakf Employees




Jordan has appointed 52 new employees and guards at its Jerusalem-based Wakf Department, Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammed Momani announced on Wednesday.

He said that another 70 employees and guards will be appointed soon to the Wakf Department, which is in charge of Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.

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The Muslim wakf: Discarding history at The Temple Mount


The Muslim wakf, responsible for The Temple Mount continues to damage antiquities & archeological artifacts as Israeli authorities remain helpless to prevent it. In the meantime, entire Christian, Jewish & Muslim histories are being brutally dumped in garbage sites.

By Nadav Shragai



On a high steel scaffold next to the southern area of the Temple Mount compound’s eastern wall, workers of the Muslim wakf have been working to repair the wall for quite some time. One after another, the stones are removed from the “diseased” area of this wall, which threatened to collapse some years ago, and replaced with new surfacing stones.

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