Tag Archive for Waqf

Islamic Waqf ‘reminds’ Christians: “Selling land to Jews is treason”

Arab religious leaders of the Islamic Waqf and certain Christian clerics call on church leaders in Israel not to sell Church owned land to Jews, referring to the Greek Orthodox Church that’s currently unloading lucrative parcels of land at reasonable prices.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Islamic Waqf properties in Jerusalem, is calling on Christians not to sell Church land to Jews, calling it “treason.”

In an interview with the Hamas newspaper Al-Risala, Khatib said that many sources in the Christian community had told of various real estate transactions that had taken place with Jews. Continue Reading »

Jewish victim of Palestinian violence sues Waqf guard for assault on Temple Mount

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 »

It’s Over: Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti calls to resume prayer at Al-Aqsa


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 »

Muslim clerics reject Temple Mount security cameras instead of metal detectors


Rejecting any form of compromise that would secure the Temple Mount from smuggled weapons, Muslim worshipers arrived at the Gate of the Tribes for the morning prayers but refuse to enter the holy site.
– Sheikh, “The new measure is worse than the metal detectors.”

By Ynet reporters


The Israel Police set up special surveillance cameras at one of the entrances to the Temple Mount complex on Sunday morning, which could replace the recently installed metal detectors that have been at the center of growing tensions between Israel and Muslim worshipers.

Peace & Quiet at the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount as Waqf clerics continue to reject security measures.

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Jews visit Temple Mount on Monday without being shadowed by Waqf guards

21 Jewish visitors ascend the Temple Mount for 1st time in years without accompaniment of Waqf Muslim security watching their every move, since they refuse to work due to new metal detectors securing the safety of the Holy site.

By Yael Friedson


For the first time since the attack on Friday, 21 Jews visited the Temple Mount on Monday without the accompaniment of the Waqf—the Jordanian security forces charged with preventing Jewish prayer at Jerusalem sites with Muslim significance—due to their objection to the metal detectors set up as a security precaution following the deadly shooting attack on Friday. Continue Reading »

3 Waqf arrested, Israel to instal magnometers and CC cameras on Temple Mount

After continued violence on the Temple Mount, Israel ignores Jordan’s disapproval, holy site remains closed as Israel security forces continue their investigation and instals magnometers at Temple Mount entrances and closed circuit cameras around the Temple Mount.

By Hezki Baruch


Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening participated in a telephone conference about the situation on the Temple Mount.

Temple Mount – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Participating in the teleconference were Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud), Israel Police Chief Roni Alsheikh, Shabak Director Nadav Argaman, and Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevi.

During the discussion, the decision was made to gradually reopen the Temple Mount to worshipers, tourists, and visitors beginning on Sunday afternoon. Continue Reading »

Islamic Waqf spews hatred, spreading lies about Israel to Palestinian media


General Director of Jordan’s run Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem spewed a flurry of lies & incitement against Israel in an interview on Friday to the Palestinian news, that can only be meant to anger and reignite violence against Jews.

By Dalit Halevi,


Azzam al-Khatib, General Director of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem, spewed a flurry of lies and incitement against Israel Friday.

The Dome of the Rock seen on the Temple Mount. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Talking to Palestinian news, he claimed that Israeli organizations are trying to escalate tensions by “breaking into” the complex of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

He said that every “break-in” to Al-Aqsa Mosque, even when perpetrated by only one person, is forbidden because it is illegal, unethical, and constitutes a provocation to the feelings of Muslims. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Jordan suspends installation of CCTV cameras on Temple Mount


Contrary to an agreement made by Israel, the U.S. and Jordan’s King last October, Jordan’s Prime Minister said that Palestinian opposition to the surveillance led to the decision.

By i24news


Jordan is suspending the plan to install security cameras around the flashpoint Temple Mount complex over Palestinian opposition to it, Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said on Monday, according to Jordan’s Petra news agency.

Temple Mount – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The site, considered holy to both Muslims and Jews, is known to Muslims as the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Jordan retains custodial rights, administered by the Waqf, but Israel controls access. Continue Reading »

No Arab riots (so far) after 1st secret Jewish wedding on Temple Mount since 2nd Temple


Reported as first Jewish marriage ceremony on the Temple Mount since the Second Temple’s destruction some 2000 years ago, the couple purportedly said to have secretly exchanged their vows, at Judaism’s holiest site, unnoticed by the Israel police or the Muslim Waqf guards.



A young, unidentified Jewish couple purportedly made history on the Temple Mount earlier this week after becoming only the second couple in 2,000 years to have a wedding ceremony at Judaism’s holiest site.

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CCTV cameras to be installed for surveillance of Temple Mount


Although no cameras will be installed inside the Al-Aqsa mosque, live-streaming footage from a CCTV grid across the holy site will be monitored by both Israeli & Jordanian officials, to help maintain order on the Temple Mount, says a Jerusalem official.

By Shlomo Cesana


Israel and Jordan agreed over the weekend to install surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount, which would enable both parties to monitor security incidents at the Jerusalem holy site. The closed-circuit TV grid is expected to become operational before the Passover holiday, in mid-April.

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Watch: Waqf Ejects pro-Israel ‘Religious Christians’ from Temple Mount Compound


Christian pro-Israel activist, Jane Kiel from Denmark, records being kicked off of the Temple Mount by Waqf guards who ‘waited 2 months’ to bully her.

By Ari Yashar


Jane Kiel, a Danish pro-Israel activist better known as “Jerusalem Jane,” managed to record the blatant discrimination she faced Wednesday morning at the Temple Mount, where Jordanian Waqf guards kicked her off the site for two months ago singing a prayer there.

Kiel told Arutz Sheva she has complained to the police and contacted governmental ministers, but that her hopes are low that any action will be taken over the harassment she suffered. Continue Reading »

Jordanians angry Palestinian Authority rejected installing CCTV on Temple Mount




Jordanians on Tuesday criticized the Palestinian Authority for rejecting the idea of installing security cameras at the Temple Mount.

Border Police officers patrol Temple Mount – Photo: REUTERS

The Jordanians noted that the idea of installing the cameras was aimed at “protecting the al Aksa Mosque by documenting what’s happening at the site.”

PA officials have over the past few days dismissed the idea, arguing that Israel would use the cameras to arrest Palestinians “under the pretext of incitement.” Continue Reading »

Israel Police: Jordanian Waqf attempts to install CCTV without coordination is provocation


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 »

Arabs Replacing Carpet at Dome of the Rock Quickly Cover Millennium Old Mosaic Tiles

Remodeling at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa sparks verbal ‘holy war’ as Israel’s gov’t authorities plead that the work be halted because it could cause irreparable damage, while Jordan’s Waqf officials forbid Jewish involvement.

By The Associated Press


It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshippers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.

Workers place carpets over ancient floor designs in the cave under the Dome of the Rock shrine – Photo: AP

But there is no such thing as routine remodeling when it comes to the most contested piece of real estate in Jerusalem, where the presence of a mere screwdriver can threaten to ignite religious tensions. Continue Reading »

Israel PM Allows PA Prime Minister Hamdallah Pray on Temple Mount

Hamdallah, head of Palestinian unity gov’t with Hamas, was accompanied with PA’s Jerusalem ‘governor’ to pray at the site where they banned Jews from praying.

By Ari Yashar


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has followed the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) directives banning Jews from praying on the Temple Mount – but on Monday, he and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon did let Palestinian Authority (PA) unity government President Rami Hamdallah pray at the site.

The permission given to Hamdallah was announced through the semi-official PA news site Wafa.

According to the reports, not only would the head of the PA unity government with Hamas be allowed to pray at the holiest site in Judaism, but he would be accompanied by the PA “governor” of Jerusalem Adna al-Husseini and senior officials from the PA Security Forces. Continue Reading »