Tag Archive for Waqf

Jordan Condemns Israel for Police Response to Riots on Temple Mount

Jordan condemns the conduct of Israel Police personnel who responded to Arab rioters on the Temple Mount.

By Elad Benari, Canada


Hours after Arab rioters attacked Israeli security forces at the Temple Mount, Jordan criticized Israel on Wednesday over security forces’ conduct in reaction to the riots.

“The forces of the occupation … prevented religious officials entering (the compound) and cleared it of all Muslims, while at the same time enabling Jewish extremists to storm it, and pray with security forces protection,” government spokesman Mohammed Momeni said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency.

He called on Israel to “stop its devastating campaign against the Al-Aqsa mosque, religious officials and worshippers,” slamming “police… firing bullets and bombs inside the compound, which injured dozens of people.” Continue Reading »

Tourists & Jews Forced to Wait Hours to Ascend Temple Mount

Jews & Christians were again blatantly discriminated against this week as hundreds were forced to wait for hours to visit the Temple Mount.

By Yaakov Levi


Jews and tourists who attempted to ascend the Temple Mount this week were subjected to long lines and waits of hours to enter the Temple compound, while Muslims were able to enter the area unhindered. That, said Yehuda Glick of the Liba Project for Jewish Freedom at the Temple Mount, is a clear case of racism and discrimination. “It is hard to believe that the state does not already recognize the Temple Mount as a Muslim site, with anyone who is a non-Muslim an unwelcome annoyance,” Glick said. Continue Reading »

Jordan Condemns Israel Over Temple Mount Restrictions

Jordanian officials summoned Israel’s Ambassador to the country to protest ‘Israeli provocations’ on the Temple Mount.

By Moshe Cohen


Jordan’s government-controlled Petra news agency said Monday that government officials had called in the Israeli Ambassador to the country to protest the “Israeli provocations” on the Temple Mount Sunday. Israel closed the Mount to members of the Waqf after Arab youths rioted again Sunday, throwing rocks and stones at Israeli police.

Hamas flags, Muslim Brotherhood symbols on Temple Mount – Photo: Yehuda Glick

The riots were a continuation of unrest that has been going on for several days at Judaism’s holiest site. Continue Reading »

U.S. Congressman ‘Shocked’ by Openly anti-Jewish Practices at Temple Mount

Two US law makers go ‘under cover’ to visit the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site – and experience firsthand ‘intimidating’ discrimination.

By Ari Soffer


An American Congressman has expressed his “shock” after witnessing anti-Jewish discrimination on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, during a recent fact-finding mission to Israel.

Rep. Johnson (2nd R) on the Temple Mount, flanked by his Waqf escort – Photo: Ruth Lieberman

US Rep. Bill Johnson, (R-OH) was joined by Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), on a tour of the State of Israel organized by the Israel Allies Foundation and Yes! Israel missions “to see the situation there for ourselves”. Continue Reading »

Report: Israel Police Ignore Temple Mount Disrespect & Damage

Once again, and contrary to orders set by Israel’s High Court, children were playing soccer on the Temple Mount – and even though the Police do nothing, Jewish activist Michael Pu’ah is demanding that it stop.

By Yaakov Levi


On the Temple Mount visitors are often witness to picnics, weddings – and soccer games, with Arab children competing in a sweaty, curse-filled game at the holiest site in Judaism. Many Jewish visitors have complained to authorities about this, with little intervention on the part of police.

On Monday, Michael Pu’ah, a director of the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction of the Likud, filmed a soccer game that took place on the Temple Mount. Continue Reading »

Police ascend Temple Mount, 3 Palestinian rioters arrested


Rioting Arabs threw stones and firecrackers at security forces from the holy site, requiring police to enter it to disperse violent crowd.

By AP, Noam ‘Dabul’ Dvir


About 20 masked Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers at Israeli security forces from atop the Temple Mount Tuesday morning.

Palestinian protesters react during clashes with police on the Temple Mount [file]. Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Palestinian protesters react during clashes with police on the Temple Mount [file]. – Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters

A police force entered the area to disperse the rioters using crowd dispersal means, including stun grenades. Three rioters were arrested on suspicion they threw rocks and firecrackers at security forces.

Two policemen were lightly hurt in the incident, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told AFP. Continue Reading »

Stephen Harper’s Temple Mount visit cancelled by Muslims ‘because of Jewish Bodyguards’

At the last moment the Muslim Waqf cancelled Canadian PM’s planned tour of the Temple Mount, because some in his security entourage  are Jewish.

By Gil Ronen


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper planned to tour the Temple Mount after visiting the Western Wall (Kotel) Tuesday, but the visit was torpedoed at the last minute by the Muslim Waqf, which said it would not allow Harper’s security detail onto the Mount, since some of the bodyguards are Jewish, leading Temple activist Yehuda Glick told Arutz Sheva in an exclusive interview. Bnei Brith Canada confirmed the story.

Waqf arguing with Policeman on Temple Mount - screenshot

Waqf arguing with Policeman on Temple Mount – screenshot

There are also alternative versions of the events, however, and it cannot yet be said with complete certainty which is the correct one. Continue Reading »

Islamic Waqf Revising Jewish History: ‘Temple Mount, and Kotel are Muslim’

Muslim religious authority supervising the Temple Mount makes new claims: King Solomon was a Muslim, and the Kotel (Western Wall) is holy to Islam.

By Maayana Miskin


The Islamic Waqf, which supervises the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, has issued a pamphlet that makes new claims regarding the Mount – arguing, among other things, that King Solomon was a Muslim and that there is no Jewish connection to either the Temple Mount or the Western Wall (Kotel).

A page from the Waqf’s new guidebook – Israel news photo: Rabbi Chaim Richman

Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute supplied Arutz Sheva with a copy of the pamphlet, which is currently being distributed to visitors to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount. Continue Reading »

Published in U.S.: Buried Secret Israeli Report on Temple Mount Irregularities

News Report published by American Jewish media on Israeli authorities’ negligence regarding supervision of Muslim digs at Temple Mount, was buried by the Israeli gov’t in 2007.



The American news website The Jewish Voice has published a translation of an Israeli State Comptroller’s report on Israeli authorities’ conduct regarding digs at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in 2007. In Israel, a gag order was placed on the report due to fears it would harm Israel’s foreign relations and spark violent confrontations at the Temple Mount. News of the Jewish Voice report was first published in the Israeli weekend newspaper Sof Hashavua. Continue Reading »

Jordan Protest Israel’s Newly Installed Temple Mount CC Security Cameras

Jordan expressed its outraged at Israel’s installation of closed-circuit security cameras following attacks on civilians and Israel Police, accuses Israel of violating Muslim religious freedom.

By Maayana Miskin


Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, demanded on Tuesday that Israel remove surveillance cameras at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount, the AFP news agency reports.

“Jordan rejects Israel’s installation of surveillance cameras on December 8 to monitor waqf officials and worshippers, particularly women,” Information Minister Mohammad Momani told state news agency Petra.

“Jordan does not accept that Israel has set up a police station inside the compound. Continue Reading »

Jordan Reports: Israel to Allow UNESCO to ‘Investigate’ Old City

Jordan reports that Israel has agreed to allow the UN mission to “investigate & assess” heritage conservation site in Jerusalem’s Old City.

By Arutz Sheva Staff



Jordan said on Tuesday that Israel has agreed to allow a UN mission to “investigate and assess” heritage conservation in Jerusalem’s Old City for the first time since 2004.

The Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site for well over 3,000 years.

The Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site for well over 3,000 years.


“Jordan and Palestine, supported by Arab states, succeeded in pressuring Israel, for the first time since 2004, to accept and facilitate a UNESCO experts’ mission to investigate and assess the status of heritage and conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls,” a palace statement said, according to a report in the AFP news agency. Continue Reading »

Construction of new Kotel site may begin within a month

After 3 months of consultations with a wide spectrum of Israeli & American Jewish leaders, Sharansky unveiled the proposal Tuesday in New York. Now back in Israel, he will present the plan to PM Benjamin Netanyahu.


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Natan Sharansky said the implementation of his plan to expand the non-Orthodox prayer site at the Western Wall could begin in as little as one month.

In an interview Thursday with JTA, Sharansky sounded cautiously optimistic about his proposal to create an egalitarian space equal in size to the current men’s and women’s sections combined.

The Jewish Agency for Israel chairman was charged last year with finding a solution to mounting tensions over women’s prayer at the Western Wall. Continue Reading »

Nation-Wide Memorial Siren too Controversial on Temple Mount

Israel Police tried to remove the Jews from the Temple Mount before the siren sounded.

Muslim Waqf members were upset to see Jewish visitors paying their respect by simply standing in place.

By Maayana Miskin



Several Jews who visited the Temple Mount on Monday, Holocaust Memorial Day, say police officers at the holy site tried to get them to leave before the memorial siren sounded at 10 a.m. Police were apparently afraid of how Muslims at the site would react to the sight of Jews standing for the siren, they said.

The Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site for well over 3,000 years.

The Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site for well over 3,000 years.

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Court May Be Asked to Stop ‘Destruction of History’ by the Waqf

Israel’s High Court may be the only way for archaeologists to order the gov’t to stop the Waqf from destroying more ‘history’ at the holy site.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


The High Court may be the last resort for archaeologists to order Netanyahu to stop allowing the Waqf to destroy history at the holy site.

Temple Mount digging

Temple Mount digging – Israel news photo: Prof. Eli Hollander and architect Gidon Harlap

Following the latest disclosures of massive removal and dumping of dirt containing artifacts from the area of the Holy Temples, attorney Aviad Vesuli told Arutz Sheva he would appeal to the High Court. Continue Reading »