Thursday, October 20, 2005

So They Did Pray, Did They? Or Didn't They?

According to IsraelNationalNews (Arutz 7 in English), following up on something I wrote about,

The Al Jazeera Arab site has accused "dozens of Jewish extremists" of storming the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and clashing with Moslem guards. The charge was made after the worshippers won a court appeal allowing them to pray on the Temple Mount between for a short time.

Mosque director Mohamed Hussein was quoted as saying, "...the court’s decision, could lead to dangerous results."

On Monday, the eve of the Sukkot holiday, the High Court of Justice handed down a ruling officially permitting Jews to pray on the Temple Mount but stipulated that prayers must conclude by 9 a.m. in order to prevent a confrontation with Moslems, who usually arrive at that time.

But if you read the Al Jazeera report in its entirety, you'll find this there:-

An Israeli police spokesman in Jerusalem denied there was "any change of policy with regard to the status of mosques at the Temple Mount."

"The status quo remains unchanged, we only allowed these people to enter as tourists from 7.30 to 9.30, and as far as I know they didn't indulge in any religious activity there," said police spokesman Gil Shmueli.

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