Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Whole 37 Acres

The Jordanian Minister of Religious Endowments has affirmed that Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem is “part of the Islamic faith” and accused Israeli soldiers and settlers of “defiling” the sacred mosque with their incursions. Abdus-Salam Al-Abadi was reacting to Israeli claims that the courtyard of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa is “public space” and can be turned into “public parks”. Al-Abadi said that such moves would be “clear aggression against the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque which, apart from provoking Muslim anger, are serious breaches of international conventions.”

And what is the "Al-Aqsa Mosque"?  The grey-domed structure in the south of the compound?

The whole Noble Sanctuary is “Al-Aqsa Mosque”, stressed Mr. Al-Abadi. “This includes all of the land, mosques, benches, domes open spaces and other facilities across the sanctuary’s 37 acres,” he insisted. “This is the correct Shari’ah definition of Al-Aqsa Mosque which is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.”

That was today.  In February

 Dr. Abdul Salam Al-Abbadi, who is Jordan’s Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs, condemned the actions of the Jewish extremists and Israeli police officers “who raided Al-Aqsa Mosque without regard for mosque etiquette and chased Muslim worshippers inside the building”. Minister Al-Abbadi denounced the “practices of the Israeli occupation authorities which desecrate holy places, and called for the removal of surveillance cameras located inside Al-Aqsa Mosque. These cameras, he asserted, “represent a blatant attack on Jordan’s custodian role in Jerusalem’s Islamic sites, the mosque and the worshippers, who are intimated by the cameras’ presence.”

No room at all?


Jamal Amro [claims there is] the presence of traces of chemical materials found in the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing the use of the Israeli occupation forces of a material solvent in the excavations conducted by the bottom of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to dissolve and break up its foundations leading to its collapse. 

What "bottom"?

In his speech, he told WAFA on Thursday that it is through his team, which handles the maintenance of the Al-Aqsa mosque and its architecture, there are professionals dedicate themselves to the development of chemical at night to remove their impact during the day, asserting that the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque is the strongest since 3 years, and that since the proclamation of Jerusalem as the capital of Arab culture in 2009, the occupation authorities began its offensive dramatic for the Judaization of the city and clear all the original features, and that we are seeing these days is heaviest for the implementation of occupation plans. '


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