Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Today's Temple Mount Incidents

This is what Arabic readers believe:

Settlers assault on the Al-Aqsa Mosque guard

and in English:

An Israeli extremist on Wednesday assaulted a guard at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after dozens of Jewish worshipers entered the Islamic holy site.   Muwafaq Hamami was trying to stop an Israeli extremist [Dan Tobol] taking photos of women at the compound when the Israeli hit him and knocked him unconscious, witnesses told Ma'an.  Hamami was taken to Hadassah Medical Center for treatment. [Tobol was detained, threatened by police to force him to sign a commitment not to do all sorts of things but released after his lawyer filed an appeal]

Dozens of Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday.  Four Israelis started to perform Jewish prayers on leaving the compound, and Muslim worshipers tried to stop them, leading to further clashes.

There was this, too:

On Wednesday a group of Jewish pilgrims to the site said they were appalled at witnessing the now common practice of youth playing soccer and other sports on the site of what once was the Holy Temple and "House of Prayer for All Nations " built by King Solomon.

Members of the Jewish entourage at the site took away the soccer ball and handed it over to a police officer, however the officer returned to ball to the youth and told the Jewish group that there was "no provision" for stopping soccer games or other activity. A Supreme Court order has forbidden sports on the holy site.


The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage warned that all events on the ground confirm that the Israeli occupation tends to realize its wishes about the building of the alleged temple of Solomon...head of the foundation Egbariya Zaki said that the Jewish groups used to prohibit its followers from visiting the Aqsa Mosque according to the teachings of their Torah, but now the situation is different and there are escalating Jewish calls to defile the Mosque and perform rituals inside it...[and to] encourage the Jewish settlers to make offerings or their marriage vows at the Aqsa Mosque, which they falsely describe as the temple mount, portend a looming danger. He noted that all these violations against the sanctity of the Aqsa Mosque are taking place simultaneously with a ferocious Judaization campaign against Jerusalem...


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