And being sacrilegious.
Jewish temple groups declared their intention to organize a sacrilegious visit for Jewish families with their children to the Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday to mark the Hebrew Sukkot occasion, the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said. According to the foundation, about 200 Jewish settlers desecrated the Mosque yesterday and performed Talmudic rituals in its courtyard.
...however dangerous any idea of endangering the Dome of the Rock or the Al Aqsa Mosque might be to world peace, the Jews are not the problem in Jerusalem. That’s because the dispute in the city isn’t really so much about who controls the Temple Mount but the Muslim effort to deny the Jewish history that is literally under their feet. Were it just a question of sharing sacred space, reasonable compromises that would give full Muslim autonomy over their holy sites while allowing Jewish prayer at the spiritual center of Judaism would be possible since Jewish extremists who want to evict Islam from the place are a tiny minority. Yet as long as the official position of both the Muslim Wakf religious authority, which has been allowed by Israel to govern the place since the 1967 Six-Day War, and the Palestinian Authority is that the Temples never existed and that Jews have no rights to their ancient capital, that will constitute the real obstacle to peace.
Hundreds of students, Jerusalemites and residents of the 1948 territories gathered in the Aqsa mosque since the early morning hours, following Jewish calls to break into the mosque courtyards on Tuesday, on the eve of Sukkot. Al-Aqsa Foundation said in a statement on Tuesday that the presence of worshipers, students and leaders of the Islamic movement in Al-Aqsa mosque has been thwarting the settlers’ incursions expected for today. According to eyewitnesses, a large number of settlers gathered this morning at Bab al-Silsila, but were not able to enter the Aqsa mosque.