Israeli Municipality Hangs “Temple Mount” Sign near Al-Aqsa
The Israeli Municipality of West Jerusalem set up, on Wednesday, a sign reading “Temple Mount”, in reference to the nearby al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The sign, which was placed near Al Nather Gate, was made available in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English, according to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency.
Jews refer to the site as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it as the site of two Jewish temples destroyed in ancient times. The site is home to the third holiest mosque in Islam, and houses the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
The site is located in occupied East Jerusalem, taken by Israel from Jordan in 1967, but under an agreement to keep the site under Jordanian jurisdiction.
The Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which has administrative jurisdiction over the compound, said the hanging of a sign featuring the term “Temple Mount” instead of the internationally recognized Islamic term, Al-Aqsa Mosque, is nothing but an attempt to “Judaise” the holy site and the city of Jerusalem.
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Ambassador of Jordan to Israel Walid Ubeidat on Wednesday visited the al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem where he was hosted by director of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib. Ubeidat toured the al-Aqsa compound accompanied by Sheikh al-Khatib and other officials and met with chairman of the Jerusalem council of endowment Sheikh Abd al-Atheem Salhab.
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Dozens of Israeli rightists and intelligence officers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Wednesday via the Moroccan Gate. Witnesses told Ma'an that 55 Israelis, including rightists, intelligence officers, and students, toured the holy site.
Palestinian worshipers chanted "Allah Akbar", or "God is Great", as a small group attempted to perform religious rituals in the compound. Another group of Jewish students sat on the ground and raised the victory sign with their hands before begin escorted out of the area by Israeli police, witnesses added.
All they want to do is approach God, find spirituality, fulfill their lawful rights, halt illegal damage to historical and archaeological remains and seek coexistence.