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614 Jews challenge Muslim control of Temple Mount (Al Aksa). Calls to build 3rd Temple where Dome of the Rock stands

Jews challenge Muslim control of Temple Mount (Al Aksa). Calls to build
3rd Temple where Dome of the Rock stands

Newsletter published 23 September 2013

(1) Map of Old City of Jerusalem, showing Temple area
(2) Jews Challenge Rules to Claim Heart of Jerusalem - NYT
(3) Over 300 Jews ascend the Temple Mount (Sept 18)
(4) Temple Institute lobbies for building 3rd Jewish Temple where Dome
of the Rock stands
(5) Palestinians inflamed by Jewish campaign to replace Dome of the Rock
with a Jewish Temple
(6) Fifteen Palestinians arrested as Israel tries to take over the
Temple Mount
(7) Extremist Israeli minister and settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
(8) Rabbi Chaim Richman's "Judaism For Gentiles", "Light to the Nations"
(9) Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
(10) Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
(11) Jewish settlers storm Aqsa Mosque compound again
(12) Jewish settlers storm Aqsa Mosque again
(13) Israel uses camera footage to incriminate al-Aqsa worshippers

(1) Map of Old City of Jerusalem, showing Temple area:
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/09/22/world/middleeast/22jerusalem-map/22jerusalem-map-articleInline.png

(2) Jews Challenge Rules to Claim Heart of Jerusalem - NYT

http://nytimes.com/2013/09/22/world/middleeast/jews-challenge-rules-to-claim-heart-of-jerusalem.html

Jews Challenge Rules to Claim Heart of Jerusalem

{photo} The Dome of the Rock is in the center of the sacred compound at
the Temple Mount, or Noble Sanctuary, perhaps the most religiously
contested site on earth.
Ammar Awad / Reuters
{end}

By JODI RUDOREN

NYT, September 21, 2013

JERUSALEM — Small groups of Jews are increasingly ascending the Temple
Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, a sacred site controlled for centuries by
Muslims, who see the visits as a provocation that could undermine the
fragile peace talks started this summer.

For decades the Israelis drawn to the site were mainly a fringe of
hard-core zealots, but now more mainstream Jews are lining up to enter,
as a widening group of Israeli politicians and rabbis challenge the
longstanding rules constraining Jewish access and conduct. Brides go on
their wedding days, synagogue and religious-school groups make regular
outings, and many surreptitiously skirt the ban on non-Muslim prayer,
like a Russian immigrant who daily recites the morning liturgy in his
mind, as he did decades ago in the Soviet Union.

Palestinian leaders say the new activity has created the worst tension
in memory around the landmark Al Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, and
have called on Muslims to defend the site from “incursions.” A spate of
stone-throwing clashes erupted this month: on Wednesday, three Muslims
were arrested and an Israeli police officer wounded in the face. And on
Friday thousands of Arab citizens of Israel rallied in the north,
warning that Al Aksa is in danger.

“We reject these religious visits,” Sheik Ekrima Sa’eed Sabri, who
oversees Muslim affairs in Jerusalem, said in an interview. “Our duty is
to warn,” he added. “If they want to make peace in this region, they
should stay away from Al Aksa.”

The 37-acre site is perhaps the most religiously contested place on
earth. Jews revere it as the home of the First and Second Temples more
than 2,000 years ago. For Muslims, who call the site the Noble
Sanctuary, it is the world’s third holiest spot, from which Muhammad is
believed to have ascended to heaven. More than 300,000 foreign tourists
also flock there annually, many of them Christians drawn to the ruins of
the Temple Jesus attended.

Politically, the competing claims to the area are the nut around which
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict revolves, the symbolic heart of each
side’s religious and historical attachment to Jerusalem that has made
its governance one of the thorniest issues in peace negotiations.

Israel captured the site along with the rest of East Jerusalem and the
West Bank in 1967, with a general declaring dramatically, “The Temple
Mount is in our hands!” But the government immediately returned control
to the Muslim authorities, and ever since, a de facto accommodation has
prevailed in which Muslims worship at Al Aksa above and Jews at the
Western Wall below, a remnant of the retaining wall around the ancient
Second Temple.

There have been flare-ups before. In 2000, a visit by Ariel Sharon, then
Israel’s opposition leader, accompanied by 1,000 police officers,
prompted a violent outbreak and, many argue, set off the second intifada.

<INSET: Israeli security and border patrol officers were on alert on
Wednesday at the entrance to the Temple Mount, or Noble Sanctuary, after
clashes erupted  there.
Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times>

Over the last few years, a cause long taken up by only a fringe group of
far right-wingers has increasingly been embraced by the modern Orthodox
— known here as religious Zionists — who have also gained political
power. At three recent Parliament hearings, religious lawmakers and
cabinet ministers questioned the status quo, in which non-Muslims can
enter the site only for a few hours five days a week, and those
identified by the police as Jews are separated, escorted by police
officers and admonished not to dance, sing, bow down or even move their
lips in prayer.

“The Temple Mount is in our hands — but is it really?” asked Michael
Freund, a Jerusalem Post columnist who visited the site as a child in
1977 and returned for the first time last year, with 50 members of his
synagogue. “It particularly offends me that the Israeli government puts
into place restrictions which prevent Jews from fulfilling their basic
right to freedom of worship.”

Jack Stroh, a cardiologist from East Brunswick, N.J., who visited on
Wednesday, has been bringing friends for five years before the holidays
of Sukkot and Passover — two of three pilgrimage festivals when ancient
Jews were required to pray at the Temples.

“My cousin said that if Jews don’t go up to the mountain there is an
increased chance that the government will say Jews are not interested
and will give it away,” he said as his group waited to enter. “I’m
taking them up. Someone took me up. They’ll take other people up; it’s a
growing phenomenon.”

<INSET: Palestinian women protested Wednesday outside the site, whose
gates were shut after violence flared.
Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times>

Amid the religious pilgrims on Wednesday was Michal Berdugo, 25, a
secular Israeli who said it had been her “dream for three years” to
visit. “It’s part of who we are,” she said.

The recent shift has many roots. For years, most authorities on Jewish
law said Jews should not enter the complex for fear of treading on the
ancient Temple’s holiest spots, but recent archaeological work has led
some moderate and even liberal Orthodox rabbis to lift those bans. At
the same time, activists have stepped up their campaign for access and
prayer at the Temple Mount, part of a broader push to cement Jewish
control of all of Jerusalem.

Experts who have observed the phenomenon also see it as a reaction to
Israel’s evacuation of Jews from the Gaza Strip in 2005, a redirection
of Messianic energy once devoted to West Bank settlements that many fear
could soon succumb to the same fate to make way for a Palestinian state.

“The war for the land of Israel is not just political, but essentially
spiritual,” said Yossi Klein Halevi, author of a new book that traces
the lives of paratroopers who seized the Mount in 1967. “Given that the
Temple Mount is the focal point of holiness in the Holy Land, the
thinking is that we need to go to the source in order to prevent the
further partition of the land.”

<INSET: An officer escorted a Jewish man at the site the day before.
Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times>

Israel Police statistics show visits by people identified as Jews rose
to 8,247 in 2011 from 5,792 in 2010, then dipped slightly last year. The
figure is on track to top 2011’s total this year, with 5,609 Israelis
coming through July. Crowds — and clashes — are expected Sunday and
Monday for Sukkot.

While the numbers remain tiny compared with the 10 million annual
visitors to the Western Wall below, Palestinian officials say what used
to be a trickle of individuals has given way to groups of 40, 60, 90.
They were particularly alarmed that the Israeli police commissioner told
a newspaper this month that “every Jew who wishes to pray at the Temple
Mount can pray on the Temple Mount,” though his subordinates said
afterward that did not change the police policy on the ground preventing
non-Muslim prayer. A recent visit by the right-wing housing minister
also stirred outrage.

“Before, it was some settlers from here, some extremists from there; now
we start to hear it from the real officials,” said Adnan Husseini, the
Palestinian governor of Jerusalem. “When they get inside with this big
number, it’s sure that they will make some kind of religious activities
and there will be more friction between them and the people inside the
mosque.”

The Palestinians have complained to the United Nations, the Arab League
and Secretary of State John Kerry, most recently after Wednesday’s
clash, when the chief Palestinian negotiator wrote to Mr. Kerry saying
the issue “could inflame the situation and undermine the current
opportunity to move toward peace.”

Israel’s chief rabbinate still maintains the Mount is off limits to Jews
— a sign saying so is posted at the gate. But a senior Israeli official,
speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the government supports “in
principle” Jews’ rights to pray there, adding, “we’ve got to do it in a
measured way, a sensitive way.”

As visiting the Mount has become more mainstream — one Israeli newspaper
has since December 2011 devoted a full page weekly to news and columns
about the site — the original hard core has been emboldened. A group
formed last year calls for building a small synagogue on the plaza.
Yehuda Etzion, who was arrested in 1984 for plotting to blow up the Dome
of the Rock, and a team of architects are designing a “future Jerusalem”
plan with a new Temple at its heart. An activist group’s Web site
devoted to the Mount unveiled a virtual tour this summer with a Third
Temple where the Dome stands.

“We’re talking about something much deeper than visiting the place,
we’re talking about a movement that wants to change the status quo from
its roots,” said Yedidia Z. Stern, a vice president of the Israel
Democracy Institute, an Orthodox Jew with liberal leanings who has
watched the change with concern. “You’re dealing with the ultimate TNT
in our national existence here.”

For Max Freidzon, the Russian immigrant, visiting the site has become a
daily ritual: he stands still several times on his stroll around the
Mount, and goes through the morning prayers — including a plea to
rebuild the Temple — without moving his lips.

“The situation is the same like it was in the Soviet Union,” said Mr.
Freidzon, 46, citing the police escorts, the identification checks, and
the ban on religious texts and on a minyan, the 10-person quorum
required for public communal prayer. “Step by step, the situation will
change. It’s necessary to pray here, and to make here minyan, and to
build here Temple.”

Said Ghazali, Tamir Elterman and Irit Pazner Garshowitz contributed
reporting.

(3) Over 300 Jews ascend the Temple Mount (Sept 18)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Radio/News.aspx/4898

9/18/2013, 8:50 AM

This week at the Temple Institute:

JEWS KEEP STREAMING TO TEMPLE MOUNT: Police report that over 300 Jews
ascended the Temple Mount in purity this morning. Jews were greeted at
the entrance to the ramp leading up to the Temple Mount by volunteers
working for a new organization called Mesamchei Olei Regalim, (The
Organization for Gladdening the Hearts of Temple Pilgrims), who provided
all comers with food and drink. Jews waiting to get through security
reported that the refreshments did, indeed, lift their spirits as they
waited in the hot sun.

Organized groups arrived from all over Israel, including contingents
from the cities of Karnei Shomron, Petach Tikvah, Ra'anana, and Kiryat
Ata. A number of grooms about to be married were among the pilgrims. In
spite of the anti-prayer policy enforced (illegally) by the police, many
of the Jews were able to pray unimpeded, as well as prostrate themselves
as per proper Jewish practice on the Temple Mount.

(4) Temple Institute lobbies for building 3rd Jewish Temple where Dome
of the Rock stands


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150360058899969&set=a.86889944968.20323.22738684968&type=1&theater

Rabbi Chaim Richman is the international director of the Temple
Institute in Jerusalem which is dedicated to rebuilding the Holy Temple
(Beit HaMikdash). He is a member of the current effort to revive the
Sanhedrin and the author of ten books including Mystery of the Red
Heifer and A House of Prayer for All Nations. Yitzchak Reuven works at
the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. He previously worked building
Biblical harps and other musical instruments for use in the Holy Temple.
He and Rabbi Chaim Richman have been friends since their Israeli army
days. They host the Temple Talk podcast dealing with issues of the
Temple Mount and the weekly Torah parsha every Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. to
9:00 p.m. Israel time (1pm U.S. EST) on Israel National Radio.

Full story:
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Regev-calls-for-desperate-prayer-days-for-Jews-Muslims-on-Temple-Mount-326262

The Jerusalem Post

"We will allow Jews to visit the Mount, and we don't want to disturb
Muslims who are praying. Why doesn't the police decide that if Muslims
don't allow Jews to visit without disturbances, we'll have days for Jews
to access the Mount a... See More

(5) Palestinians inflamed by Jewish campaign to replace Dome of the Rock
with a Jewish Temple


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171783

Fatah Declares War over Temple Mount: ‘Green Light’ on Terror

While Fatah head Abbas talks to Israel, Fatah’s armed wing declares war
over Jewish visits to the Temple Mount.

By Maayana Miskin

First Publish: 9/10/2013, 9:00 PM

While Fatah head and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
negotiates with Israel for the creation of a PA state, Fatah’s armed
branch, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, has declared war.

The Brigade issued a statement Tuesday announcing that it would give the
“green light” to terrorist attacks targeting Israelis beginning on Friday.

The reason given for the planned resumption of open hostilities was
Jewish visits to the Temple Mount, which the group termed, “The invasion
of the compound by hordes of settlers, and the harm to [Muslim]
worshipers, with no intervention from the international community.”

Tensions have been high on the Temple Mount in recent weeks, with many
Jewish visitors to the holy site reporting harassment and violence at
the hands of groups of Muslims.

The Temple Mount is the holiest place on earth according to Judaism. The
site is currently run by the Muslim Wakf. Jews are allowed to visit only
during limited hours, and are forbidden to pray on the Mount.

Muslim leaders have denounced Jewish visits to the Temple Mount, which
is also the site of the Al Aqsa Mosque, and have accused Israel and Jews
of attempting to harm the mosque. PA leaders, including Abbas himself,
have made similar claims, insisting that Jews have no ties to the holy
site and that Israel is secretly plotting to replace the mosque with a
Jewish Temple.

Police responded to recent Muslim violence by closing the Temple Mount
to Jews, a step commanders argued was necessary in order to keep the peace.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade was responsible for several mass-casualty
terrorist attacks during the wave of “Second Intifada” attacks on
Israel. Among the attacks which its terrorists committed were a shooting
at a bat mitzvah – a traditional celebration for a 12-year-old Jewish
girl – which left six people dead, a bombing in the Beit Yisrael
neighborhood of Jerusalem targeting a group of women and children, which
left 11 dead, 7 of them children, and a bombing at the Tel Aviv Central
Bus Station that murdered 22.

(6) Fifteen Palestinians arrested as Israel tries to take over the
Temple Mount


http://www.timesofisrael.com/7-arrested-as-palestinians-police-clash-on-Temple-mount/

15 arrested as Palestinians, police clash on Temple Mount

Security forces stop 100 Muslim worshipers from accessing site for fear
of further disturbances

BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF  September 4, 2013, 12:55 pm

Fifteen Palestinians were arrested Wednesday morning, including seven
youths ahead of the Jewish New Year after they threw stones and clashed
with police on the Temple Mount. Police also stopped several buses
carrying some 100 Muslim worshipers from accessing the site on suspicion
that they intended to cause disturbances. There were no reports of
injuries.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said that he regards such
behavior with severity and will not let “radicals” disturb the peace,
especially on the High Holidays.

“Lately, we’ve witnessed efforts to incite [against Israel] from the
likes of [leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement] Raed
Salah and others on the Temple Mount. I see such behavior as very grave
and I will not let radical elements disturb the peace, especially on
holiday days. Anyone who acts with intent to harm will be arrested by
police,” said Aharonovitch.

Tensions have risen around Jerusalem in the days leading up to the Rosh
Hashanah holiday.

On Tuesday, Salah was arrested on charges of incitement stemming from a
speech he gave in Kafr Qara last week in which he accused Israel of
trying to take over the Temple Mount and called on Muslims across Israel
to block Jews from entering. He was released Wednesday morning on
condition that he stay at least 30 kms away from Jerusalem for the next
180 days.

Salah was quoted as saying Israel was “working to destroy Egypt and the
Arab world” and was responsible for a fire at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque
45 years ago set by a tourist.

Over the weekend, Israeli security forces thwarted a plot to set off a
bomb at Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem during the holiday. Two East Jerusalem
residents, reportedly recruited by Hamas, confessed on Sunday to
planning the attack.

Jerusalem District Police have beefed up security around the city, with
thousands of police, Border Police and volunteer policemen stationed
around the Old City and East Jerusalem. Security for tourist and prayer
sites, synagogues and shopping malls was also heightened throughout the
city.

(7) Extremist Israeli minister and settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/7332-extremist-israeli-minister-and-settlers-storm-al-aqsa-mosque

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 18:18

A group of extremist Israeli settlers headed by Israeli Housing Minister
Uri Ariel broke into the sanctuary yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday
morning.

Witnesses said that about 40 settlers accompanied the minister when he
broke into the yards of the Mosque under heavy military protection from
the Israeli police.

In a statement, Wadi Al-Hilwa Information Centre said that they got into
the Mosque through Al-Magharbeh Gate and left through Al-Silsileh Gate.
They wandered through the Yards and some of them performed Talmudic rituals.

Placed under heavy security measures, the statement said, Palestinian
worshipers could do nothing except chant Allahu Akbar (God is Great).

Jewish organisations gathering under the name of "The Coalition for the
Temple" have also distributed ads calling for settlers to storm the
Mosque next Saturday. They called upon the police to allow them entry to
the Mosque to celebrate the Yom Kippur holiday.

Israeli police spokesman Yohanna Danino has announced that Israeli
police have agreed to give permission for Jews to enter into the Mosque
on Saturday, considering it a part of the so-called "Jewish Temple". He
said, "That is an undisputed right for Jews."

Meanwhile, Palestinian Minister of Awqaf in Gaza Ismail Redwan condemned
the Israeli "desecration" of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. "This proves that the
Israelis are not serious in peace talks with the Palestinians," he declared.

He also called for the Arab, Islamic and international official bodies
to take action to protect the third holiest place for the world's two
billion Muslims.

(8) Rabbi Chaim Richman's "Judaism For Gentiles", "Light to the Nations"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaim_Richman

Chaim Richman is a rabbi in Israel, the International Director of the
Temple Institute, which is dedicated to the rebuilding of the Holy
Temple in Jerusalem, and a member of the current effort to revive the
Sanhedrin.[1]

He is known for his involvement in the effort to produce a red heifer,
which is a requirement for the rebuilding of the Temple.[2]

Rabbi Richman has a web television show, "Light to the Nations", on
UniversalTorah.com, which explores the Jewish roots founded in the Torah
and teaches people of the Jewish people's strong foundations in the
Hebrew Bible.[3]

Richman has written two books "A House of Prayer for All Nations: The
Holy Temple of Jerusalem"[4] and "The Holy Temple of Jerusalem".[5]

References [edit source]
1.^ "Members of Reestablished Sanhedrin Ascend Temple Mount", Israel
National News, January 20, 2005
2.^ Frontline documentary on the Red Heifer
3.^ Universal Torah Network
4.^ "The Knesset Building in Giv'" , Knesset official site
5.^ "The Mystery of the Red Heifer: Divine Promise of Purity" , Rabbi
Chaim Richman
Media coverage [edit source]
  "Muslims solidifying Temple Mount takeover" , World Net Daily,
February 18, 2007
  "Judaism For Gentiles' Spreads From The Church Without A Steeple" ,
Jerusalem Post, Fred Mogul, April 28, 1992

External links [edit source]
  The Temple Institute
  "Sanhedrin" website

This page was last modified on 9 June 2012 at 22:22.

(9) Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/19/324771/dozens-of-israeli-settlers-storm-alaqsa-mosque/

Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:47AM

Nel Burden, Press TV, al-Quds

Israeli settlers have stepped up their attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque. In the
latest such incident, dozens of settlers and American tourists stormed
the mosque while the Israeli army prevented all Muslims from entering
their holy site.

Dozens of extreme Israeli settlers have stormed the al-Aqsa mosque
compound in Jerusalem Al-Quds under the protection of the Israeli army,

Dozens of settlers were taken on a so-called Jewish historical tour of
the compound where they were given lectures of the history of the area
by a Jewish group claiming it was Temple Mount.

All Muslims were prevented from entering their Islamic Holy Site by the
Israeli Authorities. When they attempted to protest, the Israeli army
began shooting tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets towards the crowd.
They then began beating men, women and children with batons and sprayed
them with pepper spray.

Hanna Issa further explained that the attacks against the mosque have
increased since an Israeli Knesset decision permitted Israeli settlers
to enter the mosque to perform their Jewish prayers.

The Director of the Centre for Defence of Liberties and Civil Rights
stated that this was a planned attack.

Al-Aqsa mosque is Islam’s third holiest mosque and has been the target
of repeated violations by Israeli settlers, who always protected by the
Israeli police.

Jews refer to al Aqsa as the Temple Mount, claiming that the mosque was
built over their ancient holy sites. However following decades of
archeological digs they have never found a trace of evidence.

The Israeli army has warned that they will step up preparations for the
next Jewish holiday of Sukkot on 18th of September in which the Israeli
authorities will ban all Muslims from entering the mosque in order for
Jews to conduct their prayers.

(10) Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=118001

Updating: 15:02, 15 September 2013 Sunday

World Bulletin/News Desk

Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed on Sunday Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in
the holy city of Jerusalem and performed rituals in the site,
eyewitnesses said.

About 50 settlers and rabbis stormed the mosque complex, the
eyewitnesses told the Anadolu Agency.

Israeli police have stepped up security at the compound entrances,
checking the IDs of the Palestinian visiting youths, they added.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine, has recently been the
target of repeated violations by Jewish settlers, angering Palestinian
Muslims.

Last week, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel entered the mosque
compound in the company of his bodyguards and Israeli police officers.

One day later, scores of Jewish settlers, backed by Israeli security
forces, stormed the compound and performed Jewish prayers at the
religious site.

The Knesset (Israel's parliament) had earlier called for opening the
compound to Jews on all Jewish holidays.

Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area had been
the site of two Jewish Temples in ancient times.

They believe their messiah will not arrive until a third Temple is built
on the site.

(11) Jewish settlers storm Aqsa Mosque compound again

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=118093

Updating: 16:36, 16 September 2013 Monday

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, has recently been target of
repeated violations by Jewish settlers, distressing Palestinian Muslims

World Bulletin/News Desk

Scores of Jewish settlers on Monday stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound in
the holy city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

A total of 132 Jewish settlers, including 42 intelligence agents, toured
the compound while listening to lectures on the history of the alleged
"Temple Mount," according to the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, has recently been the target
of repeated violations by Jewish settlers, distressing Palestinian Muslims.

Last week, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel entered the mosque
compound in the company of his bodyguards and Israeli police officers.

One day later, scores of Jewish settlers – backed by Israeli security
forces – stormed the compound and performed Jewish prayers at the site.

The Knesset (Israel's parliament) had earlier called for opening the
compound to Jews on all Jewish holidays.

Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area had been
the site of two Jewish Temples in ancient times.

They believe their messiah will not arrive until a third Temple is built
on the site.

Meanwhile, the Aqsa Foundation warned of attempts by Jewish groups to
storm the iconic mosque during the Jewish holidays, which run from
September 8 to 25.

The foundation said that Jewish groups campaigning to build a Jewish
Temple on the site "are penetrating all segments of Israeli society to
propagate [the idea of] their alleged Temple Mount and to push for a
stepped-up Israeli presence at the mosque."

The Aqsa Foundation called on Palestinians to intensify their presence
at the holy site in order to counter "the methods being used by Temple
Mount groups."

(12) Jewish settlers storm Aqsa Mosque again

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=118212

17:08, 17 September 2013 Tuesday

Jewish settlers were backed by an Israeli police "rapid-intervention"
force, which restricted the movement of Palestinian students at the
site, said Abul Atta of Aqsa Foundation in Jerusalem.

World Bulletin/News Desk

Dozens of Jewish settlers on Tuesday stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound in
Jerusalem.

Around 40 settlers toured the compound while listening to lectures on
the history of the so-called "Temple Mount," Mahmoud Abul Atta,
coordinator of the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, said in
press statements.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, has recently been the target
of repeated violations by Jewish settlers, distressing Palestinian Muslims.

Jewish settlers were backed by an Israeli police "rapid-intervention"
force, which restricted the movement of Palestinian students at the
site, said Abul Atta.

Abul Atta called on Palestinian Muslims to flock to the holy site to
prevent a possible bid by Jewish fundamentalists to storm the site in
line with recent threats to this effect by certain Israeli Rabbis.

The Knesset (Israel's parliament) had earlier called for opening the
mosque compound to Jews on all Jewish holidays.

Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area had been
the site of two Jewish Temples in ancient times.

Israeli police have stepped up preparations for the Jewish holiday of
Sukkot, he added, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, 18 September.

(13) Israel uses camera footage to incriminate al-Aqsa worshippers

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=118518

Al-Aqsa mosque has been the target of recent violations by Israeli
settlers almost on a daily basis under the protection from Israeli
policemen and army personnel

World Bulletin / News Desk

Updating: 11:59, 21 September 2013 Saturday

Israeli policemen and prosecutors use footage by cameras fixed at the
gates of al-Aqsa Mosque as evidence for incriminating the Palestinians
who enter the prayer house before and during raids by Jewish settlers on
the mosque, a Palestinian lawyer told Anadolu Agency.

Tahseen Obwany said Israeli police had to use footage by these cameras
to incriminate Palestinians who were present during the confrontations
that erupted at al-Aqsa mosque last Wednesday and Thursday.

He said Israeli authorities had already used footage from al-Aqsa mosque
cameras to arrest one of his clients at the Qalanda checkpoint, south of
Ramallah, on charges of confronting Israeli settlers.

People snapped by the cameras are not arrested immediately, Obwany said,
but they are placed under watch from Israeli authorities for some time
until necessary information is collected.

The lawyer revealed that Israel had already deployed hundreds of cameras
around al-Aqsa mosque and at its gates to monitor the movement of the
Palestinians there.

Obwany said special Israeli teams also make footage of the movement of
the Palestinians as Israeli settlers break into the mosque to identify
those who counter Israeli settlers who storm the mosque.

No Israeli officials were immediately available for comment.

Al-Aqsa mosque has been the target of recent violations by Israeli
settlers almost on a daily basis under the protection from Israeli
policemen and army personnel.

Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage had earlier warned against
what it described as an Israeli plan to divide the mosque between
Muslims and Jews.

Muslims have fears that the scenario of al-Haram al-Ibrahimi will be
implemented in al-Aqsa mosque, when Israel divided the mosque between
Muslim and Jews following the killing of 29 Muslims by an Israeli
radical in 1994.

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