Iran’s Revolutionary Guard trains for capture of Al-Aqsa

Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount (Qanta Ahmed)

Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount (Qanta Ahmed)

Local reports say 120 brigades of the Basij paramilitary unit stormed a replica of the Jerusalem site in war games in Qom

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Hamas: Israeli actions on Temple Mount are ‘declaration of war’

A masked Palestinian wearing a Hamas headband takes a burnt carpet out of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City during clashes at the compound on September 13, 2015, just hours before the start of the Jewish new year. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI)

A masked Palestinian wearing a Hamas headband takes a burnt carpet out of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City during clashes at the compound on September 13, 2015, just hours before the start of the Jewish new year. (AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI)

As violence spills over into third day, Islamist group calls on world to rein in Israel ‘before the situation explodes’

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Fresh clashes at Temple Mount after day of violence

Palestinians shout in front of Israeli security forces who block a road leading to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on September 13, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

Palestinians shout in front of Israeli security forces who block a road leading to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on September 13, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)

Police say three arrested Monday morning, following operation that led to discovery of pipe bombs at the site

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Abbas: We won’t let Israeli extremists ‘contaminate’ Temple Mount; warns of global ‘religious war’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visits the grave of his predecessor Yasser Arafat during a ceremony to mark the tenth anniversary of Arafat's death, November 11, 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo credit: Issam Rimawi /POOL/ Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visits the grave of his predecessor Yasser Arafat during a ceremony to mark the tenth anniversary of Arafat’s death, November 11, 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo credit: Issam Rimawi /POOL/ Flash90)

PA president says Palestinians want all the Jerusalem, West Bank territory captured in 1967; al-Aqsa rioters have ‘right to defend themselves’; slams Hamas for ‘destroying’ unity

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Tension at Temple Mount is escalating week by week

Hamas activists burn a coffin draped in an Israeli flag, during a rally marking the 13th anniversary of the so-called Al-Aqsa uprising or Second Intifada, in the refugee camp of Nusairat, central Gaza Strip, Sept. 27 2013 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Hamas activists burn a coffin draped in an Israeli flag, during a rally marking the 13th anniversary of the so-called Al-Aqsa uprising or Second Intifada, in the refugee camp of Nusairat, central Gaza Strip, Sept. 27 2013 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Radical Muslim and Jewish groups at times seem to have forged an unholy alliance to push for holy war

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Gaza terror groups call for Third Intifada

Members of Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades in Rafah, December 2011 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Members of Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades in Rafah, December 2011 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

As Abbas at UN urges speedy, negotiated resolution of conflict, Hamas and Islamic Jihad exhort West Bank brethren to take up arms

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While Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN Thursday urged intensive talks to attain a permanent peace accord within nine months, Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials exhorted Palestinians in the West Bank to declare a Third Intifada against Israel.

“The intifada needs to break out anew at every point of conflict,” Ahmad al-Medlal, a senior Islamic Jihad official, said at a conference in the Gaza Strip’s Jabaliya refugee camp. “Resistance is the best response to the occupation’s crimes against the al-Aqsa Mosque.” Hundreds of Gazans reportedly rallied at the camp in support of the demand, following a series of clashes between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli security authorities around the al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount in recent days.

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Minister Calls for Third Temple to be Built

Potentially explosive statement by Jewish Home’s Uri Ariel breaks taboo against damaging status quo on Temple Mount

Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel  (left) with the mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim Benny Kasriel during a ceremony in the tract of land known as E1, located between the large West Bank settlement and Jerusalem, in April. (photo credit: Flash90)

Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel (left) with the mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim Benny Kasriel during a ceremony in the tract of land known as E1, located between the large West Bank settlement and Jerusalem, in April. (photo credit: Flash90)

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A government minister from a nationalist religious party called Thursday for the Jewish Temple to be rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The statement from Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) breaks a long-standing taboo on high-ranking government officials speaking about changing the fragile status quo on the holy and contested esplanade, and will likely draw ire from official Israeli circles and anger the Arab and Muslim world.

Speaking at an archaeological conference next to the West Bank settlement of Shilo and quoted by Maariv, Ariel called for a third Temple to be built on the site, which today is home to the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque and is considered Judaism’s holiest site and Islam’s third holiest.

“We’ve built many little, little temples,” Ariel said, referring to synagogues, “but we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount.”

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Hebron cleric accuses Israel of plotting to rebuild temple

Leading Palestinian Muslim figure says daily ‘intrusions’ by Israeli leaders into Muslim shrine confirm plan to destroy it

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, with Al-Aqsa Mosque in the background. (photo credit: Ahmad Jaber/flash90)

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, with Al-Aqsa Mosque in the background. (photo credit: Ahmad Jaber/flash90)

A leading figure in the Muslim religious establishment said Israel has a “manifest” plan to rebuilt the Jewish Temple on the ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Sheikh Taysir Rajab al-Tamimi, who heads Hebron’s sharia court, said in his Friday sermon that daily “intrusions” by Israeli MKs and Jewish leaders into the complex surrounding the holy Muslim site prove that such a plan exists, Arutz Sheva reported late Saturday.

Tamimi reportedly stated that the Israeli decision to erect a Jewish religious building near the Temple Mount was part of a plan to rebuild the Jewish Temple over its ruins.

“The recent visit by the American president, [Barack] Obama, to occupied Jerusalem, his statements saying that Jerusalem is capital of the Jews, and his demand that the Palestinians recognize the Jewish character of the Israeli entity, constitute a declaration of war and prepare the ground for the Judaization of occupied Jerusalem by Israel,” Tamimi was quoted as saying.

The religious leader reportedly called on the Palestinians and the Muslim world to join the struggle to defend Al-Aqsa. He also urged the international community to act quickly to contain Israel “before it ignites a religious war that will consume everything in the entire world.”

Last week, Housing Minister Uri Ariel became the first serving Cabinet minister in recent memory to visit the Temple Mount, when he participated in a tour of the sacred site as a tourist.

While right-wing politicians occasionally visit the controversial site — Likud hawk Moshe Feiglin was recently barred from touring the Mount — Ariel is the first Cabinet minister to do so lately. Former prime minister Ariel Sharon sparked riots when he did so as opposition leader in September 2000.

The status quo on the Mount is the result of a convergence of religious and political interests after 1967. Rabbis decided early on that religious law forbade visiting the site because of fears that one might tread on the location of the Holy of Holies, the focal point of ancient ritual, where people were forbidden to enter. Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, the most important Zionist rabbi of the latter half of the 20th century, ruled that it was prohibited to visit the Mount, a position still endorsed by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. With the threat of violence should Muslim control at the site be harmed, Israeli authorities were also eager to keep the peace and happy to channel Jewish worshipers to the Western Wall.

But the desire to pray on the Mount has found more acceptance among mainstream rabbis in Israel over the past decade, spreading gradually from a tiny fringe to a broader religious public. The numbers of Jews actually visiting the Mount for religious reasons is still tiny — no more than several thousand a year, according to police estimates — but inching upward, and the sacred enclosure is slowly gaining in importance as an issue of religious and political meaning for religious Zionists, a group with outsize ideological and political clout in Israeli society.

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Rocks and Firebombs on the Temple Mount

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Violence broke out after Friday Muslim prayers.

Mosques on the Temple Mount

Mosques on the Temple Mount
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Worshippers started throwing rocks atsecurity forces, Friday afternoon, at the end of Muslim prayers at Temple Mount mosques in Jerusalem’s OldCity.

Police stationed at the Mughrabi gate broke in and began to throw stun grenades to disperse the stonethrowers.

The rioters responded with firebombs. One policeman was lightly injured and taken to hospital. A number of demonstrators were also injured.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that about 100 protesters, many of them masked, attacked police, who fired stun grenades in response.
 “Petrol bombs were thrown at police,” he told AFP. “Several police officers were injured by stones that were thrown and were evacuated to hospital.”

An AFP journalist at the scene said the clash was triggered by Palestinian media allegations that a policeman at the compound, one of Islam’s holiest
sites, on Sunday kicked a holy book and trampled on it.

“That’s completely incorrect,” Rosenfeld said, adding that the Koran in uestion was being held by one of a group of women seeking to block a visit to
the compound by Israelis when the book fell by accident.   “They blocked them with a bench and one of the women who was sitting on the
bench was reading a Koran,” he said.

 “When the bench was removed from the area the Koran fell on the floor. The Koran was picked up and returned to the lady and there was no misconduct by
any of the police.”
 

 

 

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