WND – April 15, 2018
It’s sadly ironic, says an Israeli Islamic scholar, that Jews won’t be able to ascend their Temple Mount next Thursday on Holocaust Remembrance Day because Muslims will be celebrating Muhammad’s “miraculous” night journey there on a mythical winged horse – an event not actually mentioned in the Quran.
The source of the Muslim holiday of “Isra” and “Mi’raj” is indeed is based on a story in the Quran, but the story doesn’t actually mention Jerusalem or the historic site of the Temple.
“This claim is simply fake news,” said Mordechai Kedar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, told Breaking Israel News. “It is entirely based on opinions and not on any textual source. Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran and there is not a basis to believe that Jerusalem had any significance for Muhammad.”
Kedar explained that in the Quran, Al-Aqsa specifically referred to a mosque near Jeharna in Saudi Arabia.
by JNS.org – April 5, 2018
JNS.org – The government of King Abdullah Hussein of Jordan has filed an official complaint with Israel’s Foreign Ministry for allowing members of the Jewish faith to utter Jewish prayers outside the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
According to a report by Israel’s Channel 10 news, Jordan went through official channels to express its grievance that “Israel is violating the status quo in the area and is carrying out extreme provocations that harm relations between our two countries.”
The charge is that when Jews speak the words of any Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount — regardless of whether they are Israeli, in groups or even saying the words coherently so that those around them can hear — the act is contrary to a longstanding agreement between Israel and Jordan that allows Jews to walk on the Temple Mount but not to utter prayers of any kind.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz – March 5, 201
A newly minted coin featuring President Trump, King Cyrus, and the Third Temple has been featured in media around the world, graphically illustrating that support for the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount is now a global phenomenon that is transcending political and religious boundaries.
Three weeks ago, the nascent Sanhedrin and the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center, a non-profit organization for education about the Temple, partnered in a risky venture to mint a commemorative medallion with an image of President Donald Trump and the Persian King Cyrus. The flip side features a stylized image of the Third Temple.
Both signed a contract to mint 1,000 coins in the hope that the message on the coin that calls out to the US president to support the Jewish claim to the Temple Mount, would resonate with enough people to cover the total expense of the coins. They offered the coins to the public for a minimum donation of $50, and the response has exceeded all their expectations.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz – July 31, 2017
For the first time in 2,000 years, a group of Kohanim (men of the Jewish priestly caste) living close to Jerusalem’s Old City are studying the relevant Jewish laws to be able to ascend the Temple Mount and enter the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence is said to dwell.
This development was initiated by Israel’s first responder organization ZAKA, based on a decision by the ZAKA Rabbinical Council following an event occurring during the three weeks of austerity leading up to the Ninth Day of Av: the July 14 Palestinian terror attack against Israeli police officers that left three dead (including the terrorist), the most powerful source of ritual impurity, on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.
Dave Burke and Jay Akbar – July 27, 2017
Israeli police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades at Palestinians following a dispute over a holy site in Jerusalem.
Muslim worshippers retaliated by throwing stones at the Western Wall following days of intense violence in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Fighting erupted shortly after Palestinians rushed to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was reopened following an 11-day boycott by Muslims over Israeli security measures.
The head of the Arab League warned Thursday that Israeli attempts to control highly sensitive religious sites in Jerusalem by force risk igniting a ‘religious war’.
The Red Crescent said tensions rose when Israeli troops closed one of the gates to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount, as large numbers of worshippers tried to enter.
Trey Sanchez – July 26, 2017
After two Israeli police officers were killed in a terror attack at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem two weeks ago, Israel installed metal detectors to prevent other Muslims from smuggling weapons onto the holy site. That didn’t sit well with Palestinians, who launched violent protests in the streets against Israel. Muslims vowed to stay away from the prayer site because they weren’t willing to pass through the detectors. For the first time in decades, Jews were unimpeded from visiting and praying at the site. But then, a young Palestinian terrorist broke into a home during Sabbath dinner and stabbed to death three Jews, leaving a horrifically bloodied scene. This is how Muslims respond to reasonable security measures and in turn, Israel removed the metal detectors to appease the Palestinians but want to install a $28 million advanced security system with facial recognition that can also detect hidden objects. Predictably, Palestinian authorities find this unacceptable and have essentially vowed more violence against Jews if any security measures remain.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said, “Unless all measures go back to what they were before July 14, there will not be any changes.” In other words, just like they were before, when a terror attack was undetected.
“All the new Israeli measures on the ground from that date to the present are supposed to disappear,” Abbas added. “Then things will return to normal in Jerusalem and we will continue our work after that in relation to bilateral relations between us and them.”
Joel B. Pollak – July 24, 2017
Imam Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis in California delivered a sermon on Friday in which he quoted an antisemitic hadith and prayed for Allah to “annihilate” Jews “down to the very last one.”
The video of Shahin’s sermon was posted to the Islamic Center of Davis’s YouTube channel on Friday, and translated and excerpted by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), though portions of the sermon were delivered in English.
The topic of the sermon was the ongoing controversy at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where the Israeli government installed metal detectors at access points to the Al-Aqsa Mosque after a terrorist shot and killed two Druze Israeli soldiers earlier this month.
Jewish visitors to the nearby Western Wall have had to pass through metal detectors for decades, due to the security threat of terrorism. Nevertheless, the new metal detectors for Muslim worshippers have been whipped into a source of outrage among Palestinians and throughout the Muslim world.
DW – July 23, 2017
Two Jordanians have been killed and one person injured in a shooting incident inside the Israeli embassy complex in Amman. Jordan is custodian of Temple Mount, the holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Jordanian police said they had sealed off the embassy compound and deployed dozens of anti-terrorism police forces following the attack on Sunday.
“We have started a large scale investigation into the incident and ordered the prosecutor general to look at all the details,” the police said in a statement.
Details of what happened in the shooting incident inside the Israeli Embassy complex in the Jordanian capital remain unclear as Israel has imposed a ban on reporting the incident and made no public comment.
Police in Amman initially said one Jordanian was killed and another Jordanian and an Israeli were wounded in the incident on Sunday shortly after two Jordanians, working for a furniture firm, had entered the embassy. The kingdom’s Public Security Directorate later said that two Jordanians were killed and one Israeli was injured and remained in “unstable” condition.
Arutz Sheva Staff – July 21, 2017
Palestinian Arab media claim four rioters dead in violent clashes with Israeli security forces Friday in eastern Jerusalem.
According to the report, a 17-year-old Palestinian Arab was killed in clashes with security forces in the Ras al Amud neighborhood south of the Old City following the Friday Muslim prayers that took place at the entrance gates to the Temple Mount, with Muslims refusing to enter the site by way of the metal detectors placed at the gates by police.
Another Arab was critically wounded in clashes at A-Tor outside the Old City and has apparently died of his injuries. Two others are claimed to have been killed in other areas where Arabs clashed with police.
Riots were reported in the Salakh A-Din, Ras al Amud, A-Tor, Rockefeller areas and Arab villages close to Jerusalem.
Four police officers were injured by rocks and firecrackers hurled at them by rioters. Some of the rioting Palestinian Arabs threw Molotov cocktails and other objects at security forces. They were dispersed through the use of crowd-dispersal equipment.
RT – July 20, 2017
The Israeli army will put thousands of extra troops on alert in the West Bank ahead of Friday prayers at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, fearing that clashes over security measures implemented at the holy site will spread.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Thursday that it would be putting five extra battalions on call in the West Bank, adding that they could be deployed if backup is needed, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The army fears that clashes could erupt on Friday, as Muslims make their way to the Temple Mount for prayers. Jerusalem police will also be reinforced by thousands of special police forces, according to Haaretz.
It comes after the mufti of Jerusalem and the heads of the Waqf called on all imams in the city and surrounding areas not to hold Friday prayers in their mosque, but to come to the holy site – known as Ḥaram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) to Muslims – instead.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Islamic Jihad group, Hamas, and the Umm al-Fahm Popular Committee, a local community organization, echoed those calls on Thursday.