A-G: Israeli law is applicable Temple Mount

July 17, 2012 17:48


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The Temple Mount is under Israeli law but authorities must be “extra sensitive” to applying the laws on the site, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein wrote in a letter to legal advisors at the Jerusalem municipality, the Jerusalem police, and the Israel Antiquities Authority. Weinstein submitted his letter a few weeks ago, but the issue came to the forefront on Tuesday due to a petition to the High Court of Justice concerning the Temple Mount which is expected to be heard within the next week.

The petition was filed by the fringe activist group Temple Mount Faithful, who claim that infrastructure work carried out to strengthen the Dome of the Rock is harming the Foundation Stone, the large stone believed to have held the Ark of the Covenant. The group filed the petition and said that the work done by the Muslim Waqf is not under the supervision of the Israeli authorities and is damaging the holiest site in Judaism.

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