Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount 390.
(photo credit: Ilan Evyatar)
Activist group Temple Mount Faithful filed an emergency petition with the High
Court of Justice on Monday to stop construction work at the Temple Mount, which
they claim is damaging holy Jewish artifacts.
According to chairman
Gershon Salomon, Wakf Muslim religious trust officials who are conducting
renovations at the Temple Mount have built scaffolding over the Foundation
Stone, which was part of the Holy of Holies in the Temple.
tradition holds that the Ark of the Covenant rested on this stone in the First
and Second Temple Periods.
Salomon said that the workers carrying out
renovations on the Dome of the Rock are using the stone as a workbench, resting
buckets of building materials on it and causing damage to one of Judaism’s
“For years, they’ve been building and therefore
destroying Jewish history [on the Temple Mount], and they did terrible things
over the years,” said Salomon. “There is a feeling that the sovereignty of
Israel and our laws are not honored there, there’s no stopping them… But this is
the worst thing that they’ve done.”
The Wakf did not return multiple
calls requesting comment.
The petition requests that the Dome of the Rock
be completely closed to visitors, including Muslim worshipers, while Israeli
authorities investigate any damage – a move that is highly unlikely. Salomon has
been banned from the Temple Mount for over 20 years due to incitement.
July 23, the Knesset Control Committee will discuss the aspects of the annual
State Comptroller’s Report that dealt with the Temple Mount, including security
and unsupervised building. These sections of the annual report are not available
to the public.