Temple Mount Jerusalem

The Temple Mount refers to a flat plaza situated above the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, and it is considered a holy site in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike. 

According to Jewish teachings, Temple Mount, known in Hebrew as Har Habayit, is the site where Abraham took his son Isaac to be sacrificed and is the location of both ancient Jewish Temples. The location is the holiest site in Judaism, and Jews turn to face it while praying. 

In Islam, the Temple Mount, or al-Haram-al-Sharif, is believed to be the site of one of three Sacred Mosques and the location of the Prophet Muhammed's journey to Jerusalem, one of the most celebrated events in the Islamic calendar. Among Sunni Muslims, it is considered to be the third holiest site in Islam. the al-Aqsa compound is located on the plaza.

Temple Mount is considered to be one of the most contested religious sites in the world, due to conflicting religious claims to it. While Jewish people and other non-Muslims are allowed to visit the site, Jewish prayer is forbidden, a fact which has caused ongoing tensions between the religious groups.

The Jerusalem Islamic Wakf oversees the day-to-day administration of the Temple Mount, which they have done since Israel handed over control after the 1967 Six Day War, although Israeli security forces maintain a presence on location and control the entry points.

The site has been the focus of intense clashes between Israeli and Palestinian visitors in the past, and it has been closed for entry during increased periods of tension, and in May 2021, the conflict reached new heights when Israel Police clashed with Palestinian rioters on Temple Mount, even entering al-Aqsa Mosque and firing tear gas inside the building.

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Tragedy on Temple Mount: Israel's government must act now - opinion

When it comes to the treatment of Jews who want to worship freely on the Temple Mount, this gov't has essentially continued Israel's discriminatory policies.

Over 1,400 Jews visit Temple Mount, Palestinians threaten response

The "Rebel Youth," group said that "these brutal Zionist crimes and attacks will not go unpunished" in response.

02/10/2023

How many Jews have ascended the Temple Mount this Jewish year?

Bendayahu guides have reported 235 brides and grooms visiting on their wedding day, 72 teenagers for their Bnei Mitzvahs, and another 2000 visiting under the guidance of Beyadenu. 

Christian group makes 'aliyah' to Temple Mount on Tisha Be'av

Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick led the ascent. In addition to the ascent, the group hosted 27 hours of prayer with www.AltarofPrayer.com.

Netanyahu hits back at Abbas' lies that Jews have no history in Jerusalem

"The heart of the historic State of Israel, the City of David, was here 3,000 years ago," Netanyahu told his cabinet, which met in Jerusalem.

Dome of the Rock missing in Western Wall photo in Jerusalem gov't office

The base of the Dome of the Rock is still visible in the photo, but the dome itself is missing.

Under Jordanians, the Temple Mount is a center of incitement - opinion

Using it as a base for assaults on Israel and for education about the evils of Jews has become a Jordanian-sponsored standard of behavior.

EU diplomats visit Temple Mount, express support for Jordan custodianship

EU diplomats send message of Palestinian support and support of Jordan maintaining control over the Temple Mount.

British minister visits Temple Mount, affirms Jordanian custodianship

UK minister for the Middle East affirms his belief that the Temple Mount should remain under Jordanian control while visiting the West Bank and PA

Temple Mount as Jewish site is absent from Israel public awareness due to politics, media - opinion

The Temple Mount as a Jewish site is absent from the Israeli public's awareness due to political and media-related reasons.

By RON SCHLEIFER , JUDITH YEHEZKELLY
05/01/2023
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