Gaza Boy # 125 The Dome of the Rock - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jeff Northridge
    • 22.11.05 | 02:02 (IST)

    Howdy Gaza Boy; You asked, "When can Arab visit the Western Wall and the Dome of Rock?" The answer is anytime they want to subject to certain restrictions. Ever since Israel seized East Jerusalem in 1967, pilgrims and tourists of all faiths are permitted to visit Jerusalem's holy sites and, in fact, they are encouraged to do so. Some restrictions must be placed on the number of people per day who can visit the Temple Mount for obvious reasons (Israel doesn't want thousands of people trampled to death by a stampede like sometimes happens during the Hajj at Mecca). Also, sometimes Israel is forced to temporarily deny access to the site to Palestinian males between the ages of 16 and 40 after an incident in which they have thrown rocks at the Orthodox Jews praying at the Western Wall down below. The top of the Temple Mount including the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque is under the juristiction of a council of Muslim clerics. For acheological reasons, Israel retains sub-surface rights to the Temple Mount. There are no plans to demolish the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque in order to build the Third Temple up there although there are some far right-wing Christians and Jews who advocate precisely that, but they are a tiny minority.

    from the article: A still-stained UN
    First published 00:00 21.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 21.11.05
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