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    • Ben Alofs
    • 07.10.09 | 12:00 (IST)

    Since 1967 the rabbinical leadership in Israel maintains that Jews should not go onto the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary because of concerns about violating the laws of purity. There was even a declaration signed to that extent in Jan. 2005. There is however a minority of religious and secular extremists, including rabbis and politicians, who insist on violating this directive, thereby predictably provoking the Palestinians, who are then mobilised to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque. There is a shopfront in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City displaying a model of the Third Temple to be built, not next to, but instead of the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jewish extremists are primarily to blame for the increase in tension. Before these groups became active there was no problem with access to the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary. I have been there numerous times, also in the company of secular Jewish people and we were all in awe of the fantastic islamic architecture and art.

    from the article: Israel fears violence following arrest of Islamic Movement head
    First published 01:38 07.10.09 | Last updated 08:11 07.10.09
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