1) Temple Mount is the most sacred site in the world for jews it is the site of the 2 Temples. For muslims its a relatively new idea it being a holy place to them & not mentioned in the Koran 2) Until 1948 jews were the majority in all Jerusalem & th eeast was occupied by jews. Arabs came after the jews were expelled by Jordan & the city divided 3) Up until 1967 jews were barred from Temple Mount by the muslim occupiers. Until 1967 they were even barred from praying at the Western Wall. Under the Turks jews were allowed to gather in small numbers but they were not allowed to even bring benches to sit on as they prayed or blow the shofar When the British took over they were a little more liberal but they were not allowed to blow the shofar on holy days. Once the jews put up a curtain to seperate men & women it caused an uprising when the British police saw it & demanded its removal & the jews refused 1948-1967 Jordan ddn' let jews visit the wall but arabs urinate agaist it legally.
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