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    • Joseph E . Post 1
    • 11.07.07 | 16:50 (IDT)

    By Editors of Jerusalem One. While the civilized world has taken some action against Hamas, Saudi Arabian money is helping finance a Hamas takeover of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Saudi "charities" that finance terrorist activities around the world are also supporting Hamas in its campaign to take control of the Temple Mount. Saudi Arabia must not be permitted to finance terrorists ..... Not only does it threaten the holiest site in Judaism but Saudi money is radicalizing Muslims in the West. .... The royal family stays in power, in part, because of Western protection. The United States and Great Britain should call out the Saudi royal family on this issue. Saudi-Based Charity Helping Hamas Gain Foothold on Temple Mount By Julie Stahl Jerusalem Bureau Chief July 03, 2007 Jerusalem ( - A charity based in Saudi Arabia has been funneling money to Hamas members in Jerusalem who have been working quietly to establish a presence on the Temple Mount, The issue of Jerusalem and control of the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, is one of the most hotly contested issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Temple Mount, where two consecutive Jewish Temples stood long ago, is the holiest site in Judaism. It is currently the site of Islamic shrines, including the Golden Dome of the Rock and Al-Aksa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office said that the Shin Bet (secret service) and Israel police had found evidence of intensive Hamas activity in Jerusalem, especially concerning the Temple Mount. The activity was financed by Hamas elements abroad. Eleven Hamas members living in eastern Jerusalem were arrested, including 10 who hold Israeli identity cards, which allows them freedom of movement throughout Israel, the chairman of a charity organization were among those arrested for various crimes, including membership in a terrorist organization, financing terrorism and illegal use of property for terrorist purposes. Dr. Dore Gold, a diplomat and president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said Hamas has been trying for years to infiltrate Jerusalem, but Israel has been working discreetly for some time to restrict activities on the Temple Mount. "Israel has quietly reasserted its control over much of the Temple Mount activity with the assistance of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan," said Gold. (Jordan used to control the Temple Mount, until it was edged out by the Palestinian Authority.) The Mount is currently under Israeli sovereignty, but Islamic religious authorities (the WAQF) administer daily activities on the plateau. Until the creation of the Palestinian Authority in the early 1990s, those Islamic religious authorities were Jordanian. "During the 1990s, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Endowments Hassan Tahboub actually sat in Jerusalem in contravention to the Oslo agreements [between Israel and the PLO]. During that period many Hamas clerics sought to preach on the Temple Mount, exploiting the Palestinian Authority encroachment of the area," Gold told . "Today there is no P.A. minister sitting in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, Hamas is seeking to infiltrate the Holy City," he said.

    from the article: Waqf Temple Mount excavation raises archaeologists' protests
    First published 00:00 11.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 11.07.07
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