Jerusalem Municipality Removes Dome of the Rock From Temple Mount Drawing

In event attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the city's mayor, the image displayed depicted many sites in Jerusalem's Old City without the famous gilded dome

Netanyahu at the event, the dome-less mosque is depicted on the left, June 13, 2019.
Olivier Fitoussi

The Jerusalem municipality removed the Dome of the Rock from a drawing of the Temple Mount displayed at a an event attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon on Thursday.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque, the gates of the Temple Mount and the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer are prominently placed in the image, however the dome is conspicuously absent. Despite the dome being one of the most recognizable elements of the Jerusalem skyline, the designers depicted only the building's base.

The dome of the rock building above, and the image from the event below.
AP/Olivier Fitoussi

The image was the central element of the decoration for a tribute to Israeli singer Yehoram Gaon, which took place in Safra Square. The drawing depicted many sites in Jerusalem's Old City and the Temple Mount, including the Temple Mount gates and the steeple of the Church of the Redeemer.

There have been several incidents over the past few years where images of Jerusalem were edited to exclude the Dome of the Rock. In 2015, the Ynet news site reported that children in an Israeli kindergarten received a Passover Haggadah that included an image of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock cropped out.

Last year the U.S. Ambassador David Friedman was photographed holding up a large image of the Temple Mount that had been edited to replace the Dome of the Rock with a simulation of the Third Temple. The incident sparked outrage, leading the American embassy to issue an apology, saying the ambassador was not aware of the change made to the picture.