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Israeli Extremists Ready to Storm Ancient Mosque in Occupied JerusalemBonnie King Salem-News.com
More than 1500 worshippers performed the dawn prayer in Rihab al-Aqsa Mosque Sunday.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Soldiers by the hundred were deployed by Israel early Saturday morning to the vicinity of the holy al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. Many have assembled at the Maghareba gate, perfectly situated to block the entrance of worshippers on Sunday.
Najeh Bukairat, the head of the manuscripts and heritage in the Aqsa mosque, told Quds Press that "hundreds of border policemen and police forces were pouring into the vicinity of the mosque since the early morning hours", and he called on Palestinians to flock to the holy site starting with dawn prayers on Sunday. 1500 had arrived by dawn.
According to the Palestinian Information Center, Bukairat said that Likud party leaders have vowed to storm the Aqsa mosque on Sunday to perform Talmudic rituals.
The Likud party is the major center-right political party in Israel, founded in 1973 by Menachem Begin and now leads the Israeli government under Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Members of the right-wing party declared that they would break-in to al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday, the 12th of February, so that they can build their temple on the ruins of the mosque.
Thousands of Likud party members were called upon via websites and social networking. The announcement says "we invite everyone to climb the temple mount to announce a sound leadership, which confirms the full control over the temple mount, to cleanse the area from Israel's enemy, the lands' thieves. We aim to build the temple over the ruins of al-Aqsa mosque."
According to writer Gil Hoffman, the Left-wing organizations Ir Amim and Keshev sent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a letter on Saturday urging him to prevent Likud activist Moshe Feiglin from leading Likud central committee members to the Temple Mount on Sunday.
Hoffman wrote that the Leftist groups warned that Feiglin's visit could spark a third Intifada. Feiglin's spokesman responded that there was nothing special about his visit and that he goes to the Temple Mount every year on Sunday's date, the 19th of Shvat.
Najeh Bukairat addressed calls to Muslims worldwide, saying that the al-Aqsa mosque is in real danger and the Israeli occupation authority is adamant on storming the site to build their own temple.
To confirm this as more than a mere idea, earlier this week, a photograph was released by Military Rabbinate showing the Temple Mount without Dome of the Rock- it was edited out and published under the heading: “The Festival of Jewish Heroism”.
The Dome of Rock is the golden roof of the al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Sunni Islam. It has been there since ancient times.
The historic Mosque and area spans over 35 acres of fountains, gardens, buildings and domes. At its southernmost end is al-Aqsa Mosques, which was built by Khalifa Omar Bin Al-Kattab in the year 19 Hijri, at its center is the celebrated Dome of the Rock. The entire area is regarded as Baitul-Maqdis or Al-Qudus and comprises nearly one sixth of the walled city of Jerusalem.
That fixed photograph may have been a Freudian slip if plans to demolish the mosque are underway. By many standards, this was a blasphemous move.
It is written in the Jewish holy book, Talmund, that the first temple of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount was built there and so it is generally accepted that it once stood on that site. As the Temple Mount is considered the holiest site in Judaism, it has always been a goal for some to see the land back in Jewish control.
Palestinians believe this intrusion is a way to deny the presence and rights of the Muslims holy building, and to show that the Israelis want to be in charge there.
The governor of Jerusalem, Adnan al Husseini, told Palestine News Network that this is not the first time the Israelis have published this kind of photo, "This is a promotional process for supporting the case of changing the reality, and this is a policy of many settlement organizations in the world. A try to publish another reality to let the world feel that they lost something, which is the structure, and that al-Aqsa Mosque was built on the Structure's spot," said Husseini.
There is an all-call to the Palestinian people, especially children of the city of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 decamp to come to the Al Aqsa Mosque to thwart the attempt to break into Al Aqsa.
The Al-Aqsa institution said in a press release that "traveling to al-Aqsa mosque, every time a year, would be a way to keep and secure the mosque from being profaned, and to keep its Sacredness."
It also stated that "those Israeli continuous invitations reflect the Israel's intentions and goals towards al-Aqsa mosque. We call on the Arabic World in general and the Islamic Nation in specific to hold responsibility to stop the Israeli arrogances and procedures."
"It is important for the whole world to see what Israel is trying to do, to delete what exists in reality and just replace it for Israeli benefits.
"I don't blame anyone but the Arab countries, which are standing watching al-Aqsa mosque getting destroyed," said Adnan al Husseini.
Many arriving at the mosque were surprised as police have prevented Likud leader MK Moshe Feiglin from entering the Temple Mount Sunday morning, according to the Jerusalem Post, accusing Feiglin and Likud activists of attempting to disrupt the order at the site. The extremist leader and three activists went to pray at the Western Wall after their plan was foiled.
Jerusalem Police Chief Nisso Shaham closed the Temple Mount to all non-Muslim visitors Sunday morning, disappointing Groups of Italian and Japanese tourists reported on Twitter that they were crushed to be unable to see Temple Mount.
Special thanks to Palestine News Network, Quds Press, The Jerusalem Post, Electronic Intifada, Palestinian Information Network, moonsighting.com, Facebook friends and others for their contribution to this report.
Bonnie King has been with Salem-News.com since August '04, when she became Publisher. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER). Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers. View articles written by Bonnie King
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