Ra’am declares Temple Mount ‘sole property of Muslims’

YnetNews.com reports: “The Islamic Movement and its political wing, the Ra’am Party, criticized Sunday the government’s decision to allow Jewish worshippers to visit the Temple Mount and the Al-Asqa Mosque complex on Tisha B’Av.

‘The Al-Aqsa Mosque, in its 144 dunams [35 acres], is solely the property of Muslims, and no one else has any right to it,’ the Islamist party said in response to the ascent of hundreds of Jewish worshipers to the site where the Second Temple stood before its fall by the Roman Empire.

According to the status quo, the Waqf — the Jordanian Islamic religious authority — has responsibility for the site, which has been in force since Israel decided to not assert its rights over the compound after capturing it in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Any Jewish presence at what is Judaism’s holiest site is usually considered a ‘provocation’ and a convenient reason to begin unrest…”

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