´Stop Wakf from destroying Foundation Stone´ (JERUSALEM POST) By MELANIE LIDMAN 07/10/12)
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Temple Mount Faithful tells High Court construction work is damaging
holy Jewish artifacts.
Activist group Temple Mount Faithful filed an emergency petition with
the High Court of Justice on Monday to stop construction work at the
Temple Mount, which they claim is damaging holy Jewish artifacts.
According to chairman Gershon Salomon, Wakf Muslim religious trust
officials who are conducting renovations at the Temple Mount have
built scaffolding over the Foundation Stone, which was part of the
Holy of Holies in the Temple.
Jewish tradition holds that the Ark of the Covenant rested on this
stone in the First and Second Temple Periods.
Salomon said that the workers carrying out renovations on the Dome of
the Rock are using the stone as a workbench, resting buckets of
building materials on it and causing damage to one of Judaism’s
“For years, they’ve been building and therefore destroying Jewish
history [on the Temple Mount], and they did terrible things over the
years,” said Salomon. “There is a feeling that the sovereignty of
Israel and our laws are not honored there, there’s no stopping them…
But this is the worst thing that they’ve done.”
The Wakf did not return multiple calls requesting comment.
The petition requests that the Dome of the Rock be completely closed
to visitors, including Muslim worshipers, while Israeli authorities
investigate any damage – a move that is highly unlikely. Salomon has
been banned from the Temple Mount for over 20 years due to incitement.
On July 23, the Knesset Control Committee will discuss the aspects of
the annual State Comptroller’s Report that dealt with the Temple
Mount, including security and unsupervised building. These sections
of the annual report are not available to the public. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 07/10/12)
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