MembersMuslims Try to Keep the Messiah Out

A new conflict has erupted atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

By Israel Today Staff |
JERUALEM OLD CITY Photo: Uri Lenz/FLASH90

 In February, thousands of Muslims broke into the Golden Gate on the compounds eastern side carrying Palestinian flags and shouting “Allahu Akbar! Israel had blocked off this area 16 years ago after Hamas tried to establish a new mosque there. Recent events are seen as a Hamas provocation to influence Israel’s general election. It’s interesting that this is taking place at what’s known in Hebrew as the “Gate of Mercy,” through which the Messiah will one day pass.

Sheikh Abdel Azim Salhab, chairman of the Islamic Trust that oversees the Temple Mount, praised the Palestinians for breaking into the Bab-A-Rachma (Gate of Mercy). Abdel Kader, a highranking Palestinian Authority representative, described the storming of the closed-off area as a great victory for all Muslims. Sheikh Ekrima Sa’id Sabri, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, has long rejected Israeli legal authority over any part of Jerusalem, insisting that Muslims have unrestricted rights to pray even within the halls of the Golden Gate.

The Golden Gate is one of eight portals along the wall of the Old City of...

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