5 Jews arrested following altercation near Temple Mount

(JTA) – Israeli police arrested five Jewish men after clashing with police and local residents of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israeli police said the men arrived at one of the entrances to the Temple Mount in order to pray and got into a fight with local residents, The Times of Israel reported. After police arrived, the men refused requests to leave the area and scuffled with the authorities. [Read more…]

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UN chief says Temple Mount was home to Jewish temple, Palestinians demand apology

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

(JTA) – Palestinian officials are demanding an apology from the new United Nations chief after he said it was “completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told Israel Radio in an interview Friday with its New York correspondent that “no one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is holy to three religions today,” including Judaism.  [Read more…]

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Israel thanks Jamaica for skipping controversial UNESCO anti-Israel vote

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his Jamaican counterpart for his country’s refusal to participate in the UNESCO vote that ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

“Our relations are always friendly. We appreciate the fact that you didn’t join the recent vote against Israel, the absurd vote in UNESCO,” Netanyahu told Andrew Holness during his three-day visit to Israel that ended on Sunday, reported the Jamaica Observer newspaper. [Read more…]

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Israeli archaeologist scolded for Temple Mount reference at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An eminent Israeli archaeologist was nearly ejected from a holy site in Jerusalem for calling it the Temple Mount.

Gabriel Barkay was explaining the archaeological history of the site to a multi-faith group of UCLA students on Sunday when two guards of the Wakf, the Islamic authority that oversees the site known as Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, who had been shadowing the group, brought him to Israel Police officers there to complain, The Times of Israel reported. [Read more…]

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French Jewish groups rally to protest state’s ‘silence’ on UNESCO’s Jerusalem votes

(JTA) – France’s main Jewish groups urged members to rally in front of the headquarters of the country’s foreign ministry to protest its failure to oppose UN resolutions that ignore Jewish ties to Jerusalem.

CRIF, the political lobby group representing French Jewish communities, in a rare move was joined by the Consistoire, French Jewry’s organ responsible for religious services, in organizing a protest rally for Thursday opposite the Quai d’Orsay in Paris in reaction to the passing of two resolutions on Jerusalem this month by UNESCO committees. [Read more…]

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Israel Police recommend lifting ban on lawmakers’ visits to Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israel Police reportedly have recommended that Israeli lawmakers be allowed to resume visits to the Temple Mount following a yearlong ban.

Israel’s Channel 2 reported Tuesday that police recommended that both Jewish and Muslim lawmakers be permitted to visit if they co-ordinate in advance with the police. The media would not be allowed to cover the visits and no speeches would be permitted at the site. [Read more…]

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Second UNESCO committee passes resolution ignoring Jewish ties to Temple Mount

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

(JTA) – The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO adopted a resolution that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, marking the second time this month that an entity of the United Nations’ cultural agency has passed a similar measure.

In a secret ballot, the resolution passed Wednesday in Paris with less than a majority of the committee’s 21 members – 10 states voted in favour and two were opposed, with eight abstaining and one absent. Nine Arab countries and Vietnam are believed to have voted for the resolution, which was submitted by Lebanon and Tunisia on behalf of Jordan and the Palestinians, who do not serve on the committee. [Read more…]

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