Weekly Update: Did Israel attack the Al Aqsa mosque?

editor - 21 April 2022

This past week – as expected – there has been conflict on the Temple Mount during the Islamic festival of Ramadan. This follows weeks of unrest, including a series of terror attacks in which 14 Israelis have been killed, resulting in severe Israeli crack-downs in the West Bank.

As expected, the latest rumblings have been fomented by extreme elements in Palestinian society seeking to provoke conflict with Israeli police and thus provide an alibi for Hamas to fire rockets from Gaza to “defend Jerusalem”. This was the scenario that triggered the last major conflict with Hamas a year ago (May 2021).

In recent days Israeli police have entered the Al Aqsa Mosque to dispel violence. Predictably, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and Islamic leaders worldwide have accused Israel of aggression. Others, like Russian President Vladimir Putin, have accused Israel of violating the “status quo”.

Early this morning, the IDF carried out air raids in Gaza in response to rocket fire and anti-aircraft missiles launched from the Hamas-run enclave. Hamas threatens to escalate the conflict.

The Temple Mount (al-Haram al-Sharīf) is in the centre of Jerusalem. It is believed to be on Mount Moriah, where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac. It is here that the Jewish people built their first (957BCE) and second (352BCE) temples. Christians built a church there in the 6th century CE. The Islamic mosques on this site were built in the 7th and 8th centuries CE.

The site is the most sacred place for Jews as the location of the biblical temples, and al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits atop the Temple Mount, is the third-holiest site for Muslims.

While this small piece of real estate is deeply significant to Jews, Christians and Muslims, since the time of the crusaders, the Temple Mount has been an Islamic Waqf (Islamic trust). After Israel took control of the Old City of Jerusalem in the Six Day War (June 1967), the waqf has been (with Israel’s agreement) governed by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, supervised by the Kingdom of Jordan, on behalf of the Islamic world (umma).

Since 1967, Israel has exercised sovereignty over the area (as part of the undivided city of Jerusalem), and retains security control. But the Muslim world claims spiritual and practical control. This means non-Muslims have limited access to the Temple Mount. Out of respect for Muslims, Israeli police even prohibit Jews from praying on the Temple Mount. Many Jews are upset with this rule, as they wish to be able to visit and pray freely on this holy site.

At this very sensitive time, let us pray ever more fervently – and literally – for the Peace of Jerusalem.

The Editorial Team – Israel & Christians Today

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Al-Aqsa mosque is by no means under threat

Nadav Shragai at JNS: “Far from ‘invading’ mosque, as Ra’am, Hamas, the Joint Arab List and the P.A. claim, Israel appears to have been overly sensitive and considerate when responding to rioters there.”
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Paul’s third proof for the claim that God never rejected the Jewish people touches a very sensitive issue.


Isaiah 62:1-7

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her vindication shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.
The nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
and your land Beulah;
for the Lord will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.
As a young man marries a young woman,
so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you.

I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord,
give yourselves no rest,
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.