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Arabs Continue To Attack in Eastern Jerusalem

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12:07 Feb 14, '07 / 26 Shevat 5767

( Arabs have continued stoning attacks in eastern Jerusalem, where 20 residents were arrested overnight for disturbances. The arrests followed intelligence information, including photographs and video pictures of the attacks.

Elsewhere, terrorists set off an explosive device near the Gaza separation barrier as soldiers approached. No one was injured.

Work on Bridge to Continue

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18:29 Feb 13, '07 / 25 Shevat 5767

( Officials from Israel's Ministry of Housing announced that plans to built a bridge connecting the Western Wall Plaza with the Temple Mount will continue, reversing an earlier decision by the Jewish Quarter Development Company to withdraw its building permit request. The company, headed by Nissim Arzi, is a division of the Housing Ministry and is subject to its directives.

The controversial bridge, which is being protested by Arabs who are afraid that it compromises the structural integrity of the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount, will replace a weather-damaged bridge which collapsed in a 2004 storm. The new bridge, which will be constructed in accordance with governmental and municipal regulations, will resolve the lack of passage from the Jewish Quarter to the Temple Mount. A salvage dig, being conducted by the Antiquities Authority, was never jeopardized by the decision to withdraw the permit application.

PM Associates: Lupolianski Sought to Grab Headlines

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08:47 Feb 13, '07 / 25 Shevat 5767

( Associates of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert say Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski's public announcement that he was halting construction on the footpath leading from the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount was designed only to "grab headlines."

They say the Mayor did not consult with Olmert or Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Yaakov Edri before publicizing his decision.

The associates claimed that Lupolianski's decision was not even relevant, as Attorney General Menachem Mazuz was formulating an assessment of the matter which called for the same course of action.

Lupoliansky Criticized for Decision to Halt Repairs

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07:12 Feb 13, '07 / 25 Shevat 5767

( Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky announced on Monday that he would halt repairs to the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. His announcement came after days of violent protests by Muslims, who claim that the repair work is actually an attempt to topple the mosques on the Temple Mount.

Sources close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accused Lupoliansky of seeking publicity. They say that Lupoliansky did not discuss the matter with Olmert or with Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Yaakov Edri before making his announcement.

Israel Beiteinu MKs Visit Rambam Gate

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20:39 Feb 12, '07 / 24 Shevat 5767

( A group of Member of Knesset from the Israel Beiteinu party is visiting the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday night. The MKs will see the repair work being done at the site.

Muslim leaders have insisted that repair work at the location is actually part of a secret Israeli plan to topple the mosques located on the Temple Mount. There have been several Arab riots since Friday, when Muslim leader Sheik Salah called for a "Day of Arab Rage." The attacks continued Monday, with several incidents of Arab youth throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles.

Islamic Cleric Indicted for Disorderly Conduct at Temple Mount

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20:07 Feb 12, '07 / 24 Shevat 5767

by Hana Levi Julian

The head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel was indicted Monday on charges of disorderly conduct in a protest last week at the Temple Mount.

Sheikh Raed Salah and four of his followers were also charged with attacking police officers as they tried to force their way into the site where excavations and repair work were being carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Workers were repairing an earthen entrance ramp at the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate which had collapsed during a snowstorm in 2004. The work has created a storm of protest in the region.

The indictment filed at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court charged the Muslim cleric had "instructed the disturbers to sit on the road and refuse to leave." Salah was also caught on tape spitting in a Border Guard police officer's face and cursing him.

"You are racists and murderers, and have no honor," Salah was quoted as saying.

Police asked the court to extend a restraining order against the five Muslim protestors, barring them from approaching the walls of the Old City at a distance of 150 meters or closer for the next 60 days.

Muslim leaders in Israel, including several Israeli Arab Knesset members and Islamic clerics in surrounding Arab countries, called worshippers to protest the construction, which they fear will damage the al-Aksa mosque located 60 meters from the site.

Excavations have been carried out at the same time in order to preserve artifacts that were uncovered during the construction, which is being carried out outside the Temple Mount compound.

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski suspended work on the site late Sunday night, despite a government vote earlier in the day to continue construction.

City spokesman Gideon Schmerling said in a statement that Lupolianski, "together with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi for the Kotel and Holy Places, decided to... allow public discussion of the plans to construct the Mughrabi Bridge at the planning and construction committees."

Schmerling said the decision had been made "due to the sensitivity of the plan and following meetings and discussions with representatives from eastern [neighborhoods of] Jerusalem who requested to look over the plans and voice their opinions."

He added that the archaeological excavactions at the site would continue without interruption.

Arab Minister Attacks Temple Mount Digging as Illegal

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14:23 Feb 12, '07 / 24 Shevat 5767

( Arab Minister without Portfolio Raleb Majadle set off a shouting match at a Cabinet meeting Monday when he alleged that the archaeological digging near the Temple Mount is illegal.

Other ministers said the charge is not valid. Majadle, Israel's first Arab Cabinet minister, last week said that Israel's flag and the national anthem should be changed.

Muslim Leaders Reject Continued Digging

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14:20 Feb 12, '07 / 24 Shevat 5767

( An Islamic Movement leader has rejected the decision by Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski to halt plans for work on a new foot bridge leading to the Temple Mount but to continue archaeological digging in preparation. By law in the old city such searching for artifacts must be carried out before construction.

Kamal Khattib said he demands that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert order a halt to the digging. The government previously has said that work on the bridge would continue, but Mayor Lupolianski said he wanted "the process [to] be transparent... so that it will be entirely clear that there is no attempt to harm any Muslim holy sites."

Yesha Rabbis Urge «Weak Government« To Continue Temple Mount Work

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09:51 Feb 12, '07 / 24 Shevat 5767

( The Yesha Rabbinical Council has charged the government with negating rights of Jews at the Temple Mount site, and it urged officials to allow construction work near the holy site to resume, as well as allowing archaeological digging to continue.

The Council also asserted that the recent violence at the Temple Mount site, where Arabs pelted Jewish worshippers with stones on Friday, represents the "rotten fruit of the weakness that Israeli governments have demonstrated since the liberation of the Temple Mount in the Six Day War."

Temple Mount Gate Bridge Work Suspended

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09:38 Feb 12, '07 / 24 Shevat 5767

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

The construction of the new bridge to the Temple Mount's Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate, which led to widespread Muslim violence, is to be suspended. The archaeological dig in the area will continue.

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski announced Sunday night that completion of the bridge will be postponed to allow opponents to file formal objections to the construction work. To that end, the bridge building plans will be made public, giving all citizens the right to examine them. The city planning committee will provide a complete and organized urban construction plan for the bridge and environs.

Mayor Lupolianski reached his decision to suspend construction of the bridge in coordination with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Places. Lupolianski and Rabbi Rabinovitch consulted Muslim religious leaders and with Arab residents of Jerusalem, as well, to hear their views on the new Rambam Gate bridge.

Ahead of the decision, Mayor Lupolianski also conferred with Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, the planning authorities of the Jerusalem Municipality and the city engineer.

The publication of the bridge plans and the opportunity given to residents to file formal complaints is intended to combat the rumors promoted by Islamic leaders that the construction is part of an "assault on Al-Aksa mosque." Such false reports have led to violence inside Jerusalem, attacks on Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall, and condemnations throughout the Muslim world.

The decision of Mayor Lupolianski effectively halts the bridge construction, which will limit access to the Gate, until all objections are registered and reviewed by city planning authorities.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority, which is conducting a dig accompanying the bridge construction, is not expected to halt its work. The dig, required by law at any major construction in the ancient city of Jerusalem, is meant to uncover and salvage any antiquities that may otherwise have been covered or destroyed by the construction work.

Reuters' Temple Mount "Facts" Ignore Arab Violence

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08:59 Feb 12, '07 / 24 Shevat 5767

( Readers of reports from Reuters News Agency know only that Israel has attacked Arab protestors at the Temple Mount site but are told nothing about Arab violence and discrimination against Jews.

In a report entitled "FACTBOX-Jerusalem's flashpoint mosque," the international news agency reported that Israel's archaeological digging near the Temple Mount is continuing "despite" Arab protests. It then reported that on Friday "some 200 Israeli police wielding batons stormed protesters who threw stones at them at the plaza outside al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine." It adds that the Western Wall "is believed" to be part of a wall around the Temple Mount.

Reuters stated that Israel "captured" the site in the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community. The article also reports several attacks on protesting Arabs, but no mention is made of deadly Arab terrorist attacks at the site.

Temple Mount Ramp Repairs to Continue

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15:15 Feb 11, '07 / 23 Shevat 5767

( The government voted Sunday to continue construction work on a broken entrance ramp to the Temple Mount despite fierce protests by Muslim clerics, politicians and worshippers.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Education Minister Yuli Tamir and new Labor Minister Without Portfolio Raleb Majadele all abstained on the vote.

Israeli Arab Knesset members warned last week that the construction at the site leading to the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate could become the spark that ignites a third intifada.

Olmert, Peretz, Squabble Over Temple Walkway

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19:45 Feb 11, '07 / 23 Shevat 5767

( Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz squabbled at the government table Sunday, over Peretz's claim that he was not informed about the plan to renovate the walkway near the Western Wall, and his request that the construction cease.

Prime Minister Olmert said the Defense Ministry had been privy to the decision. On 28.06.07, Olmert said, a conference regarding the start of construction was held by the Prime Minister's military secretary, and a summary that was distributed later included the Ministry of defense's position.

The Ministry of Defense and the IDF were either present or informed of the upcoming construction on three different dates in January 2007, according to Olmert. "All the parties involved knew all of the recommendations," he said.

5 Arrested in Jerusalem over Arab Riots

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12:45 Feb 11, '07 / 23 Shevat 5767

( Five members of the Islamic Movement have been arrested in Jerusalem for their role in protests at the construction site near the Temple Mount.

Arab leaders have called upon Muslims in Israel and abroad to fight against the repair work being carried out on a partially collapsed ramp leading to the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate outside the al-Aksa mosque complex.

Jordan Islamists Threaten Abdullah Over Mugrabi Project

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22:38 Feb 10, '07 / 22 Shevat 5767

( Islamists in Jordan over the weekend called for a jihad to "save the Al Aqsa mosque," and vowed revolt against their Arab rulers if they do not take steps to make Israel halt its reconstruction project of the Mugrabi Gate bridge.

The committee of Muslim scholars in Jordan's largest political opposition group, the Islamic Action Front, or IAF, said in a statement that they "urge ... proclaiming jihad to liberate Al Aqsa and save it from destruction and sabotage from Jewish usurpers." If not, they said, they would turn their anger against the Arab regimes that did not take action against Israel - starting with Jordan's King Abdullah, they said.



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