Temple Mount stays open regardless of nationwide coronavirus lockdown

Officers from the Islamic Waqf, who’re the custodians of the Al-Aqsa Mosque positioned on the Temple Mount, expressed their displeasure on Friday with the coronavirus lockdown going down all through the nation, in addition to the federal government directives on social distancing, refusing to halt spiritual companies as a result of continued allowance of Jews to hope on the significance spiritual web site, based on a Israel Hayom report.

The alleged refusal to shut the location to all worshipers got here following an obvious affirmation from Waqf official that they’d in actual fact shut the world for 3 weeks in coordination with the Well being Ministry’s lockdown directive.

In keeping with the report, Sheikh Najah Bakirat, the Waqf’s deputy director, indicated to Palestinian media that the location ought to stay open to worshipers to “stop makes an attempt by ‘the occupation’ [a commonly used reference to Israel] to vary the fact of the mosque.”


The sheikh added in a press release to Palestinian media that Israel is making an attempt to slowly change the spiritual established order on the necessary holy web site till “the settlers” obtain their purpose of constructing the [third] Temple within the space.

The Waqf Council additionally famous that the choice to maintain the gates open to worshipers was carried out as a response to Israeli coverage permitting Jews to enter the location amid the nationwide lockdown, saying in a press release the choice was made after it turned identified “the intention of the ‘occupation’ authorities to open the gate in the course of the closure, to ‘settlers who will invade the mosque, we determined to go away the doorways of al-Aqsa open to those that can attain the world in accordance with the well being and authorized circumstances.”

The assertion additional added that  “the mosque won’t ever be closed and prayers will likely be held in it.”

The Waqf confused that if Israel doesn’t ban Jewish worshipers from ascending to the Temple Mount, they are going to enable Muslim worshipers to reach at anytime.