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January 6, 2015 1:41 pm

Leader of World’s Largest Islamic Group Visits Temple Mount

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The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation visited the Temple Mount on Monday. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a Saudi Arabia-based umbrella group representing 57 Muslim countries, visited the Temple Mount on Monday.

Madani’s first Temple Mount visit comes as Muslim-Jewish tension simmers over control of the holy site, contributing to an uptick in Palestinian terrorism in and around Jerusalem.

“Coming to the mosque is a right for me as well as every Muslim,” Madani said in reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located on the Temple Mount. “It is our right to come here and to pray here. No occupation authority should take this right from us.”

Though it controls the Temple Mount, Israel bans Jewish prayer at the site.

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