Jerusalem Islamic Waqf: Israel Did Not Damage or Steal Any Historical Items During Recent Temple Mount Searches
The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf — the Jordanian-funded body which administers the Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount — said in a statement on Thursday that Israeli security forces did not damage or steal any historical items when they searched the hilltop compound in the days following the July 14 terrorist attack there in which two policemen were killed.
However, the Waqf did accuse Israel of damaging lockers, confiscating a recording device and possibly copying computer files during its “unjustified searches” of the Temple Mount, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock are located.
The Waqf also restated its previous condemnation of Israel’s temporary closure of the Temple Mount and the security measures — which were subsequently lifted — it put in place there following the attack.
Video footage published by the Israel Police shows how three Israeli Arab terrorists from Umm al-Fahm — aided by an unidentified accomplice — smuggled weapons onto the Temple Mount prior to the attack.
Under the status quo that has prevailed on the Temple Mount since 1967, when Israel took control of Jerusalem’s Old City from Jordan, Jews are allowed to visit, but not pray at, the compound where the First and Second Temples once stood.