Act now to defend a World Heritage site and the holiest place in Judaism. You CAN make a difference with this simple 5-point plan of action:
1. Contact your local MP and urge him/her to lobby the Foreign Minister to intervene to halt the continued desecration of this ancient religious and historic treasure. (You can find out who your MP is here. Remember to include your address in any correspondence to ensure a response from your constituency MP.)
2. Contact UNESCO’s offices, both here in the UK (or its offices in your respective country), as well as at their head offices, to demand it take action now and in the future to prevent all such desecration of ancient religious and historic sites.
3. Contact your local MEP to lobby the EU to pressure the Waqf and its associates to halt their active desecration on the Temple Mount, as well as to push for an EU enquiry into the continued desecration of the Temple Mount and other non-Muslim historical sites (including British and Commonwealth war graves) by Islamists across the region. (You can find out who your MEP is here. Again, remember to reference your home region in any correspondence to ensure a response.)
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5. Tell your freinds and urge them to act similarly now!
Scaffolding on Foundation Stone prompts police complaint
A group of Temple Mount activist movements appealed over the weekend to Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino to take immediate action to stop the desecration of the "Holiest of Holies" on the Temple Mount by the Muslim Waqf.
According to activists, the body responsible for the site and charged with carrying out renovations to the Temple Mount chose to erect scaffolding directly on the Foundation Stone (Even Shtiya) – the holiest place for Jews, and which Muslims also honor.
In an "urgent plea" to Danino, attorney Aviad Visoly claimed in the name of the Temple Mount groups that photos published in the national-religious weekend paper 'Makor Rishon' showed the holy stone covered by "building material, rubble, and tools."
According to Visoly this comprises desecration of a holy place specified as such in Protection of Holy Places Law – an act punishable by seven years behind bars.
...In a separate message, the Temple organizations used an even more drastic tone, calling for Jerusalem District Police Chief Nisso Shaham to resign...The Joint Forum is also calling on MK Uri Ariel, chairman of the State Control Committee, to publish a report on the subject that has yet to be released. The various groups explained that "only then will there be a change to fix the severe problems in the conduct of those responsible for enforcing the law on the Temple Mount – the same conduct that has already caused tremendous damage to the remains of the First Temple and the understanding of the Temple Mount's history."
...The police said in response that they would respond as soon as they were asked by the district command to do so.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation, the organization in charge of preserving Muslim holy sites in Israel, has expressed its appreciation of the Waqf's efforts to maintain and renovate areas around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, "despite all the obstacles that Israel puts up," the group said in a response to the Temple Mount activists' complaint.
"The entire Islamic nation stands beside the holy (sites) division… and supports its role in protecting and preserving the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Neither Israel nor any of its arms has a right to interfere in the matters of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque."