Israel Closes Mughrabi Bridge to Temple Mount
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I apologize for the title of this article since it needs clarification; yet, it was the best choice. The word “diskotel” was coined by Yeshayahu Leibowitz by merging “kotel” with “discotheque.” In Hebrew, “kotel” means “wall,” and is the short referral form to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. “HaKotel HaMaaravi” – the Western Wall – is the full name.
Using this phrase, Professor Leibowitz, an Orthodox Jew, made fun of the Jewish veneration of old stones in that site. According to his view, the orthodox Jews swaying in front of the Western Wall in pretentious prayer are nothing but dancing to a pagan idol. Jesus referred to their abysmal ways in Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Make no error, Professor Leibowitz was so well regarded that, in 2005, he was voted the 20th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll conducted by the Israeli news website Ynet.co.il, which belongs to Israel’s largest newspaper. The Western Wall is widely considered in Israel just as a funky, open air, orthodox discotheque.
Israel Closes Mughrabi Bridge
Following almost a year of debate, Jerusalem municipality ordered today, December 8, 2011, the closure of the Mughrabi Bridge leading to Temple Mount.
Last November Israel postponed the demolition of the bridge, set to begin on November’s last Saturday, following concerns expressed by Egypt and Jordan. The Egyptians feared that demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Cairo would shift their focus to Israel. It seems the Egyptian Military Junta is more worried about defending Israel than fulfilling the promises of democracy Mubarak’s removal brought.
The demolition set for November had been announced in an October letter by the Jerusalem City Council to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. It gave thirty days to “dismantle the temporary access ramp to the Temple Mount and build it using non-flammable materials.” The council was acting on the advice of the city engineer, Shlomo Eshkol.
Israel tried to renovate the bridge also in 2007. The event sparked protests throughout the Muslim world and calls for a third intifada against Israel. In fear, Israel detained the works immediately.
This situation can be traced back to 2004. The current bridge, actually a ramp, was installed in 2004 as a temporary measure after the original one was damaged by weather and a small earthquake. As seen in the picture, it is made of wooden planks held by metal scaffolding.
The Muslim Waqf, which is in charge of the Temple Mount, claims that the Mughrabi Bridge belongs to Muslims and that Israel has no right to embark on construction in the area. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, called Jordanian King Abdullah to dissuade Israel from replacing the ramp. Then, The Jordanian minister of Muslim Religious Trusts warned Israel of the implications of demolishing the bridge. The Waqf of Mount Temple is closely related to Jordan, which ruled the place until 1967.
As recently commented in New Road Annexes East Jerusalem to Israel and Israel Camouflages Jerusalem, nothing of what Israel does in Jerusalem is innocent; yet, more often than not, it is camouflaged as inoffensive. To understand what Israel is doing here, the layout of the area must be understood.
The Middle East’s West
Hebrew and Arabic are both Semitic languages, though they belong to different branches in this languages’ family; think of the links between English and French to get an idea of the situation. Similarities between them become obvious when written in Hebrew or Arabic, but Roman transliterations are often misleading. “Mughrabi” – the Arabic name of the bridge – and “Maaravi” – the “Western” part of the “Western Wall” in Hebrew - are in fact parallel words derived from a common root. The “Mughrabi Bridge” is the “Western Bridge,” which is located next to the “Western Wall.” Not surprisingly, this is the western side of the Temple Mount.
Yet, in a place with such a long and complex history, things are always multi-layered. The name of Morocco in Arabic is al-Mamlakat al-Maghribiyyah, which translates as The Western Kingdom; the Hebrew parallel is HaMamlakha HaMaaravit. The similarity between the Hebrew and the Arabic names is evident, even with the restrictions imposed by the use of Roman characters. This name is usually shortened to Al-Maghrib (The West). Thus, “Mughrabi Bridge,” can be translated also as “Moroccan Bridge.” This is a reminder that a smallish Moroccan Quarter existed there; it had been established in 1193 by Saladin, as a waqf (Muslim charitable trust) dedicated to Moroccans.
The Moroccan Quarter was destroyed by Israel after the 1967 war. According to Etan Ben Moshe, the officer in charge of the crime, several persons died following their refusal to leave their homes. One woman from the quarter was buried beneath the rubble; her body was found the next morning under the ruins of her home. These unjustifiable acts of violence were perpetrated by the IDF, to open a path to the Western Wall. Then, on April 1968, the Israeli Ministry of the Treasury officially expropriated the land of the quarter for public use, along with the adjacent Jewish Quarter. Following the destruction, the section of the Wall dedicated to prayers was extended southwards. It doubled its original length from 28 to 60 meters, while the original facing open area of some four meters grew to 40 meters; the small 120 square meter area in front of the wall became the vast Western Wall Plaza, covering 20,000 square meters over the ruins of the Moroccan Quarter. The site of the former quarter is now a large open plaza leading up to the Western Wall, which serves as an open-air synagogue, the now infamous Diskotel. In other words, this is an unusual type of illegitimate Israeli settlement on Palestinian territories.
By now, it is clear the innocent Israeli attempt to reconstruct the ramp, is not so innocent. Oops, they did it again!
The Access Ramp
Why is this ramp so important? The Mughrabi Bridge leads from the Western Wall plaza to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount. It is the only access point to the Temple Mount open for non-Muslims. Most Orthodox Jews forbid entrance to the Temple Mount, though a significant group of rabbis claims otherwise. One of the most prominent rabbis in the last group, Shlomo Goren (former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel and closely related to the IDF), claims Jews are even allowed to enter the heart of the Dome of the Rock, according to Jewish Law of Conquest.
A brief look at the diagram of the ramp shown above reveals another truth. The site not only provides access to the Temple Mount, but also to ruins dating to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple. In 1996, Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert – then Jerusalem's mayor - opened an exit in the Arab Quarter for the Western Wall Tunnel. The tunnel gave Israel access to similar ruins and almost ignited a war. Access to both ruins is important because it provides evidences and information regarding the layout and characteristics of the Second Temple. The Western Wall is part of that temple's outer wall.
We are witnessing yet another tiny step of a programmed Zionist, but Maoist-styled, Great Leap Forward.
Thrice destroyed and thrice rebuilt, Hurva is a symbol of Israel’s intentions to build the Third Temple in Jerusalem. The symbol doesn’t end on the reconstruction event. “Hurva” (“h” similar to “ch” in “loch”) means “ruin” in Hebrew. The road traced by the recent inauguration of this synagogue may lead to the destruction of the State of Israel if a Jewish Third Temple would be built on the site where Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock stand now. This claim is stronger than it seems at first sight. Both sites – Hurva and the Temple Mount – are strongly related.
The Temple Mount – especially the Western Wall – is the most important religious center for Jews; from there, the redemption is expected. Not far from there, Hurva has been a center of political activism, having been at the center of Herzl’s visit to Jerusalem, a recruitment ceremony for Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Jewish Legion, the honoring of pro-Zionist British High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel and other events. They complement each other.
Hurva’s history is long. In the Second Century AD, a synagogue existed at the Hurva site. The first Hurva was destroyed during the Byzantine Era (this statement sounds like a joke in Hebrew “the first ‘ruin’ was destroyed”). Roughly in 1700 AD, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov began building the second Hurva. In 1720, frustrated Muslim creditors set fire to the synagogue. During the mid 19th Century, British and Austrian diplomats interceded at the Ottoman court, and obtained a permit for the construction of the Third Hurva. This temple was built mainly with funds from Sir Moses Montefiore and the Rothschild's and was inaugurated in 1864. It was the most impressive synagogue in Jerusalem until it was blown by the Jordanian Legion in the 1948 War. The Fourth Hurva was inaugurated on March 14, 2010. Thrice destroyed and thrice rebuilt, Hurva is a symbol of the indefatigable conspirators’ tenacity. Is the Temple Mount next?
Is that Netanyahu’s hidden agenda? A probable scenario under the actual circumstances would be hiding the attack on the mosques with a false flag event. The handiest option would be the collapse of the Western Wall (the mosques are atop it) due to the work of water. In recent years, the Hebrew media reported time and again that the Western Wall was swelling and deforming due to rain water trapped under the mosques. Supporting this claim is the fact that Israel keeps digging tunnels and attempting to re-construct bridges around the Temple Mount. These fears are the engine moving the protests against these projects.
Truth is simple. Israel wants to replace the bridge to ease access by settlers and its security forces to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. That is what Rabbi Shlomo Goren meant by referring to the Jewish Law of Conquest. That is why Israel is so eager to accomplish works under the jurisdiction of the Temple Mount Waqf.
Sooner or later, an unrepentant Israel will attempt to build the Third Temple; then we’ll witness the Diskotel War, Jerusalem’s Ruin.
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