"Wailing Wall" Belongs to Muslims
Date: 7/23/2000 3:11:47 PM Central Daylight Time
From:email@example.com (Murray Kahl)
Shaykh Hayyan al-Idrisi, preacher of the al-Aqsa Mosque, called yesterday for encountering Israel's intransigence and its refusal to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories, especially Jerusalem. Yesterday, at al-Aqsa Mosque he said: "Jerusalem with its heart - the al-Aqsa Mosque - the first of the two qiblahs [direction to which Muslims turn in praying] and the third holiest mosque- is the property of all Muslims.
Al-Idrisi emphasized that all the excavations and tunnels dug by the Israeli Archaeological Department under the al-Aqsa Mosque and in other parts of Jerusalem have not proved a Jewish presence in the city. Even the al-Baraq Wall [Wailing or Western Wall] is part of the al-Aqsa Mosque. Shaykh Taysir Bayyud al-Tamimi, deputy chief Islamic judge in Hebron, stressed during his Friday sermon at the al-Ibrahimi Mosque [Tomb of the Patriarchs] that the al-Aqsa Mosque and the area surrounding it are Islamic. He inextricably linked the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to the Holy Mosque in Mecca.
Shaykh al-Tamimi stressed that the Ibrahimi Mosque [in Hebron] is a fully Islamic mosque in which the Jews have no rights. Hebron is also an Arab and Islamic town that was occupied by the Israeli occupation forces in 1967. He called for the liberation of the occupied part of Hebron and its restoration to its owners and for the removal of the settlements from Hebron and all the Palestinian territories.