That "Rabid Obnoxious Campaign"

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

Well, we have a new problem.

A Palestinian Authority Minister has declared that Israel is

"Waging a Rabid Obnoxious Campaign Against Al-Aqsa"

The Islamic Movement-affiliated news website, QPress, has published a warning voiced by  Sheikh Mohammad Hussein - the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Preacher of the Al Aqsa Mosque – that what is happening at the Temple Mount compound (known in Arabic as the Haram A-Sharif) is "a serious escalation of the pace of attacks and incursions". 

This latest threatening rhetoric comes after Israeli police detained Waqf employees, among them Bassam Hallak, Director of Reconstruction Works, who sought to engage in a new series of renovation works at the Dome of the Rock structure.  Sheikh Hussein sought to tie this in with what he referred to as "extremist settlers storming Al-Aqsa mosque".

The attempted works lacked work permits, what he termed a "pretext". He further called this development as "a declaration of religious war" which would "provoke the feelings of more than one billion and 700 million Muslims in the world" in that this "fierce campaign by the occupation authorities…is riding roughshod over international norms and laws" and is part of a "systematic plan to obliterate an Arab and Muslim Palestine, and replace it with a "fake Jewish alternative".

The Minister for Jerusalem Affairs in the Palestinian Authority, Adnan Husseini, also accused Israel of trying to "pull the powers" of the Islamic Waqf by sending an Israeli expert [Monday] to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Al-Husseini said that "the storming by Israeli experts of the Dome of the Rock" was intended by  Israel to assert its responsibility in matters of repair and construction whereas "it is the responsibility of the Islamic Waqf." This is "a rabid and obnoxious campaign being waged by the Israeli occupation forces against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the staff of the Islamic Waqf".

This latest chapter of tension relating to the administration of the Temple Mount comes after the Waqf sabotaged US Secretary of State John Kerry's plan to alleviate the violence initiated by Islamic groups at the holy site over the previous year by having surveillance cameras installed.  Despite Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu's agreement, the project did not come to fruition.

A recently completed renovation of the Dome of the Rock's floor was finished before any Israel archaeologist could survey the area before it was covered with carpets glued to the stones thus potentially damaging any historic artifacts.

The numbers of Jewish visitors, prohibited from praying or engaging in any other public ex‎pression of respect to the site, has been steadily rising.  The average daily total has reached 125 despite the time restrictions and other limitations.

With the fast of Tisha B'Av occurring on Sunday, the level of tensions is again on the upswing, especially after the recent attack on archaeologists and the ongoing destruction of Jewish artifacts there..

And the Waqf is getting more obnoxious itself.