Muslim countries condemn Ben-Gvir’s ‘storming’ of Temple Mount

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Muslim countries condemn Ben-Gvir’s ‘storming’ of Temple Mount

The Temple Mount is "the most important place for the people of Israel. We need to return and display our governance (here)," National Security Minister Ben-Gvir said.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir visiting Temple Mount, 27 July 2023. Courtesy: Twitter.
National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir visiting Temple Mount, 27 July 2023. Courtesy: Twitter.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir again sparked outrage among Muslim leaders after visiting the Temple Mount on Thursday morning, saying Israel needs to “display governance” on the holy site. 

Ben-Gvir visited the Temple Mount, the holiest place for Jews, to mark Tisha B’Av where Jews mourn the destruction of the Second Temple 2000 years ago by the Romans.

The Temple Mount is “the most important place for the people of Israel. We need to return and display our governance (here),” he said.

“On this day, at this place, we must remember – we are all brothers. We are all the same people. When a terrorist looks out the window, he can’t tell us apart,” he added.

Some 1,000 Jews also visited the Temple Mount, where the Al-Aqsa mosque is located. Israeli Police arrested 16 people for failing to comply with police orders.


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The visits by Ben-Gvir and large groups of Jews were harshly condemned by Muslim countries.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that “the Israeli government provides official backing for continued raids and aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and attempts to change the status quo,” referent to the 1967 agreement between Israel and Jordan which prohibits Jews from praying at the holy site.

Jordan also condemned the visits, warning that it could ignite a regional crisis, while Saudi Arabia condemned the “settlers” who “stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard.”

Turkey and Egypt issued similar condemnations, while Hamas called it a “dangerous escalation.”

The Temple Mount has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for years, with Israeli police officers and Palestinians clashing almost every year during Ramadan.

In January, Ben-Gvir also visited the Temple Mount, which drew similar condemnations in the Middle East and led to an emergency meeting in the UN Security Council.

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