Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram
Al-Sharif is a sacred area in Jerusalem of immense religious importance to all
Muslims and includes all of its 144 dunums (144,000 m2) (“the Sacred
Compound”). The area includes the Qibli Mosque of Al Aqsa, the Mosque of the
Dome of the Rock, all of the buildings, walls, courtyards, and environs above
and beneath the ground. It also includes Waqf properties connected to Al Masjid
Al Aqsa and its pilgrims.
Since 1967, when Israel illegally occupied the West Bank and Gaza
Strip, the Israeli Occupation Authorities have frequently committed egregious
violations against Jerusalem’s Holy Sites, including Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram
Al-Sharif. The ancient Magharbeh Quarter was demolished to create what is now
called the “Western Wall Plaza”. In more recent times, Israeli authorities
destroyed one of the ancient walkways leading into the sacred compound (the
Magharbeh Gate Pathway) and have carried out large underground excavations
which have threatened to destroy the structures above. Whilst this
conduct has been met with widespread condemnation by organisations including
UNESCO, the actions of the Israeli authorities continue unabated. Terrible loss
of life and violence has resulted from these actions, thereby further leading
away from the potential for peace and security. It has also further led to
widening the gap between people who would otherwise have much in common.
This website has been created in
order to transparently document the violations mentioned above and the effects
they have on the sanctity and integrity of Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif.
The establishment of this
website is part of the ongoing efforts by the Hashemite Fund for the
Restoration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock to protect and preserve
Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif. It is pursuant to His Majesty King
Abdullah II's custodianship of Jerusalem's Muslim and Christian Holy
Sites which is an extension of the Hashemite Kings' history of
custodianship and conservation of Jerusalem's Holy Sites over the
last 100 years. Whilst there is no doubt that this issue generates much emotion,
the aim of this site is primarily to share facts.