Israel ramp closure “war” on holy sites: Hamas

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A general view shows the Mughrabi ramp leading from the plaza by the Western Wall to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on 8 December 2011. (Photo: AFP - Gali Tibbon) - Click on picture to enlarge

A general view shows the Mughrabi ramp leading from the plaza by the Western Wall to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem on 8 December 2011. (Photo: AFP – Gali Tibbon)

Published Monday, December 12, 2011 | Al Akhbar

Hamas has slammed Israel’s closure of an access ramp to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa compound as tantamount to a religious war against Muslim holy sites.

Israel announced on Monday it was closing the Mughrabi ramp for safety reasons, which is the only access for non-Muslims and tourists to the holy Muslim site.

“The police and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation decided yesterday to close the temporary Mughrabi ramp,” municipal spokesman Stephan Miller said.

The Jerusalem city council raised fears the structure could collapse on the women’s praying section of the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site, below.

“This follows a letter from the municipality that expressed the concern and gave the foundation seven days to appeal against the order,” he said.

But Palestinian and Muslim leaders have criticized the Israeli move as an act of aggression on Muslim holy sites, and for failing to consult the Waqf, a body that oversees Islamic heritage sites.

“This is a serious step that shows the Zionist scheme of aggression again the al-Aqsa mosque,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said.

“This is a violent act that amounts to a declaration of religious war on the Muslim holy places in Jerusalem.”

The Palestinian Authority also condemned the closure as an “Israeli escalation,” saying it was part of a pattern of Israeli behavior designed to undermine efforts to revive peace talks.

“We condemn and reject this Israeli escalation and we believe that these practices, whether in Jerusalem, the closure of the Mughrabi gate, settler attacks, or the decision to build 40 new settlement homes confirm Israel’s attacks…on the efforts of the Quartet to revive the peace process,” Nabil Abu Rudaina, spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, said.

“These practices create a negative atmosphere in the entire region that could plunge the area into turmoil and tension,” he warned.

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, a powerful opposition Islamist party in the kingdom, angrily condemned the closure as a “dangerous move” and “flagrant aggression.”

“The only solution against this entity (Israel) is resistance in order to protect the sanctity of the holy places against such flagrant aggression,” the head of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, Hammam Said, said.

Speaking from Amman, the Islamist leader charged that the move was part of efforts by Israel to “Judaize” Jerusalem and was a “slap in the face for Arab rulers, namely those who have peace treaties with the Jews.”

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, but remains the custodian of Muslim holy sites in occupied Palestine.

Amman warned last month that any attempt to close the ramp would lead to “endless” violence in the Middle East.

Source and more at Al Akhbar English.

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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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