Israeli authorities is creating hurdle at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque against undertaking any restoration works inside the flash point mosque compound.Jordan-run Religious Endowments(Awqaf) Authority’s spokesperson,”Israeli police forced their way into the office of the Al-Aqsa reconstruction committee and warned engineers against carrying out any mosaic work or restoring the Dome of the Rock’s wooden ceiling,” Firas al-Dib, a spokesman for Jerusalem’s Jordan-run Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Authority.
According to al-Dib, the Israeli police also prohibited any reconstitution works in the Al-Qibli and Marwani mosques, both of which are located in the Al-Aqsa compound.”They even threatened the reconstruction director with detention if any additional work was carried out,” he added.
Al-Aqsa Mosqe is the third most sacred place for Muslims. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount.” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times. The city of Jerusalem, in which Al-Aqsa is located, remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — currently occupied by Israel — might one day serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.