A group of 150 Israeli citizens have initiated an unprecedented criminal prosecution of WAQF (Islamic trust) leaders in Jerusalem - alleging that Islamic officials have engaged in the deliberate destruction of ancient Jewish relics on the Temple Mount. The indictment was filed in the Jerusalem District Court today by means of a private law suit. The private indictment is first of its kind in Israeli legal history and utilizes a seldom applied section of the criminal code. If convicted, the WAQF officials face years in prison.
The legal action, which is led by Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center, accuses members of the Islamic Trust (the WAQF) of the intentional demolishing of priceless Jewish artifacts, including the remains of the Second Temple.
In recent months the WAQF has brought bulldozers and heavy digging equipment into the Al-Aqsa Compound, site of the former Jewish Temple, to carry out renovations. Israeli archaeologists who have sifted through the discarded earth have discovered a great number of Jewish artifacts. A wall from the outer courtyard of the Second Temple is believed to have been completely pulverized.
The court papers contend that the recent accelerated destruction is part of a four decade long campaign by the WAQF to eradicate all evidence of the historical Jewish connection and claim to the Temple Mount.
Shurat HaDin alleges that the Israeli government, in its political cowardice, has consistently refused to undertake any concrete actions to stop the activities of the WAQF - thus abandoning the millenniums long Jewish claim over the Temple Mount and allowing Islamic extremists to re-write Jerusalems history.
This lawsuit is a dangerous instance of Zionists antagonizing and angering Muslims worldwide, who consider the Al-Aqsa Compound one of their holiest sites. Their accusations against the current Waqf officials barely conceal their general challenge to the Waqf's right to control the compound. This is especially true in view of the fact that they do not confine their concerns to archaeology; they speak of the "millenniums long Jewish claim over the Temple Mount" as if the Jews were preparing to take over the compound based on this claim.
True Jews know that they do not have a "claim" to the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount belongs to G-d alone. In ancient times G-d commanded the Jews to build His Temple there, but since the destruction of the Temple, He has commanded Jews to remain in exile and forbidden them from even setting foot on the holy ground of the compound.