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Foundation slams Ayalon clip removing Muslim holy site
Published Wednesday 30/01/2013 (updated) 14/02/2013 15:18
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage condemned Wednesday a video by Israel's deputy foreign minister depicting the disappearance of the Dome of the Rock.

A clip of a removed portion of a film by Danny Ayalon that was leaked to Israeli media depicts the dome collapsing in the background as a Jewish temple rises in its place.

Israeli media reported that Ayalon's film was attempting to show time rewinding backwards to show an ancient Jewish temple on the site, removing the present-day Muslim holy site in a video transition that appeared to show it collapsing.

The Times of Israel reported that foreign ministry officials expressed concern about the depiction of the dome crumbling away, so they changed it to a dissolving transition.

Commenting on the video, the al-Aqsa Foundation said it reflected calls by Israeli groups to demolish the al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with "a legendary alleged Jewish temple."

Some Israeli organizations and groups, the statement added, work systematically to promote this idea, and they receive support from the government.

The foundation quoted a report in Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth saying that the video had been taken down out of concern about angry reactions by Islamic and Arab groups.

“It is time the Islamic nation and the Arab world rise to the challenge. The issue is very momentous and time is very precious,” a spokesman of the Islamic Movement in Israel Zahi Nujeidat said commenting on the video.

The al-Aqsa Foundation said “no matter what the video claims, we reiterate that the Zionist project is based on a dream and a legend of occupying Jerusalem and building the alleged Temple at the expense of al-Aqsa Mosque.”

(This version CORRECTS that the video clip depicts the disappearance of the Dome of the Rock, not the al-Aqsa Mosque.)
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/01/2013 23:17
I don't think Danny Ayalon gets the credit he deserves. When Israel is finally over, the Palestinians are going to owe folks like him a debt of gratitude.

2 ) Only - Please post / the truth
31/01/2013 00:09
Aqsa Mosque was built at the expense of the most holy place where the most holy Temple of the Jewish people twice stood.

3 ) southparkbear / usa
31/01/2013 00:31
where is the link?

4 ) ian / australia
31/01/2013 05:55
In the version on YouTube, "The Magic of Jerusalem" by Danny Ayalon, which is the softened one, Tinkerbell-style pixie dust comes out of Danny's battered little Bible, encircles the Dome of the Rock (not Al-Aqsa) and makes it vanish. The Temple then surges out of the ground, a towering edifice, not unlike the Mamilla Hotel, making everything vibrate with holiness, though the effect is menace. In the cancelled version, which is harder to find, the Dome collapses in a heap like the WTC. Danny's

5 ) ian / australia
31/01/2013 05:56
(contd.) defense that it's history "rewinding backwards" is the kind of disingenuousness his "The Truth about..." series is full of. The term in politics is "a dog whistle" (subliminal message) where the point is powerfully made but with room for Danny to plausibly claim, "We intended NO such thing!" Either way, everyone gets it. For Jews it's a triumphalist fantasy of absolute victory and dominion, for Palestinians (and Muslims), an existential threat.

6 ) ian / australia
31/01/2013 12:46
On an archeological note: how come the Temple (whenever it's depicted) always looks like Assyrian or Babylonian buildings (monolithic and blocky) and NOTHING like structures in Canaan which have survived from the "Temple" periods? Hmmm? If the Bible was basically written by Levites in Babylon, which some people think it was and others dispute, it makes sense that the descriptions of palaces and temples and sumptuous splendour with everything covered in gold etc. would be based on

7 ) ian / australia
31/01/2013 12:47
(contd.) things the Scribes had actually seen.

8 ) Wright is wrong / again!
31/01/2013 15:17
#1) Dream on sucker. You will never see it happen!

9 ) ian / australia
01/02/2013 01:39
#3 "Aqsa Mosque was built at the expense of the most holy place where the most holy Temple of the Jewish people twice stood." Sheesh. Is it always about YOU? The Aqsa was built 600 years after the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. "...at the expense of..."? Oy veh. Other stuff happens. Other people build things. History marches on. Get OVER yourself. (No offence.)

10 ) intel mexico / ............
01/02/2013 13:56
i guess boutros ali abbas al hariris comments arent published,yet zionists are.just block the comments section.

11 ) someone / somewhere
01/02/2013 19:44
the whole complex is called Al-Aqsa and it consists of several mosques, including the Qibly mosque (known as al aqsa) and the Dome of the Rock mosque. shows how well-informed maan reporters/editors are. most of them are just employed because they are related to sbeh family or are friends with them or are fateh. we know the whole deal maan. maan reporters, you are to journalism and reporting as israel is to human rights

12 ) facts / history
01/02/2013 19:50
1- if you go into the compound from the mugrabi gate look to you right to see pillars covered in gold from the time of the second jewish temple, next to wailing wall you can find the ancient street and historians (not just jewish ones) document the temple so the al-Aqsa Foundation statement "a legendary alleged Jewish temple" is pure denying of truth 2- #3 the dome was built on expense of a rabish pile that stood there since the romans destroyed the temple

13 ) @10 / samer
01/02/2013 22:35
all socalled new jewish religious sites are factual ? and the ones they cliams are mostly muslimsites,are they connected to actual so called 'jewish' sites ? theres no historical evidence for any jewish sites in palestine .every socalled jewish site is just a theft of other religions sites from ibrahim mosque ,to wherever else they make up .. illusion and myths .what will they think of next..

14 ) ian / australia
01/02/2013 23:59
#11 intel mexico / ............ I'd call comments #3 and #9 zionist but that's 2 out of 11. Ma'an prints everyone. Just try again.

15 ) charliehebdo / paris
02/02/2013 04:03
i doubt ayalon can get some sleep in the next few weeks. knowing how sensitive he is especially when it comes to palestinians' feeling
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