So-called Temple organisations in Israel have filed a demand to the Israeli ministerial council to employ a rabbi in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to place a Jewish Menorah on top of the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Foundation has revealed.
The Foundation described how Israeli extremists are also demanding that the Menorah be lit on Jewish occasions, such as the current Hanukkah celebration.
According to the Foundation, the demand was revealed on Tuesday; however, the application was actually made eight months ago. Officially, there has been no response to the demand, but remarks, correspondences and certain measures on the ground since then appear to lay the foundation for trying to realise it.
Such measures, the Foundation said, make clear that the Al-Aqsa Mosque faces grave danger from Israeli extremists, who are supported by a number of senior Israeli officials.
In a statement, the Foundation explained how a number of Israeli groups working under the name of Temple organisations sent different messages to Israeli officials asking them to employ a rabbi in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The officials included Israel's Economic Minister Naftali Bennett and the head of Jerusalem's Municipality, among others. The organisations claim that they have not received responses from any of the officials.
However, Israeli extremists continue to become emboldened. MEMO received information from different sources that on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, Israeli extremists attempted to bring a Menorah inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In response, Palestinians worshipers protested to protect the holy site, resulting in severe clashes.
Israeli extremists also lit Menorah candles outside the Mosque on Tuesday evening, and warned that they would light them inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday.