Using the cover of Ramadan's final days, when there are no Jews on the Temple Mount, the Waqf continued to illegally remove soil containing historical artifacts from periods as early as the First Temple era.
Palestinian vandals ripped off a Mezuzah, a Jewish artifact, which was affixed to the main entrance at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Friday, while the holy site was open solely for Muslims in honor of the Muslim month of Ramadan.
For years, the Islamic Waqf has worked, unchallenged, to destroy historical evidence of the two Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount and build other structures. Now, Israel has ordered a halt to construction out of fear the process would damage the Western Wall.
While workers claim they are repairing a water leak, Israeli organization “Students for the Temple Mount” called on the government to intervene and put an end to “this flagrant contempt for Israel’s holy sites.”
Israel responded to Jordanian King Abdullah’s criticism of the Jewish state over the Temple Mount, saying it is Jordan itself that is violating the status quo at the holy site by allowing armed rioters there.