With Al Aqsa bridge plans, Israel ‘playing with fire’

By Taylor Luck

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM – Jordanian officials have stepped up concerns over Israeli plans to demolish a ramp leading to Jerusalem’s Al Haram Al Sharif, warning that the move represents the most provocative act in the Holy City since the second Intifada.

Bab Al Magharbeh bridge leads to Al Haram Al Sharif, which houses Al Aqsa Mosque, the site Muslims honour as Prophet Mohammad’s ascent to heaven and according to Jewish tradition is the site of the Temple Mount.

The most recent controversy over the site started when Israel’s Jerusalem municipality chief engineer Shlomo Eshkol announced that the bridge represented a safety hazard, prompting the Jerusalem municipality to issue an ordinance on October 25 stating that the wooden structure must be demolished within 30 days. Read more


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