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>JN Jily 21, 1999, Vol. 7, No 132
The fast of Tisha B'Av will be observed tonight and Thursday,
marking many sad events that have befallen the Jewish People,
including the destruction of the First and Second Temples.
For a Hassidic insight to the day and its inner meaning, one may
visit "Azamra" at http://www.azamra.org/temple.html
Arafat Scheduled to Meet with Palestinian Dissidents
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat will meet soon with the leaders of
key rebel Palestinian groups in an attempt to persuade them to end
their armed struggle against Israel. Arafat wants the leaders to
join him at the negotiating table, prior to a final peace
settlement with the Jewish state.
Arafat is to meet in Cairo July 31 with two rebel Palestinian
leaders, George Habash and Nayef Hawatmeh. They represent the
"Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine" and the "Democratic
Front for the Liberation of Palestine" -- factions lead by Habash
and Hawatmeh respectively.
The groups refused to support Arafat when he signed the 1993 peace
accords in Oslo, which launched the current round of talks.
Instead, the rebel factions established bases in the Syrian
capital, Damascus, from where they have continued to plot attacks
But there are indications the two factions may be prepared to
soften their positions, following a directive from Syria ordering
Palestinian groups based in Damascus to give up their armed
struggle against Israel.
The move is the most dramatic sign so far that Syria is ready to
reach a peace agreement with Israel, following the election last
month of Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Fundraising is Underway for Third Temple
Temple Mount activists are stepping-up efforts to regain control of
the Temple Mount and begin efforts towards the construction of the
Efforts by Chai Vekaiyam leader Yehuda Etzion and other Temple
Mount activists brought about the first meeting which was held
several weeks ago in Jerusalem in the hope of launching the "Temple
Treasury" project to begin raising funds for the construction of
the Third Temple.
Etzion, who has been at the forefront of the battle to regain
Jewish control of the Temple Mount, the site of the First and
Second Temple, points out that Jewish law dictates that the Jewish
people make preparations for the building of the final temple.
This, he explains, includes the raising of the necessary funds to
undertake the project. He explained the monies collected would be
traded for gold, which must be set aside for the time when
construction could get underway.
Etzion added the project would increase awareness among Jews, with
many then asking themselves, "What have I done today to bring the
construction closer to becoming a reality?"
In June 1967, Israel liberated the Old City of Jerusalem, including
the Temple Mount, the holiest site to the Jewish people, but saw
fitting to place control of the site in the hands of the Muslim
Wakf, which until today, has barred Jews from praying on the Mount
and denying them Freedom of Worship. The High Court of Justice has
repeatedly called to permit Jews to pray on the Mount, but has
always placed the final decision in the hands of Israeli police,
which have denied Jews permission to pray on the Mount and have
kept the area off limits to Jewish worshippers.
Etzion and his followers as well as the Temple Mount Faithful
organization, continue to call for the expulsion of the Wakf and
demand the government of Israel take control of the Holy Site, and
once again cleanse it of foreign deities and begin preparations for
the construction of the Third Temple.
Temple Mount Faithful Calls Upon Jews to Ascend to Temple Mount
The Temple Mount Faithful organization has once again called upon
Jews to come to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, wearing
sackcloth, marking the day of mourning for the destruction of the
First and Second Temples.
"Come and assist in returning the glory and splendor to the Temple
Mount, Jerusalem and the entire country," reads the Temple Mount
The Temple Mount Faithful has been among those fighting to regain
Jewish control of the holiest site to the Jewish People, calling
for freedom of worship for Jews on the Mount, currently barred by
the Muslim Wakf.
Temple Mount Faithful leaders are calling for the banning of the
PLO Authority flag on the Mount, continued Wakf construction on the
Mount, and the continuation of the "destruction of the Third Temple
in our time."
On Thursday, Tisha B'Av, participants will meet at the Western Wall
Plaza, near the Mugrabi Gate, which leads to the Temple Mount and
will attempt to offer their prayers on the Mount, despite
objections by Muslim officials entrusted to protect the site by the
government of Israel.
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