Saturday, October 14, 2006

TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: The proposed new minaret receives coverage in the London Times:
Minaret that can't rise above politics

By Stephen Farrell

Plans for a 130ft tower on the holiest site of two religions will have to overcome some big problems
THE first minaret of its kind for 600 years exists only as a computer-generated model.

But soon it may rise 42 metres (130ft) above the ancient walls of Jerusalem, calling the faithful to prayer at the al-Aqsa mosque on perhaps the most disputed site in the world.

King Abdullah II of Jordan this week announced a competition to design a fifth minaret for the walls of the Haram al-Sharif-Temple Mount complex, in the Old City, imprinting his Hashemite dynasty on the third-holiest site in Islam.

Nothing much new in the article, but it does summarize some of the recent history of the site and the Jordanian Government's relation to it.

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