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Jordan expands managing body of Temple Mount to stop #Israel from changing status quo.
Who's changing the status quo? The Wakf wants to take over an important part of Jewish history! Sent in shebab to capture "Bab al-Rahma" for new mosque.
What's "Bab al-Rahma?"
In Hebrew known for 1000s of yrs as "Shaar HaRachamim" (or Golden Gate) thru which the Messiah will come, according to tradition.
The gate is sealed & an Arab cemetery placed there allegedly to keep the Messiah away. Pics inside Temple compound from 1800s:
3/ Here are pics taken from outside the city walls in 1800s in the area of the Muslim cemetery.
According to Jewish tradition, on Yom Kippur crowds on Mt of Olives could see into the Temple inside the walls.
4/ What's inside the sealed gates between the walls? Rare picture I found circa 1900 suggests that the room and/or columns date back to the Temple.
No wonder, the Wakf wants to build a mosque there between the walls
The caption for the picture of the room inside the Golden Gate reads: "Interior of Golden Gate." Library of Congress, credit to the American Colony.
Now it gets weirder.
6/ The gate dates back to 7th/8th century CE, & it was built over an earlier gate. Jews visited inside from 11th century. Hebrew graffiti inside may date back to then. Read academic article (in Hebrew). ybz.org.il/_Uploads/dbsAt…

Get ready for really weird
7/ In 1969 an archeological student was inspecting outside gate when he fell into a deep pit w arches of an earlier gate. He also found he was in a pit of bones. Next day he returned & found cement slab laid by Muslim cemetery custodians.
Pics by student James Fleming & B.A.R.
My theory is the bones date back to 625 CE when a Jewish revolt aided the Persians vs the Byzantines.
Led by Benjamin of Tiberias, the Jews controlled the city for several yrs, possibly even restoring religious life on Temple ruins.
Bones? Everyone massacred everyone.
More info: israeldailypicture.com/2011/10/gates-…

Now we know why the Muslims want it: so that the Jews can't have it.
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