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Old February 7th, 2007, 03:10 PM   #1
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Jerusalem: The Moroccan neighborhood

http://www.bma-alqods.org/englishsite/gates.htm

Moroccan and Prophet David the Gates or (Dung Gate):

Both lie in the southern part of wall. The outside entrance (Moroccan Gate) leads directly to the inside one (Prophet David or Dung Gate). The second outlet would lead you directly to the historical Moroccan neighborhood which was demolished by Israel after occupying the city in 1967 to build modern flats instead .

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/am/p...ticle_28.shtml

All of the property had been preserved until Israel came and destroyed them under military and security pretexts. This document has neither been the first nor the last one concerning the Moroccan legacy in Jerusalem. There is an area or quarter in Jerusalem that has been named after the Moroccans. Moreover, the Moroccans who used to visit the city developed and invested these estates wisely, according to another document left by the Moroccan scholar Al-Sheikh Al-Mujahed Omar Al-Ujrad Al-Masmoudy Al-Mughraby Al-Maleky, who founded the Zawyeh named Al-Masmoudia at his own expense and thereafter dedicated it to the poor in 703 H (1303 CE). He was a good Muslim, and he died in Jerusalem and was buried in Mamella Cemetery. There is a mosque and a shrine for this pious Muslim in the Zawyeh.

It is known that there were several documents similar to the two mentioned previously, but unfortunately they disappeared through history. Taking into consideration the numbers of Moroccans, it should be noted that their number increased during the Mamlouki reign because many of them immigrated to Jerusalem owing to the political conditions current in the Arab and Andalusian countries.

Many prominent men’s names have been preserved in the books of historians and writers who traveled all over the world. For example, a third of the book entitled, “Nafh Al-Teeb” talks about those men who were were members of Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as several schools and charities. Some of those men took high-ranking positions such as judges.

Consequently, there was a school belonging to Al-Malekia and some mosques belonging to the Moroccans, but that was not enough, which caused the State of Bani Murein, which succeeded the State of Al-Muwahdeen, to work hard on improving the situation. Sultan Ali Ben Ottoman appropriated 16,500 gold dinars to purchase Al-Reba’ in Jerusalem. The relationship between the Moroccans and Jerusalem became more intimate and stronger, and the city has been the home of many of them although they founded other branches throughout Palestine.

All of these estates were preserved and well known to everyone. The ruling States had been faithful and considerate regarding these estates, especially from the time of the Ottomans through to the British occupation (until the Jews captured the city in 1948, when they destroyed most of these estates, in particular Abu Madein Al-Ghouth’s in Ein Karem, located outside the wall of the city and without any consideration of the fact that this estate had been built in the eighth century of the Hijra). Thereafter, Israel captured the rest of the Moroccan estates in Jerusalem after the war in June of 1967 and annexed them to the Israeli estates. The Israeli forces bulldozed the Moroccan quarters inside the city walls four days after the war in 1967, leaving 135 families, totaling 650 people, homeless.

This quarter had been built by the Moroccans for several centuries, and it is quite impossible to rebuild it as it was before it had been destroyed by the Zionists. There were no military or security reasons for doing so, but rather it was the desire of the Zionists to destroy and vandalize the Moroccan quarter in accordance with the ruling of their god (Yahwa), described as a terrific and horrible god who led them astray and encouraged them to murder, predate, steal and oppress others as long as it was for the benefit of Israel as stated in their holy book: “If your god let you enter any area, you should inherit it, so uproot a lot of nations before you.”
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Old February 7th, 2007, 03:10 PM   #2
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A la fin du 12ème siècle le sultan marocain en sa qualité d'Amir El Mouminine avait envoyé plusieurs milliers de Marocains au proche orient pour aider Saladin - Salaheddine El ayyoubi (roi d'Egypte) à reconquérir les territoires saints qui étaient occupés par les croisés.
Pour les remercier Saladin leur a proposé de s'installer dans une région stratégique de la ville, entre le mur des lamentations et le Dome du Rocher et qu'on appel aujourd'hui "le quartier Marocain de Jerusalem" et fait partie des 4 waqfs islamiques de la ville.
La propriété chérifienne d'Ain Karem a d'ailleurs été la première a produire des fruits et légumes dans la région de Jérusalem, et c'est également le Roi du Maroc qui avait ordonné la construction du point d'Oum El Banat dans ce quartier
En 1953 Israël avait occupé ce quartier chassé tous les Musulmans qui y résidaient, mais vu que le Maroc était encore sous protectorat franco-espagnol, le ministère français des affaires étrangères s'était lui même chargé d'envoyer une lettre à israël lui ordonnant de se retirer de ces territoires qui appartienent au Royaume chérifien. Israël avait porposé au Maroc de le dédomager matériellement s'il reconnaissait sa présence sur ces territoires, mais ce fut sans compter sur le nationalisme arabe des Sultans marocains et surtout de Mohammed V
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Old February 7th, 2007, 03:11 PM   #3
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Voici une carte de la Cité ancienne:



Jerusalem Ouest é Jerusalem Est

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Old February 7th, 2007, 03:16 PM   #4
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Mohammed VI calls on Israel to stop works around Al Aqsa Mosque

Rabat, Feb. 6 - King Mohammed VI, chairman of the Committee of Al Qods has condemned the works made around the Al Aqsa Mosque and aiming to distort the Islamic and civilizational symbols of the area.

A press release of the Al Qods Committee, added that the monarch called on the Israeli government to order the "immediate halt" of these works in order to help attenuate the high tension in the Palestinian territories.

The sovereign also insisted on the necessity of the respect by Israel of the UN resolution relating to Al Qods Asharif.

He reiterated call, on the other hand, on the Palestinians to unify their rows and to work towards the settlement of their disputes through dialog, the document added.



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Old February 7th, 2007, 05:13 PM   #5
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Sorry, but this is so blown out of proportion. They're simply renovating a walkway that's going to collapse. The building site is open for everyone to see the works and that's a fact.

The media outrage is completely unsubstantiated and seeks nothing but to raise muslim anger over nothing at all. The works are done OUTSIDE the temple mount (or Haram al Sharif) and poses no danger for the mosques inside. The problem is that nobody is questioning the claims for "crimes" and "destruction", and we're getting quite fed up with it.

The minute anyone says "Israel did this" "israel did that" everybody just repeats what they heard a with nothing to back it up or not even an attempt to check it. Inspite of free media access to the site no one came up with any proof to substantiate the claims.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 02:18 PM   #6
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A la fin du 12ème siècle le sultan marocain en sa qualité d'Amir El Mouminine avait envoyé plusieurs milliers de Marocains au proche orient pour aider Saladin - Salaheddine El ayyoubi (roi d'Egypte) à reconquérir les territoires saints qui étaient occupés par les croisés.
Pour les remercier Saladin leur a proposé de s'installer dans une région stratégique de la ville, entre le mur des lamentations et le Dome du Rocher et qu'on appel aujourd'hui "le quartier Marocain de Jerusalem" et fait partie des 4 waqfs islamiques de la ville.
La propriété chérifienne d'Ain Karem a d'ailleurs été la première a produire des fruits et légumes dans la région de Jérusalem, et c'est également le Roi du Maroc qui avait ordonné la construction du point d'Oum El Banat dans ce quartier
En 1953 Israël avait occupé ce quartier chassé tous les Musulmans qui y résidaient, mais vu que le Maroc était encore sous protectorat franco-espagnol, le ministère français des affaires étrangères s'était lui même chargé d'envoyer une lettre à israël lui ordonnant de se retirer de ces territoires qui appartienent au Royaume chérifien. Israël avait porposé au Maroc de le dédomager matériellement s'il reconnaissait sa présence sur ces territoires, mais ce fut sans compter sur le nationalisme arabe des Sultans marocains et surtout de Mohammed V

A la fin du XII siecle le roi du maroc etait amir el mouminine? Je croyais que seuls les "arabes" pouvaient pretendre a ce titre
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Old February 9th, 2007, 02:44 PM   #7
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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem (holiest spot on earth for Jews and ranking up there in sanctity also for Christians and Muslims) may soon come partly crashing down.

Despite appearances, the 35-acre Temple Mount plateau is not a natural formation but a man-made esplanade built centuries ago by stacking one large brick-like rock atop another.

The wall on one side might cave in due to the fact that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has had administrative control over the Temple Mount since the mid-1990s and since then has made many structural changes, all aimed at increasing Muslim claims to the site.

In particular, the PA converted a long-disused space at the southern end, known as Solomon's Stables, into a mosque. In the process, it took down some supports. These alterations weakened the southern wall; an area 227 square yards of the wall now bulges out as much as 28 inches.

The PA professes no concern. "This bulge is under our monitoring since the '70s and has neither grown nor shifted in 30 years," says Adnan Husseini, director of the Islamic religious authority (the waqf) that oversees the Temple Mount. "It is stable, we don't feel that there is any dangerous situation."

Knowledgeable Israelis beg to differ. Back in 2001, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) warned that if not treated, the bulge would cause the Temple Mount "irreversible damage."

Today, their warnings are alarmed. That wall is "in danger of collapse," says Shuka Dorfman, head of the IAA.

"It could collapse," says Jerusalem's Mayor Ehud Olmert.

It "will collapse," warns Eilat Mazar, an archaeologist at Hebrew University. "The central issue at present is whether it will collapse on the heads of thousands of people who are praying there, or whether it will be done in a controlled manner."

The moment of truth might come in November. That's the Ramadan holiday, when thousands of Muslim worshipers will aggregate in the mosque at Solomon's Stables. Their weight and movement could cause the southern wall to give way, causing yard-long rocks to come cascading down on them, possibly killing many.

Judging by prior incidents in Jerusalem -- the arson at Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969, the opening of a tunnel in 1996-- this disaster would lead at least to wide-scale fighting in Jerusalem and a heated international crisis. If things really went wrong, it could precipitate a wave of violence in Europe and a full-blown Arab-Israeli war.

It could also complicate the war on Iraq, obstruct the war on terrorism and jump the price of oil and gas. At worst, it could unleash an end-of-days messianism in three monotheistic religions, with unforeseeable consequences.

The structural integrity of this ancient wall is, in short, very serious business.


The government of Israel must finally assert its full sovereignty over the area.

And yet successive Israeli governments, both Labor and Likud, have abdicated their role, turning a deaf ear to the increasingly anxious predictions.

Their insouciance has two main causes. First, memories of 1969 and 1996 are enough to make any Israeli leader want to stay away from Jerusalem holy places.

Second, it is a well-established tradition that the governing authority in Jerusalem -- Ottoman, British, Jordanian, Israeli -- endorses the status quo, permits precedent to have sway and stays out of the city's many and hugely intractable religious disputes.

Thus, when Israel regained the Temple Mount in 1967, it permitted the Waqf to remain in charge there. The PA has exploited that deference of 35 years ago to increase Muslim claims to the Temple Mount, notably by building the new mosque at Solomon's Stables. That the Waqf denies any structural problems means the Israeli authorities just tiptoe away.

But they cannot afford to any longer. At issue is not some squabble over who gets to sweep which church step or who gets which hours in a sanctuary; this is a disaster in the making.

As the Jerusalem Post correctly editorializes, that the government of Israel has abdicated its responsibilities is "nothing less than scandalous," and it must now "finally assert its full sovereignty over the area."
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^^ I hope it doesn't collapse.

I can just imagine the sprawl of conspiracy theories that will ensue...
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