Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Surprise? Temple Mount Geography Confounds NY Times - by Ira Stoll

Maybe the Arabs are trying to claim the entire plaza atop the Temple Mount as the “Al Aqsa Mosque” as a way of bolstering their claims there. But there’s no good reason for the Times to play along with that land grab.

Ira Stoll..
16 May '17..

A New York Times news article about preparations for President Donald Trump’s visit to Jerusalem included this sentence about the Western Wall: “The wall lies underneath the Al Aqsa Mosque, or Temple Mount, which is one of the holiest sites in Islam.”

This is inaccurate in at least two ways.

First, it gets the basic physical/spatial geography of the site wrong. The Western Wall is not “underneath the Al Aqsa Mosque.” Any aerial photograph of the city will confirm that, as would a visit there. The mosque hugs the southern end of the Temple Mount, while the Western Wall is a western retaining wall. There’s some considerable distance between the westernmost wall of the mosque and the top of the Western Wall.

Second, the reference to “the Al Aqsa Mosque, or Temple Mount.” The Al Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount are two different things.

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