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Removing unsourced accusation
While gazing over the article, I encountered an unsourced statement in the 'Alterations to antiquities and damage to existing structures' section: "These actions are also part of a general trend by the Islamic Waqf to prevent any archaeological research on the mount that may reveal elements of its Jewish past. But the main goal of this construction was to create “facts on the ground” by turning every vacant point on the mount into a mosque."
I have checked the history and it has been there since at least 2010. In any case, I find that to be a rather bold accusation to make without a reliable source and not really in compliance with NPOV. That isn't to say that this isn't the Waqf's policy (whether official or unofficial) but it really should not be there without a valid citation, as it is potentially libelous.
Red Heifer Ritual and Refraining from Ascending
The article says that the Red Heifer ceremony justifies the prohibition from ascending the temple mount by Jews. However, it neglects how a ritual that connects to removing ritual uncleanness associated with contact with a dead body applies to the entire Jewish people. Is there some argument that at some point everyone has either touched a dead body or touched somebody/something who has? Can somebody explain this and expand on this slightly in the article? Thanks in advance! Abu Casey (talk) 17:13, 8 March 2012 (UTC)
Article should be merged with Temple Mount
- First off, you mean Temple Denial, and you need to give reasons why it should be merged. Your failure to give any reason whatsoever for the merge mean that I'll be removing the merge tag from the article. AnonMoos (talk) 02:50, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
Text in the article:
- It is believed that Constantine's mother, St. Helena, built a small church on the Mount around 325, calling it the Church of St. Cyrus and St. John, later enlarged and called the Church of the Holy Wisdom. The church was later destroyed and on its ruins the Dome of the Rock was built. Since it is known that Helena ordered the Temple of Venus to the west of the Temple Mount to be torn down to construct the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, presumably she also ordered the Temple of Jupiter on the Temple Mount to be torn down to construct the Church of St. Cyrus and St. John.
I don't have Wilkinson's book handy. Does Wilkinson make these claims himself or does he report one of the early pilgrims as making it? I read several detailed accounts of Helena's activities in Jerusalem and none of them had these claims. Who believes them? Indeed, many sources say that Helena cleared the site and it remained desolate. Zerotalk 13:35, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
- Ok, I found Wilkinson's book and I wasn't surprised to find that it does not contain this information. I was also not surprised to find that this text and its fake citation was added in 2006 by user Amoruso. All of Amoruso's additions to Wikipedia need to be checked, as has been shown many times. Wilkinson does record one ancient text that mentions a church of St. Cyrus and St. John in Jerusalem (p. 392) but it was placed near the Tower of David (p. 208) not on the Temple Mount. Zerotalk 08:58, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
Recommendation to add short description of archaeological find
It is recommended that the current article be modified in the sub-topic, entitled "Jewish religious law concerning entry to the site," by adding a short description of an archaeological find in the Temple Mount. The suggested addition will read as follows:
"Gentiles were forbidden to enter the inner-court, as attested to by a hewn stone engraved with Greek uncials discovered in 1871 on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The stone inscription is today preserved in Istanbul’s Museum of Antiquities, in Turkey and measures 60 x 90 cm. The Greek text reads:
ΜΗΟΕΝΑΑΛΛΟΓΕΝΗΕΙΣΠΟ ΡΕΥΕΣΟΑΙΕΝΤΟΣΤΟΥΠΕ ΡΙΤΟΙΕΡΟΝΤΡΥΦΑΚΤΟΥΚΑΙ ΠΕΡΙΒΟΛΟΥΟΣΔΑΝΛΗ ΦΘΗΕΑΥΤΩΙΑΙΤΙΟΣΕΣ
(Translation) Let no foreigner enter within the parapet and the partition which surrounds the Temple precincts. Anyone caught [violating] will be held accountable for his ensuing death."
NOTE:  Encyclopedia of Eretz Yisrael, volume a-b, s.v. בית המקדש. A description of this stone tablet is found in Josephus' De Bello Judaico (v.v.2): "...when you go through these [first] cloisters, unto the second [court of the] Temple, there was a partition made of stones all round, whose height was three cubits: its construction was very elegant; upon it stood pillars, at equal distances from one another, declaring the law of purity, some in Greek and some in Roman letters, that 'NO FOREIGNER SHOULD GO WITHIN THAT SANCTUARY'; for that second [court of the] Temple was called 'the Sanctuary,' and it was it was ascended to by fourteen steps from the first court." Yosef b. Mattithiah (alias Josephus) also mentions this stone slab in his "Antiquities" (xv.xi.5 - end).
-END QUOTE- A proper place to insert this addition might be after the first two sentences in the first paragraph, which reads: "During Temple times, entry to the Mount was limited by a complex set of purity laws. Maimonides wrote that it was only permitted to enter this site to fulfill a religious precept." (insertion, followed by:) After the destruction of the Temple, etc."Davidbena (talk) 05:14, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
(The name of this article should be Haram al-Sharif because of the controversy regarding whether on not this was actually the location of the Herodic temple) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 16:07, 21 November 2013 (UTC)