PLO Urges International Media to Refrain from Using Term ‘Temple Mount’ to Refer to Al-Aqsa Mosque

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RAMALLAH, November 8, 2014 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Liberation organization PLO expressed concern over the use of the inaccurate term “Temple Mount” to refer to Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem, urging all international media representatives to adhere to international law and correct any other existing terminology used.

“The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is not a disputed territory and all other terms, therefore, are null and void,” stated the statement.

Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, sometimes referred to as the Noble Sanctuary (“Haram al-Sharif” in Arabic), is the compound that contains Al Aqsa building itself, ablution fountains, open spaces for prayer, monuments and the Dome of the Rock building. This entire area enclosed by the walls which spans 144 dunums (almost 36 acres), forms the Mosque.

Sacred to approximately 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, and a symbol for all Palestinians, the Mosque has been under exclusive Muslim sovereignty and control since the construction…

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