The Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights in commemoration of the rebuilding of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (their so-called Second Temple) in 164 BC, when the Greeks took control of Jerusalem and persecuted the Jews under the leadership of Judah Maccabee and his brothers. On Hanukkah, the Maccabean Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the “Temple”.
Hanukkah in Hebrew means inauguration, as they celebrate the construction of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and is observed for eight nights and days. Therefore, candles are lit in the menorah (candelabrum with nine branches) placed next to doors or windows, and a new candle is added every night of the festival. This holiday is not considered an official holiday for Jews, as the daily business continue.
The Temple Forum in the ruling Likud party demands that Netanyahu allow the menorah during Hanukkah to be lit inside Al-Aqsa Mosque.
In the context of the relentless pursuit of the temple groups and the Zionist government to establish the Jewish temple in Al-Aqsa, both ritually and morally, and transferring all the Jewish sacrificial rituals to the inside of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the “Temple Forum” group in the ruling Likud Party sent a letter to the party leader and the Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requesting the empowerment of the Jews From performing the climax of the festival of lights rituals by lighting the candlestick of lights inside the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, considering that “it is not appropriate for the Jews to continue to celebrate the Festival of Lights outside the Temple Mount despite the passage of two thousand years since the diaspora, and despite the presence of the Temple Mount under Jewish sovereignty.”
It is noteworthy that there is no Jewish temple in Jerusalem. The Jewish archaeologist, Meir Ben-Dov, admitted and said: “There are no traces of the so-called alleged temple under the Al-Aqsa Mosque”.
The Likud Temple Forum forms a gathering of extremists within the party to cooperate and put pressure on the Zionist government to improve the conditions for incursions and enable the Zionists to have greater control over Al-Aqsa Mosque. The forum started its message to Netanyahu by “thanks for improving conditions” for the incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque over the past months and years. .
The extremist temple groups have erected the Hanukkah menorah this year directly adjacent to the Lions Gate, and had begun erecting it in Al-Ghazali Square in front of the Lion’s Gate with the intention of escalating their demand to celebrate the Hebrew Hanukkah holiday inside Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Temple groups open messages to the Emirates and Bahrain via video to help them establish joint prayers for Jews and Muslims in Al-Aqsa, and to help them evade the administration of Islamic endowments, and at a time when the Hanukkah menorahwas erected in Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and clips of Arab Zionists participating in the Zionist celebrated the Hebrew Light Festival In occupied Palestine.