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Is there any Jewish Link to Jerusalem’s Holy Site Temple Mount ?

To understand the situation, one need to know about the basic beliefs surrounding the holy site

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Southern aerial view of the Temple Mount, Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. Wikimedia

October 27, 2016: The cultural body of United Nation passed a resolution denying any Jewish links to the holy sites which include the Temple Mount. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution on Wednesday which is similar to the one passed last week by the UN’s cultural agency, sparking an international debate over the Jerusalem’s future.

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To understand the situation, one need to know about the basic beliefs surrounding the holy site. Here is the historic background which raises the current debate over the holy site.

Temple Mount and Al-Haram al-Sharif

It is one of the most sacred sites for the Jewish people in the ancient times and is still believed to be so. For Jews, the two temples that once resided at the Temple Mount makes it special and holy for them. The first one was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 B.C., while the other one was destroyed by the Romans in A.D 70. Carrying out excavations was always difficult for the unending conflict but archaeologists and historians do not question the existence of the temples.

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For the Muslims, the same very place Temple Mount which they call it as Al-Haram al-Sharif is very special as it is the place where the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ascended to Heaven. The Dome of the Rock as well as the Al-Aqsa Mosque survives even today. Such historical incident makes it holy for the Muslims.

Apart from these, it is also an important place for the Christians. To them, the Mount of Olives is where Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also located near Temple Mount.

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Long-standing conflict
The Temple Mount/Al-Haram al-Sharif has been a long-standing conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. Both Jews and Muslims wish to worship at the site have led to the conflict which in turn resulted in the death of many over the past century. Israelis and Palestinians have accused each other of destroying their history at the holy site.

That being said, Temple Mount’s connection with Jews can never be denied. The site is the center of the history as well as the belief of a religion.

Souptik Mukherjee to explain it, writes on The Jerusalem Post, “We need to understand that the Temple Mount is to the Jews is what the Ram Janmobhoomi Temple at Ayodhya is to the Hindus.”

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?