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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

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.”

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

Indian cuisine in FIFA World cup
Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)