Jerusalem (Aug. 28)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
In the presence of Moslem delegates from Egypt, Syria, Transjordania, government officials and foreign consuls the Moslems of Palestine celebrated today the re-opening of the Mosque of el-Aksa.
The mosque, one of the important Moslem shrines, was built from columns and other materials taken by Abdalmalik (690 C.E.) from the ruins of Justinian’s church of St. Mary on Mount Zion. The exercises marked the conclusion of repair work which took four years. The Grand Mufti in the principal address described the history of the repair work. Moslems in all countries contributed the amount of Â£94,000, of which Â£67,000 were spent for the repair work. The remainder will be used for repair work in the second section of the Mosque of Omar, which occupies the site of King Solomon’s Temple on Mount Moriah.
H. C. Luke, Acting High Commissioner, in his address declared that the government is pleased with this important work and hopes the second section of the Mosque of Omar will be repaired shortly.