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Waqf Protests Loss of Revenue from Visitors to Temple Mount in Old City

The military governor of East Jerusalem refused today to accept a complaint by a Moslem religious body because the grievance had been written on stationery headed: “Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.”

The complainant was the Waqf, the institution administering Moslem religious properties in East Jerusalem. The complaint was against action by the Israelis in opening another entrance into the Mount of the Temple area where the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aksa Mosque are located. As a result of the opening of the new gate, visitors are able to enter the area without paying the Waqf gatemen an admission fee the Waqf has extracted from all non-Moslems for some 13 centuries.