The waqf administration is headed by a director (or sometimes "director-general") who runs the civil administration for the holy sites.
The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
is in charge of Islamic religious affairs at the site. The Supreme Muslim Council
is the Islamic judicial body governing affairs under Islamic law within Israel. The Palestinian Authority
has parallel organizations claiming interest in these same matters (i.e., the Ministry of Islamic Waqf at the Palestinian Authority,
the Palestinian Authority Grand Mufti, or the Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council
), and those are not to be confused with those recognized by Israel, even if some of the same people hold both offices. However, an agreement was signed in 2013 between the Palestinian Authority (represented by Mahmoud Abbas
) and Jordan's King Abdullah II
which recognizing Jordan's role in managing the Jerusalem holy sites.
This agreement replaced a decades-old verbal agreement.