Monday, February 12, 2007

Excavations near Temple Mount

Please visit Honest Reporting for photos and background concerning the excavations near the Temple Mount and the Mugrabi Gate ramp construction.


  1. Its just another example of "the worst enemeies of the Palestinian people are the Palestinian leaders" where, once again, people are incited to over react to a minor incident to their own detriment.

  2. it's not even an incident-- it's just a pretext. "Al-Aqsa is in danger" is for Arabs what "HEP" was to the European anti-Semites-- the signal that the time has arrived for another pogrom.

    note: Hep! was the cry of the Crusaders as they swept through Europe, annihilating one Jewish community after another; it stood for Hierosolyma est perdita (Jerusalem is destroyed), and was taken up again by anti-Jewish rioters in Germany in 1819.


  3. I've been reading the "spin" put on this incident by the anti-Israel forces. One particularly nasty piece worming its way across the web by Nicola Nasser claims the re-building of this pedestrian ramp, damaged by an earthquake is "part of the destruction of the material existence of Palestinian communities with a cultural cleansing..."
    Its a sterling example of the hyperbole and hypocrisy we've come to expect. I'd like to remind Nicola Nasser of the real cultural cleansing and the real material destruction that took place in this very part of the world.
    In May, 1948 Jordan invaded and occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Jews were forced to leave. Until reunification in 1967 the city remained divided, with Israel establishing its capital in western Jerusalem and Jordan occupying the eastern section, including the Old City- where the holiest sites of Judaism are found.
    In direct violation of the 1949 Armistice Agreement, which allowed "free access to the Holy Places and cultural institutions and use of the cemetery on the Mount of Olives", Jordan denied Israelis access to their holy places, including the Western Wall. Jewish sacred sites were desecrated. 57 synagogues were ransacked, including the magnificent Hurva synagogue, dynamited to prove Jordanian control of the Jewish Quarter. The Jordanian commander was reported to have declared : "For the first time in 1,000 years not a single Jew remains in the Jewish Quarter. Not a single building remains intact. This makes the Jews' return here impossible."
    The Intercontinental Hotel was built atop the cemetery on the Mount of Olives, where Jews have been burying their dead for 2,500 years.A road was cut across the tombs leading to it. Hundreds of Jewish graves were destroyed, and thousands of headstones were removed, to be used as construction material . Appeals were made to the international community and to the United Nations, but the voices were ignored.
    The destruction and desecration of our own sacred sites lead the Israeli government to pass, the "Protection of Holy Places" law 1967 , declaring that " The Holy Places shall be protected from desecration and any other violation and from anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places."