Al-Aqsa foundation decries Israeli excavations

The Al-Aqsa foundation asserted that the new Israeli excavations were being carried out only meters from the mosque's southern gate.

Al-Aqsa foundation decries Israeli excavations
World Bulletin / News Desk 
 
The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Heritage said Wednesday that Israeli authorities had begun new excavations only meters from the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Al-Quds (East Jerusalem) to make way for a planned Jewish religious center.

The foundation, an NGO devoted to safeguarding the iconic mosque from Israeli depredations, warned of the "danger posed by these excavations, by which the [Israeli] occupation aims to destroy Islamic sites in the area near the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem's Old City."

In a statement, the foundation asserted that the new Israeli excavations, which are being funded by a right-wing Jewish pro-settlement organization, were being carried out only meters from the mosque's southern gate.

Israeli authorities have never officially denied the existence of excavations – said to have started decades ago – being carried out underneath the city's Islamic holy sites.

Palestinian rights organizations, however, have been consistently barred from inspecting suspected excavation sites.

Sacred to both Muslims and Jews, Jerusalem's Old City hosts the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which, for Muslims, represents the world's third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

Palestinians accuse Israel of waging an aggressive campaign to "Judaize" the holy city with the aim of effacing its Arab and Islamic identity.

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David
David - 5 yıl Before

Actually, the excavations are further away from the Mosque, at a safe distance. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs recently wrote an article about common misconceptions regarding Israeli dealings on the Misjad Al Aqsa, here is the link: http://jcpa.org/al-aksa-is-in-danger-libel/