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.