Israel opens museum beneath Al-Aqsa Mosque

The opening of a museum and synagogues in tunnels beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has alarmed Muslim and Christian Palestinians alike.

Israel opens museum beneath Al-Aqsa Mosque

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Israeli authorities have opened a new museum beneath the third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in eastern Jerusalem.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been subject to an increasing number of raids by both Jewish settlers and Israeli forces in recent weeks, as they voice their demands to divide the compound in half to make way for a Jewish temple.

For many years now, Muslims have complained that Israeli excavation work taking place around and beneath the compound is destabilizing the foundations of the mosque, after the building started showing structural damage.

Last week reports claimed that three new underground synagogues had been opened in the tunnels beneath the mosque, after Jerusalem historian Khalil Ibrahim told Palestine Online, "We only saw these synagogues during our tours; otherwise we would not have known anything about them. They were built quietly under the ground. These synagogues are an extension of other religious sites that Israel is building in occupied Jerusalem, especially around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to impose new realities on the ground. The constructions have political backing in an effort to Judaize the city."

"Inside these synagogues, the Jews are using Psalms to model and demonstrate the Temple's structure under the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Other facilities including schools, libraries and synagogues are being built in an attempt to undermine and erase the Islamic and Arab heritage in the holy city and to construct a Jewish heritage in its place," he added.

The Islamic-Christian Committee to Support Jerusalem has also accused Israel of trying to Judaize the city, with committee secretary general Dr. Hanna Issa being quoted by Middle-East Monitor saying, "The Israeli occupation authorities aim to deprive the mosque of its Arab and Muslim identity to convert it to a Jewish synagogue by opening Jewish museums and digging tunnels beneath the holy mosque to eventually replace it with the alleged Temple. The Israeli authorities also facilitate and protect Jewish extremists and settlers who desecrate the mosque's sanctity on a daily basis."

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