Monday, 18 June 2018

More Archaeological Destruction on the Temple Mount

The information and video below was created by the Sifting Project. This group has been trying to preserve the antiquities on the Temple Mount for many years.

The ongoing destruction on Jerusalem's Temple Mount is inexcusable and is done by those who wish to erase the fact that the Jews were there first.

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In an attempt to keep the peace Israel has made every effort to allow freedom to Muslims on the Temple Mount, particularly during their holidays. For all intents and purposes they "occupy" the Holy site. They have even gone so far as restricting non-muslim visitors. All this has done is embolden the muslim groups who continually press for more and more. The destruction of ancient artifacts is a loss to the world. So why is there no outcry? Where are the UN groups who are supposed to protect ancient sites?

Before the Muslims built their mosque the Temple Mount held the first and second temples, of the Jewish people. When the Christian crusaders captured Jerusalem the Dome of the Rock was turned into a church by the Augustinians. The significance of the mount is important to all peoples! If the world stands by and allows history to be destroyed in order to appease a single group who have no tolerance for anything other than themselves, then we are truly on the pathway to our own destruction.
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From the Sifting Project:
More Archaeological Destruction on the Temple Mount and Damage to Dirt that should be Sifted in the Temple Mount Sifting Project was Significantly Disturbed.

A very serious incident occurred in the last few days on the Temple Mount. In the eastern part of the Temple Mount there are mounds of earth from various illegal excavations carried out by the Waqf on the Temple Mount in the early 2000s. 

An attempt to remove the mounds from the Temple Mount was made in 2004, in coordination with the police and IAA, was forestalled by a petition to the High Court of Justice filed by Committee for the Prevention of Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount. The court ruled that the earth can only be removed under archaeological supervision and with coordination with the Committee

It should also be noted that according to an internal report written by the Israel Antiquities Authority in 2016, the excavation permit, given to us to which we sift the earth that was removed from the Temple Mount at the end of 1999 and at the beginning of 2004, also applies to these mounds. A controlled removal of the dirt will enable extrapolation of the separate sources of the debris from which these piles are composed. Such a dig could provide us with much more accurate information than we currently have in studying the findings from sifting the soil that was dumped into the Kidron Valley in 1999. 

The information that will emerge from this earth sifting will complement the information we currently possess and will enable us to draw a clearer, larger picture. For years, the Israel Police has had some success in preventing work in these piles of dirt. In 2013 there was an attempt to evacuate them by truck and tractor on the false grounds that only park waste was removed, but thanks to the media, we were able to stop the works. 

Now, under the auspices of the last days of the month of Ramadan, when the Temple Mount is closed to none-Muslim visitors and the police presence is limited, over than a thousand people carried out excavation work, stone clearance and the creation of terraces in these piles of earth! 

This is a clear violation of the High Court's order and shows~this constitutes decade’s worth of regression in the level of enforcement of the antiquities law on the Temple Mount. 

The changes in the earth mounds will greatly disrupt the ability to separate the sources of the debris during their eventual evacuation. During the course of such a manual excavation, many archeological artifacts are routinely discovered, but it is highly doubtful that any such items will reach the hands of archaeologists.

 The Deliberate Destruction of Ancient Land is Inexcusable!

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