Construction stops, riots continue

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Riots continued and Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski gave into demands to cease the construction of the ramp leading to the Mugrabi Gate, one of the entrances to the Temple Mount.

Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the Judean city of Hebron, and nine people were arrested in neighborhoods of Arab East Jerusalem after stone-throwing episodes against the police, Israeli cars and a passenger bus.

The Arab world is speaking out on the construction, including a member of Egyptian Parliament from President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party said nothing short of a nuclear bomb would “work” with Israel.

“That cursed Israel is trying to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Mohamed el-Katatny of Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP) told the Egyptian Parliament. “Nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence.”

Among stone throwing over the construction, there have also been incidents of throwing of Molotov cocktails against Israeli security officials.

A bus in Jerusalem and in the Samarian town of Nablus were attacked by stones with some passengers sustaining light injuries.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have said archaeologists will continue digging in the area and looking for artifacts in the area beneath the Mugrabi Gate.

Ruins of Umayyad palaces destroyed in 749 AD by an earthquake were unearthed. The complex was a harem for the Caliph’s wives when visiting Jerusalem, giving him direct access to the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Pipes and a medieval water system were found. Archaeologists are hopeful that within a few months they will find the original Roman roads from the second temple period when King Herod ruled.

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