Muslims rip up Temple Mount, archeologists protest

Friday, July 13, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The Muslim overlords of Jerusalem's Temple Mount began hacking a deep trench into the holy hill earlier this week as a prelude to more extensive infrastructure work on the mosques that currently occupy the compound.

The Islamic Trust (Waqf) gained the approval of the Israeli police to proceed with the work, but leading archeologists note that digging with heavy machinery at such a sensitive historical site also requires, by law, the approval of archeological authorities.

The use of tractors and other heavy machinery in construction at the Temple Mount requires “real, professional and careful archaeological supervision involving meticulous documentation,” stated the Committee for the Prevention of Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, an apolitical group that includes Israelis archeologists and intellectuals from across the political spectrum.

Committee member Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University accused the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of giving a green light to the work without going through the proper channels out of fear of the Muslims. As a result, said Mazar, even more of the history of Israel's temples to the Almighty will be destroyed, further erasing the historical and biblical connection of the Jewish people to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem.

Mazar and the committee previously protested extensive construction work done by the Muslims under the Temple Mount, which resulted in a huge amount of dirt and debris being deposited unceremoniously in the Kidron Valley below. The mounds of debris were later found to contain shattered pieces of Jewish temple history.

By contrast, the Muslim world erupted in outrage and violence earlier this year when Israel tried to repair a walking bridge leading to one of the Temple Mount's gates.

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