Israel to resume digging outside Al Aqsa Mosque

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he Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) is planning to renew excavations soon at the Al-Magharebah Gate in the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound near the Western Wall (Al-Buraq Wall) after receiving the approval of an Israeli ministerial committee, the Israeli organization Ir Amim reported yesterday. The excavations, which began in February this year to prepare for the construction of a new bridge to the Al-Magharebah Gate, between the Western Wall and the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound, were stopped in June after they sparked protests from the Palestinian Authority and Arab countries. Some feared the work would damage the foundations of holy sites in the area known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

… was halted without explanation in June, but Edri said that it would resume “very soon”. After Ederi’s announcement, Raleb Majadele, the only Arab in the Israeli cabinet, filed an appeal against the project, halting progress for two weeks. “I want the excavations delayed because it is very bad timing under the present political conditions,” he said, citing a planned US-sponsored peace conference in November and the current Muslim holiday of Eid Al Fitr.
Dalit Menzil, a spokeswoman for the Israel antiquities authority, said the agency was waiting for government orders to resume the dig. She said “preservation, documentation and stabilization” work has continued uninterrupted. Adnan Husseini, an adviser on Jerusalem affairs to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, said the move threatened to derail the meeting in Maryland. “Always, whenever there is an important move toward peace, they do something to enrage Palestinians,” he said. Israel dismissed previous objections as politically motivated and said that the work needed to be carried out to replace a ramp which was dangerous after being damaged in a snowstorm in 2004

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