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Second Temple Remnant Discovered by Islamic Diggers

Posted by Atilla89 on September 1, 2007

Now you all know that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is the most holiest place on the earth for Jews. Directly built over the top of that site is the Dome of the Rock which is the third most holy spot for Muslims. Below the Dome of the Rock is the foundations of the Jewish Temple and also countless valuable archaeological finds. To any rational person it makes sense to treat the area very carefully and if repairs have to be carried out, should be done with great caution. However remnants of the Second Temple have been damaged by Muslim diggers trying to repair electrical cables. To top it off, this has direct approval from Olmert!

A month-old Islamic dig on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount to replace faulty electrical cables has damaged an ancient wall that is likely a remnant of the Second Temple, Israeli archaeologists said Thursday.

The work, which is being carried out with the approval of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the state-run Antiquities Authority, has been repeatedly condemned by independent Israeli archaeologists, who are calling for its immediate halt.

“The Israeli Government is lending a hand to the destruction of one of the most important archaeological sites in the world,” said Bar-Ilan University archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkai at a Jerusalem press conference.

Barkai said the dig, which involves tractors and other heavy construction equipment, has created a 400-meter-long and 1.5-meter-deep trench on the site, destroying layers of ancient remains.

Among the antiquities that have been damaged are a 7-meter-wide wall that apparently dates back to Second-Temple times and was likely part of the Temple courts, according to Israeli archaeologists from the nonpartisan Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount.

“This is the first time in the history of archaeological excavation in Israel that we have remains that could have been part of the courts of the Temple itself,” Barkai said.

He added that it was unfathomable that Israel’s top archaeological body was turning a blind eye to archaeological destruction at Judaism’s holiest site. “All civilized people should stand up and protest this barbaric act,” he said.

The Antiquities Authority’s Jerusalem regional archaeologist Jon Seligman was at the site on Thursday, eyewitnesses said. Seligman has long been accused by members of the committee, which was established seven years ago following massive destruction on the Temple Mount by Islamic officials, of failing to protest the damage done in the late 90s at an underground compound of the Temple Mount known as Solomon’s Stables.

Now the funny thing is, when I was over in Israel, specifically in Jerusalem, I actually went through some of the archaeological rubble that had been dumped earlier, in order to find any valuable stuff (I was working with Israeli archaeologists, it wasn’t some tomb raider sort of thing). We actually found a very small coin. Anyway, I am pretty sure that if this repair work continues, more artifacts will be destroyed. The bottom line basically comes from Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar who said that the Temple Mount had become “one big construction site,” and blasted the government for authorizing “rampant barbarism and vandalism” there.

Read the rest of the article here.

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