CPDATM – The Committee for the Prevention of the
Destruction of Antiquities on the
PM – Prime Minster
Waqf – Moslem trust on the
AG – Attorney General
10/08/09 The Official CPDATM Website is Now Online
The CPDATM has established an
official website. For updated information regarding archaeological destruction
Last Thursday, I gave a lecture and published an article in the annual New
1/11/07 Archaeological Remains dated to the First
Very surprisingly, and contrary to IAA policy so far, the IAA reported in a press release that a sealed occupation level has been discovered on the Temple Mount dating to the First Temple period in the course of the inspection that the IAA is conducting on the Waqf's trench work.
So far, the IAA has refrained from admitting in public that it is indeed
performing archaeological inspection work at the site, since there was an
agreement with the Waqf that the Israeli inspection is not to be disclosed in
public. In this case, not only is there
an official press release admitting the existence of such inspection, but the
press release also describes an archaeological dig at the site performed by an
official body of the State of Israel.
The press release was sent to the political affairs reporters of all
news outlets and not to the science reporters, as is usually done. It appears that the disclosure in this case
is motivated by primarily political considerations and is not the IAA's own
initiative. Rather, it appears that a
directive from the Prime Minister's Office is responsible for the press
release. In these very days, negotiations
with the Palestinians are taking place and the future of the
As far as the release itself is
concerned, the artifacts that were discovered are very common finds in the
Sifting Project of Temple Mount dirt that is ongoing for three years now. The uniqueness of the find is that it is a
"clean" assemblage that is entirely from one specific period and was
taken out directly from the
The assemblage was discovered in the southern part of
the eastern flank of the trench, about
20/9/08 Supreme court tends to reject CPDATM petition
This morning, the supreme court dealt with a plea of the CPDATM. Based on the judges who had been selected to deal with the issue (Ayala Purcacha, Asher Gronis and Edna Arbel) there seemed to be a slight chance for the plea's acceptance. Surprisingly, at the opening of the discussion, it seemed that Judge Procaccia was sympathetic toward the presentation of the committee, however, the State's attorneys managed to upset the entire case by focusing the issue on the question of whether or not there was archeological inspection while the trench-digging took place instead of dealing with the question of why the digging was permitted without first carrying out preliminary preventative, salvage excavation. Archeological inspection is required where there is a question as to whether or not a site contains antiquities, whereas in known archeological sites, salvage excavations are carried out before allowing earth-moving or construction work. The impression created in the court was that archeological inspection can be put on a par with an actual dig during which scientific records are made of the exposed antiquities and remnants found. Our situation here can be compared to open heart surgery being carried out with an axe, while a professional surgeon looks on.
Behind closed doors, the state presented evidence testifying to the fact that the earth-works were carried out under archeological inspection. The committee and its lawyers could not respond to testimony given behind closed doors and therefore the judges announced their acceptance of the state's evidence that there had indeed been close inspection. To finalize the matter, it was requested that the committee present within 21 days an expert archeological opinion as to the criteria according to which there should have been archeological inspection on The Mount and following that a judgment will be given.
It must be pointed out that, should the court accept the position of the government, agreeing that archeological inspection is adequate and there is no need for a salvage excavation, this will be a dangerous precedent. Any contractor who wishes to build on a known archeological site where the Antiquities Authority demands that he first finance and carry out a salvage excavation, will be able to say that archeological inspection was deemed to be adequate on the Temple Mount, all the more so at any other location in the country.
18/9/08 Supreme Court will have a hearing on Thursday morning regarding the CPDATM petition
See more details about the petition on Haaretz article
7/9/07 Detailed reports and pictures of the new trench were published on BAS website
2/9/07 CPDATM will submit a petition to supreme court in order to stop heavy machinery digs on the Mount
30/8/07 Architectural Elements and Stratified Layers Were Seen in Several Spots in Trench Cross-Sections
The trench had reached a length of about 400m, and extends all the way to the Al-Aqsa mosque. Stratified layers, bedrock, wall remnants and a pavement were observed in the trench cross-sections. Most interesting was a 7m long remnant of a wall collapse that was seen in the trench cross-section south to the eastern stairs of the raised platform. More details and a field report will be published soon.
More pictures could be seen in Hebrew field report.
18/7/07 Israel Channel 10 news has published some more videos of the trench dig.
The Jerusalem Post has published an excellent editorial
article about the
11/7/07 A Trench was dug with a tractor on Dome of the Rock raised platform
On Sunday (8/7/07) Waqf official used a JCB tractor to dig a trench on the
Dome of the Rock raised platform, in order to install new electricity lines.
The trench depth varies from 40 –
It is not clear who authorized such a dig, but we do know it was authorized by Israeli officials. Even if there was archaeological supervision, by any circumstances it doesn't justify such a dig with heavy machinery at this location.
12/05/06 Summary of the past year’s events
The Project of Sifting the Debris from the
The project continues, and apparently will carry on for quite a long time, thanks to Ir-David Foundation of taking the project under its wing. The second season began on September 2005 and, based on successful experience gained during the first season, the project orientation will be educational. Hundreds of groups from various institutions have already participated in the project. Information regarding participation in the project can be obtained by calling 972-2-6280342.
One of the surprising finds of the first season’s work was a section from a marble pillar shaft (in the lower left picture). As already mentioned, Waqf workers sorted out and removed the large architectural items from the earth heaps before they were dumped outside. Finding such an item was a totally surprise to the projects’ staff. Even more interesting is the fact that, among a collection of pillar remnants assembled near the southern wall of the Temple Mount, there are two similar segments of the same diameter and texture as the one found in the sifting project (in the lower right picture). From this we can surmise that additional marble pillars were also found in the large excavation carried out at the entrance to “Solomon’s Stables” or from some other unknown illicit excavation on the mount. These items are not typical contents of early land-fill and therefore it is possible that they were dismantled from architectural remnants that were destroyed by the illicit dig on Nov. 99.
As to the pillars, it may be
suggested that they are from buildings that were on the
The Corner of the Ophel
The struggle of the CPDATM for the prevention of destruction of Temple-Mount antiquities is continuing with its efforts to halt the expansion of the Moslem cemetery located to the east of the Eastern wall, near the south eastern corner of the Temple-Mount from extending into the Ophel corner. The committee has applied several appeals to the Supreme Court but received only limited success because the police have not implemented the instructions of the court. More information on this subject can be found in a collection of articles that have appeared in the press.
Repairs to the Walls
The replacement work of the stones that were bulging out from the southern
and eastern walls has been completed.
The new stones have a completely modern texture and are an esthetic
blemish to the structure of the walls of the
Work in “Solomon’s Stables”
In tandem with the repairs to the walls, reinforcements were made to the structure of “Solomon’s Stables”. These works included the erecting of scaffolding and drilling in ancient architectural remnants without any archeological inspection.
Tractors on the Mountain
Occasional evidence of continued earthworks continues to show up in the
reports of tractors working on the Temple-Mount without any archeological
inspection. About three tractors of
different functions and sizes are permanently situated on the Mount. The CPDATM has long demanded their removal from
the compound so long as there is no archeological and professional inspection
over their work. Recently a medium-sized
tractor was photographed as it worked in the structure of
06/09/04: Court bars removal of
See Jerusalem Post article for more details.
22/8/04: The plan to remove tons of debris is now frozen
Due to the public exposure of the plan to remove tons of debris from the
16/8/04: Tons of debris will be removed from the Mount in coming days, for further construction
The Waqf plans to remove tones of debris out of the Mount in the coming days. The plan is coordinated with the police and the IAA, which will supervise the debris once it is taken out of the Mount. This debris is lying at the eastern area of the Mount for more than four years, since the illegal dig on November 1999. It is most probable that the debris contains many significant archaeological artifacts that should be examined and preserved.
The purpose of this planed work is to make room for further construction at the Eastern section of the Mount.
17/6/04: New diggings of a channel north to the Dome of the Rock ramp
Yesterday a new channel was dug near the Dome of the Rock ramp, to its north. The channel is about 30m long and 50cm deep. The purpose of the dig was for installing a new electric wire. I’ve gone through the dirt taken out from this dig, and saw many sherds, that had fresh broken facets. This means that large peaces of pottery were broken during this dig. I did not notice any archaeologist supervising the workers.
22/03/04: Updates of the ongoing illegal construction
In new pictures we have taken on the Mount it can be seen that more illegal
unsupervised construction is taking place on the Mount everyday. The main
construction these days is at the structure known as ‘Al-Aqsa
Library’, near the
16/2/04: New debris has been evacuated from the Mount, More digging
According to pictures recently taken by the Tenu'ah LeChinun HaMikdash organization, it seems like work in the Islam museum included a dig or an evacuation of ancient debris. The debris was taken out from the mount by a truck. The pictures also show some maintenance digging that was done with no archaeological inspection. See pictures.
16/204: The police is using the Gate of the Chain for Non-Muslim visitors for entering the Mount
Although some officers in the police seek for excuses to close the
15/2/04: Collapse of a retaining wall of the Rambam entrance to the Mount
Due to the snow over Jerusalem last night, a retaining wall of the Rambam
(Mugrabi) Gate to the Temple Mount
collapsed over the woman’s section of the western wall praying
court. Due to the danger of further collapses the police moved the
woman’s section further north. But instead of finding a solution for the
10/2/04: More unsupervised renovations in several ancient structure on Temple Mount
The wall near the
The northern section of the
The progress of the reconstruction work of the southern wall is very slow, although many construction blocks that were seen near the Solomon’s stables entrance are missing, and were probably used for other purposes than the reconstruction of the Southern Wall.
In a structure near the
New pictures will be published soon on the website.
10/12/03: New unsupervised construction near the Dome of the Rock ramp
On an occasional visit today, we surprisingly noticed that a JCB tractor was digging a channel near the western entrance to the Dome of the Rock ramp. The purpose of the dig was to exchange a sewage channel. We asked the police to stop the work, because it is illegal to do so with out archaeological inspection. They said that they are supervising it, and one of the policemen claimed that he is an archaeologist. After asking him a few questions I realized he was lying and knows nothing about archaeology.
25/09/03: A wall of a structure near the
Islam museum in the
Click here to see a picture of the collapse.
From new pictures from the Temple Mount it seems that the scale of the destruction in the recent years is larger that we thought. Many piles of ancient stones were seen, and it seems like many architectural remains were dismantled. The major Waqf construction these days is replacing a paving near the Islamic museum, which is authorized by the police. Unauthorized construction attempts that involve ancient structures were prevented by the police inspection on the Mount. It seems like the new police Minister, Zachi Hanegbi, really made a change in the police attitude.
12/8/03: New pictures taken by Yair Shalev from a visit 3 weeks show that many piles of rubble still exist on the Mount. See Shalev’s website.
9/7/03: An IAA committee of experts has reached the conclusion that the “Johash tablet” is a forgery.
1/6/03: There are evidence of new construction materials and heavy machinery that entered the mount
Some new construction materials and heavy machinery were recently
seen entering the Mount. It seems that it has nothing to do with the renovation
at the southern wall. A new construction location (mainly paving) is seen near
24-3-03: The Jordanian delegation has begun renovating the southern wall
This work mainly consists of replacing the stones at the area of the bulge. There is a fear that the Waqf will take advantage of the permits given to the Jordanian delegation, in order to smuggle in other construction materials for illegal construction.
11-11-02: The Jordanian delegation: The Southern wall should be rebuilt
Haaretz correspondent, Nadav Shragai, has revealed this morning that the Jordanian engineers delegation has concluded that the upper section of the Southern Wall (The medieval courses – not the Herodian section) should be rebuild with modern construction techniques. In spite of that, they concluded that the wall is in no danger of collapse. The conclusion report was kept confidential, and for this reason it was not published in the media till now.
11-11-02: Ramadan Begins – Probability of Southern Wall collapse increases
Last Friday, 150,000 Muslims worshipers accented the mount for first Ramadan’s Friday prayers. The police hasn’t put any restrictions or limitations on the entrance of the worshipers, in spite of the danger of Southern Wall collapse. From conversations I had with some Muslim who participated the Friday’s prayers, the new ‘Marwani’ mosque in Solomon’s Stables was crowded with worshipers. They mentioned that no one fears from the collapse, because it is a great privilege to die in such a location, and in such circumstances.
13-10-02: A new bulge in the Western Wall
According to Jerusalem Post correspondent, E. Lefkovitz, a side section of the mount's western wall that shows signs of dampness has begun to protrude as well, and a 10m wide bulge has appeared just right to the Rambam (Mugrabi) Gate (Near the wailing wall). See Article.
13-10-02: Jordanian engineers began surveying the southern wall
Jordanian engineers last week drilled into
the bulge in the southern wall of
28-08-02: Following a CPDATM public letter to the PM, the issue of the Southern Wall bulge has reached the Government and media agenda
Earlier this week the CPDATM has sent an urgent letter to
the PM requesting him to allow the appropriate authorities to take care of the
on growing bulge in the
The government has
tried to negotiate with the Waqf authorities, but it abject any involvement of
Israeli municipalities in issues regarding the
25-08-02: A massive Muslim youth incitement demonstration on the Mount – Waqf raise funds for work resume
On the last Saturday the Israeli Muslem movement has
arranged a massive youth gathering on the Mount for an event, that was defined
as the Koran quiz. The massive gathering turned into a brutal incitement
demonstration, in which the Muslim Sheikhs were heard screaming through the
speakers demanding to expel all Jews from
For the last 20 months the Government of Israel is
preventing non-Muslims to visit the
26-03-02: Waqf fixing
08-02-02: Another truck seen entering the
Yesterday, another truck was seen entering the
14-01-02: Hundreds encircle the mount in renewing an old tradition
Hundreds of Jews encircled the Mount last night in renewing an
old medieval tradition of citing psalms songs at the gates of the
14-01-02: A Bulldozer was seen working near “Solomon’s Stables”
Yesterday a Bulldozer was seen working near the new ‘monumental entrance’ north to the ‘Solomon’s Stables’ substructure. This event is a sharp contraction to the Police announcements that no more construction, not to speak about heavy machinery, will be allowed to take place on the Mount.
10-01-02: Police commander summoned to minister for clarifications
Police Minister, Uzi Landau, summoned the Police commander
of the Old city of
01-01-02: Police Minister, Uzi Landau, directed police to dismantle the new paving north to the Dome of the Rock ramp.
12-01-02: Last month the
CPDATM has sent a detailed
letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in which he is accused of
neglecting the most important site in the history of
27-12-01: New pictures prove police claims to be false
A Large Truck was seen on the
We presume that the truck was downloading new construction material. Some sources tell us that paving construction to be resume tonight on the Mount.
07-09-01: Waqf engineer claims that the Israeli authorities are constructing two new tunnels under the Solomon Stables substructure.
06-09-01: The Police have stopped a Waqf attempt to construct some more scaffolding outside the southern wall.
The Waqf tried to install scaffolding outside the walls at the foot of the southern wall. The police stopped the Waqf after two hours of work. It has been told that the IAA gave them permission to treat this wall. It is obvious that the primitive activity of cementing the swollen wall imply on the unserious attitude of the Israeli government allowing the Waqf to take care of such a serious engineering problem. Prime minister Sharon forgets that whenever this massive wall will fall on people’s head he will be the only one to be blamed. See Pictures.
31-08-01: Pictures of the new bulge in the southern wall are added to the website. Also see report from 05-08-01 below.
28-08-01: More underground construction
last week new construction took place in an ancient cistern (W2/G30), which is
located in the northeastern part of the Dome of the rock platform. Above the
entrance of this cistern some metal scaffolding was constructed in which an
engine and a cable are attached to it. The Waqf is probably using this
equipment to elevate buckets and other construction materials to the cistern.
This is large cistern cut in the bedrock and measure 20m in length, 12m in
width, and 14m deep. It is reported to be partly full of water. We have no idea
what the Waqf is constructing inside the cistern, but it may be related to the
recent underground work done in the
Construction renewed on/in the
In the last two weeks many new paving stones where entered to the mount. New Pictures will be published soon.
chief of the Jerusalem Old City police station, Nisan Shaham, is concealing
information about what is happening on the
editor has been told that the substantial discrepancies between the information
reaching the archeological committee, and the claims of the police, result from
the policy of
05-08-01: The southern wall of the
As a result
of the work in Solomon's Stables, work performed not only in the absence of
archeological inspection, but also without any inspection by or authorization
from the building and inspection branch of the
29-07-01 (9th of Av): Construction and Destruction continues inside the mount
In contrast to the directions given by Interior security
Minister, volunteer workers of the Islamic movement continue to arrive to the
22-07-01: Congressman Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) introduces the
It is a Legislation that would stop American taxpayer sponsorship of the
erosion of Judeo-Christian heritage in
13-07-01: Internal Security Minister directed the police not to permit any kind of construction on the Mount
Member of the CPDATM met on Friday morning with internal security minister Uzi Landau. They showed him new aerial pictures in which tractors are seen in work. Landau told them he gave directions to stop any kind of construction on the Mount. Lets just hope these directions will really take place.
06-07-01: The CPDATM has published new pictures proofing destruction continuing in the last months.
contrast to the claims of the Prime Minister office and the police, which say
that in the last two month there is no construction on the
05-07-01: Waqf has begun "cleaning" ancient cisterns
newspaper of the Islamic movement reported that the Waqf has begun a new
project of "cleaning" the ancient cisterns on the Mount. The
01-07-01: In The last two month the construction on the mount has been done on a small scale. This is due to heavy pressure and restrictions that the Government of Israel has put on the Waqf authorities.
14-06-01: A large stone saw is cutting ancient stones
are continuing construction work without any archaeological inspection, and a
large stone saw there works non-stop, cutting dozens of ancient stones into
slabs used for the new paving and construction on the
08-05-01: Listen to CJAM 91.5 FM on Thursday morning
On Thursday CJAM (Windsor,
Read more about in Jerusalem Post recent articles.
According to New York Post correspondent pirates are
brazenly digging up Jewish artifacts from the holy
17-04-01: The Author of this website is being put on trial following a political vendetta by the Antiquities Authority
The Trial will begin this Sunday (22/4/01) in which I am
charged in damaging an archaeological site. These charges come after an
investigation done by the IAA, in which many different means where used in
order to bring me to court. It began immediately after an annual conference of
Because of public
criticism they dropped the charge regarding my activity for rescuing the
The only thing left to say is that the ordinary citizen
should reach the conclusion that every action done to expose the real truth
03-04-01: The supreme court rejected today the CPDATM
petition by suggesting that it should be pulled back, because of the fact
that the names of Ariel Sharon and Uzi Landau appear in the list of the
petitioners. But these names only appear a year ago in a letter sent to the
former PM, while the current petition to the court was applied after
08-03-01: THE CPDATM petitioned to the supreme court against the Temple Mount Archaeological Destruction (see 28-02-01).
06-03-01: The Police has admitted that severe archaeological damage was recently done by the Waqf authority.
02-03-01: PM Barak and IAA awaken
an urgent letter from the director of the Antiquities Authority to the prime minister
the Police was ordered to tell the Waqf to stop the destruction on the
The CPDATM is preparing a comprehensive petition to the Supreme Court. This
petition will be against the Prime Minister, Interior Minister, Justice
Minster, Attorney General, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Israeli Police Chief
of Staff, Israeli Police, Muslim Waqf, Israeli Antiquities Authority and
28-02-01: Destruction Continues – Eastern Vault Seriously Damaged
the last weeks every Saturdays hundreds of volunteers of the Islamic Movement
arrive to the
Court orders review of
Temple Mount excavations (Jpost)
31-01-01: The Waqf has prepared an additional large area for pavement: The CPDATM has wrote a letter to Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, in which they call to immediately halt the construction that is done on the
31-01-01: It appears that the video that was shown on IBA news was taken by Yusif Sa'id an-Natsheh, which is an archaeologist hired by the Waqf.
'Antiquities Now' Demonstration: There
is a new 'watchdog' organization named 'Antiquities Now'. They are planning a
demonstration against the pillage in the
28-01-01: A unique video of Old-Al-Aqsa
TV news has broadcast a unique video taken from within the
24-01-01: Major controversy about the new tunnel
The last two days the Israeli
media was trying to find out the truth about the information of the new tunnel
23-01-01: See Haaretz reports for more
details about the controversy of the recent events on the
22-01-01: The Archaeological Destruction reach new peaks
NEW DIG AROUND THE DOME OF THE
ROCK: Last Sunday, a tractor dug a new trench. Its length is about 35m and
its depth about 60cm. This digging was done on the Dome of the Rock ramp, and
may have damaged an ancient floor. The level of the bedrock in this area is
very close to the current floor level. We have no idea what was destroyed as a
result of this digging, because there are no inspections on the
(A picture taken by the Police of the recent construction on the Dome of the Rock ramp)
A NEW UNDERGROUND TUNNEL IS
DUG: The CPDATM has got some 'founded proof' about a new tunnel between
Solomon's Stables and the ruins of the ancient Al Aqsa Mosque the Waqf has
recently dug. The entrance to this tunnel was seen in an ancient cistern, which
is tangent to the southern wall of the Mount and to the eastern wall of the
double gate passage. In this area the pilgrims used to accent the Mount through
the Hulda Gates in the
11-01-01: Israeli national TV news reporter, Bennie Liss, has
managed to secret a hidden camera inside the
04-01-01: We are now confident that the gate jamb fragment that was
recovered by the IAA from the debris in the Kidron valley, is dated to the
Second Temple Era, and may even be a remnant of one of the gates of the
04-01-01: A new sketch of the recent destruction is added to the website. Check out the main page.
03-01-01: SUSPICOUS ACTIVITY ON THE MOUNT
Last night the lights on the Mount were deliberately shut off for over an hour. This was the first time such a thing occurred since the installation of new illumination a few years ago.
15-12-00: THE DESTRUCTIVE DIGS ARE RENEWED (New updates
Since the Palestinian riots have
occurred, Israelis have no access to the
· · New diggings have occurred in the last few weeks. A channel 1m deep, and 3-4m wide was dug northwest from the ‘Solomon’s stables’ structure.
· · 3 days ago, a JCB tractor has entered the Mount with 7 more trucks.
· · The new terrace system in the new mosque entrance, north to Solomon’s stables, has also been paved.
At least 70 trucks were counted leaving the
· · There is also construction inside the Golden gate.
· Prime Minister of
· · Lots of blocks, cement and other construction materials has been brought to the Mount.
The IAA and the A-G relate to the recent Waqf activities very severely.
They cannot do anything about it, because their hands are tied by the PM, who
chooses not to prevent the archaeological destruction. The PM has authorized
the Waqf to have 6 trucks on the Mount per day. In spite of this, the Palestinian
newspapers report that
· · Since the riots have erupted, even the IAA archaeologists are banned from entering the Mount. There is an agreement with the Waqf that they can accompany the trucks existing the Mount to the dumping location.
The CPDATM has sent urgent applications to the Prime Minister, but they
are constantly being ignored. The CPDATM has announced to the Attorney General
that if the government of
12-12-00: Again, 6 trucks were seen evacuating earth from the
13-11-00: While all eyes are to
the riots all over
03-9-00: This site will not have news updates about the
riots the Palestinians are doing in the recent days. These riots have nothing
to do with the archaeology of the
28-9-00: The Temple Mount or
Haram As-Sharif (MK Sharon
(IsraelWire-9/28-09:25-DST) The Thursday morning visit to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, or Haram As-Sharif as it is called by the Arab population, was marred when Arabs began hurling stones and other objects at the delegation as it was leaving as well as at security forces.
21-9-00: For the last 8 days,
3-9-00: Biblical Archaeology Review has
published some new pictures, covering the destruction on
29-8-00: We need help in Saving the Temple Mount antiquities
The project of sifting the debris
23-8-00: Now you can also read the recent news in Hebrew.
23-8-00: Over 2000 people from all over the world, have already signed the petition.
23-8-00: A special meeting took place at State Attorney General, Elyakim Rubinstein, office regarding the Waqf request to pave an area of 2 dunams. The fact that the Waqf is now applying requests to the Israeli authority in advance is an achievement of the CPDATM. In this meeting, ways of how to approve these requests were discussed.
23-8-00: The CPDATM members have met last week
with Minister of Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community, Rabbi Michael
Melchior. They requested his help in setting up a meeting with the Prime
Minister. Melchior spokesmen told the CPDATM today that the PM, the Minister of
Internal Security and Minister of Justice are denying the CPDATM claims
regarding the Waqf's recent activity on the Mount. They said that nothing has
occurred on the
23-8-00: The following public figures and
archaeologists have recently joined the CPDATM: (Gen.) Dan Shomron - former IDF
Chief of Staff, Prof. Uriel Reichman, Prof. Amos Kloner - Bar-Ilan University
Archaeologist and member of the Israeli Archaeology council, Prof. Moshe Kocavi
- Hebrew University Archaeologist and member of the Israeli Archaeology
16-7-00: I had a conversation with policemen
from the police spot on the road entrance to the
16-7-00: I've visited the Rockefeller museum (IAA main offices) and found the architectural marble stone in the backyard. Check out the updated page about this stone.
09-7-00: Correction: A few people who read the article mentioned below (7-7-00) have put to my attention the possibility of a misunderstanding. Drori may have referred to the new entrance when he said 'monumental gate'. I've talked to Kobi Finkler, the journalist, and he backs up what he has wrote. He told me that Drori even showed him a picture of the gate and it has nothing to do with the archways of Solomon's stables. He will check this out with Drori for more details.
09-7-00: A New aerial picture from Chai Vekayam movement reveals further construction plans. More trees where uprooted in a further west area.
last December dig - A monumental gate that stood in the site was breached"
- says IAA director, Amir Drori, on an interview to the weekly newspaper Makor
Rishon. This is the first time Drori has given any details about what does the
IAA know about the archaeological destruction from the Waqf's dig north of the
'Solomon's Stables'. Evidence to this gate is a carved fragment of an
architrave or a doorjamb found in the
07-7-00: In the last week heavy renovation
work is done in Al-Aqza mosque. Earlier this week heaps of slab stones were
seen near the mosque. These slabs were moved and concentrated south from the
07-7-00: We are calling senior archaeologists
from other countries to join the CPDATM, and sign our petition. Foreign
scholars support could really help our struggle to save the
07-7-00: I got 2 new reports about construction south of the Dome of the Rock's platform stairs. One report from Monday says it was just a little renovation in one of the stairs. The second, which is updated to yesterday, says piles of earth are seen in that location. More details to come.
02-7-00: Additional public figures and archaeologists joined the CPDATM. The current members of the CPDATM are:
02-7-00: The few archaeological data we could
achieve from the dumps in the Kidron, is now also in a hazard.
02-7-00: PM Ehud Barak has reacted to an urgent application of the CPDATM regarding the expected digging for sewage concrete pipe installations. We still don't know which decisions he will take.
Huge section of concrete pipe - "As
I ascended the
29-6-00: We need assistance with translations of documents from Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew. Please Contact me if you can help with this.
"Yesterday, while walking along the eastern side of the
A small Demonstration near the Lion's gate, against the Waqf's destruction of
28-6-00: The meeting at the Prime Minister office ended up in an Orwellian statement released after the meeting, the Prime Minister's Office declared that Barak remained committed to "preserving the status quo and preventing archeological damage." National Security Adviser Danny Yatom later explained that Barak's idea of "status quo" was not to prevent the Waqf from continuing its unsupervised construction. (I don't understand how the current destruction can be called "Status Quo"?)
28-6-00: For over a week the CPDATM has been sending urgent applications to the Prime Minister. The PM office is refusing to relate to these applications in any way.
28-6-00: Biblical Archaeology Review is now covering the Destruction on the Mount with a call for help.
27-6-00: Tractors and trucks are working on the Mount. A large area is being prepared for pavement construction.
A big cloud of dust was seen today between 18:30-19:30, while a tractor
26-6-00: Aerial Photos -Check out these new aerial photos taken 8 days ago.
The Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of Antiquities on the
23-6-00: Now you can watch the pictures from the MKs tour with English comments.
22-6-00: State Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein will on Thursday meet with senior police commanders and members of the General Security Service (GSS/Shin Bet) to evaluate the situation.
22-6-00: Thanks to Chaim Richman's awareness we realize now that Several new ornamental skylights, fashioned of metal and glass, have recently been affixed in the floor over the area where an underground mosque has been established in Solomon's Stables. Click here to view them.
22-6-00: Now you can view some of the pictures I've taken on the tour. Click here to view them with Hebrew comments. More pictures to come.
21-6-00: Some of the pictures from the last tour can be seen on Aruz7. I will publish a more detailed page in a few days.
The IAA has sent an urgent letter to the Attorney General, warning on immediate
danger to the section near the eastern wall of the
20-6-00: The MKs tour was a major disappointed. The media was not allowed to join us. We could not enter the subterranean structures in order to examine the amount of construction there. We were not allowed to take any pictures. The Waqf's men caught me taking pictures. The Old city police commander, Raa'nan Tal, attacked me. He pushed me and threaten to expel me out of the Mount. The Waqf has managed to hide most of the construction materials that were seen in the video. The new pictures will be published in a few days.
19-6-00: The website is now partly available in Hebrew.
The MKs tour will take place on Tuesday. We are going to ascent the mount with
cameras to document the destruction. I hope things won't blow up in the last
minute. IAA director and
Islamic Movement planning 4th mosque for
The Islamic Movement in
More on the issue (English/Hebrew).
18-6-00: THIS TIME IT IS REALLY A DISASTER.
I've just seen an amateur video taken a week ago in the new
construction area. There is an enormous amount of construction with big masonry
stones. The whole east side of the temple mount has become a construction area.
Again, trucks are seen entering and existing the mount. There are many new
piles of earth. This time it is really a disaster. The new planned construction
area is right on the remains of our
18-6-00: The IAA and the CPDATM has agreed to cooperate together.
The Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of Antiquities on the
It seems like a group of MKs will join together next week for a tour on the
13-6-00: Reliable sources say that additional trucks were seen entering and existing the Mount.
The Temple Institute of Jerusalem has produced a film which documents the
archeological destruction and sacrilege of the
12-6-00: The Media is also reporting about the new construction near the Golden gate. Pictures that were taken a month ago show the construction materials that were prepared for this.
Check out IMRA's translation of the Committee for the
Prevention of the Destruction of Antiquities on the
Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Haim Ramon met with The Committee for the
Prevention of the Destruction of Antiquities on the
The 'Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of Antiquities on the
10-6-00: I was just reported that a new paving construction on the North-Eastern section of the Mount. Updates will come soon.
Yehuda Ezion managed to get pictures of artifacts found in an examination done
by the IAA in the debris dumped in the
Near the Rambam (Mugrabi) gate, which is the tourist's entrance to the Mount, a group of 10 pottery jars are easily seen. I have no idea where they came from and if the reason they are standing there is for display or just for temporary storage. According to the jars shapes, none of them can be dated to an ancient period.
The pit, which became an entrance to a large mosque, is almost done. The floor is already covered with stairs. This situation makes it almost impossible to have a rescue dig in the near future.
Many piles of stones are still kept on the Mount. Some of them have significant archaeological value. We are still trying to get permission for archaeologists to examine them. Click here to see new pictures from the recent construction.
The IAA is not publishing the finds of their examination in the Kidron dumps, but I have a brief report of their results and I will soon publish it on this site. Meanwhile you can read Tamar's Hausman summary in the Jerusalem Post.
Following to our
application, the Minister of Internal Defense has ordered the police to prevent
trucks from entering the
There are some more media news reports that I occasionally add to the site. Check out 'The Destruction in the News'.
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