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Historic buildings around Al-Aqsa continue to be demolished

MEMO | February 9, 2013

For the third day in a row, Israeli bulldozers are demolishing historic arches and facades of Islamic buildings dating back to the Mamluk and Ottoman eras on the north side of Buraq Square. The site lies just 50 metres from the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa.

Details of the architectural vandalism by the Israeli occupation authorities were provided by Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Heritage in a press statement. The Israeli demolition work is a prelude to the establishment of a centre promoting the state’s Judaisation policies in the occupied Palestinian territories. The buildings in question formed part of the Moroccan Quarter of the Old City, which was demolished by the Israelis in 1967 at the start of the occupation of Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The foundation said that it will use exclusive maps and documents to show how the Israelis plan to establish a synagogue, a police station, a reception area and show rooms on the site, all of which will be linked to tunnels under Al-Aqsa Mosque. A press conference will be held on Sunday for that purpose which will be attended by the head of the Islamic movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah. Among the other speakers will be the Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council and the Imam of Al Aqsa Mosque, Dr Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, and Hatem Abdel Qader, who deals with the Jerusalem file for Fatah, as well as the foundation’s director, Amir Khatib.

According to the documents held by Al-Aqsa Foundation, the development will necessitate the destruction of noted Islamic landmarks. It is worth noting that the State of Israel pledged in its Declaration of Independence that it “will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations”. The State of Israel regularly breaks both pledges with apparent impunity.

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  1. One “little” problem with this article… It’s false… What is being torn down are public toilets… Built by Israel in the 1970’s…


    Comment by ScubaMan | February 18, 2013 | Reply

    • How could we have failed to understand that in Jerusalem one uses a stone arch as a public toilet. Just walk up to the arch and whiz.


      Comment by aletho | February 18, 2013 | Reply

      • I fail to understand why any lack of knowledge on your part is the fault of anybody else… FYI, it’s quite common for Israel to build things in styles that are not obviously foreign to the existing architecture… Take for example the Jerusalem building code that requires ALL buildings to be faced in what’s called “Jerusalem Stone”…

        The fact that something is built with an arch doesn’t mean, in and of itself, that the building in question is an historic building… I would have thought that’s pretty self evident…

        And no, Israel doesn’t allow “just walking up to an arch and whizzing”… That’s why they provide public facilities in areas where great numbers of people are likely to congregate… In this case, these public facilities were built in a style complementing the existing architecture… Hence the arches…

        Check out this Google “Street View” image:

        Note how the arches are clearly of modern construction… Note also the universal sign for public facilities…

        Funny how there’s not even a mention around here of the demonstration of the Abu Amrah family in Gaza City protesting a decision by the Hamas-run government to demolish 75 houses belonging to the family in the al-Rimal (Gaza) neighborhood… I guess not all “Palestinian” houses are created equal in terms of who may demolish them…


        Comment by ScubaMan | February 18, 2013 | Reply

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