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|Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:30 pm Post subject: NEWS - Al-Aqsa Mosque at Risk
|NEWS - Al-Aqsa Mosque at Risk
MEMBER of Knesset and leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Ibrahim Sarsour, has warned that Israel is still digging and carrying out excavations under Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, in a way that threatens the foundation of the mosque. Sarsour said that the Israeli government paid a Palestinian vendor $60,000 for his store bordering with the Temple Mount compound on which the mosque is located, according to Israeli online daily, Haaretz, which also said that several leaders of the movement plan to present information about an upcoming digging that Israel intends to carry under the mosque.
"Excavations referred to by Sarsour were carried out some 100 meters from the Temple Mount and were stopped due to lack of funds", claimed Haaretz report.
"The excavations, carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority at the behest of a Jewish group on property owned by businessman Aaron Mosovitch, was first revealed by Haaretz about a year ago."
Israeli archeologists, who argued that the digging was aimed at clearing out an old garbage-filled tunnel to determine whether it posed a safety hazard, said that the excavations are horizontal and vertical, and that they advanced to within 60 meters of the mosque.
Sheikh Ra'ed Salah, the Northern branch leader of the Islamic Movement, which presented pictures depicting the excavations near the mosque, said that the digging comes "to fulfill Israel's darkest dream of building a Jewish temple in place of the Al-Aqsa mosque."
It's noteworthy that the Jewish state's dangerous excavations near the holy Mosque, aimed at destabilizing its foundations, have been going on since Israel occupied the East of Jerusalem after the war in 1967.
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