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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Israel concludes 'historic excavation' tunnel under Al-Aqsa Mosque; violation against Palestinians and their holy site

IMEMC- Uzi Dahari, in charge of the so-called Israeli Antiques Authorities, stated on Monday at night that the digging of a tunnel that links Silwan Arab town in East Jerusalem with the “western wall” of the Al Aqsa Mosque, was concluded.
Dahari claimed that the digging and constructions under the Al Aqsa Mosque “carried no political significance”, and claimed that the whole process is “nothing more than archeological excavations permitted by law”.

Dmitri Diliani, member of the Revolutionary Council of the Fateh Movement headed by Mahmoud Abbas, said that the excavations are only a maneuver and a cover-up for a large-scale Israeli plan that violates the religious and historic rights of the Palestinian people, and the history of occupied East Jerusalem.

Diliani added that the Israeli Antiques Authority receives most of its funding from settler-led organizations and groups that support Israel’s illegal settlement activities and its violations against the Palestinians and their holy sites.

He further stated that the concluded tunnel is only one of many tunnels run mainly by the El-Ad Settler Organization, and other fundamentalist groups supported by the Israeli government in their plans, including in the plan to create a network of tunnels under the Al Aqsa Mosque, Silwan town and several parts of the historic Old City of Jerusalem.

Diliani warned that the excavations violate the International Law as they pose a direct danger to the foundations of the Al Aqsa Mosque and have already cased cracks in the western and southern walls of the Al Aqsa mosque. Read more