Carol Platt Liebau: Palestinians Plow Gaping Hole In Temple Mount- Find 2nd Temple!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Palestinians Plow Gaping Hole In Temple Mount- Find 2nd Temple!

In their outrageous demolition work on the Temple Mount this week the Palestinians may have accidentally uncovered a section of the Second Temple.

These are never before published private photos taken by Yisroel Caspi, an archaeologist who was present during the work done at the Temple Mount. They were sent to me earlier today:

The Muslim Religious Authority (aka the Waqf) received permission recently to dig a narrow channel on the Temple Mount to lay a small pipe that houses electrical wiring because there had been a power failure.

These photographs demonstrate the extent of unnecessary damage being done to this key religious site. Rather than digging a narrow channel by hand (as is done in every archaeological dig), they brought in a large tractor that is breaking far more ground than necessary and is literally ruining precious antiquities.

These are pictures from the work being carried out since yesterday at the Temple Mount.

We demand to stop immediately the work with tractor which ruins the antiquities, and to work carefully by hands, as is done in every regular archaeological dig.

We need your help to talk with Olmert as soon as possible.

Could you imagine the international uproar if this would have been the Jews blasting through the Temple Mount instead of the Palestinians?

Later this news was reported by the AFP on the destruction:

Remains of the Jewish second temple may have been found during work to lay pipes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, Israeli television reported Thursday.

Israeli television broadcast footage of a mechanical digger at the site which Israeli archaeologists visited on Thursday.

Gaby Barkai, an archaeologist from Bar Ilan University, urged the Israeli government to stop the pipework after the discovery of what he said is "a massive seven metre-long wall."

Television said the pipework carried out by the office of Muslim religious affairs, or Waqf, is about 1.5 metres deep and about 100 metres long.

The compound, which houses both Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is located in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and then annexed. It is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.

For Jews it as known as the Temple Mount, which they revere as the site of the King Herod's second temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. It is the holiest site in Judaism.
Cross-posted at Gateway Pundit.


Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

There's an obvious logical flaw in the purport of your article: this work was certainly done with the approval of the Israeli government. Do you really think any kind of digging done on an archaelogical site in Israel is done without first obtaining the proper permits? Sheesh, here in America, you usually need to get a permit for doing this kind of work, and that's in places without any archaeological significance!

Indeed, you should have been able to draw this conclusion from your own evidence. Your information cites the presence of Israeli archaeologists at the dig. Clearly, this digging was done with the approval of the Israeli authorities.

My wild guess is that you have been taken in by a fellow whose beliefs are not in concordance with the beliefs of most archaeologists. This fellow is claiming evidence of an archaeological feature, but we can be certain that, had the other Israeli archaeologists agreed with his assessment, they would have stopped the digging immediately.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

An additional observation: your headline really does read like something out of the National Enquirer.

9:21 AM  

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