The Contentious Centrist: Facts in the ground

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[Hat tip to The Contentious Centrist]

No sooner have we been regaled with Nadia el-Haj’s unique view of Palestinian Jewish History, than reality checks into the melee to match her bizarre theories. We are told that “Possible Remains of Second Temple Found Below Al Aqsa Mosque“:

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.


All that remains today is the temple’s Western Wall, or Wailing wall.

Solominia provides a video of the works being carried out by the muslim WAQF, with total disregard to to the irreplaceable archeological damage done to the site.

…”The archaeological damage is many times worse,” Mazar said, “in light of the fact that the ground level is only slightly above the original Temple Mount platform. And in fact, the bedrock has been uncovered in some places – meaning that earth that has been in place for many centuries, even possibly since the First Temple, has been removed.”

“No other country in the world would allow such grave damage to its most precious archaeological treasures,” Mazar said.

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