Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Did That Collapse Happen?

Being (reliably/unreliably) reported:-
the Al-Aqsa Foundation and Cultural Heritage Organization said that an area collapsed near the western wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem late Tuesday. 
The collapse happened near the Bab as Silsila, on the western part of the mosque, according to an eyewitness.

“It is the second collapse near the western wall in 5 years,” Cum’a Usayle, an eyewitness said.

Usayle told Anadolu Agency, ”The collapse has caused a deep hole there. It is dangerous for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It poses danger especially for children and women.”

No security precautions around the area have been taken by Israeli officials so far. There is also no statement about the event.

Bab-as-Silsileh [the Chain Gate] is the gate out of which Jews (and tourists) must exit when visiting the Temple Mount (why a complete circuit from the and to the Muhgrabi Gate is not permitted I do not know).   And we usually congregate there to sing and dance which is not allowed inside the Temple Mount.

Perhaps the Muslims are trying to create a provocation - "Jews destroying whatever" - so as to restrict even this activity?



the director of the media department at the Al-Aqsa Foundation Mahmoud Abu Atta said that "about 30 settlers stormed into the early morning hours ago Al Aqsa Mosque, and desecrated the courtyards trying to perform some of their own Talmudic prayers."


EOZ alerted us to some pictures and a story

The landslide occurred last night at the entrance to the house of Mahmoud Asseily in ancient Jerusalem neighborhood Asseily, just twenty meters from one of the doors of the al-Aqsa mosque - causing the creation of hole depth of six meters and a width of twenty meters - is the original arched a building down the neighborhood -

And take this into consideration:

...the Jordanian authorities express their deep concern about the archaeological excavations in the neighbourhood of Silwan;  the digging of tunnels towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque linking the city and the Haram ash-Sharif compound, and the collapses of buildings above. Other excavations are reported to continue in Al-Wad street, on the Western Wall (Al-Buraq) Plaza, below the offices of the Waqf and other buildings nearby, as well as expanding from the Western Wall tunnel affecting buildings such as Al-Manjaqiah, Al-Umariyyah and Al-Jawhariah schools

and this:

Israeli excavations in the Aqsa area began in the 1970s and took the form of tunnels focused on the area adjacent to the outer western wall of the compound. The digging eventually led to several cracks appearing in a number of ancient buildings belonging to the Islamic waqf along the western wall in the area of the Chains, Iron and Qataneen Gates, which date back to the Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman eras respectively.

In 1981, Israeli archaeological digs exposed a well in the western courtyard. At the time, the Israeli archeological department claimed the well was actually a tunnel that extended beneath the Dome of the Rock. Within hours, however, the claim was proven false; what the archaeologists had discovered was a well whose stones dated back to the Mamluk period. In 1984, the excavations led to the collapse of the stairs leading to the waqf offices at the Majlis Gate, and in 1988 to the collapse of the corridor leading to the Ghawanmeh Gate.

Oh, and what is done to the Jews on the Temple Mount?


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