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Islamic Destruction of biblical antiquities in Israel

In April 2005, a small team of Israeli archaeologists and volunteers discovered a series of relics dating back to the periods of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. The most startling aspect of this rare archaeological find was that it did not occur on the Temple Mount, but in piles of rubble at a garbage dump in the Kidron Valley thrown out by Islamic Waqf authorities. Under the direction of Bar Ilan University professor Dr. Gabriel Barkay, the team's discoveries are touted as the first of its kind because excavation has never been possible on the Temple Mount site.

The disrespect of the Temple Mount structure itself, as well as the removal of ancient Jewish artifacts, is hardly a new trend. In 1996, Islamic clerics converted two underground buildings from the Second Temple period into mosques, although they had never been mosques in the past. In 1999, the Waqf opened another exit to the mosque, at the expense of thousands of tons of artifact-rich dirt that was carried away by large trucks and dumped into the Kidron Valley. The Waqf authorities claim that the Temple Mount was an ancient mosque dating from the time of Adam and Eve, and reject any and all claims by Jews that the site is the place of both ancient Jewish temples.

This area of the Temple Mount, known as Solomon's Stables, has been under constant reconstruction supervised by Islamic religious authorities in an effort to erase any Jewish archaeological claims to the site. The former head of the Israeli Antiquities Authority called the removal and dumping of these artifacts "an unprecedented archaeological crime." The Bar Ilan archaeologists transfered nearly 70 truckloads of rubble from the garbage dump to the Emek Zurim National Park, and with a full view of the Temple Mount, conducted the first excavations of its kind by sifting through individual heaps of dirt.

The archaeologists discovered some very compelling relics from the rubble, including some pottery dating back to the Bronze Age and First Temple periods. Over 100 ancient coins were also recovered, including some from the Hasmonean dynasty. One coin from the period of the First Revolt against the Romans reads "For the Freedom of Zion," and was coined before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Other finds include a Hasmonean lamp (ca. 165 BCE-70 CE), arrowheads, an ivory comb, and figurines.
Sources: Mark Ami El, "The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities," JCPA, (August 1, 2002); Etgar Lefkovits, "Temple Mount relics saved from garbage," The Jerusalem Post, (April 15, 2005).

The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities, by Mark Ami-El
Both structures, known as Solomon's Stables and the Eastern Hulda Gate .... Finally, all of the debris dumped in the Kidron Valley should be examined. ...
www.jcpa.org/jl/vp483.htm

JCPA Jerusalem Viewpoints-The Destruction of the Temple Mount ...
Both structures, known as Solomon's Stables and the Eastern Hulda Gate ... dating as early as the First Temple period, were dumped into the Kidron Valley. ...
www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp

What can we can learn from this destructive dig
It is not clear what is under the 'Solomon's Stables'. .... that we would expect from the burnt temple if it was located in that area. Kidron valley dumps ...
www.har-habayt.org/pictures/survey.html

The Temple Mount In the News
The new mountain of dirt in the Kidron Valley, tens of meters high, .... by the Moslem Waqf under the Temple Mount several meters from Solomon's Stables. ...
www.har-habayt.org/aruz7.html

First Temple artifacts found in dirt removed from Temple Mount ...
First Temple artifacts found in dirt removed from Temple Mount-News and ... Trust (Waqf) from the Solomon's Stables area to the Kidron Stream Valley. ...
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/776922.html

SPME: Jerusalem Viewpoints: Destruction of the Temple Mount ...
Israeli archeologists to contain artifacts dating as early as the First Temple period, were dumped into the Kidron Valley. In February and March 2001, ...
www.spme.net/cgi-bin/facultyforum.cgi

Jerusalem: Temple Mount Artifacts Removed | Christianity Today | A ...
... the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and dumped them into the nearby Kidron Valley. ... the underground Marwani Mosque, located in the Solomon's Stables area. ...
www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/march6/18.27.html

Artifacts from Temple Mount Saved from Garbage
This area of the Temple Mount, known as Solomon's Stables, has been under ... including some pottery dating back to the Bronze Age and First Temple periods. ...
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Archaeology/templemountgarbage.html

Elder of Ziyon: Archaeological Temple artifacts drive PalArabs crazy
The dirt was removed in 1999 by the Islamic Religious Trust (Waqf) from the Solomon's Stables area to the Kidron Stream Valley. The sifting itself is taking ...
elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2006/10/archaeological-temple-artifacts-drive.html

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Re: Islamic Destruction of biblical antiquities in Israel



On the day that archaeologists announced discovering on the Temple Mount fragments of table vessels and animal bones dating back to Solomon's Temple in the eight century B.C.E. -- the former Mufti of Jerusalem and Fatah's adviser on Jerusalem declared "There was never a Jewish Temple on al-Aqsa (The Temple Mount) and there is no proof that there ever was a temple. Because Allah is fair, he would not agree to make al-Aqsa if there were a temple there for others before hand."

He went on to comment on the Western or Wailing Wall. He said, "The wall is not part of the Jewish temple. It is just the western wall of the mosque. There is not a single stone with any relation at all to the history of the Hebrews."

These sentiments were echoed by a Waqf (Muslim Religious Authority) archaeologist.

These are the current opinions of the Muslims Israel([search]) is going to "negotiate" with at Annapolis. They do not recognize the existence of Jewish history in Jerusalem, and President Abbas agrees with them.

The Bush Administration and the Olmert government are legitimizing these people by talking to them.

Stop this madness.

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