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Expert: Israel planning a multi-story building at Western Wall

Aug. 12, 2015 5:37 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 12, 2015 8:55 P.M.)
(MaanImages)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities are planning to build a multi-story building inside the Western Wall plaza in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, a Palestinian academic told Ma'an on Wednesday.

Dr. Jamal Amr, a professor of urban planning at Birzeit University and Jerusalem Foundation member, said that the six-story building would celebrate the heritage of the Jewish Temples, and would comprise a museum, prayer halls, and offices for right-wing Jewish organizations.

The organizations are funding the project together with the Israeli government, Amr said, although his claims could not be verified.

Amr said that the blueprints for the building were prepared in secret and revealed only after those leading the project began the application process for the needed license.

The building is expected to cost $13 million, at a size of 1,400 square meters and a height of 23 meters high, with two of the six floors underground, he said.

The complex will include a museum "housing antiquities and belongings stolen from Jerusalem," Amr said, many of which he claimed date to the Abbasid and Umayyad eras, from roughly 660 to 1260 CE.

The complex will also be connected to the series of underground tunnels which run beneath the Old City and to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

In the past, excavations inside the tunnels have damaged Islamic antiquities and even collapsed, threatening Palestinian buildings above.

Amr warned that the new project would further "efface" Arab and Islamic features inside the Old City.

The Western Wall is the last remnant of the Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

It borders the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam, and has historically been a flash point in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Comments
Anarchist / World
Don't worry, once Al Quds is liberated, you can turn it into a themed restaurant and coffee shop.
12/08/2015 23:47
This is / so wrong
More destruction of the architecture of the old city. Is there nothing that Israel will not despoil?
13/08/2015 01:24
Kamal / Benin
Why is this claim not being published anywhere else online?
13/08/2015 10:25
Times they are a changing. / Germany
During the more than one thousand years Jerusalem was under Muslim rule, the Arabs often used the Western Wall as a garbage dump, so as to humiliate the Jews who visited it.
13/08/2015 10:29
Oscar / South Africa
@ This is / so wrong Did you ever see the squalid slum homes the jolly Arab were forced to live in, by the Jordanians. Before the Israelis opened up the area, and built the Western Wall's plaza in 1967?
13/08/2015 12:20
Helen Oster / Israel
JEWISH Temple built in Jerusalem 3,000 years ago

Mohammed born 1,445 years ago (in MECCA, NOT Jerusalem)

WHO does Jerusalem belong to, exactly?
16/08/2015 08:22
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