JERUSALEM, February 15, 2015 (WAFA) – Chairman of the Jerusalem Affairs Department in the PLO, Ahmed Qurei, warned Saturday of the repercussions of an Israeli tender to start excavation works under the western wall of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The so called Israeli Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites announced a new tender for starting digging works under the Mosque on the 20th of February.
The PLO official warned of the dangers of secret tours conducted in the Mosque by Israeli engineers and contractors a few days ago for the benefit of the new tender.
In a press release, Qurei said that the Israeli government aims to establish routes to be connected with the network of current routes underneath the Mosque’s western wall in an attempt to enforce its control on the geographical area in the old city of Jerusalem as a prelude to change the original character of the city.
He further warned of the dangers of current Israeli grid of tunnels dug previously under the city, amounting to dozens and aim to empty the area of the its indigenous citizens as a prelude to take over the land for the sake of settlement expansion and to tie settlement outposts in Jerusalem together.
Al-Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Waqf declared that “All the archeological findings date back to various successive Islamic periods, especially the Mamluk period; however, Israel claims such historical findings date back to the alleged Temple era.”