Israeli committees discuss structural plan to judaize the Buraq wall

[ 04/10/2010 – 05:55 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli Local Committee for Planning and Building in Jerusalem will discuss on Monday a comprehensive structural plan to further judaize the Buraq (Wailing) Wall in Jerusalem in the coming years, Israeli media sources reported.

The Haaretz newspaper and Israeli channel 2 said the organizational chart was prepared by the Israeli “Wailing Wall Heritage Fund” in cooperation with Israel-controlled Jerusalem municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority.

The plan includes a new underground entrance leading to the courtyard of the western wall of the Aqsa Mosque, which will become the main entrance of the courtyard.

According to the chart, a large tunnel will be dug from the Silwan entrance, which is close to the southern wall (Maghariba Gate), to the courtyard.

Haaretz said the central idea of the chart is to replace the current main entrance to the courtyard from the Silwan gate with a luxurious underground entrance.

The old Roman street will be excavated from the Silwan gate region towards the current archaeological excavations located at the edge of the Buraq Wall to erect a terminal inside the new tunnel, which would allow for security checks of Israelis who visit the wall. Jews will go up to the courtyard by stairs or elevator.

The paper mentioned that the plan, which is still in its legal infancy, faces broad opposition from Islamic parties, who say they were not involved in the project’s planning, and from Jewish women activists for pluralism, who say the plan does not include a section allocated for female worshipers.

Israeli committees discuss structural plan to judaize the Buraq wall.

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