Palestinians slam Israeli Jewish site

PressTV – Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:9AM

Palestinians have strongly condemned Israel’s opening of a new prayer site in the heart of the Muslim quarter of East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Israeli municipal officials recently ordered the removal of the scaffolding that used to support an archway beneath Palestinian homes. The clearance will make it possible for Jewish worshipers to pray at the site, which lies less than a hundred meters north of the Western Wall.

But the Waqf, which oversees the administration of Muslim religious sites in East al-Quds, has threatened a strong response if the site was opened, a Press TV correspondent reported Sunday.

Palestinians regard East al-Quds as the capital of their future state and have called such moves as an attempt by Israel to establish its claim over Muslims’ holy sites.

Seventeen families are living next to the site.

In 1971, Israel built its first tunnel under the al-Aqsa Mosque, causing many Palestinian buildings to nearly collapse. Later, Israel built the archway to avoid the buildings from crumbling to the ground, but now it has decided to remove it.

As Israelis continue to vie for more Palestinian land, Palestinians say they will continue to fight to save what is left of their land and Islam’s third holiest site, the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Meanwhile Israeli military radio reported that the construction of at least 1,400 residential units near the settlement of Gilo, on the southern outskirts of East al-Quds, is to soon receive authorization of the Israeli planning commission.

The two-phase project, located beyond the Green Line, would expand Gilo’s borders toward the occupied West Bank.

The plan is one of the largest to be established across the Green Line, and is even bigger than the settlement plans which raised tensions in relations between Israel and the United States.

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