Israeli Zionist tunnels underneath Al-Aqsa mosque expose double standards

Al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem

PNN/Jerusalem (May 23) – The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Heritage and Waqf reported yesterday that the Israeli authorities have almost finished a network of tunnels underneath one of the gates of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

The Foundation also said in a press release that Israel has finished digging tunnels and excavations near the Ablution Gate, and has connected them to other networks of tunnels located underneath the western wall of the mosque, reports WAFA.

Tunnels discovered in April 2011

Tunnels discovered in April 2011

The Foundation has declared that these excavations have been done secretly by Israel, under the pretence of archeological excavations and funded by the radical settler organization Ateret Cohanim, and that with the digging they have uncovered large vaulted halls that will be open soon to the Israeli public.

WAFA quotes the Foundation declaring that “All the archeological findings date back to various successive Islamic periods, especially the Mamluk period; however, Israeli occupation authorities claim they date back to the Temple era.”

masjid-al-aqsa_14The Foundation concluded saying that the network of tunnels run under the vicinity of the western border of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, less than 50 metres away from the mosque, and penetrate deep into underneath Ablution Gate, located within the mosque itself.

Israel is targeting the venerated mosque as part of its project to build the so-called Solomon temple at the site. Al Quds, Jerusalem is the main target of the ethnic cleansing to turn the city of “Jerusalem” into the City of David.

Background

On September 24, 1998, Israel opened the Hasmonean tunnel near Al Haram Al-Sharif in the Old City in East Jerusalem for “tourism.” The provocation against the Islamic religion sparked demonstrations throughout the Occupied Territories. Israeli gunfire (soldiers, tanks, gunships) killed 68 Palestinians and wounded hundreds more during demonstrations against the opening of the tunnel. (Source: Dossier on Palestine, p. 58)

On September 228, 2000 Ariel Sharon, then leader of the Likud opposittion, mde a provocative “visit” to the Al=Aqsa Mosque, with thousnds of security forces deployed in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. Ensuing clashes with Palestinian protestors left in the first two days alone five Palestinians dead and over 200 injured. Sharon’s “visit’ soon sparks a widespread uprising in the Occupied Territories, known as the the Second or Al-Aqsa Intifada. The aim of the provocation became known as advocating “the strong hand” for “the second half of 1948” (as Ya’alon, head of military intelligence puts it in November 2000) – to realize unfinished business, including killing the “peace process“ and finding another country for the Palestinian people. (Source: Dossier on Palestine, p. 59)

On September 228, 2000 Ariel Sharon, then leader of the Likud opposittion, mde a provocative “visit” to the Al=Aqsa Mosque, with thousnds of security forces deployed in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. Ensuing clashes with Palestinian protestors left in the first two days alone five Palestinians dead and over 200 injured. Sharon’s “visit’ soon sparks a widespread uprising in the Occupied Territories, known as the the Second or Al-Aqsa Intifada.
The aim of the provocation became known as advocating “the strong hand” for “the second half of 1948” (as Ya’alon, head of military intelligence puts it in November 2000) – to realize unfinished business, including killing the “peace process“ and finding another country for the Palestinian people. (Source: Dossier on Palestine, p. 59)

With a file from Palestine News Network

 

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