Daily Israel Report

Wakf Fence Torn Down in Northern Jerusalem

Assessments: Muslim Wakf may have been hoping to complete construction of king Hussein's palace.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/15/2011, 9:19 AM

Hussein's palace in background
Hussein's palace in background
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Inspectors sent by the Israel Lands Authority supervised the destruction Sunday of a fence put up by the Muslim Wakf at Tel al-Ful in northern Jerusalem, considered the site of the Biblical Givat Shaul. (Today's neighborhood of Givat Shaul is near the western entrance to Jerusalem).

The intentions of the Wakf are not clear, but some observers assess that that the Wakf was going to try and complete construction of king Hussein's palace. The palace was in construction on a hill overlooking much of Jerusalem when Israel defeated Jordan in the lightning-fast Six-Day War in 1967, liberating the territory.  The shell of the planned palace soon became a popular tourist site.
 
Land activist Aryeh King, as well as an Arutz Sheva reader who turned to us for advice on whom to call,  discovered the construction last week and called him. He alerted the Jerusalem Municipality, and the ILA. Deputy Mayor David Hadari (NRP/National Union) wrote an urgent letter to the City Director, demanding swift action against the construction, noting that part of Givat Shaul is designated an archeological garden and part is intended for public structures.
 
Archeological finds on Givat Shaul indicate the remains of an ancient community – believed to be Geva', the tribe of Benjamin's community destroyed as retribution for the events surrounding "the concubine at Givah [Gibea]" ("the Levite's concubine") described in Judges 19-20. 
 


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