Waqf Takes Down Illegal Wall, Building Remains

"How long will we have to serve as watchdogs for the Temple Mount?" So asked/pleaded this morning Dr. Eilat Mazar, an archaeologist member of the Committee to Preserve the Temple Mount Antiquities.

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"How long will we have to serve as watchdogs for the Temple Mount?" So asked/pleaded this morning archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Committee to Preserve the Temple Mount Antiquities. The efforts of her committee met with partial success this morning, but, as she told Arutz-7 today, "It's not our job to patrol the Temple Mount, as we've done for the last three and a half years, and report on all the illegal activities of the Waqf. The authorities - whether it be the police, the government, the Jerusalem municipality, and even the Antiquities Authority - are simply not doing their job."

Today's incident concerns a concrete structure and a wall around it that the Moslem Waqf constructed illegally just to the south of the Temple Mount. Dr. Mazar says that the Waqf is continuing its program of "turning the entire Temple Mount compound into a large mosque, with absolutely no Jewish, Christian or other presence there. The archaeology there absolutely does not interest them; they merely want to cover up all signs of Jewish history there. The wall they built there in just a few hours this week was designed to hide the beautiful Herodian walls at the majestic south-east corner of the Temple Mount, and erase all vestiges of Jewish presence."

Waqf workers in fact removed the wall this morning - but Dr. Mazar says that the struggle is not over: "Behind the wall stands a concrete structure, which they have not removed, but which is equally illegal - and it also must be taken down."