Palestinians Plow Gaping Hole In Temple Mount- Find 2nd Temple!
During their outrageous demolition work on the Temple Mount this week the Palestinians may have accidentally uncovered a section of the Second Temple.
These are never before published private photos taken by Yisroel Caspi, an archaeologist, who was present during the work on the Temple Mount. They were sent to me earlier today:
The Muslim Religious Authority (aka the Waqf) received permission recently to dig a narrow channel on the Temple Mount to lay a small pipe that houses electrical wiring because there had been a power failure (pictured here).
These photographs demonstrate the extent of unnecessary damage being done to this key religious site. Rather than digging a narrow channel by hand (as is done in every archaeological dig), they brought in a large tractor that is breaking far more ground than necessary and is literally ruining precious antiquities.
These are pictures from the work being carried out since yesterday at the Temple Mount.
We demand to stop immediately the work with tractor which ruins the antiquities, and to work carefully by hands, as is done in every regular archaeological dig.
Later this news was reported by the AFP on the destruction:
Remains of the Jewish second temple may have been found during work to lay pipes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, Israeli television reported Thursday.
Israeli television broadcast footage of a mechanical digger at the site which Israeli archaeologists visited on Thursday.
Gaby Barkai, an archaeologist from Bar Ilan University, urged the Israeli government to stop the pipework after the discovery of what he said is “a massive seven metre-long wall.”
Television said the pipework carried out by the office of Muslim religious affairs, or Waqf, is about 1.5 metres deep and about 100 metres long.
The compound, which houses both Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is located in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and then annexed. It is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
For Jews it as known as the Temple Mount, which they revere as the site of the King Herod’s second temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. It is the holiest site in Judaism.
Update: Pycho Toddler describes his visit to the grave of his ancestors in Jerusalem only to find the cemetery pillaged.
UPDATE: (Friday) The Jerusalem Post is reporting on the destruction today.