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Waqf spokesman denies renovation of King Hussein palace
Published Sunday 14/08/2011 (updated) 15/08/2011 14:50
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Head of the Islamic endowment, or Waqf, in Jerusalem Azzam At-Tamimi denied Israeli media reports on Sunday that Jordan is preparing to renovate the King Hussein palace in Jerusalem.

“The department of the Islamic endowment was not designated to renovate the palace but only was instructed to install a fence around the land of the royal palace, upon the request and the insistence of those near the land," At-Tamimi told Ma’an.

He confirmed that a fence had been installed 12 days ago around more than forty seven dunams of land.

However, Palestinian witnesses claim that Israeli authorities removed the fence on Sunday, apparently under the pretext that the land belongs to an Israeli environmental authority.

The late Jordanian King Hussein commissioned the palace in the 1960s, when the West Bank was under Jordanian control.

The monarch abandoned work on the palace when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.
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1 ) BENJABO1@HOTMAIL.COM / ISRAEL
15/08/2011 02:29
A chain link "mesh fence" would have been considered as being a protective measure, using concrete is beyond mere protection, it gives an appearance of permanence

You object to our CONCRETE PROTECTION WALL, we object to yours, since it's clearly not intended to protect the site from homicide bombers

2 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
15/08/2011 02:38
Someone needs to get their facts straight. I commend Ma'an News Agency for following up on this story from before and (hopefully) finally getting the story right. So, there won't be any renovation after all, right ??? If not, it's all for the better, anyhow. If the Jordanians ever want us to help them MOVE it to Amman, we'd be happy to. Believe me, they won't have to ask us twice.
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