Waqf: Israel implementing 'biggest Judaization project' in Jerusalem
Published Monday 24/03/2014 (updated) 24/03/2014 21:38
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli institutes have begun implementing "the biggest Judaization" project in Jerusalem, the Waqf organization that overseas the Al-Aqsa Mosque said in a statement Monday.
The project, called the "National Antiquities Complex," will be constructed on a 20 dunams (5 acres) of land in West Jerusalem near Hebrew University's Givat Ram campus, the statement said.
The complex will contain an "antiquities library," a "national scientific antiquities archive," a department for "the home of the Israeli antiquities authority," and other offices for archiving and storing antiquities.
It will hold around 2 million artifacts, including the "alleged" Dead Sea scrolls, the press release said.
The "antiquities library" will hold 150,000 books, including 500 rare books and scrolls, and over 1,000 journals. The archives will include documents from the British Mandate in Palestine such as maps and publications related to British excavations in the 1900s.
Project coordinators raised approximately $100 million for the National Antiquities Complex, collecting funds from 26 Zionist, mostly American, organizations, the Waqf statement said.
Additionally, some of the funding for the project came from the Israeli government.
Construction on the complex is expected to be completed in 2016.
The Waqf organization condemned the project, saying it aimed "to show the Talmudic account on the land of Palestine."