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Israel okays controversial Jerusalem archaeology project
Published Friday 04/04/2014 (updated) 06/04/2014 15:51
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in occupied East Jerusalem, the interior ministry said Friday, in a move likely to compound tensions threatening to scupper peace talks.

The ministry "heard objections" from residents to the plans to build a visitor center just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, a statement said.

However it granted approval to the project on grounds that it "will show important archaeological discoveries to the public."

"As a tourist attraction, this will contribute to the development of the city of Jerusalem," the ministry added.

The Silwan neighborhood, where the 13,000-square-foot complex is to be built, is already home to dozens of Jewish settler families who live under heavy guard among Palestinian residents.

Palestinian residents charge that the new visitor center fails to take account of their needs and is an attempt to further strengthen the Jewish presence in Silwan.
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1 ) j / usa
05/04/2014 00:40
There's nothing controversial about it. Israel like any other country can build everywhere in their territories. The whole Jerusalem and west bank included for people who think otherwise

2 ) you are talking about / THE CITY OF DAVID
05/04/2014 03:19
was he a Palestinian king too??

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
05/04/2014 06:39
'Archeology' should be in quotes here. After all, the intent is to attempt to buttress Zionist 'history.'

4 ) Olly / US
05/04/2014 11:05
These Europeans are destroying and devastating the land.

5 ) Outlier / USA
05/04/2014 19:24
3., 4, Lots of sweeping generalizations on your part with nothing to back it up.

6 ) Mike / Scotland
05/04/2014 22:38
So it's a one-state solution then (to J #1), and the Palestinians must be given full democratic rights in the whole area governed/claimed/controlled by Israel. Otherwise how can it claim to be a democracy?

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/04/2014 10:18
To Outlier #5: '3., 4, Lots of sweeping generalizations on your part with nothing to back it up.' In this format? It can be 'backed up' plenty -- but not in two hundred words or whatever. The Zionist version of 'history' is a disturbed fantasy, and these sort of projects are either futile or will (more likely) serve to clothe some fabrication. No evidence of 'the city of David' exists for the same reason that no evidence of Camelot exists. Both were fabricated by later generations.

8 ) Outlier / USA
06/04/2014 15:01
7., Colin, two words. Hezekiah's Tunnel. No fantasy there. You will have to do a lot better than hyperbole.

9 ) Jerome / Jerusalem
06/04/2014 21:36
News flash: The second temple was just discovered up Netanyahu's poop hole. Archeological digs should commence immediately

10 ) ian / australia
07/04/2014 04:34
#8 "...two words. Hezekiah's Tunnel. No fantasy there." No, you're right, Outlier, and you could add the Pool of Siloam, the Roman pavement and Canaanite walls which comprise the archeological precinct in Arab Silwan. The tunnel and pool have been identified and are mentioned in the Bible. But that's not how it's sold is it? It's the City of David and the star attraction is the Large Stone Structure...which IS a fantasy. Undatable due to contamination, possibly several structures combined and

11 ) ian / australia
07/04/2014 04:34
(contd.) built at different times, the LSS is promoted as the long-lost Palace of King David though it may be too late (ie. 9th or 8th century BC) to have any to connection to an 11th century tribal chieftain who may or may not have existed. And the fantasy is shamelessly exploited to entrench the land grab in Silwan and shore up the Israeli claim to it ("How can we give up the Palace of our King?") which you can bet your bottom shekel will be the thrust of the new "visitor center" designed to

12 ) ian / australia
07/04/2014 04:35
(contd.) "show important archaeological discoveries to the public" and "contribute to the development of the city of Jerusalem". (The cloying anecdote about how Eilat Mazar predicted the location from the biblical clue that David went "DOWN to the stronghold" will doubtless feature.) So, your "two words", Outlier, don't refute #3 (which I'd call a concise statement rather than a "sweeping generalisation" or "hyperbole") or the argument that official Israeli "archeology" is invariably

13 ) ian / australia
07/04/2014 04:36
(contd.) pseudo-science supporting pseudo-history for political ends...do they? (Still can't seem to find that inner editor.)

14 ) Cliff / USA
07/04/2014 05:46
What will happen to the ancient monolith "Absalom's Pillar"?

15 ) ian / australia
08/04/2014 02:51
#14 "What will happen to the ancient monolith "Absalom's Pillar"?" Probably nothing, Cliff, as it's nowhere near Walley World and its new "visitor center". It's also not that ancient being a 1st century (AD) tomb, but leave it with a few Israeli "archeologists" (i.e., the hacks not the credible ones) and it may well become the biblical pillar erected by David's wayward son and a part of Jewish "history" too profound to give up.
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