September 27, 2005


Ancient ritual bath discovered in Old City to be opened to public
By The Associated Press

The government will soon open to the public a new archaeological site not far from a sensitive holy shrine in Jerusalem's Old City, officials said Tuesday.In 1996, Palestinian riots broke out throughout the West Bank when Israel opened ancient tunnels that run near the site of the biblical temples, which is now home to two Muslim mosques.The latest archaeological discovery is a ritual bath from the period of the second Jewish Temple, which was destroyed in A.D. 70, and a small wall from the period of the first Jewish Temple, destroyed in the year 586 B.C. The public will be able to view the remains with a light show about Jewish history in the coming weeks, said Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, chief rabbi of the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites.

Me: Wait for it...

Adnan Husseini, the head of the Islamic Trust that oversees the two mosques at the site, condemned the diggings and Israel's intention to open it to the public, calling it a "confiscation" of Muslim property.

Me: I'd laugh if it wasn't so very very sad. Thanks to Yisrael Medad for directing me to this article. His blog can be found HERE

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