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The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage (AFEH) has warned that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) was launching the biggest excavations ever in the vicinity of the holy Aqsa mosque.
It said in a statement on Sunday that the campaign, described by Hebrew media as the biggest in 150 years, coincided with an unprecedented attempt to forge history and invent the presence of a Jewish city underneath and in the vicinity of the holy site.
...The foundation said that the three-pronged diggings included first a network of tunnels underneath the Aqsa and in its vicinity, the second aimed at creating a vacuum to simulate presence of a historical Jewish city in an area adjacent to the Aqsa, and the third targeted destroying Arab and Islamic relics and culture in the area.
AFEH called for an Islamic, Arab, and Palestinian strategy to confront and foil such practices and serious violations against Jerusalem and the Aqsa mosque.
That story seems to be more in the vicinity of an untruth, a prevarication and a gross misconstruction.
But the problem is that as they give no source, how can one check? I googled around but came up with nothing. Well, almost. I did find this
Israel is planning a major archaeological dig under the Western Wall (Kotel) plaza, opposite the Temple Mount, officials announced Thursday. The excavations will create an archaeological park directly underneath the area where worshippers currently stand while praying at the Kotel.
But that is an item from...over two and a half years ago.
So, there's "in the vicinity". And "underneath". And "under". And "creating a vacuum", whatever that is.
And all that seems to be purposely intended to stir up a violent reaction.
And I did find this:
...The old city quarters of East jerusalem are considered by architects, anthropologists, and historians as one of the oldest and most unique cities in the world but the Israeli occupation is rapidly transforming it into a fortification of endless colorless settlement structures. The impact of the occupation on East Jerusalem or as its referred to by its native Palestinian inhabitants as the “sacred space” – sacred to Christians, Muslims and Jews – is deliberately and systematically changing the ancient character of the 5000 year old city. Prior to the Israeli occupation the character and beauty of East Jerusalem (Al Quds) were protected and enshrined by the Mamluk’s, Ottomans and the British mandate.
And that is propaganda.