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Muslim prayer room found near Al Magharbah Gate three years ago
Ramallah, Occupied West Bank, 19 February, (Asiantribune.com): Israeli archeologist Yuval Baruch revealed that remains of an ancient Muslim prayer room was found under the dirt embankment adjacent to Al Magharbah Gate in 2004. The findings, unearthed after part of the embankment collapsed into the Western Wall compound, were kept secret until now.
The information was withheld from the public but had been known to various Israeli officials. The findings were revealed in an article posted on the Israel Antiquities Authority's internet site by Baruch, who works in the Jerusalem district.
In an article entitled "The real story," Baruch revealed that when the embankment collapsed near the Al Magharbah Bridge, a small room with a roofed alcove and a dome was unearthed - a type of Muslim prayer alcove facing south. Some have suggested that these are the remains of a prayer room which was originally part of a school for Muslim studies which operated adjacent to the Al Magharbah Gate.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
IMO withholding this discovery tends to go right to the Muslim/Jew/Christian dispute about the site itself and has nothing to do with the conflicts occurring.
Israel hosts Turkish inspection of Jerusalem excavation which enraged Muslims
JERUSALEM - A delegation of Turkish archeologists and historians was headed to Israel on Tuesday to inspect excavation work near a Jerusalem holy site that has sparked clashes between police and local Muslims and touched off fierce criticism throughout the Islamic world.
Muslims say the Israeli dig will harm Islamic shrines at the site, which is known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, and whose fate is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel says the digging is to salvage archeological remnants ahead of the construction of a new pedestrian walkway up to the hilltop compound. The walkway was damaged in a 2004 snowstorm and city officials say renovation is essential for public safety and poses no danger to the Muslim holy sites inside.
Israel Antiquities Authority spokeswoman Osnat Guez said the Turkish delegation would make an official, one-day examination of the site on Wednesday to see the work firsthand.