Rewriting History: The Temple Mount

The Palestinian Authority along with the Arab world has a long history of denying any Jewish presence in Jerusalem, denying any Jewish Temple existed. Now, an Israeli Knesset Member has joined in the rewriting of history.

 MK Masud Ganaim of the Joint (Arab) List party rejected the notion that a Jewish temple had ever existed at the site, and blamed the disturbances on Israeli “provocations.”

Since Moshe Dayan turned the keys back over to Jordan and the Waqf (Muslim Religious Authority) in 1967 after regaining control of Jerusalem in the Six Day War, supposedly the Temple Mount situation remains one of “status quo.”

However, for years, Dr. Gabi Barkai, senior lecturer at Bar Ilan University and recipient of the Jerusalem Prize for Archaeology, has been informing us as to the status quo under the Waqf.

“They took 400 truckloads of dirt from the Temple Mount and dumped it into the Kidron Valley – totally illegally.

Arab physical bull dozing away land on Temple Mount

“This is dirt that is filled with Jewish history from many periods: the Canaanites, the First Temple, the period of the return to Zion [from Babylonia], the Second Temple, including the Hashmonaim period and [that of] King Herod, and up to now. Over the past several years, we have been sifting through the dirt. This is of course not the optimum way to perform archaeology, because you need context, layers and the like, but this is the best we can do in light of these barbaric digs, and we are trying to get the most out of it. Jerusalem is filled with archaeological digs, but the most important site has never been done; this dirt is the only source we have.”

Ancient coins found in dirt removed from Temple Mount

Ancient coins found in dirt removed from Temple Mount

In three days, the Waqf carted away tons of earth filled with centuries of history buried in it, to make an entrance to a new underground mosque for 10,000 Muslim worshipers.

police photo of new entrance built my Wakf

Status quo? Now on The Temple Mount, any open area the Waqf calls a mosque.

Tiles in slide from sifting by Gabi Barkai

Some of the tiles found in the earth dumped from Temple Mount sifting project in Emek Tzurim are shown in this slide.

Gabi Barkai with slide

Dr Barkai slides amply demonstrate that some of those tiles match descriptions of tiles used in the construction of the Temple.

Digging  on Temple Mount has exposed roots of tree

Another of his slides, many are from police photos, shows the exposed roots of a tree situated on the Temple Mount, another case of the Waqf destroying a precious layer of artifact-filled earth

Efforts to destroy Jewish heritage continue, as attempts to rewrite history and incite the masses against a Jewish presence at the Temple Mount go on and on.

stone from Temple that was found and put in Israel Museum

On exhibit in the Israel Museum is the corner stone, inscribed with Hebrew writing, denoting the place where the Priest stood, before the Jewish Temple was destroyed.

model of Jerusalem at time of second temple

On the Museum grounds is a model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple,

Model of Jewish Second Temple

and a detailed model of that Jewish Second Temple.

Second Temple destruction remembered

Large stones from the destruction of Second Jewish Temple lie piled near the Western Wall as a reminder, but in spite of this, so many are ready to rewrite history and believe the revisionist and false narrative against the Jews.



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