Less than two months after the Jerusalem District Court approved an agreement to transfer management of the capital’s Davidson Center Archaeological Park to the right-wing Elad Foundation, the state attorney on Thursday requested permission to appeal the decision.
Emek Shaveh, a left-wing consortium of European- funded archaeologists representing Arab residents of Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, which has unsuccessfully attempted to block the move, praised the development as a “step in the right direction.”
“The state’s decision to appeal to the High Court is a step… to safeguard the heritage of Jerusalem, and maintain the status quo in the area around the Temple Mount/ al-Aksa compound,” said spokesman and archaeologist Yonathan Mizrachi.
The Elad Foundation, also known as the Ir David Foundation, operates the City of David National Park, which draws more than 500,000 tourists annually.
The Davidson Center is an archaeological park situated alongside the Southern Wall, and part of the Western Wall, of the Temple Mount. Remains from some of the most important periods in the history of Jerusalem were discovered in this area, dating from the 7th century BCE through the late Islamic periods.