Majadle slams renewal of Mughrabi dig

Minister in charge of Antiquities Authority says decision could spark riots ahead of Annapolis parley.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 14, 2007 17:12
1 minute read.
jpost services and tools

jp.services2. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

A decision by the governmental committee on Jerusalem affairs to renew digging at the Mughrabi Gate to the Temple Mount may spark riots ahead of the Annapolis peace conference, Science, Culture and Sport Minister Ghaleb Majadle wrote Sunday in a letter to Cabinet Secretary Ovad Yehezkel. In the letter, a copy of which was also sent to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Majadle, who is also in charge of the Antiquities Authority, appealed the September 25 decision. "I was prevented from participating in this governmental committee due to a personal matter that could not be postponed," Majadle wrote, adding, "It is common knowledge that this issue is extremely important to me. I followed this matter closely even before I was appointed minister in charge of the Antiquities Authority." "There was not one representative of the Muslim community…at the committee," Majadle wrote, before warning of the possible volatility of renewing the dig. "This is a matter of utmost sensitivity, and it is not in the government's interest to make critical decisions without first hearing [the opinions] of all of the relevant bodies," he wrote. Two weeks ago, the governmental Committee on Jerusalem Affairs voted to resume archaeological work at the site, Immigrant Absorption Minister Ya'acov Edri, a committee member, told The Associated Press. Edery said the dig had been held up since early summer for bureaucratic reasons related to planning permits. "I'm sorry the work was held up at all, because the walkway was supposed to be almost finished by now," Edery said. He said some aspects of the plan have been modified, but no major changes were made. Dalit Menzil, a spokeswoman for the Israel Antiquities Authority, said the agency was waiting for government orders to resume the dig. She said "preservation, documentation and stabilization" work has continued uninterrupted. AP contributed to this report

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN