excavations 2007 and proof of the lies propagated by the media
Pr. Rav Yehoshua Rahamim - Dipur Photos by the author - http://www.modia.org
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Do not imagine that all the media, all spiritual leaders, governments
and Muslims are hostile. Many have become tired of the violent extremists who
have no respect for holy places, for human life even of their brothers, for moral
laws and usurp this or that religion. The media, spiritual leaders, governments
and Muslims do not possess the necessary information to counter the immoral actions
of these extremists, so it falls on you to communicate this information to them,
in a fraternal, respectful and sincere manner.
In 2004, the ramp which adjoined the Western
Wall Plaza where Jewish men and women pray and which led up to the Mughrabi Gate,
enabling tourists to enter the Temple Mount, collapsed. A temporary wooden ramp
was erected and then, after a lengthy delay, work on the construction of a new
ramp began in February 2007, preceded, as required by Israeli law, by archaeological
excavations on the bedrock that was due to be removed. At this point, the Islamic
authorities, who control the upper part of the Temple Mount, supported by leaders
of extremist groups, terrorist organizations and Hamas, launched a global campaign
packed with lies accusing Israel of undertaking the excavations with the aim of
causing the collapse of the Al Aksa mosque which stands on the Temple Mount. The
Western media happily gave space to this campaign even though it was perfectly
aware of the lies on which it was based. Riots ensued, backed up by the Muslim
authorities of the entire Muslim world and the instigators threatened to launch
a second intifada.
The history of the ramp
It is described on the site of the Israeli Antiquities Authority
The Mughrabi Gate, which is situated at the top of the ramp, was first built
by the Mufti of Jerusalem in 1920 and it is from there that, in 1929, the Muslims
attacked the Jews who were praying at the Kotel.
When the ramp collapsed
in 2004, archaeologists discovered a small room with an alcove and a little dome
like a prayer niche, that could have been served as the home of a Muslim family
in the Mughrabi district.
The Mughrabi gate stands next to the Barclay Gate
which dates from the 12th century and there are also other gates which are thoroughly
documented in photographs on this site (see link Modia).
ramp (maale, in Hebrew)
Here is how it looks. On the left is the womenâ€™s section
of the Western Wall, above which the wooden ramp rises to the Mughrabi Gate. In
front of the gate, under the two white canvasses, is the old ramp and one can
clearly see, on the left side, the bedrock which collapsed. The area under the
plastic sheeting marks the continuation of the old ramp. The caving in of the
earth, which made the old ramp insecure, took place near the womenâ€™s section
of the Wall.
Above is the same view expanded to show the area of the menâ€™s
section. It is clear right away that if the excavations undertaken at the site
of the ramp endangered the mosque which stands to the right, at a distance, on
the Temple Mount, then they would also endanger the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s
sections of the Wall. The accusation leveled by the Muslim thus becomes absurd.
As we get closer to the Kotel, we see how close the womenâ€™s
section is to the ramp.
Here we have an even better view of how close the womenâ€™s section is
to the zone of the ramp
and the excavations, which clearly do not pose any
Now let us stand facing the Mughrabi Gate. The old earth ramp,
which was covered by a stone path, rose slowly, supported by a mass of earth and
bordered by a stone wall which one can see clearly on the right side. It is the
left side of the ramp which collapsed. The whole structure is clearly an adjunction
to the wall whose massive, colossal architecture remains unaffected in any way
by the ramp.
Here we can see clearly where the left side of the earth collapsed.
To the left, we see the Dome of the Rock, and the site of the trees marks where
the Jewish Temple would have stood. The entire zone of the Western Wall Plaza
(men and womenâ€™s section and the ramp) is external to this colossal mass
Here are the famous excavations, which involve sifting the earth and stones
to be removed in order to construct the new ramp!
The sacks of earth are clearly visible to everyone.
Here is the Mughrabi Gate. The cameras on the wall were there
to ensure calm for tourists entering the Temple Mount and to prevent disturbances.
We can see that grass invaded the area and grew close to the stone path.
Further on, we shall see a picture showing what lies between the ramp and the
gate, and this will demonstrate even more that no harm is being done to the wall
This photo illustrates the solidity of the Temple Mount architecture,
a massive structure whose surface is at the level of the
gate and therefore cannot in any way
be affected by an external earth ramp.
The women are protected by a simple cloth barrier, which shows that
the mass of earth in question is neither enormous nor dangerous and cannot affect
in any way the massive architecture of the Mount.
Much further away, facing the Kotel, at about 100 meters from
the wall are real excavations: these are open excavations several meters below
the level of the ground on which the Jews who come to pray at the Kotel tread.
The public runs no danger from this, because all Jerusalem earth consists in compact,
massive stone and the excavations and constructions are superficial.
This is clearly seen in these pictures of the excavation zone
And here too
Letâ€™s return to the Western Wall and the womenâ€™s section,
which is the only area which merits legitimate questions as to the consequences
of removing the earth ramp to enable construction of a new ramp.
One can see the Mughrabi Gate at the top of the wooden ramp
now, one can see below the real truth behind the story of the ramp. The collapse
of the earth ramp occurred more than 10 meters away from the Mughrabi Gate. Between
the wall and this zone of collapsed earth, a solid wall covers a structure which
houses prayer rooms for the women. This entire structure has not been affected.
If there had been any risk or danger, it would have occurred first and foremost
here, at the site of these womenâ€™s prayer rooms. But the danger was inexistent.
It is therefore utterly untrue and groundless to claim that the removal of
the earth ramp and the sifting of the earth by archaeologists, as is done everywhere
in Israel where there is construction, damaged the wall and even more untrue to
say that it harmed the area of the Al Aksa Mosque which is much further away.
This picture proves even further the absence of damage to the wall and Temple
Now we see the base part of this structure from the area adjacent
to the Western Wall.
Here we see Jews praying: it is they who should have
been worried by the excavations but they are not because their area is safe and
So there is no problem whatsoever. Except for the dishonesty of those
who propagated the lies against Israel, a dishonesty which is even more shocking
in view of the fact that it relates to a holy place as much for Muslims as for
What is at issue therefore is another problem, which we will understand
in the next picture.
Letâ€™s turn our gaze towards the South. We can
see the massive silhouette of the Porat Yossef Yeshiva
which was rebuilt
after Muslims, the Arabs of Palestine and Jordan, set it on fire in 1948 and destroyed
countless Jewish holy sites, as well as the entire Jewish quarter.
with all its
synagogues. We see them here, destroying a synagogue without any respect for
this holy place of prayer and its Torah scrollsof which nothing survived.
and we see here the ruins of the quarter that existed in front
of the Western Wall
and which was utterly destroyed by Muslims in 1948.
are, today, simply projecting their habitual destructive imagination onto Jews
and accusing them of what they themselves did to the holy sites of Jerusalem.
The present Jewish Quarter that faces the Western Wall was built entirely from
the ruins which they left.
It smacks of gross cynicism therefore for Muslims
to portray themselves as victims while accusing the Jews, whom they hate, of doing
exactly what they did to the holy sites in 1948.
The journalists and governments
who echoes their accusations, are fully aware of the true facts, but chose instead
to immediately associate themselves with anti-Semitic warmongers as soon as the
opportunity presented itself. We shall not forget who joined the aggressors today,
which media, journalists and governments. The others were misled.
In order to convey the extent of these peopleâ€™s malice, here is a view of
the “archaeological excavations” taking place near the ramp. It is
clear that the wall is so sturdy that it can, in no way, be damaged by the removal
Finally, all the research on the construction of the wall since
the time of the Temple 2000 years ago
show, as in the picture below, that
the wall descends more than 10 meters deep into
the ground and the rock,
and that its solidity and stability do not depend on a little mass
placed near the wall at a particular point.
The pictures below illustrate the extraordinary solidity of
the stone foundations,
each stone weighing several tons.
Further photos and text on the
1. Exploring the walls and foundations of the
+ the oldest
photographs of this area.
2. HERE you will find:
WONDERFUL PHOTOS OF THE KOTEL FROM THE 19TH CENTURY
AND 20TH CENTURY
LOVE FOR THE KOTEL, through the generations
3. Here are numerous links on the Temple
4. And, now, visit here the tunnels
of the Kotel (all photos by the author)
Here (Historical Libération of the Kotel)