Israel threatens to demolish passage to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli Municipality to demolish Dung Gate bridge JERUSALEM (WAFA) 26 Oct — Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem said  Tuesday that Bab El-Magharbeh (Dung Gate) bridge in Jerusalem’s Old City  is in danger of collapse or fire and must be demolished within 30 days.  Israeli authorities issued, five months ago, a permit to demolish  the Dung Gate bridge and build another one in accordance with Israeli  plans which aim to Judaize the area, but the police postponed the  demolition for fear of the outbreak of protests by Palestinians. Israeli  authorities are working to change the character of Jerusalem’s Old  City, including the demolition of the Dung Gate bridge, which is used  by Israeli police and security as well as the Jews when entering Al-Aqsa  Mosque courtyards.
Al-Aqsa Foundation warns against demolishing mosque passage JERUSALEM (WAFA) 26 Oct — The al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage  in Jerusalem Wednesday warned of dangerous repercussions if the Israeli  municipality proceeds to demolish Magharbe Gate passage to al-Aqsa  Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. If implemented, it said, it would lead  to the demolition of a section of the Mosque itself.
PLO appeals to UNESCO to prevent demolition of Jerusalem’s Moroccan Gate bridge MEMO 28 Oct — The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) has  appealed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural  Organization (UNESCO) to provide international protection for places of  religious and cultural heritage in Palestine. The appeal was made  following Israeli approval for the demolition of the historic Moroccan  Gate Bridge adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Sanctuary. The Israelis claim that  the bridge is unsafe and must be torn down “within 30 days”. A statement  by the PLO’s Department of International Relations called upon UNESCO  “to take firm action on Israeli policies aimed at the destruction of the  cultural and humanitarian heritage of the Palestinian people,  especially Israel’s escalation of its Judaisation policy, which is  damaging the heritage of the Old City.”

(mondoweiss.net / 24.11.2011)

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