Malegaon: The head of the
northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has claimed there
are Israeli plans to empty the museum of Al-Aqsa Mosque and turn it
into a synagogue, reports Arab News.
“The museum is one
of the mihrabs (niches) of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and an integral part
of it, and has a religious value akin to the Dome of the Rock mosque
in Islam,” the report quoted Sheikh Ra’ed Salah as saying in a
statement on Thursday.
According to the
report, the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage also
revealed Thursday that Israeli authorities are conducting a series
of excavations in the area containing the Umayyad palaces, adjacent
to the southern wall of the holy mosque.
said that these excavations, covered with tents and plastic sheets,
take place at night, especially in one of the water wells in the
area that extends under the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It warned of the
impact of such diggings on the foundations of the holy mosque,
noting that similar excavations carried out in the past led to
cracks and fissures in the southern wall.
It claimed that
these excavations are part of an Israeli scheme to increase the
influence of Judaism in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque from all
Control over the
city has been seen as the most sensitive and thorniest issue in the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians hope to make East
Jerusalem the capital of their future state but Israel says the
entire city remains its eternal capital.