The Old City

The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif – Archaeology in a Political Context

Introduction Immediately after the 1967 War, Israel’s then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan declared that the Islamic Waqf would retain their authority over the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound. This statement and...

Emek Shaveh’s Response to UNESCO Executive Board 200 decision

Emek Shaveh’s Response to UNESCO Executive Board 200 decision

  In response to UNESCO’s Executive Board’s decision on Palestine in the (Executive Board 200 session on Occupied Palestine) we would like to say the following:   In the last year...

Survery shows Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem experience the archaeological activities as a tool to undermine Jerusalem’s national and religious identity

July, 2016   Survey shows Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem experience the archaeological activities as a tool to undermine Jerusalem’s national and religious identity   Issues of identity, religion and...

Denial of Access and Worship on the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif in 2012-2014

Introduction In this document we present a summary of the instances when worshipers and visitors were denied access to the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif by Israeli police in 2014-2012....

Antiquities in the Basement: Ideology and Real Estate at the Expense of Archaeology In Jerusalem’s Old City

Introduction The present volume is a series of abstracts based on longer reports by Emek Shaveh which draw on internal documents of the Israel Antiquities Authority (henceforth: IAA),[1] obtained under...

Why is the Mughrabi Ramp a political issue?

In early September, the newspaper Haaretz published an article about the dismantling of a new Mughrabi ramp whose construction began in August. That ramp, like the existing one, was declared...

David’s Tomb on Mt. Zion

Introduction In January 2013, the tiles that decorated the walls of David’s Tomb were methodically destroyed in an act of vandalism. The tiles were the remnants of a unique decoration...

Frequent Questions about Jerusalem’s Old City

How old is the Old City? The walled city as we know it was established by the Romans as ‘Aelia Capitolina’ in the second century CE, after they had destroyed...

“Beit Haliba” and the Givati Parking Lot Archeological Excavations and their Effect on the Status Quo in the Old City of Jerusalem and in Silwan

Introduction On February 13, 2012, the Jerusalem Building and Planning District Committee held a discussion on the issue of the construction of a four-story structure on the area known as...