Israel Antiquities Authority

Press Release – High Court petition demands a halt to Western Wall Tunnels excavations until obtaining approval by a ministerial committee

Emek Shaveh submitted a petition to the High Court of Justice today (June 26, 2017) demanding that the Israel Antiquities Authority be instructed to cease excavations  and other archaeological work...

Press Release – The Israel Antiquities Authority’s plan to excavate beneath Silwan, all the way to the Western Wall Plaza

On Sunday, May 28 the Israel Antiquities Authority presented the “Shalem Plan” the purpose of which is to conduct extensive underground excavations from Silwan  to the Western Wall Plaza. The...

Panel Discussion – the Old City after 1967

Marking 50 years since Israel occupied East Jerusalem, Emek Shaveh and the Journal of Arts, Culture and Society, Erev Rav, invite the public to a panel discussion with four of...

Infographic – Jerusalem Facts Underground

How Israel is using antiquates to preempt a territorial compromise in Jerusalem’s Historic Basin. “Facts Underground” charts the political struggle over Jerusalem’s Historic Basin from 1995 to 2017. This animated...

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...

Rise in Infrastructural Work and Excavation Activity at the City of David Archaeological Site in Silwan

In the last months, particularly since September 2016, we have been witness to a wide range of development work at the City of David visitor center, in existing excavation sites...

(Under)mining the Status Quo

Ancient sites play an important role in the political struggle over Jerusalem, particularly in the historic basin.  In this short video we describe the organisations engaged in archaeology and how...

Guiding Principles for a Jerusalem Antiquities Master Plan – Proposed Policy Paper

Why is There a Need for an Antiquities Master Plan? Over the past decade and a half, Israel has been creating a reality in Jerusalem’s Historic Basin that is designed...

Conference: “Recalculating Route”: Navigating between Antiquities, Sanctity and Nationalism in Jerusalem

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 17:00-21:00 At The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute Ancient sites in Jerusalem’s historic basin are in many cases also sacred sites and tourist attractions. These sites create...