Haram al-Sharif

Update – Kedem Center in Silwan and Davidson Center at the foot of the Temple Mount / Al-Aqsa Compound

 Important Israeli court and building committee decisions were recently delivered regarding efforts by right-wing organization Elad (An Israeli organization promoting Jewish settlement in Silwan that uses archaeology to strengthen Israeli...

Update: new developments in the antiquity sites in Silwan, the area surrounding the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif and in Hebron

In the past few weeks right wing settler NGOs have taken over new areas in Silwan/City of David, at the Davidson Center adjacent to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, and in...

Update: The Nature and Parks Authority has resumed fencing the Muslim cemetery Bab el-Rahmeh, east of Temple Mount

This morning (Wednesday, September 2) inspectors of the INPA (Nature and Parks Authority), accompanied by security personnel, continue fencing the cemetery Bab al-Rahmeh, adjacent to the Temple Mount / Haram...

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....

Update Paper: The new government’s resolutions on Jerusalem, the place of archeology in these plans, and ministerial responsibility for the Israel Antiquities Authority

At its second session, the new government (the 34th government of Israel, headed by Netanyahu) has taken a number of decisions to strengthen Jerusalem’s economy and its status as the...

Public Discussion: Preserving Antiquities in Holy Places – The Temple Mount and its surroundings as a case study

 Emek Shaveh in cooperation with the Van leer Institute in Jerusalem invites you to a Public Discussion to be held on Thursday, 15 January 2015, 7pm, at the Van Leer Institute...

The Palestinian–Israeli Draft Agreement on Archaeological Heritage: Restarting Discussion on Jerusalem’s Historic Sites

Introduction This document proposes a management plan for ancient sites in Jerusalem’s Historic Basin. The cooperation of Israelis and Palestinians in this effort is seen as a means to strengthen...

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...

Press Release: Construction of New Temporary Ramp beside Mughrabi Ramp

In recent weeks, Israeli authorities started to build a new temporary ramp next to the existing one. As seen in the following images, it appears that the new ramp is...

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...