Holy Basin

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...

Update—‘Kedem Compound’ and ‘Beit HaLiba’

The ‘Kedem Compound’ was approved following a hearing of objections; the Appeals Committee decided to send ‘Beit HaLiba’ to the Planning and Building Committee for additional discussion Last Wednesday (11...

The Opening of Underground Area in the Old City is Clear Example of Archaeology serving Political Goals

On Sunday, June 1 2014, an educational visitors’ center is opening in an underground site from the 14th century in the Muslim Quarter. The site will be inaugurated by the...

El’ad’s involvement in archaeological sites and projects in East Jerusalem

Introduction Over the past few years, the Israeli-Jewish campaign for control and sovereignty over Palestinian East Jerusalem has been closely tied with the development and operation of several archaeological sites...

Cultural heritage protection in international conventions

Introduction Currently, there are five international conventions which regulate the protection of cultural heritage 1, the main issues being intended and unintended destruction during armed conflict, plunder and illicit trafficking of cultural...

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...

Lectures

We offer a number of lectures about the relationship between archaeology, politics and society. The subject can be focused on three different locations: 1. Silwan village and the archaeological site...