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Press Release High Court decision on the religious status of Western Wall tunnels

A hearing was held on Wednesday, March 22 following Emek Shaveh’s petition to regulate the sanctity of the “Western Wall tunnels.” Judges Rubinstein, Meltzer and Baron decided to reject the...

Press Release High Court hearing the religious status of the Western Wall tunnels

On Wednesday, March 22, the High Court of Justice will hear Emek Shaveh’s petition against the Minister of Religious Services concerning the sanctity of the Western Wall tunnels running underneath...

Court Petition: Western Wall Tunnels a Holy Site for Christians, Muslims

The High Court of Justice has agreed to hear a petition asking why the Western Wall Tunnels have been declared a holy site for Jews and not for Muslims and...

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...

Public celebration of Samuel the prophet turns the Nabi Samuel into an ultra-Orthodox ancient site, while locking in the Palestinian village for three days

Each year, a celebration of Samuel the prophet takes place at Nabi Samuel site North of Jerusalem. For the first time this year, the Palestinian village Nabi Samwil located next...

Selectively Sacred: Holy Sites in Jerusalem and its Environs

Introduction In this document, we examine how the Israeli government authorities and legal system address the issue of holy places. The government, legal and judicial authorities in Israel attempt to...

Update: The State Attorney requests permission to petition the High Court of Justice against letting the Elad Foundation take over the management of the ‘Davidson Center’

In October, the Jerusalem District Court approved an agreement to transfer the management of the Davidson Center Archaeological Park to the Elad Foundation. The State’s decision to appeal to the...

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...