The Old City

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...

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...

Press release: The Ministry of Housing acted against Attorney General in case of ‘Davidson Center’ in Old City of Jerusalem

In response to an appeal by Emek Shaveh, the Attorney General stated that the Ministry of Housing deviated from its mandate when it transferred the management of the ‘Davidson Center’...

Press release: Tourist Center at the “Spring House” Beit HaMaayan

The Elad organization has recently (January 2014) deposited plans for construction of the tourist compound above the Spring House in the Village of Silwan (City of David).[1] The plans include...

Press release: Danger of Collapse in the Old City – El-Qirami Street – Conservation and Political Ramifications

Approximately two weeks ago, a cluster of homes in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City were discovered to be in danger of collapse. Subsequently, it was decided to evacuate...

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...

Underground Jerusalem: The excavation of tunnels, channels, and underground spaces in the Historic Basin

Introduction The tunnels being dug in the Old City and in the adjacent Palestinian village of Silwan have reached the headlines once again. In the four years since 2007, the...

“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...