Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Report Released on Temple Mount Destruction

If you're keeping up on the damage caused to the Temple Mount by multiple "excavations" of dubious legality, you'll be interested in the report, "The Latest Damage to Antiquities on the Temple Mount," published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.  The report surveys the situation since the 1990s, most of which is well-known to those who have followed the news, but this report handily summarizes the main points.  The major focus of the article is who is in control and thus who is responsible.  It concludes:

The Waqf, the Islamic Movement, and various Islamic groups have exploited the situation and have seriously damaged Temple Mount antiquities. The Israel Police plays the dominant Israeli role and its activities are coordinated with the prime minister's office and the office of the attorney general, while the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Jerusalem municipality have only limited influence over what is done at the Temple Mount.

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3 Comments:

  • Todd,
    I belong to a church in California and we are planning a trip to Israel in 2009. We would like to tour Cyprus also. Do you ever lead tours to Cyprus or do you know of anyone who does.

    Thank you.

    Teri Witt

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Feb 29, 02:32:00 AM  

  • Hi Teri - I do not lead tours of Cyprus nor know anyone personally who does. The best that I know of would be the tours by the Biblical Archaeology Society. See:
    http://biblicalarchaeology.org/bswbTRcrete2008.html

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Fri Feb 29, 03:00:00 PM  

  • I have to say, there are a lot of other Biblical sites I'd see first before I saw Cypress. I'd probably try to combine it with a tour of Greece and/or Turkey - not Israel.

    You might try Rainbow Tours in Izmir ( rainbowtours.com ). I've used them for trips to Turkey and if they couldn't help you, they would probably know who to contact.

    By Anonymous Al Sandalow, at Fri Feb 29, 04:41:00 PM  

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